Japanese BBQ Short Ribs Recipe (Japanese Calbi)

July 29, 2018Van
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Prep time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Cook time: 8 minutes

Serves: 4-6

These Japanese BBQ Short Ribs are inspired by the ones I get at my favorite local izakaya, Kappo Honda. I’m not sure if this is a common dish that you can find at other Japanese restaurants, because I don’t really see it on the menu at other places. It’s definitely a Japanese copycat of delicious Korean Kalbi, the marinade is just slightly different and incorporates a few Japanese ingredients – the mirin does a wonderful job at tenderizing the ribs and adds an amazing flavor. I usually serve this with Japanese Potato Salad (recipe here) and rice, my kids go crazy for this dish.

Japanese BBQ Short Ribs Recipe - Japanese Calbi
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Japanese BBQ Short Ribs Recipe (Japanese Calbi)

  • Prep time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 8 minutes
  • Serves: 4-6



  • 2½ Pounds Flaken Cut Short Ribs
  • ⅓ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Saki, or substitute with water
  • ½ Cup Soy Sauce
  • ½ Cup Mirin
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 Green Onions, finely chopped


  • 1)

    In a small sauce pan, add ⅓ Cup of Brown Sugar and 2 Tablespoons of Saki, heat on low just until the sugar melts. Add ½ Cup of Soy Sauce, ½ Cup of Mirin, minced Garlic, chopped Green Onions, ½ Teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper and 1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil. Mix well.

  • 2)

    Place the ribs into a container and pour the marinade over it, coating all the pieces well. Marinade for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  • 3)

    Remove the ribs from the sauce and place them onto a large plate. Pour the rest of the marinade into a sauce pan, heat on low and let it boil for 2 minutes. If you want a thicker sauce, you can let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until it reduces by half. Strain the marinade into a bowl and discard the garlic and green onions.

  • 4)

    Grill on the BBQ for 6-8 minutes, flipping constantly and brushing on the marinade each time you flip. Sprinkle on some roasted sesame seeds before serving. Enjoy!

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