Easy Korean BBQ Marinade

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This is a simple Korean BBQ Marinade.


Korean BBQ Marinade

Try this delicious Korean BBQ Marinade for your next grill party or family get together. This is a easy way to make Korean BBQ. You can also substitute chicken breast or sliced rib-eye for the short ribs. If you use chicken or rib-eye, you must add thinly sliced green onion tops. This can also be broiled in the oven for the same amount of time.

Marinades infuse meat with flavor and also can make meat more tender by softening and breaking down connective tissue before cooking begins. Marinades are especially useful when grilling because of the quick cooking times.

Serve this with some crispy Ragoons, Soybean Sprout Soup or some crunchy Mushroom Spring Rolls.

  • Author: The Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 120
  • Total Time: 130


  • beef short ribs or slabs of extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh Asian pear juice or puree (optional, but recommended)*
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 23 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 12 scallions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • Dash of freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and adjust quantities, if desired.
  2. Use sauce to marinate beef short ribs or slabs of extra firm tofu (drained and pressed) or tempeh.
  3. Place the protein in a shallow dish or zip-top bag and coat evenly with marinade. Marinate for at least 2 hours and up to a day, turning at least once.


  • Asian pear juice helps to tenderize meat and also gives the marinade a sweeter flavor. Making 1/4 cup of juice requires about 1/4 to 1/2 of an Asian pear. Use a juicer or blender or finely grate the pear and squeeze to extract the juice.



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