The Best Galbi Jjim (AKA Braised Beef Short Rib Stew) You've Ever Tasted!

September 16, 2013

Author Notes: Galbi Jjim, AKA braised beef short rib stew, is a Korean traditional cuisine eaten during the Korean harvest festival, known as Chuseok. Growing up, my grandmother made this delicious beef short rib dish every fall around the time of Chuseok, filled with sweet mixture of dried jujubes, pine nuts, Asian pear, and carrots!! After two years of marriage, I finally decided to make this dish for my husband one day. His response was, "Dude, you've been holding out on me. Why haven't you ever made this for me before?" Ha...well, what can I say? I've made him galbi (Korean short ribs), bulgogi (korean marinated beef), and other Korean dishes, which are dishes he loves. I guess I can add this to the list, too!Sarah D

Serves: 4-6


  • 3.5 pounds beef short ribs
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 8 pieces garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1.5 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine
  • 1/2 daikon radish, peeled and chopped into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 handful dried shitake mushrooms
  • 3 cups cups of water
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped into 2 inch chunks
  • 1 Asian pear, grated with juices
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 8 dried jujubes, rinsed with cold water
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
In This Recipe


  1. Soak the dried shitake mushrooms for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. Soak the beef short ribs in cold water for 40 minutes, rinsing the water every 10 minutes so the blood comes out of the meat.
  3. Boil water in a large pot with the beef short ribs for about 10 minutes. (I use my cast iron dutch oven and it works the best!)
  4. Drain the beef short ribs and rinse with cold water, removing all the blood.
  5. In a bowl, add the 3 cups of water to the soy sauce, minced garlic, ginger, chopped onion, grated Asian pear and it's juice, rice wine and brown sugar, mixing thoroughly.
  6. Pour the marinade into the pot and add the short ribs. Cover and bring to a boil for about 20 minutes.
  7. Next, add carrots, daikon radish, shitake mushrooms, dried jujubes, into the large pot. Cover the pot and simmer on low heat for about 1 hour. Make sure to stir the ribs and other ingredients from time to time, and also pour the liquid over the top of the meat, so the meat can reach it's fullest flavor.
  8. Once the hour has passed, open the lid to see if the stew is done. You can check by poking the beef to see if it's tender.
  9. Once the meat is all cooked, add the corn syrup, sesame oil, black pepper, and pine nuts. Heat the stew over high heat, uncovered, until half the liquid evaporates.
  10. Transfer the stew on a serving dish and serve with steamed rice.

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5 Reviews

Rach K. September 23, 2016
I love kalbi jjim! My mom always added chestnuts to kalbi jjim and that was probably my favorite part; I love the how-mom-made-it aspect of comfort food. I usually make it in a slow cooker - the meat ends up being stupidly tender and you can set it up in the morning and come home to a delicious-smelling house.
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Sarah D. September 23, 2016
Hello, fellow Korean friend! ^_^ I just recently got an Instant Pot and have been dying to try Galbi jjim in it! Too bad there aren't too many Korean recipes that use a slow cooker or a pressure cooker! I've looked online everywhere and it's always the same things - Korean beef recipes, Korean chicken wing recipes, etc. I already have good recipes for things like that, so I'm hesitant to try them in an Instant Pot. Most likely, it won't taste as good or as authentic as the original. :)
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Sarah D. September 23, 2016
And yes, you can also add chestnuts to it too! There are other versions where people put potato, I think? I like daikon radish better though. ^_^
savorthis September 23, 2013
Yum. I love the sweet Japanese beef stew and this sounds great too.
QueenSashy September 18, 2013
Anything with short ribs is a godsend, and straight to the must-try list it goes.