Korean BBQ Marinade Recipe

March 18, 2024

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The first time I had a taste of a proper Korean BBQ I became hooked. Floored by the simple combination of soy sauce and sugar, I discovered the magic that is Korean BBQ: a perfect balance of salty and sweet that makes beef into meat candy.

Korean BBQ Marinade recipe on grill

A good Korean BBQ Marinade recipe is essential

If you have gone out for Korean BBQ you technically are halfway there to making Korean BBQ at home. If you haven’t I will fill you in: you cook the meat at grills built into your table. The only step your missing out on is marinating the meat. And while that might require you to gather a few ingredients, it is well worth the effort.

It’s not just good on beef either. This Korean BBQ Marinade recipe will work well on chicken, pork, heck I’d try it on lamb.

Korean BBQ Marinade recipe plate

A healthy grilling habit

While Korean BBQ joints are known for all you can eat deals, making Korean BBQ at home can easily be part of a balanced plate. Making your own Korean BBQ marinade recipe means you can control the salt and sugar, along with balancing the plate with healthy sides. I chose a small serving of jasmine rice and snow peas. Lettuce wraps would work well if you’re looking to cut the carbs.

Enough of the sales pitch, it’s time for you to get grilling:

Korean BBQ Marinade Recipe (Galbi)


For the Galbi marinade:

  • ½ a medium onion cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ½ of an Asian pear peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces (see note)
  • 3 garlic cloves 
  • 1-inch piece  fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup ( soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1.5 pounds (1.4kg) flanken-style beef short ribs


  1. For the marinade: Combine onion, Asian pear, garlic, and ginger in the bowl of a food processor and process to a coarse purée, scraping down sides of food processor bowl as needed, about 30 seconds. Stop processor and add soy sauce, water, brown sugar, mirin, and black pepper to food processor bowl. Continue processing until liquids and sugar are well-combined with vegetables, 15 to 30 seconds longer. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl, and stir in scallions, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.
  2. Place beef in a gallon zipper-lock bag or large baking dish, and pour marinade over the short ribs. Toss to evenly distribute the marinade, then seal bag, removing as much air as possible (if using baking dish, wrap tightly with plastic wrap). Transfer short ribs to refrigerator, and marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 24 hours.
  3. Light Hero Grill, oil grate with canola oil
  4. Remove short ribs from marinade and wipe off excess. Grill ribs till a deep char appears. These taste fine, if not better, cooked through



Galbi recipe for the Hero Grill. Eveyone who loves Korean bbq should make this at home #ad #alikhaneats #recipe #galbi #koreanbbq #herogrill

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