Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs Recipe

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6 hours 15 minutes
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These Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs are spicy, sweet, and amazing!  Slow-braising in the slow cooker makes them fall off-the-bone tender! Perfect with Gochujang Eggplant on the side!

“Absolutely delicious! The short ribs were so tender, and the sauce was so flavorful over rice…. Make this soon!”Pinterest Review

Photo of Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs in blue bowl with chopsticks, kimchi and scallions.

Korean cuisine has grown in popularity in recent years and will likely remain so because it is amazing like these Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs!!  The cuisine always seemed mysterious and intimidating until I was intrigued enough to try one of Korea’s staple side dishes—kimchi.

Now I’m hooked on Korean food and make homemade kimchi!  That led me to create this Korean short rib recipe–one of the best beef short ribs recipes with 400 4 and 5-star ratings!

What is braising?

One of my favorite cooking methods is a slow braise.  With a little time, it is truly magical how a tough cut of meat is transformed–like these Korean braised short ribs.

Braising uses both moist and dry heat.  A tough cut of protein that has lots of connective tissue, such as short ribs, is first seared at a high temperature.  Then, it simmers at a low temperature for several hours.  During this process, the connective tissue breaks down, and the tough protein is transformed into something buttery and fall-off-the-bone tender.

When this magical cooking method is paired with a robust cuisine such as Korean and this short rib recipe, the result is truly extraordinary.

What is gochujang?

This recipe uses gochujang, an ingredient that has been referred to as the “new” sriracha.  I call it umami in a jar!  Loving this stuff!

Gochujang is a savory, spicy, slightly sweet, fermented Korean condiment made from red chiles, rice, soybeans and salt.  It used to be difficult to find but I see it in almost all grocery stores.

How to make Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs:

Ingredients:

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Beef Broth or beef stock
  • Soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos
  • Brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • Unseasoned rice vinegar
  • Gochujang
  • Sesame oil
  • Canola oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Beef short ribs on the bone
  • Cornstarch
  • Scallions, sesame seeds, kimchi, shredded carrots and cooked brown rice

Chef Tips and Tricks:

  • Ask your butcher for long-cut beef short ribs on the bone.  Beef short ribs can appear intimidating at first with their boney, hunky appearance.  Don’t let that scare you!
  • This beef short ribs recipe is scaled for two people.  I like to use four ribs for two servings because as the connective tissue melts away, it shrinks quite a bit.
Photo of uncooked beef short ribs on the bone.
  • Trim as much fat as you can, but leave the bone side intact.
  • Brown well on all sides in a skillet with a heavy bottom over medium-high heat.
Photo of browned beef short ribs on the bone in nonstick skillet.
  • Place in the slow cooker with simple ingredients found in any grocery store and let them cook away!
  • I rarely use a slow cooker for just the two of us, but because of their size, four long-cut bone-in beef short ribs fill a large oval slow cooker nicely.  If four ribs end up being too much, they reheat beautifully.
Photo of Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs in a slow cooker.
  • Thicken by turning the heat on the slow cooker to High and letting it simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Let the braised beef short ribs rest to thicken up, then serve! 
  • One of the main characteristics of Korean cuisine is the abundance of side dishes and condiments served at the table.  In addition to the seared scallions in this recipe, serve with kimchi, brown rice and fresh, shredded carrots.
Photo of Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs on gray-rimmed platter garnished with scallions and sesame seeds.
Photo of Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs on gray-rimmed platter being shredded with fork.

What is gochujang?

This recipe uses gochujang, an ingredient that is being referred to as the “new” sriracha.  I call it umami in a jar!  Loving this stuff!

Gochujang is a savory, spicy, slightly sweet, fermented Korean condiment made from red chiles, rice, soybeans and salt.  It used to be difficult to find but am now seeing it in almost all grocery stores.

