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5 from 15 votes

Kalbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs)

It’s grilling season, and mark my words: these thinly-sliced, marinated Korean BBQ short ribs (also known as kalbi or galbi) will be the hit of your summer cookouts. Best of all, this tender and flavorful kalbi recipe is paleo, Whole30-friendly, and amazingly simple to throw together!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinating time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: barbecue, gluten-free, paleo, short ribs, Whole30
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 475kcal



  • 4 pounds Korean-style short ribs (LA galbi or flanken-style)
  • 1 kiwi peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 scallions coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil


  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 head butter lettuce


  • Soak the short ribs in cold water for fifteen minutes. Rinse the ribs of any small bone fragments and use paper towels to pat the short ribs dry before setting aside. (You can skip this step, but I think it helps reduce any grittiness.)
  • In a high powered blender, combine the kiwi, garlic, scallions, ginger, All-Purpose Stir-Fry Sauce, and toasted sesame oil to make the marinade. Blitz until smooth.
  • Pour the marinade over the ribs and toss well to coat. Cover the container and marinate the short ribs for at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours in the fridge.
  • When you’re ready to cook the ribs, you have a few options:
    If you’re cooking the kalbi on the grill, heat your gas or charcoal grill to medium hot. Throw the short ribs on the grill and cook about 3 to 5 minutes per side or until your desired doneness is reached. 
    No grill? Heat the broiler on high and arrange the top oven rack so that it’s 6 inches from the heating element. Arrange the kalbi in a single layer on top of a stainless steel wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet and pop them under the broiler. Cook for about 3 to 4 minutes per side or until you reach the desired doneness.
    Air Fryer? You can make small batches by putting them in a single layer at 400°F for 7 to 10 minutes, flipping at the halfway mark.
  • Garnish with thinly sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve whole grilled kalbi pieces as a main course or use kitchen shears to cut the meat into smaller pieces to serve as a starter or party nibble.
  • Serve the kalbi with a bunch of butter lettuce leaves, Simple Cauliflower Rice, and kimchi—and have everyone assemble their own lettuce wraps!
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Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 25g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g