Kalbi Marinade


This very flavorful marinade can be used for chicken pieces, beef steaks, ribs, pork ribs, or chops. It works best when you can marinate overnight!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
4 cups


  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped

  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar

  • 1 ¼ cups soy sauce

  • ½ cup sherry

  • 5 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger

  • 5 tablespoons minced garlic

  • ¼ cup sesame oil

  • ¼ cup sesame seeds

  • 3 tablespoons black bean sauce

  • 2 ½ tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons garlic chile paste


  1. Combine green onions, brown sugar, soy sauce, sherry, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, sesame seeds, black bean sauce, black pepper, and garlic chile paste in a large bowl. Whisk until brown sugar is completely dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

This recipe makes a lot of marinade! I split it in half after mixing and froze half in a resealable plastic bag for next time.

Letting your meat marinate overnight will tenderize it as well as give it a hearty flavor for grilling. However, if using boneless, skinless chicken breasts, don't marinate overnight as it would get too strong.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

66 Calories
2g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 32
Calories 66
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 608mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 75mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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