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Asian Flanken Beef Ribs Recipe

Asian Flanken Beef Ribs Recipe

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Have you ever had flanken ribs before? It can be pretty popular in Asian cuisine, such as Korean Kalbi, and I can see why. You marinade it, cook it, and it’s freakin’ delicious! It’s also quite easy to make at home! This Asian Flanken Beef Ribs Recipe is how I make it at home.

What are flanken ribs?


Flanken style ribs (aka cross cut ribs) are pieces of meat thinly sliced across the rib section of beef bones. Each piece consists of 3-4 small pieces of bone, between sections of flavorful meat. They are marbled with fat and connective tissues, and are super tender after being marinated for a short time.

May folks call this dish “Asian Short Ribs” but it can be easily confused with some other dishes that are cut a different way – so I’m calling it Flanken ribs to clarify the cut.

What to serve with Asian Flanken Beef Ribs?

Since this Asian Flanken Beef Ribs dish is flavorful already, any simple side dish will really go pretty well with it. Some ideas:

Those are just a few ideas!

Thick Soy Sauce

I do not use regular soy sauce for this recipe. I use Thick Soy Sauce, aka Soy Paste. There’s actually many different types of soy sauce! Thick soy sauce is a lot thicker than your normal soy sauce. It has a richer, sweeter flavor, which is perfect for this dish.

If you can’t find any thick soy sauce, you can actually use regular soy sauce. If you do this route, here’s a couple of recommendations:

  • Add some sort of sweetener. Since Thick soy sauce is more sweet, you are now missing a flavor, so I would recommend adding a bit of sugar or sweetener of your choice.
  • Thicken it. Since Thick soy sauce is, well duh, more thick, you may want to add something to thicken the sauce. To do this, you can mix cornstarch and water in a separate bowl to create a thickener, and then adding it to the dish prior to adding the basil.

How to make Flanken Beef Ribs?

There are several ways to make Flanken Beef Ribs, but this Asian Flanken Beef Ribs recipe is the easiest way (only 5 ingredients including cooking oil/fat), and delicious!!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb flanken short ribs aka cross cut short ribs
  • 1/2 cup Thick Soy Sauce (if you do not have this, you can sub it with soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch mixture)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil/fat of choice (butter is tasty!)

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, add flanken short ribs and pour honey, thick soy sauce and minced garlic. Mix well and let it marinade for at least half an hour (the longer the better!).

Heat up a large cooking pan, and add vegetable oil. Let it heat up for 1-2 minutes so that we know the cooking pan is hot.

Add the slices of short ribs on the cooking pan. Let it cook for about a minute, untouched. Then, using tongs or chopsticks, flip them over to cook the other side for another minute or until cooked thoroughly but still tender and not tough.

Remove from heat and serve!

Grill version

You can also grill these delicious ribs, as the important part really was the sauce we put together and the marinating!

All you have to do is set up your gas or charcoal grill over high heat, and once it’s ready, place the ribs on the grate. Then grill for about 4-6 minutes on each side, and then remove and serve!

Asian Flanken Beef Ribs Recipe

Asian Flanken Beef Ribs Recipe

Asian Marinated Flanken Beef Ribs pan seared on the stove - this recipe is super easy and super yum! Here's how to make it with 5 ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb flanken short ribs aka cross cut short ribs
  • 1/2 cup Thick Soy Sauce (if you do not have this, you can sub it with soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch mixture)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil/fat of choice (butter is tasty!)

Instructions

    1. In a large mixing bowl, add flanken short ribs and pour honey, thick soy sauce and minced garlic. Mix well and let it marinade for at least half an hour (the longer the better!).
    2. Heat up a large cooking pan, and add vegetable oil. Let it heat up for 1-2 minutes so that we know the cooking pan is hot.
    3. Add the slices of short ribs on the cooking pan. Let it cook for about a minute, untouched. Then, using tongs or chopsticks, flip them over to cook the other side for another minute or until cooked thoroughly but still tender and not tough.
    4. Remove from heat and serve!

Notes

Grill version

Set up your gas or charcoal grill over high heat, and once it's ready, place the ribs on the grate. Then grill for about 4-6 minutes on each side, and then remove and serve!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 480Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 1850mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 37g

The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands for more precise nutrition information.

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Christina

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Is there a recipe available to make the thick soy sauce?? Thank you!

TinaTsai

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I don't personally have one other than just mixing soy sauce, brown sugar/honey, cornstarch together (what I do when I run out of it) but I saw there was one posted here: https://cookinginchinglish.com/taiwanese-thick-soy-sauce/ that might be more similar!

Ju-Peter

Friday 27th of August 2021

where has the honey gone to? 😄

TinaTsai

Friday 27th of August 2021

Ha! :D Nice catch - I left out the word in the first sentence, it's part of the marinade. I've added the word honey. If you look closely at that picture though, you can see the drizzled honey

Alexandra

Friday 20th of August 2021

Is thick soy the same as kecap manis?

TinaTsai

Friday 20th of August 2021

Hi there! I've not used kecap manis before but I did some research, and it sounds like they might be similar, but they are not exactly the same. Kecap manis sounds like is a lot sweeter, made with fermented soybeans and a variety of sugar and spices, including palm sugar, star anise, and garlic. Where as thick soy sauce aka soy paste is sweeter than soy sauce but not as sweet as kecap manis, and made with sugar, more wheat in the fermentation process, and sometimes, a starch thickener. I'll have to check out kecap manis some time tho it sounds very delicious :)

Duncan Edwards

Friday 25th of June 2021

simply amazing I love it

TinaTsai

Saturday 26th of June 2021

Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :D

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