Sous Vide Boneless Korean-Style Short Ribs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course


  • Sharp Slicing Knife
  • Blender
  • Grill
  • Sous Vide Immersion Circulator
  • Cooking Container


  • 1 pack Angus beef boneless short ribs
  • 1 cup dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup rice wine, or dry sherry
  • 1 white onion roughly chopped
  • 1 Asian pear roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp ginger minced
  • 2 tbsp gochujang pepper paste
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • neutral oil


  • Prepare the short ribs: carefully trim excess silver skin and connective tissue from the outside of the ribs, but be mindful not to trim too much fat. Using a sharp slicing knife with a long blade, slice short ribs against the grain into ¼-inch slices. Note: to make even slicing easier, you can put the short ribs in the freezer for about 30 minutes beforehand.
  • Make the marinade: in a blender combine soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, honey, rice wine, onion, Asian pear, garlic, ginger, gochujang, and pepper; puree until smooth. Set aside 1 cup of the marinade in a covered container.
  • Then preheat an immersion circulator in a water bath to 138°F. Place ribs into vacuum bags and divide marinade evenly among them, turning ribs to coat. Vacuum/seal bags. Place bags into the water bath and cook for 6 to 8 hours. Remove the short ribs from the bags and blot dry with paper towels (discard remaining marinade).
  • When ready to cook, preheat a lightly-oiled gas or charcoal grill, or indoor grill pan, to high. In a small saucepan, heat reserved marinade over medium-high heat until reduced to a syrupy glaze, set aside.
  • Grill ribs, brushing once with reserved glaze, until nicely charred, about 1-2 minutes each side. Remove short ribs to a cutting board to rest for a few minutes. Serve immediately with rice and kimchi, or your favorite steamed vegetables.
Keyword Korean-style, ribs, short ribs, sous vide