Marinated Korean BBQ, or galbi, is one of the most beloved Korean foods in the world.
Whether you’re new to Korean food or not, this sweet and succulent meat will win your heart over.
What is marinated Korean BBQ?
Marinated Korean BBQ is a type of galbi that’s made by soaking beef short ribs in a special soy sauce for hours. The sauce traditionally contains soy sauce, ginger, brown sugar, and other ingredients. In recent years, Marinated Korean BBQ has become such a popular choice for many people that it’s simply referred to as the de facto Korean BBQ.
LA ribs are the most popular type of meat to use when making marinated Korean BBQ. That’s because the rib’s thin-cut allows the marinade to penetrate the meat more deeply, making it juicier and flavor-rich.
However, there are no rules for choosing the type of meat when making marinated Korean BBQ. My favorite meats for this dish are LA ribs and flat iron steaks, which I’m going to use for this recipe.
There are a lot of ways to make marinated Korean BBQ, but the most important thing is that it has to taste sweet. Some people achieve this by marinating the beef in Coca-Cola overnight. This can save a lot of time, but it’s also unhealthy. For this recipe, I’m going to show you how to make marinated Korean BBQ using organic ingredients from your local supermarket.
- LA galbi (5~6 strips) or beef back ribs
- Flat iron steak (2) or New York strip steak
- Soy sauce (1 cup)
- Brown sugar (1/2 cup)
- Mirin (cooking wine) (1/2 cup)
- Minced garlic (1/4 cup)
- Minced ginger (1/2 tbsp)
- Green onion (1 cup)
- Sesame oil (1 1/2 tbsp)
- Ground black pepper (1/2 tbsp)
- Chopped scallions
- Water (1 cup)
- Honey Do Silicone Bags
Prep time: 5 hours
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total: 5 hours, 10 minutes
Tip: Always prep the meat in advance when serving the next day.
Full Disclaimer: As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. I also own the Honey Do Silicone Bags sold on Amazon. These bags come in handy when marinading the beef. I also use them occasionally for storage organization purposes.
I only sell products that I think will truly enhance your kitchen experience. This bag is one of them.
1. Add the ingredients
In a large bowl, add in:
- 1 cup of soy sauce
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of mirin (cooking wine)
- 1/4 cup of minced garlic
- 1/2 tbsp of minced ginger
- 1 cup of green onion
- 1 1/2 tbsp of sesame oil
- 1/2 tbsp of ground black pepper.
2. Mix it
Mix all the ingredients together with a spoon.
3. Add meat and sauce to the silicone bag
Next, pour the sauce inside the bag until the meats are submerged.
Use a rubber spatula to scrape any last remaining brown sugar in the bowl. Close the bag with the green plastic zip-lock.
4. Mix the meat and sauce together
Mix all the ingredients inside the Honey Do silicone bag for about one minute.
5. Marinade for 5 hours
Put the Honey Do silicone bag in the fridge and let the meats marinate for 5 hours.
6. Cook the meat
Take out the bag from the fridge after 5 hours.
Next, turn the stove to high heat and lay down the ribs on a non-stick pan.
Pour about 1 cup of water into the pan. This helps the ribs cook evenly and avoids burning. It also helps the fat dissolve slowly, which gives the meat a fatty and buttery flavor.
7. Flip the meat
Flip the meat over once the water starts dissolving. The meat is done when the water completely dissolves from the pan.
8. Cooking the flat iron steak
Repeat the same steps for the flat iron steak (or New York strip steak).
9. Final touches
Sprinkle some chopped scallions on top of the marinated ribs. Use scissors to cut the meat into bite-size portions. Enjoy!
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Originally published at https://harueats.com on October 24, 2020.