Instant Pot Galbi (Korean-Style Short Ribs)


This version of delicious Korean beef short ribs dish for your Instant Pot or other multi-cooker pressure cooker will have the ribs falling off the bone! Soaking the ribs first is the traditional method. I recommend soaking for at least an hour, though traditionally, you would soak them for longer, changing the water after the first hour. If you don't have an Asian pear, an apple will do as a substitute. Serve over white rice.

close up view of Galbi (Korean-Style Short Ribs) with carrots and white rice, garnished with green onions on a plate
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins


  • 3 pounds beef short ribs

  • 1 Asian pear - peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped

  • 1 small onion, chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped

  • ½ tablespoon peeled and coarsely chopped fresh ginger

  • 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce, divided

  • ¼ cup rice wine

  • ¼ cup water

  • ¼ cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut in chunks

  • 5 radishes, peeled and cut into chunks

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ½ bunch green onions, chopped, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, or to taste


  1. Soak ribs in a large bowl of water for 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, combine Asian pear, onion, garlic, and ginger in a blender or food processor; purée until smooth. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. Mix in 3/4 cup soy sauce, rice wine, water, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and pepper to create a sauce. Set aside.

  3. Drain ribs and dry them well. Trim off excess fat. Place ribs in a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot), then add carrots and radishes. Pour Asian pear sauce on top. Close and lock the lid. Select Meat function according to manufacturer's instructions; set the timer for 35 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  4. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Transfer meat and vegetables to a plate and set aside.

  5. Select the Sauté function on your Instant Pot. Stir in white sugar, remaining 1/4 cup soy sauce, and remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has melted and sauce has thickened, about 10 minutes. Return ribs and vegetables to the pot; stir to coat with sauce.

  6. Garnish ribs and vegetables with green onions and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

657 Calories
47g Fat
31g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 657
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g 60%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 1589mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 78mg 6%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 563mg 12%

* 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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