“Galbi jjim” Braised Beef Ribs

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Galbi jjim(갈비찜), braised beef ribs, is my favorite Korean meat dish.  Galbi refers to ‘ribs’ and jjim means ‘steamed’. We usually serve Galbi jjim on a special day such as New Year’s Day, Korea’s Thanksgiving Day or when we have a party at home. You can add many ingredients such as onions, mushrooms, carrots on a soy sauce basis. My mom’s recipe is so simple that you will find it very easy to follow. Sometimes cooking only with basic ingredients can be the best recipe.

[Ingredients] Galbi(갈비, beef ribs), minced garlic(다진마늘), green onions(파), soy sauce(간장), sugar(설탕), black pepper(후추), chestnut(밤)

A 핏물빼기1.  Leave the short-cut ribs in cold water for more than 5 hours to drain blood.

2. If you dislike fat parts, remove some excess fat from the ribs.

B 양념하기3. Place the ribs in a large pot and sprinkle ground pepper and add minced garlic and sliced green onions

4. Add sugar and soy sauce and mix them well with your hands.

* The taste depends largely on the mixture of soy sauce and sugar, but do not try to be perfect from the beginning. You can adjust sweetness and saltiness while you’re cooking.

C 끓이기

5. Steam the pot over medium-high heat until the beef stock comes out and starts to be boiling.

6. Taste the stock and add more sugar or soy sauce to your taste.

7. Add some peeled chestnuts and steam them over medium-low heat until the ribs become tender enough.

(Depending on the texture of the meat, steaming time will last more or less than an hour. Check how tender the ribs are while you’re steaming. If you overcook them, the meat will be dissolved in your mouth before you chew them. ^^)

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If you boil the leftovers again, the stock becomes even richer. I mix boiled rice with the stock and eat it with Kimchi.  When we made Galbi jjim at home in my childhood, I remember that our puppy was as happy as I were. ^^


  1. I love braised beef ribs and I also totally agree with you about adding only basic ingredients, sometimes. It makes you taste and enjoy the food in a wonderful way. These ribs look so delicious. I hope you enjoyed eating them. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks for your comment.^^ I strongly recommend you to make Galbi jjim for your family someday since Galbi jjim is one of the most favorite Korean dish among foreign people. Have a nice week!

      1. Thanks! Of course you can use pork for this recipe. Koreans love braised pork ribs as much as beef ribs. Please let me know if you make it. ^^

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