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Kalbi Short Ribs Lettuce Wraps

Come kick it with us in K-Town!  We’re grilling up some kalbi, quick pickling some veg, and swaddling this umami bomb in fresh, crispy lettuce.  Check it out, you don’t want to miss this one!

Just under 15 minutes
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Korean barbecue is bomb, we can’t get enough! Call it kalbi, call it galbi, same diff, it’s delicious. These short ribs are marinated in a medley of sweet, salty, and tart flavors. They get grilled in a flash and the caramelization is scrumptious. Riding sidecar is a quick pickle mixture that’ll have you puckering with delight. Grilling the meat, pickling the veg, and wrapping it in crispy lettuce makes this dish a perfect healthy recipe for any night of the week. No guilt, minimal mess, flavor bomb, you can’t go wrong. So crank up some K-pop and rock out these ribs tonight!


balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon
soy sauce
¼ cup
2 tablespoons for marinade, 2 tablespoons for quick pickle
chili garlic paste (technically gochujang)
2 tablespoons
short ribs
2 ribs, about 1 lb.
1 whole, sliced
½ carrot (about ½ cup grated)
red onion
¼ onion, sliced
apple cider vinegar
about ¼ cup
about 6 large leaves



totally optional


Heat the pan
Place a grill pan over high heat.
Bust out a marinade
Grab a large bowl and combine the balsamic vinegar, mirin, soy sauce, sugar, and chili garlic paste, and stir. Remove the bone from the short ribs and cut them into slabs about ½” thick. Place the short rib pieces into your marinade, toss them around, and set aside.
Quick pickle
Cut your cucumber into ½ moon slices, grate your carrot, slice your onion, and place them all in a bowl. To the bowl, add a pinch of salt, apple cider vinegar, and sugar. Toss it all together.
Prep a plate
Go through your lettuce and grab some of the bigger pieces, pile them on a serving plate, and set aside.
Grill time
Find some tongs and use them to place the short rib pieces into the grill pan. Sprinkle them with a bit of salt. Don’t touch them, resist the urge. While they cook, go ahead and add your quick pickle mixture to the serving plate with your lettuce leaves. After a couple of minutes, you can flip the short ribs, they should be caramelized on the bottom. Cook for another minute.
Wrap it up
Add your grilled short rib pieces to the serving plate with the lettuce leaves and quick pickle. Give each eater a plate and let them build their wraps of galbi goodness.
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