This recipe is for Korean-style short ribs or, as they are also called, ‘flanken-cut ribs’, and this beef strip is cut across the bone from the chuck end of the short ribs. You are probably familiar with American short ribs, or European ones (which are similar) and those include a thick bone-in beef slice. Korean ones are cut lengthwise across the rib bones instead, so you get a thin meat strip of averaging 8 to 10 inches long, and they are lined with about ½ inch of thick rib bones.
More About Short Ribs
Scroll down and look at the picture if you want to see what raw Korean beef short ribs look like. You can now walk into an Asian grocery store, recognize them and grab yourself a package. Because they are thinly sliced, flanken-cut ribs are great for speedy cooking on the barbeque, and that is why we have chosen to feature them here. A lot of recipes will call for the ribs to be marinated and then slow cooked, or oven-roasted and then grilled, but forget about all those recipes and look at this one.
This cut of ribs can be cooked fast, within 10 minutes, making them very attractive indeed. Even if the weather is no good for barbequing, you can cook these in the oven. If you choose to do this, give them 40 minutes at 350 degrees F. The finished recipe goes beautifully with a medium-sweet Riesling which offers honey and peach tones. You can either serve these in whole pieces as an entrée or use kitchen shears to cut them smaller, which would make them ideal for an appetizer or party snack.
How to Serve the Ribs
Like a lot of Asian meat recipes on this site, this one blends sweet and spicy flavors, which means you might like to keep the side dishes relatively simple, so nothing clashes with the flavors in the ribs. Sides to consider include boiled white rice or mashed potatoes, although the rice would be more authentic. How about egg fried rice? That is so easy to make. You will need cooked white rice, preferably leftover rice which has been refrigerated overnight. Sauté some sliced green onion in oil for a minute or two, then stir in the rice and warm that through. Finally crack an egg into the rice and use chopsticks to distribute it. The egg will cook quickly. Finally stir a few drops of soy sauce into the rice, or some salt and black pepper. The egg fried rice is now ready to be served with your short ribs.
Vegetables are also lovely with the ribs, so consider green asparagus, snow peas and mushrooms, or a salad if you prefer that. Whatever side dishes you choose to serve, the focus is sure to be on the ribs and the amazing flavor they offer, and the other dishes are more for backup. This really is a wonderful dish, and what makes the ribs especially attractive to the home cook is how fast they cook. These can be cooked in under 10 minutes and they will be really tender. They look wonderful when cooked as well, offering that lovely rich brown color.
- 5 lbs Korean style beef short ribs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 6 minced garlic cloves
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 peeled, finely grated Asian pear
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- ¼ cup mirin (Chinese rice wine)
- 1 finely grated, small onion
- 2 thinly sliced green onions, for garnish
- Sprinkle brown sugar over the meat and rub it in.
- Let it sit for 10 minutes at room temperature.
- Whisk everything else together except the green onions.
- Put the beef in a very large Ziploc bag, or divide it between 2 bags.
- Pour in the marinade and squeeze out any excess air, before sealing the bags.
- Turn them a few times to ensure the beef is well coated.
- Refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours.
- Prepare a charcoal grill and get it medium-hot.
- Drain the excess marinade off the ribs.
- Cook them 3 to 4 minutes per side, turning once.
- Serve garnished with the green onions.
Beef short ribs are flavored with exciting Asian ingredients before being cooked on the barbeque, and these cook really fast, making them an attractive proposition for the keen home cook. The photo shows what the raw ribs look like, before you have added anything to them. You will see these look different to pork ribs and you can read more above about the characteristics of flanken-cut ribs. This is a wonderful recipe and if you are looking for something brand new to cook on the barbeque, the results of this recipe are sure to delight you.
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