LA galbi is an exquisite American style Korean beef BBQ ribs. The unique cut of beef ribs are originated from the Korean immigrants in Los Angeles, California and became very popular. With the two step marinating, you will experience the taste of upscale Korean beef ribs.

Three strips of LA style Galbi are garnished with chopped pine nuts in a white serving platter.

“This is such a rich and delicious recipe. I made it tonight for dinner and it is absolutely superb!”


A few days ago, I was browsing through my blog postings just to see what I have been making for the past 3 years, I realized that I never posted LA Galbi, the Korean BBQ Ribs recipes.

You can’t talk about Korean food without mentioning the famous Korean BBQ ribs (galbi, 갈비), right? So, how could I forget posting one?

I have posted another amazing recipe, Korean braised beef short ribs (galbi-jjim) with braising cooking method. It’s another classic Korean beef dish.

If you are thinking of having Korean main dishes for dinner sometime this week, bookmark this recipe. You will be glad you tried.

Origin of LA Galbi

There are two types of galbi. One is the traditional style that chunk of rib meat is attached to the bone, then butterflied to lengthen, and marinated with the sauce.

The other kind is the famous LA galbi, which the rib is cut across the bone thinly. This American style cut is originated by Korean immigrants who lived in Los Angeles. Although there is another theory that the word, LA, might be the shortened word of lateral cut, most people believe that it means Los Angeles.

LA galbi is getting more popular due to its economic price and simpler preparation than traditional galbi. The most important part of preparing this succulent meat to the best depends on the quality of the meat itself and how to marinate them.

Variety of Korean Galbi Dishes

There are several Korean dishes that share the name “galbi,” including galbi-jjim, which is Korean braised beef short ribs, galbitang (beef short rib soup), and tteok-galbi share the name “galbi,” but they are actually ve, which is Korean braised beef short ribs, and LA galbi share the name “galbi,” but they are actually very distinct dishes and require different cooking methods.

In addition, dakgalbi is another dish that carries the “galbi” title, but it is made with chicken that’s stir-fried with vegetables.

A bowl of rice topped with LA galbi slices are served with two side dishes on the table mat.

I do have my favorite LA galbi recipe. Actually I had been making my galbi in a slightly different way than this one, which I am going to share today, until a friend of mine tipped me with an exquisite way to prepare the meat a few years ago.

She learned it from a famous master cook in Korea where she took classes from. She kindly shared a great tip on how to prepare this mouthwatering beef.

And I think you are very lucky to have this tutorial I am about to share. This is one of the best galbi I’ve made, and my kids think my galbi is far better than any restaurants they have been to.

Of course, when your mother makes your favorite dish, it is simply the best of any kind, right? Let’s start.

How to make L.A style Korean Beef BBQ Ribs

An onion is being grated on a microplane grater.

Grate onion. You can certainly use a blender to puree everything. That will make your life so much easier and tearless.

A piece of Korean pear is being grated on a microplane grater.

Same goes to Asian pear,

Peeled half kiwi is being grated on a microplane grater.

and a tiny piece of kiwi. Remember! You only need a half kiwi. Too much will ruin the texture of the meat.

Grated onion, pear, kiwi are mixed with a wooden spoon in a glass baking pan.

Mix well in a shallow container. The 7″ x 11″ Pyrex pan would work the best.

Strips of LA style short ribs are shown in their package.

Here is the handsome Korean beef ribs, about 1/4-inch thick slices.

Onion kiwi puree is rubbed on beef short ribs.

Spread the onion-pear-kiwi puree over the ribs coating evenly, and lay them flat in a pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let them sit in a room temperature for 45-60 minutes, or if you are concerned that your room temperature is too warm, chill in the fridge for 2 hours.

LA style beef short ribs are marinating in the onion pear puree.

This is the first marinade step. The onion-pear-kiwi puree will add a great flavor and tenderize the meat dramatically.

A hand is rubbing off the onion puree from the short ribs.

But, you are going to scrape the most of the puree off the ribs though. They did accomplish their duty and we don’t need them anymore.

This is the main difference from this recipe to the rest of others. It makes a significant difference in overall flavor and texture of the meat later on.

Soy sauce is added to the glass container.

Grab another 7″ x 11″ pan or wash the one you used to marinade the ribs, wipe clean. Pour soy sauce and a little Korean soy sauce for soup. Combining these two types of soy sauce will result in exquisite flavor.

Minced garlic, ginger puree, and other marinating ingredients are added to soy sauce mixture.

Add brown sugar, garlic powder, pureed ginger, freshly ground black pepper, plum extract (or rice wine, if using), and sesame oil. Mix well.

LA beef short ribs are marinating in a soy sauce mixture.

Return the ribs back to the pan and coat with the sauce evenly. Cover and marinade them for at least 4 hours in the fridge. Overnight is even better. Make sure you turn the ribs to the other side halfway during the marinating time.

Marinated beef short ribs are resting in a room temperature.

The marinading is over. Let them sit for 15 minutes in a room temperature before you land them to the grill or hot skillet.

Three beef short ribs are placed on a hot skillet.

Cooking your ribs on a BBQ grill would be the best, but you can certainly cook them in a skillet, too. Heat the skillet over medium heat and lay your ribs.

Oh, the sizzling! I can just hear the sound by looking at this picture. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Make sure you don’t burn them.

Three beef short ribs are cooked and browned on the surface.

Flip to the other side and continue to cook for another 2 minutes or so, depends on how you want your ribs to be done.

I like to sprinkle a little chopped pine nuts or walnuts on my galbi. It makes your ribs look so elegant!

Piece of LA galbi is wrapped in a lettuce with rice and ssamjang sauce.

Oh, the succulence…, the juiciness…, and the tenderness…!

You can chew the meat off the bone and savor with rice. Or wrap with lettuce and a dollop of Korean topping sauce (ssamjang, 쌈장).

I think everyone should have a feast every once in a while just to celebrate the way we are. With this ribs, the feast is on! You will love them and lick through the bones.

The handy-dandy printable recipe is below. Enjoy!

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Three strips of LA style Galbi are garnished with chopped pine nuts in a white serving platter.
LA galbi, Korean bbq ribs

LA Galbi (Korean BBQ Ribs)

LA galbi is exquisite Korean bbq ribs originated from Korean immigrants in L.A. With the two step marinating, you will taste the most succulent Korean bbq ribs.
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  • 2-1/2 lb beef short ribs
  • 1/2 large onion, grated
  • 1/2 large Asian pear, grated
  • 1/2 kiwi, grated
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Korean soup soy sauce (gukganjang)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger , or 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp Korean plum extract or rice wine, optional
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated black pepper


  • Mix grated onion, pear, and kiwi in a shallow pan, layer the beef ribs and coat with the puree evenly all over. Cover and let them sit in a room temperature for 45-60 minutes or 2 hours in the fridge.
  • Remove the ribs from the puree marinade and scrape the most puree mixture off the ribs. Set aside.
  • Combine soy sauce, Korean soy sauce for soup, brown sugar, garlic powder, ginger, sesame oil, pepper and Korean corn syrup (if using) in a shallow pan. Mix well.
  • Return the ribs to the soy sauce marinade and coat evenly with the marinade. Cover and chill in the fridge for 4 hours at least or overnight.
  • When ready to cook, let the ribs to sit on a room temperature for 15 minutes. Heat grill or skillet over medium heat, place ribs and cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until they are done for your liking. Serve hot with rice.
Calories: 246kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 1640mg, Potassium: 439mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 16IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 27mg, Iron: 3mg
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