Korean Short Ribs

Traditional Korean short ribs are marinated in a sweet soy sauce and grilled to perfection.

Korean Short Ribs - Traditional Korean short ribs are marinated in a sweet soy sauce and grilled to perfection.

Greetings from San Francisco! Jason and I had a rough couple of days but we are finally settling in our new home. Our place is a mess with at least 20 lingering boxes but I’m loving our new place. It’s a bit east of San Francisco in the suburbs so we can stay away from the congestion and traffic of the city but we’re still close enough to take the Bart to explore the city and scope out all of the new foodie places on my list.

But before I stay up all night unpacking and organizing the house, I have to share this recipe for Korean short ribs. It’s surprisingly so easy to make, requiring just a simple marinade overnight. And when you’re ready to eat, just throw these babies on the grill to your desired doneness and serve. It’s that easy! Not to mention, so much cheaper to make it right at home than eating out – it can get quite expensive!

Korean Short Ribs

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 8 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time 8 hours, 20 minutes

Yield 4 servings

Korean Short Ribs

Traditional Korean short ribs are marinated in a sweet soy sauce and grilled to perfection.


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds short ribs


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, sesame seeds, pepper, garlic and green onions.
  • In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine soy sauce mixture and short ribs; marinate overnight, turning the bag occasionally.
  • Preheat grill to medium high heat. Add short ribs to grill and cook, flipping once, until desired doneness is reached, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Serve immediately.


  1. says

    Wow I am sure you earnt every last rib on this plate for what you had to go through. I hate moving and I only moved in my own state. Can not imagine the hassle you guys had to go through. I hope you settle in well.

    Nothing better than korean ribs, period. Great recipe!

  2. says

    hey Chung-Ah,
    I had no idea you were moving!! I love San Francisco. . I lived there for a few years before I was married. Well, we will have to catch up at IFBC! glad to hear you are settling in. . and yes, SF is quite the foodie town. . you are going to LOVE it. I, on the other hand, am moving to Madison, WI, still a little foodie town but on a different scale :) see you in a couple of weeks!

  3. Kim Pettiford says

    Hi there. I love your blog. I stumbled upon it while searching for something else. Do you have a recipe for homemade kimchi? This is one of my favorite Korean staples…

    • Chung-Ah says

      Unfortunately, I do not have a recipe for homemade kimchi. I am hoping to learn from Jason’s mother who has been making kimchi for at least 30 years now. It’s truly an art form so once I master it, I will share the recipe.

  4. Carrie says

    Unfortunately I don’t have access to a grill and I would like to make these – can they be made in the oven or stove?

  5. Reaghan says

    I have to say, this is now a go-to recipe in my house. I’ve made it at least a dozen times!!
    We’ve tweaked it a bit, I use:
    beef strips or thinly shaved beef instead of ground beef
    Add cabbage, carrots, mushrooms and broccoli

    Thanks again for this (now) favourite!

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