Keto Korean BBQ Marinated Short Ribs

Our newest entry to our Keto Korean BBQ series is probably the most popular dish in Korean BBQ and its’ the Keto Korean BBQ Short Ribs!

The reason I say this is simple – it’s sold at Costco, and if it’s sold at Costco, it has to be popular (I know, not exactly a professional assessment)!

Keto Low Carb Korean BBQ Marinated Short Ribs

So here is kalbi/galbi, AKA Korean BBQ Marinated Beef Short Ribs.  Ironically enough, I didn’t like this dish as a kid growing up.

I much preferred the softer meat of Korean BBQ Bulgogi, but as I grew older, the texture of short rib meat really grew into something I appreciated.

This dish is prepared with the same marinade as Korean BBQ Bulgogi, so the only real difference is the meat texture.

If you happen to be a fan of the Bulgogi Marinade flavor, the BBQ Marinated Beef Short Ribs might be perfect for you.

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Making both at the same time should be no problem because all you do is double up on the marinade!

Now, get out there and get ready to have yourself a Keto Korean BBQ party!

For this recipe, we provided two ways you can cook the meat.  The preferred method would be on a BBQ to infuse the smoke flavors inside the meat, however if you don’t have a BBQ at home, you can also pan fry it.

Either way, you’ll get the sweet & salty classic KBB taste at only ~3g net carbs per serving!

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For this dish, the special ingredients you would need are Soy Sauce, Swerve/Monkfruit, Sesame Oil and Toasted Sesame Seeds.  You can get these ingredients on Amazon or at a local Asian supermarket.

Note – You can use either bone-in or bone-less beef short ribs, but thickness of each slice should be around 1/2 inch.

Now, let’s get cooking!

Prepping Time 5M

Marinating Time 24H

Cooking Time 5M

Total Time 24H10M

Net Carb/Serv ~3g

Servings 2

Ingredients

Galbi

  • 1 1/2lb Sliced Beef Chuck Short Ribs Bone-In (Use ~3/4 lbs if Bone-Less)
  • 1/4 Medium Yellow/Brown Onion
  • 1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Seed
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil (if pan frying)

Marinade

  • 1/2 Medium Yellow/Brown Onion
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 Whole Jalapeno (optional)
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Swerve/Monkfruit (use up to 3 tbsp if you prefer sweet)
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) If needed, slice beef short ribs into 1/2 thickness and set aside (if bone-less).  Note – it’s easier to slice meat more precisely if semi-frozen.

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3) Use a blender or food processor to blend ingredients (Soy Sauce, Swerve/Monkfruit, Sesame Oil, 1/2 onion, jalapeno, garlic and black pepper) together to form marinade.  Transfer marinade to a zip-lock bag.

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4) Finley slice the 1/4 of the onion and add into zip-lock, along with sliced beef.  Massage in the marinade ensuring equal distribution.

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5) Place zip-lock bag flat in the fridge for 24 hours (up to 36 hours) flipping over at least once half way through the marinade.

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6) After marination is complete, cut green onions into 1 inch sticks and set aside.

7a) If pan frying, add 1 tbsp of Sesame Oil to a large Teflon fry pan and bring up to temperature on high, should take around 1 minute.  Once up to temp, transfer beef and chopped green onions and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until done.  Transfer to serving plate and top with Toasted Sesame Seeds.   Best enjoyed with some green vegetables!

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7b) If grilling, preheat grill on high until temp reaches ~350F.  Once grill is up to temp, lower heat to medium-low and place beef on grill and chopped green onions on top rack/indirect heat.  Close lid and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until until done.  Once cooked, transfer to serving plate and top with Toasted Sesame Seeds.  Best enjoyed with some green vegetables!

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Keto Korean BBQ Marinated Spare Ribs Recipe (21)

Hope you enjoy your low-carb/keto Korean BBQ Marinated Short Ribs!

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The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Korean BBQ Marinated Short Ribs. Enjoy this delicious Korean BBQ at only ~3g Net Carb / Serving. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
4.47 from 13 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: keto korean bbq, keto Korean marinade, low carb kbb, low carb korean bbq, low carb Korean marinade, no sugar kbb
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 659kcal

Ingredients

Galbi

  • 1 1/2 lb Short Ribs Use ~3/4 lbs if Bone-Less
  • 1/4 Medium Yellow/Brown Onion
  • 1 tbsp Toasted Sesame Seed
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil if pan frying

Marinade

  • 1/2 Medium Yellow/Brown Onion
  • 4 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 Whole Jalapeno optional
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Swerve/Monkfruit (use up to 3 tbsp if you prefer sweet)
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Keto Korean BBQ Marinated Spare Ribs Recipe (8)
  • If needed, slice beef short ribs into 1/2 thickness and set aside (if bone-less). Note - it's easier to slice meat more precisely if semi-frozen.
    Keto Korean BBQ Marinated Spare Ribs Recipe (2)
  • Use a blender or food processor to blend ingredients (Soy Sauce, Swerve/Monkfruit, Sesame Oil, 1/2 onion, jalapeno, garlic and black pepper together to form marinade. Transfer marinade to a zip-lock bag.
    Keto Korean BBQ Bulgogi Marinade Recipe (19)
  • Finley slice the 1/4 of the onion and add into zip-lock, along with sliced beef. Massage in the marinate ensuring equal distribution.
    Keto Korean BBQ Marinated Spare Ribs Recipe (3)
  • Place zip-lock bag flat in the fridge for 24 hours (up to 36 hourflipping over at least once half way through the marinate.
    Keto Korean BBQ Marinated Spare Ribs Recipe (4)
  • After marination is complete, cut green onions into 1 inch sticks and set aside.
    Keto Korean BBQ Marinated Spare Ribs 5 (1)
  • If pan frying, add 1 tbsp of Sesame Oil to a large Teflon fry pan and bring up to temperature on high, should take around 1 minute. Once up to temp, transfer beef and chopped green onions and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until done. Transfer to serving plate and top with Toasted Sesame Seeds. Best enjoyed with some green vegetables! If grilling, preheat grill on high until temp reaches ~350. Once grill is up to temp, lower heat to medium-low and place beef on grill and chopped green onions on top rack/indirect heat. Close lid and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until until done. Once cooked, transfer to serving plate and top with Toasted Sesame Seeds. Best enjoyed with some green vegetables!
    Keto Korean BBQ Marinated Spare Ribs Recipe (5)

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 659kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 1783mg | Potassium: 972mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 6mg

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6 Comments

  1. I have a rack of baby back ribs that I would like to cook tonight (no time to marinate). Do you think the marinade can be cooked into a sauce? I marinated some short ribs in this a few weeks ago and it was a huge hit, so I would love the same flavor from my back ribs tonight.

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Lola! You can reduce the marinade into a sauce, but it’ll taste very light compared to it being marinated. Hope that helps!

  2. Sesame oil has a very low smoking point…you probably don’t want to be frying with it. It will burn. Better to use a high smoke point oil like avocado or peanut and add a little sesame oil at the end for flavour.

    The marinade smells amazing though! Can’t wait to grill those badboys up tomorrow!

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Cliff! You can use whatever oil you’re comfortable with, but we’ve had no issues with pan frying sesame oil (not deep frying). Also, toasted sesame oil’s smoking point is around from 410F, so not that low IMO.

  3. This recipe was so easy and delicious. Everyone loved the flavor! Thank you for a great recipe!

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