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Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs Recipe

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs are slightly spicy, slightly sweet and totally amazing! Slow-braising makes them fall-off-the-bone tender!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Course Beef
Cuisine Korean
Servings 4
Calories 247 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium onion - thinly sliced vertically
  • 8 large cloves garlic - sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce - tamari or coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar - or coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang - fermented Korean chile paste
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil - jor vegetable or peanut oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 short ribs - 2 1/2 to 3 pounds, bone in, trimmed of excess fat
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 bunches scallions - root ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • Kimchi
  • Shredded carrots
  • Cooked brown rice

Instructions
 

  • Combine the first 9 ingredients in a slow cooker. Set slow cooker to high to preheat.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  • Generously season beef short ribs with salt and black pepper. Add short ribs to pan, reduce heat to medium and brown well on all sides, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Transfer ribs, meat side down, to slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or until very tender.
  • Combine cornstarch with approximately 4 tablespoons of the cooking liquid in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Pour cornstarch mixture into slow cooker, stir to blend and cook uncovered on high for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Turn slow cooker off and let stand 10 minutes. (Sauce will thicken more upon standing.)
  • Heat remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a skillet or sauté pan over medium-high. Cook scallions, 2-3 minutes or until slightly softened and browned.
  • Serve short ribs with scallions, kimchi, cooked brown rice and shredded carrots.

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Notes

MAKE AHEAD: These beef short ribs reheat beautifully. Reheat in a 350-degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until heated through.
FREEZER-FRIENDLY: Cool thoroughly, package securely in an airtight container and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator and heat 30-40 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1short rib | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 2078mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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227 Comments

    1. Hi, Fahima, Thanks so much for your question. Yes, you could even use water, but beef stock will add to the “beefiness.” Thanks again and hope you enjoy!

  1. Good morning. I absolutely love this recipe. Today will be my third time preparing it for 6 of us. Unfortunately, I left my crock pot in Idaho this past summer. Can I use a Dutch oven? Thank you and looking forward to creating more of your recipes in this New Year.

    Cheers,
    Chas

    1. Hi, Chas, Thanks so much for your question. Yes, you absolutely can! I’ve been meaning to update this recipes with that information but haven’t gotten to it yet. Follow the steps to the point of placing everything in the slow cooker–place in a Dutch oven instead. Then, braise at 350 degrees for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until they’re tender. You can also do 325 degrees for 3 hours if you have the time. Keep in mind, however, there will be more evaporation and concentration cooking the ribs in the oven. Seal the Dutch oven with aluminum foil or wet parchment paper before placing the lid on to minimize it. Thanks so much and happy to hear you enjoy my recipes!

  2. 5 stars
    This is amazing. My 88-year-old aunt said it really does taste like Korean short ribs she remembers from her time in Korea. She is asking for me to prepare the same dish at our next family celebration. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

    1. Hi, Kathy, Thanks so very much and I’m so happy she finds this recipe to be authentic. I appreciate your taking the time to come back and let me know. Thanks again!

  3. 5 stars
    Hubby approved. Told me he has been waiting for this succulent and tender dish for a LONG time! Will definitely be on our dinner rotation. Thank you!

  4. Hi. I see your notes say the recipe is scaled for 2 people, but the recipe says “servings 4.” Can you confirm how many portions 2.5-3lb of short ribs makes? Thank you!

    1. Hi and thanks for your question. A lot is going to depend on how “meaty” your ribs are and how your butcher cut them. I usually allow two ribs per person but if they’re meaty and you do a lot of side dishes like rice or vegetables, it could feed four people. Thanks again and hope this helps!

  5. 5 stars
    I have been using this recipe with chuck roast (+ or -) 3 pounds. This is excellent, and you get more meat for the effort. I plan on trying with pork ribs next time.

    1. Hi, Maria, Thanks so much for your question. Step #1 in the recipe says: Combine the first 9 ingredients in a slow cooker. Set slow cooker to high to preheat. That would be the sauce: Onion, garlic, ginger, broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, gochujang, and sesame oil. Thanks again and hope you enjoy!