Korean Sesame Rib Marinade

Korean Sesame Rib Marinade
Korean Sesame Rib Marinade

Sabrina S. Baksh / Regarding BBQ, Inc.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
129 Calories
4g Fat
22g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 129
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1260mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 4g
Calcium 70mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There is no arguing that Korean-style beef ribs (Bulgalbi) are delicious. This marinade provides these ribs with a fantastic sweet yet pungent flavor so reminiscent of Asian cuisine. Use this marinade as a sauce as well. See the instructions for more information.


  • 1/2 cup/120 milliliter soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup/60 milliliter honey
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 scallions (green onions, chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliter sherry
  • 1 tablespoon/15 milliliter sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons/30 milliliters sesame (seeds, toasted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 milliliter ginger (fresh grated)
  • 1 teaspoon/5 milliliter black pepper
  • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 milliliter pepper flakes

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a small saucepan, add soy sauce, sesame oil, and honey. Bring to a good simmer, reduce heat to a low simmer and add sherry, ginger, black pepper, and pepper flakes. After one minute, remove from heat and allow the marinade to cool 20 minutes before adding chopped scallions and roasted sesame seeds.

  3. To use, place ribs in a resealable plastic bag and pour cooled marinade over top. Seal bag and place into the refrigerator for 4 to 24 hours. 

  4. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

To make a serving sauce, simply make two batches. Follow the instructions above for the marinade. With the second batch, follow the above instructions but simmer on low for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often. The sauce will reduce a bit. If it still remains to runny after simmering, combine 1 tablespoon/15 milliliter of water with 2 teaspoons/10 milliliter cornstarch. Bring the mixture up to a high simmer and pour in the mixture, whisking for 30 seconds. The sauce will thicken quickly. Remove from heat and use as needed.

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