Flanken Ribs: A Mouth-Watering Delight

If you’re looking to tantalize your taste buds with a unique and delightful dish, then you must try flanken ribs! Grilled to perfection in under 10 minutes, these ribs offer a perfect blend of sweet and salty flavors, thanks to an Asian-inspired marinade. Imagine the succulent taste of kalbi beef, galbi, or Korean BBQ beef, but with an added twist!

Understanding Flanken Ribs

Flanken-style ribs are thin slices of meat that are cut across the rib section of beef bones. Each slice contains 3-4 pieces of bone sandwiched between meat sections. The marbling of fat and connective tissues makes these ribs incredibly tender and flavorful, especially after a short marinating time.

Flanken ribs are also known as cross-cut or thin-cut short ribs, offering a delightful alternative to traditional ribs.

Discovering Flanken Style Short Ribs

You can easily find flanken ribs in most grocery stores’ meat departments. However, if you prefer personalized service, your local butcher at a dedicated meat shop could provide you with these delectable cuts.

A Matter of Thickness

When it comes to flanken ribs, thickness matters. These ribs can vary from ¼ inch to ½ inch thick. In this recipe, the preference is for the thinner cut, around ¼ inch, which gives the best results.

Differentiating Flanken Ribs from Short Ribs

While beef short ribs are larger and thicker cuts with more marbling and connective tissue, flanken ribs take a different approach. These thin, cross-cut slices of beef, with small bone sections, are perfect for fast-cooking methods like grilling or pan-frying, allowing you to savor their unique flavors without the need for slow cooking.

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For those who love BBQ recipes, you should also try the Instant Pot pulled pork on homemade gluten-free buns. It’s a treat!

Ingredients for Flanken Ribs Recipe

To embark on this culinary adventure, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Beef Flanken Style Ribs: Thin, cross-cut slices of beef with small sections of bone.
  • Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (Soy Sauce or Gluten-free Tamari): Provides a deep, salty, earthy umami flavor.
  • Olive Oil: Adds fat to retain moisture and prevent the ribs from sticking to the grill.
  • White Vinegar: Tenderizes the meat while balancing flavors with its acidity.
  • Gluten-Free Worcestershire Sauce: Enhances the overall flavor depth.
  • Organic Brown Sugar: Balances flavors with a pleasant sweetness, caramelizing on the grill to create a flavorful crust.
  • Minced Garlic: Adds a distinctive sharp, aromatic, and savory flavor.
  • Ground Black Pepper: Awakens the taste buds with its sharp, peppery notes.
  • Red Pepper Flakes: Gives a fiery and zesty kick.
  • Sliced Green Onion and Sesame Seeds (optional): Used as a garnish to add visual appeal.


Cooking Flanken Ribs to Perfection

Now that you have all the necessary ingredients, let’s dive into the cooking method:

  1. Start by preparing the flanken ribs marinade.
  2. Use a butter knife to scrape off any bone fragments that might be present on the meat slices. This step ensures a pleasant dining experience without any unwanted surprises.
  3. Place the beef flanken ribs in a sealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. Refrigerate them for 3-4 hours to let the flavors infuse.
  4. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat, and cook the ribs for approximately 4 minutes per side.
  5. To enhance their allure, garnish your Kalbi ribs with sliced green onion and toasted sesame seeds.
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For grill enthusiasts, I highly recommend trying the recipe for grilled zucchini and London Broil marinade. It’s another delight!

Top Tips for Flanken Ribs

Here are some additional tips to ensure a memorable flanken ribs experience:

  • Take the time to scrape off any bone fragments: It may seem like an extra step, but it ensures a bone-free dining experience. Some packages of ribs have more bone fragments than others, depending on how carefully they were sliced.
  • Longer marinating time means more flavor: Aim for at least a 3-4 hour marinade, but if you’re looking for an even bolder taste, you can marinate them overnight.
  • Grill hot and fast: Due to their higher fat content and the marinade, flanken ribs can withstand longer grilling without becoming tough. Feel free to brown or caramelize them to your liking. On a preheated medium-high grill, approximately 4 minutes per side should give you the desired results.

Perfect Pairings for Flanken Short Ribs

While white rice and kimchi are our family’s favorite accompaniments to flanken short ribs, here are a few other ideas to inspire you:

  • Appetizers: Black Bean Mango Salsa with corn chips or cassava chips, or Bacon Wrapped Dates.
  • Seafood: Prawn and Avocado Salad, Hawaiian Poke, or Halibut Ceviche.
  • Salads: Gluten-Free Macaroni Salad, Gluten-free Pasta Salad, or Asian Chicken Salad (serve without chicken to let the ribs shine!).
  • Other Sides: Gluten-Free Cornbread or Gluten-Free Biscuits.

Please note that this article was originally published in April 2020. We have updated the blog post and recipe card in May 2023 to provide better instructions and additional tips.

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