Paleo Korean Kalbi Short Ribs ! Delicious Paleo kalbi short ribs, marinaded in fresh fruit and savory coconut aminos. Perfect Paleo BBQ, Asian food recipe.  There are two recipe versions for the kalbi short ribs to satisfy both Paleo and Whole30 users !

I can’t think of any other food that’s sweeter, more savory, and more super addictive than Korean kalbi short ribs. It takes practically no cooking skills to make (yup, I’ve found a shortcut to make them) and the entire family can sit around a big table and enjoy this finger licking, super cheerful and happy food.

The trick of the shortcut is to marinate them overnight if not 24 hours. The flavor was so great that my neighbor knocked on my door and asked what I was making!

To get started:

Kalbi Short Rib BBQ Recipe I Heart Umami

Paleo Kalbi Short Ribs. Paleo Korean Recipe.
5 from 6 votes

Kalbi Short Ribs Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: ChihYu Smith
Paleo friendly version Korean Kalbi Short Ribs ! Marinade the beef overnight (best 24 hrs. in advance).
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  • 2 lbs beef short ribs

Beef Marinade

  • 1 cup coconut aminos, or ¾ cup tamari sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Half one whole pear
  • Half one whole kiwi
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 2 tbsp chopped scallion
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 tbsp chili pepper, optional

To garnish:


A night before (or a day before):

  • In a food processor, puree half pear, half kiwi, and half small onion. Place the ribs in a deep container, meat-side down. Combine all ingredients (including honey) listed under “beef marinade”. Make sure the marinade covers all of the ribs evenly. Marinate overnight if not 24 hours.

Day of cooking:

  • When ready to cook, heat a large skillet over high heat and cook both sides of short ribs until outside is browned/charred. Make sure to let the marinade drip off the meat before placing it in the pan. If there is too much marinade in the pan, the meat will be boiled instead of pan-fried and the meat will be less tasty. 
  • Finish cooking the short ribs in the oven (450 -475 F) until your desired doneness. Reduce the marinade sauce. Bring to a boil over high heat in a sauce pan. Reduce the sauce until it is sticky and slightly thick.
  • Slice the beef and brush on some of the reduced marinade. Garnish with sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds and a drizzle of toasted sesame oil.


Calories: 361kcal
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: BBQ, Korean
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