Korean Beef Short Rib Stew (Galbi Jjim) Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Korean Beef Short Rib Stew (Galbi Jjim) Recipe
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Korean Beef Short Rib Stew (Galbi Jjim)

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"This is the ultimate Korean comfort food. Sugar, corn syrup, and soy sauce can be adjusted to taste. The trick to tender ribs is a looong cooking time. Feel free to let it stew longer. Some versions in Korea also add chestnuts or dates to the stew."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 50 mins

    4 hrs 5 mins


  1. Cover the ribs with cold water, refrigerate, and soak for 1 hour. Drain the ribs, place in a saucepan with 4 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Cook the ribs for 10 minutes, drain, and reserve 2 cups of liquid. Place the ribs and the reserved liquid in a large pot.
  2. Mix together the soy sauce, garlic, onion, rice wine, and brown sugar in a bowl until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the mixture over the ribs and broth. Stir to combine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Mix in the carrots, potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, corn syrup, sesame oil, chestnuts, and dates, and simmer until the meat and vegetables are very tender, about 1 more hour.
  4. Remove the beef and vegetables to a serving dish, and reduce the liquid in the pot to make a thickened gravy. Pour the sauce over the ribs and vegetables, sprinkle with sliced green onion, and serve.
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  • Cook's Note
  • You can use reconstituted dried shiitake mushrooms.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 12, 2010

Very tasty!!! I skipped the soaking and didn't have time for it to simmer quiet as long as indicated. Skipped the corn syrup/waterchestnuts/dates/green onion, used whole button mushrooms. The person who said they had to use extra water probably didn't cover the pot while simmering. Next time I'll add more potatoes and carrots.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 21, 2010

Skipped both the chestnuts and the dates, and since they were optional, I didn't think they would make much difference in my overall opinion of this dish. Can't really put my finger on what it was that I wasn't that crazy about. Basically, it was a stew with a slightly off taste. I guess I was hoping that it would be more of a glazed sweetened rib, but it wasn't. I think I will stick to a more traditional savory stew next time I make stew, and find a more glazed BBQ type recipe for the short ribs.


9 Ratings

Jul 06, 2010

The end result is worth the wait, its an excellent tasting dish. I had a problem with the recipe, i just dont see how this dish can cook that long with only 2 cups of the reserved broth. I had to add 2 more cups of water, one at a time during the cooking time. Next time i will reserve more of the broth to add.

Dec 16, 2009

Very good! My husband and kids all loved this recipe. I didn't add the nuts because I didn't think my kids would eat it. I also forgot the mushrooms but plan on adding them next time. Thanks!

Feb 26, 2012

This was very good! I omitted the dates, chestnuts, and corn syrup. I used a little extra brown sugar instead. I boiled the short ribs in the water and then transferred it and all my ingredients to the crock pot, where I cooked it on high for about 5 hours. I cooked it for a half hour longer with the lid off and added a little cornstarch slurry to the broth to thicken it up a bit before serving. This one is a keeper for my family!

Feb 22, 2011

Where I am from there are very few asian families (less than 1% of the population) but there is a Korean family that owns the only oriental mart around for hours. They have a "deli" inside, where they serve this dish. The only difference is they add a can of drained white hominy. The menu lists it as "Korean Menudo" (possibly due to the fact that 70% of the population there is Hispanic). It is delicious and fairly easy to prepare. Perfect for a fall or winter night

Mar 31, 2014

This was absolutely delicious. I didn't have any rice wine so I used regular white cooking wine. I also omitted the oil, corn syrup, mushrooms, dates & chestnuts. I cut the garlic clove amount in half & used splenda brown sugar blend instead of brown sugar. I added a sweet potato in with the carrots & white potato, and my husband & I both enjoyed it thoroughly. I did have to add a little broth, because I used a lot more potatoes & carrots than the recipe called for. This is a keeper which I will surely make again.


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  • Calories
  • 749 kcal
  • 37%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 57.5 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 93 mg
  • 31%
  • Fat
  • 45.6 g
  • 70%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 26.7 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 1454 mg
  • 58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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