Unleash the Flavor: Beef Flanken Ribs Recipe

Indulge in the savory delight of these flavor-packed beef flanken ribs! Sink your teeth into succulent ribs soaked in a delectable soy sauce-based marinade, infusing them with a burst of umami flavors. Whether you choose to sear them to perfection in a trusty cast-iron skillet or char them over an open fire on the grill, this recipe promises a mouthwatering experience for all barbecue enthusiasts.

What Are Flanken Ribs?

Flanken ribs are beef short ribs that have been cut across the bone instead of in between the bone. They are typically thin with a few pieces of bone in each rib and are commonly used in Korean-style rib recipes.

Flanken Ribs

Supplies Needed:

  • Shallow Container
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Cast Iron Griddle or Grill


For the Ribs:

  • Flanken Beef Short Ribs: You can use any kind of flanken ribs you find at the store, but for this recipe, I used delicious American wagyu flanken ribs.
  • Onion: Sliced into thin pieces.
  • Sesame Seeds: For garnish, sprinkle some sesame seeds for flavor and crunch.
  • Green Onion: A little bit of green onion is also a wonderful garnish here.
  • Sesame Oil: Use sesame oil to help sear these flanken ribs. If you don’t have sesame oil, you can use a neutral oil like vegetable or avocado oil.

For the Marinade:

  • Soy Sauce: Lends a savory and umami flavor.
  • Mirin: A rice wine often used for marinades and sauces. If you don’t have mirin, you can substitute it with rice vinegar.
  • Water: A little bit of water is needed to balance the strong flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Brown Sugar & Honey: Balance the flavors in the marinade and add a hint of sweetness.
  • Garlic & Ginger: These two aromatics are important for flavor.
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How To Cook Flanken Ribs:


  1. Dry the Ribs: Remove the flanken ribs from the packaging and pat them dry to remove excess moisture. Place the beef ribs into a shallow dish or container and set it aside.
  2. Make Marinade: In a mixing bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients. Set aside about 1/2 cup of marinade in a separate container.
  3. Pour & Marinate: Pour the remaining marinade over the flanken ribs, ensuring they are fully coated. Add in the sliced onion and mix everything together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Warm Reserved Marinade: In a small pot on low heat, cook down the saved 1/2 cup of marinade until it reduces by half. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Remove Ribs from Marinade: Remove the flanken ribs from the marinade and discard the remaining liquid. Pat the ribs dry and prepare them for searing.
  3. Preheat: Heat a large cast iron griddle over medium-high heat or preheat a grill to medium direct heat.
  4. Add Oil: If searing on a cast iron griddle, add a little sesame oil. Sear each side of the flanken ribs for 2-3 minutes. If grilling, add a little oil directly to the ribs to prevent sticking. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until your desired level of doneness (I prefer medium-rare at around 135°F).
  5. Serve: Place the cooked ribs on a platter, brush them with the reduced marinade, garnish with sesame seeds and green onions, and serve!

What To Serve With Beef Flanken Ribs?

This beef flanken rib recipe has Asian-inspired flavors that would go amazingly with crispy egg noodles, corn on the cob, cauliflower rice, or a soba noodle salad!

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Where can I find flanken ribs?
A: Flanken ribs can be found at your local butcher or grocery store.

Q: Can I use a different type of rib for this recipe?
A: While this recipe specifically uses flanken beef short ribs, you can use any kind of flanken ribs you find at the store.

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