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Instant Pot LA Galbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs)

Learn how to make finger-licking Instant Pot LA Galbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs) with tasty homemade Kalbi marinade! These sweet-savory-garlicky tender Korean short ribs are so satisfyingly delicious.
Servings 4 - 6
Marinating Time 2 hrs
Total Time 30 mins


  • 2.5 - 3 pounds flanken-style short ribs (see photo)

Kalbi Marinade

  • 1 (550g) Asian pear , peeled & finely grated
  • 1 (37g) whole garlic , minced
  • 1 (130g) small onion , minced
  • 1 teaspoon (2g) ginger , minced
  • 1 teaspoon (2.3g) freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup (125ml) regular soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (42g) honey
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) sesame oil


  • 1-2 stalks green onions , finely sliced
  • Enoki mushrooms
  • Sliced raw white onion
  • Toasted sesame seeds


  • Make Pear Paste: Cut onion and Asian pear into smaller pieces. Process chopped onion, garlic, chopped Asian pear, 1 tsp (2g) ginger in a food processor to a fine paste.
  • Marinate Short Ribs: You can marinate the flanken-style short ribs in Instant Pot's inner pot or a ziploc bag.
    Make Marinade for Kalbi: In Instant Pot, add ½ cup (125ml) regular soy sauce, 2 tbsp (30ml) sesame oil, 2 tbsp (25g) brown sugar, 2 tbsp (30ml) unseasoned rice vinegar, 2 tbsp (42g) honey, and 1 tsp (2.3g) freshly ground black pepper. Give it a quick mix, then mix in the pear paste.
    Place 2.5 - 3lb short ribs into the marinade, and marinate for 2 - 8 hours in the fridge.
  • Pressure Cook LA Galbi: When ready to cook, give it a quick mix to ensure the short ribs are not sticking to each other. Close lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing position. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 1 minute + 5 minutes Nature Release. Open the lid carefully.
  • Optional - Broil LA Galbi: You can use an oven or Instant Pot Duo Crisp’s "Air Fry" function for this optional step.
    Place the air fryer basket in a clean inner pot, layer the short ribs on top, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. You can also layer enoki mushrooms in the basket. Place the air fryer lid on Instant Pot. Press "Air Fry" button, set the temperature to 400°F and cooking time to 8 minutes.
    *Pro Tip: You can open the lid to check the progress. (Top Rack: takes ~4 - 5 mins + preheat time; Middle Rack: takes ~6 - 7 mins + preheat time).
    *Oven Option: Layer the LA Galbi on a baking sheet, then put them under the broil function for a few minutes.
  • Serve LA Galbi: Layer LA Galbi on top of sliced raw white onions, then sprinkle with sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds, and enoki mushrooms on top. Enjoy~ :)


*Flanken Style Short Ribs: the short ribs are thinly cut across the bone, where each slab of short ribs have 3 – 4 small pieces of bones along the long edge, with buttery meat attached.
*Food Processor: If you don't have a food processor, you can grate the Asian pear, then mince the remaining ingredients.
*Serving LA Galbi: If you are skipping the broiling/air frying step, serve the LA Galbi and Kalbi Sauce in a serving bowl. Garnish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds.
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Author: Amy + Jacky
Calories: 311kcal


Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 3mg