The Irresistible Flavors of Korean Beef Flanken Short Ribs

Are you craving a mouthwatering dish that bursts with sweet and savory flavors? Look no further than Korean grilled flanken ribs! These delectable ribs grill in under 10 minutes and are a budget-friendly cut that is both hearty and easy to eat.

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Grilled Korean Beef Flanken Short Ribs

Flanken ribs are a tantalizing strip of beef that is cut across the bone from the chuck end of short ribs. Unlike traditional bone-in short ribs, these flanken ribs resemble long, thin steaks with circular bones in them. This unique cut allows for ultra-thin slicing, making them perfect for quick and hot grilling.

Flanken ribs are commonly found in Korean BBQ and can be purchased in Asian markets or grocery stores with a great selection of Asian food. They are also popular in markets that appreciate more affordable cuts of beef and are sometimes referred to as Miami ribs.

While we provide a quick homemade marinade, you can also use Korean BBQ sauce, teriyaki marinade, sesame ginger marinade, or even a spicy beef marinade that deviates from the traditional soy or sesame base. The options are endless!

What’s your favorite way to prepare ribs? If you typically prefer the slow and low method, give these Korean grilled flanken ribs a try. They are seriously good, just as easy to make, and will undoubtedly become a regular addition to your cooking repertoire.

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How to Prepare Korean Grilled Flanken Ribs

To create this tantalizing dish, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Beef flanken ribs (also known as Kalbi or Miami ribs)
  • Olive oil
  • Rice vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Sesame oil
  • Oyster sauce
  • Sriracha sauce or chili sauce
  • Sesame seeds and diced green onions for garnish


  1. Mix the marinade. Combine all the ingredients, except the ribs, in a small bowl and whisk vigorously to create your marinade. You can prepare a large batch and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four months. If desired, set aside some marinade to use as a sauce (be sure to separate it from any marinade that comes into contact with raw meat).

  2. Marinate the ribs. For optimal flavor and tenderness, marinate the ribs overnight. However, if time is limited, a minimum of 30 minutes will still produce delicious results. The marinade not only infuses the meat with flavor but also helps lock in moisture during the grilling process.

  3. Preheat the grill. Ensure your grill is scorching hot before adding the ribs. This quick and hot cooking method ensures the ribs cook as fast as possible, resulting in a delightful charred exterior and juicy interior.

  4. Grill to perfection. Avoid excessive flipping of the ribs; allow them to brown well on one side for approximately 4 minutes before flipping. Repeat the process to achieve a caramelized exterior on both sides. If desired, add an additional minute on each side.

  5. Garnish and serve. For the finishing touch, garnish your Korean grilled flanken ribs with soy seeds, extra sauce, and diced green onions. This beautiful presentation enhances both the visual appeal and the delightful flavors of the dish.

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picture of korean grilled flanken ribs topped with green onions and soy seeds on a white plate on a table

Tips and Tricks for Perfectly Grilled Flanken Ribs

  • Marinate for enhanced flavor: Allow your beef ribs to marinate for an extended period to maximize flavor. Consider marinating them overnight, allowing the rich flavors to permeate the meat and create a delightful dining experience.

  • Customize your level of browning: The cooking time is flexible and can be adjusted to suit personal preferences. Achieve a dark brown exterior for a crispier texture and a light pink middle, similar to a medium-rare steak. Alternatively, opt for a less crunchy and chewier texture by reducing the cooking time.

  • Quick and hot cooking method: To ensure the best results, preheat your grill to high temperature, creating a scorching hot cooking surface. The thin cuts of flanken ribs require only 4 minutes per side for a medium sear, resulting in tender and juicy meat with the right amount of rendered fat.


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What to Serve With Korean Grilled Flanken Ribs

Complement the delightful flavors of Korean grilled flanken ribs with delicious side dishes such as grilled bok choy, garlic Chinese green beans, or easy spicy edamame. These accompaniments will elevate your meal and provide a well-rounded dining experience.

To explore more Asian-inspired dishes, check out our extensive collection of Asian food favorites.

picture of korean grilled flanken ribs topped with green onions and soy seeds on a white plate on a table

Korean Grilled Flanken Ribs

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