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Short Rib "Steaks" with Grilled Kimchi

Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi serve these juicy, well-marbled boned short ribs with housemade kimchi at their restaurant Joule, in Seattle. For grilling the kimchi, you'll need a metal rack (the kind for cooling cookies works well) or perforated grill pan.

Sunset MAY 2012

  • Yield: Serves 4
  • Total:1 Hour, 15 Minutes


  • 1 cup peeled, coarsely chopped Asian pear
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 pounds boned beef short ribs* trimmed of silverskin and outer fat, 3/4 to 1 in. thick; or 4 boneless beef country-style ribs (1 1/2 lbs. total), trimmed
  • 3 cups drained mild or spicy kimchi*
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • Steamed short-grain white rice (optional)


1. Whirl pear, onion, ginger, garlic, sake, mirin, and soy sauce in a blender until puréed. Pour into a deep bowl, add short ribs, and chill 3 to 4 hours. Drain marinade and let meat come to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, heat grill to medium (350° to 450°) for a gas grill or hot (450° to 550°) for a charcoal grill, with a burner turned off or an area left clear for indirect heat. In a bowl, toss kimchi with oil and set aside. Grill meat, covered, over direct heat, turning once, until marks appear, 4 minutes total.

3. Transfer meat to indirect heat area and set a metal rack over direct heat, crosswise over grates. Cook steak over indirect heat until a thermometer reaches 125° for medium-rare, 6 to 8 minutes. Meanwhile, grill kimchi on rack, turning once, until lightly charred, about 8 minutes total. Set kimchi on a platter with steaks on top, and serve with rice if you like.

*Short ribs don't come already boned, so you can ask a butcher to do it, bone them yourself (3 3/4 lbs. yields 1 1/2 lbs. trimmed "steaks"), or substitute boneless beef country-style ribs, a cut from the chuck eye roll that's similar in flavor, though less marbled. Find kimchi in grocery stores' refrigerated foods section and at Asian markets.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 535
  • Calories from fat: 51%
  • Protein: 43g
  • Fat: 31g
  • Saturated fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrate: 6.8g
  • Fiber: 2.3g
  • Sodium: 686mg
  • Cholesterol: 116mg

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Short Rib "Steaks" with Grilled Kimchi recipe