Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs

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Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs browned and cooked until fork tender with just a few minutes of prep work and all your favorite flavors.

Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs browned and cooked until fork tender with just a few minutes of prep work and all your favorite flavors.Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs are the big brother to the Slow Cooker Korean Beef and the perfect entree for your dinner party. The smaller cuts used in the other recipe are based on a large chuck roast cut into small bite sized pieces and are a perfect family meal.

These larger short rib cuts are going to run more money because you’re working from a smaller available cuts of beef. Here’s my spiel I used in my Easy Braised Short Ribs recipe and is still 100% the way to go about sourcing the beef for this recipe too:

Most important tip I can give you about making short ribs: Be that obnoxious person with your meat guy. You are looking for the English cut of short ribs. They look like a cube, one bone per piece (in this case we aren’t using bone in, but you’ll want to avoid the giant chunks of fat that would be near where the bone was.

Slow Cooker Short Ribs RecipeNow here is where you get obnoxious. When you get to the grocer completely avoid the prepackaged stuff. They give you one nice piece and about four pieces that are 80% bone/fat. So you end up spending ten dollars a pound on mostly bone/fat.

Here is what you do, walk up to the meat guy (or gal) and say, “I was x number of short ribs, I need them for an event and they all need to be this thick (hold your fingers apart at least three inches) since they are going to be a single piece per serving. I can’t have pieces that are mostly bone.”


Korean Crockpot RibsTHEN, inspect. Anytime I am at a new grocer they always try and sneak some skinny pieces in there. Be that person who says, “Nope, nope, nope, I need this one swapped out.” Trust me, you don’t want to get stuck with the pieces that are all connective tissue and bone because the meat department is trying to sell the skinny end of the short rib.

You deserve the exact cut you want. The only other thing to truly ensure amazing short ribs, is salt, pepper and flour each piece. Then tap off the excess flour and brown it in your dutch oven on all sides. YES, all sides, including the bone (this helps add flavor, I promise). Then when it braises, it will become this beautiful, crust covered tender piece of meat.

Trust me these Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs are going to have enough flavor on their own even without the bones. Look at what they get to cook in: Korean Short Ribs Slow Cooker The reason we’re going boneless here for the Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs is because we’re making this in the slow cooker. When braising in the oven the heat will help melt more of that tough connective tissue, but the slow cooker won’t get quite hot enough to do the same, so I avoid it in slow cooker short rib recipes.

How To Make Korean Short Ribs

Tools Used In This Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs Recipe:
Slow Cooker: Love this slow cooker and how programmable it is, it has been a workhorse for me… until…
My New Slow Cooker: This recipe was made in this slow cooker. For larger roasts I also brown the meat in the insert and not lose a bunch of the flavor by transferring the meat and leaving the browned bits behind. If you’re thinking of a new slow cooker, consider it if your budget is open.
Sesame Oil: The flavor of sesame oil in this dish is unmistakeable and not really able to be substituted. Some Asian grocery stores will try and sell less expensive options that aren’t actually sesame oil, so just be sure the one you’re buying is authentic sesame oil.


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Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs

5 from 7 votes
  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs browned and cooked until fork tender with just a few minutes of prep work and all your favorite flavors.


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 pounds short ribs I use boneless because they have less fat and connective tissue in 3 inch chunks
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup lite soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
  • diced green onions for garnish (optional)
  • sesame seeds for garnish (optional)


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. In a cast aluminum slow cooker insert (or another skillet if your slow cooker has a ceramic insert) add the tablespoon of canola oil.
  2. Dredge the beef in flour on all sides and shake off the excess.
  3. Brown the beef on high heat on all sides. Make sure the pan is hot, you don't need to worry how done the meat is, you're just going for color.
  4. Add the beef, brown sugar, lite soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and crushed red peppers to the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

  6. Add in the cornstarch slurry and cook and additional 20-30 minutes while you cook your rice and vegetables to thicken the sauce.

  7. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 Servings, Amount per serving: 511 calories, Calories: 511g, Carbohydrates: 44g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 97mg, Sodium: 1200mg, Potassium: 688mg, Sugar: 35g, Vitamin A: 0.5g, Vitamin C: 0.8g, Calcium: 5.1g, Iron: 25.4g

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Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs browned and cooked until fork tender with just a few minutes of prep work and all your favorite flavors.

Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs browned and cooked until fork tender with just a few minutes of prep work and all your favorite flavors.
Slow Cooker Korean Short Ribs browned and cooked until fork tender with just a few minutes of prep work and all your favorite flavors.

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. I hardly ever cook, let alone review the recipe I cooked. This recipe was super easy to cook and was delicious, will make again sometime!! Thanks Sabrina!

  2. Hi Sabrina
    I am making this right now. We love Korean.
    In Vancouver Canada we have many many Asian restaurants.
    Looking forward to Korean at home tonight.


  3. We made this for tonights and loved it. We made 1/3 of the recipe and it cooked perfectly. I added an onion into the slow cooker as a bed for the ribs as we wanted some onion for our dish. As we cooked the ribs the night before when we heated them up we added a tablespoon of gochujang. We used half of the recipe as a filling for grilled cheese and short rib sandwiches with home made tomato soup and the whole family loved it. Thank you for the recipe

  4. Hi! I’m trying to do this recipe and I accidentally bought bone in short ribs ???

    If I do this in a traditional oven will it turn out the same ?

    1. I haven’t tested it so I’m not comfortable giving a recommendation. If you decide to try, I’d love to know how it turns out. Thanks!

  5. Just made the ribs and they were delicious. Will make them again. Looked at how they were doing in the slow cooker and the sauce was boiling away. I put a 1/2 cup of water in. The ribs were tender, flavorful and juicy.

  6. I doubled the recipe and split it between my Ninja slow cooker setting and an old school crock pot. The crock pot portion was amazing. The Ninja portion was burnt and charred. I will definitely make this again in the crock pot. We loved that portion.

  7. I tried making this as instructed and it ended up black and burnt and dry. There’s not enough liquid or something. Any advice? 

    1. There are a few things that could’ve caused it from the slow cooker running hot to the pieces being too big and not enough sauce. Feel free to email me and we can trouble shoot to try and figure out exactly what might have caused it. contact @

  8. These look AMAZE! So simple and so delicious- perfect for those super busy days when you don’t want to have to worry about dinner late at night.

  9. Great tips on working with the butcher! You’re totally right – I always feel like I’m paying for fat instead of meat! These look delicious and I love that they’re made in the slow cooker!

  10. ok doesn’t matter, just need an answer to my question. thanks lots! I never buy red peppers unless they mean red peppers like reg BELL Peppers??

    1. What you’re looking for is in the spice aisle. Crushed red pepper is also known as red pepper flakes. It’s a condiment that consists of dried and crushed (as opposed to ground) red chili peppers. Hopefully this clears up any confusion. 🙂

    1. Yes! I totally get they don’t want to get stuck with the gristle either, but at the prices they’re charging for short ribs these days it’s like buying a ribeye steak…you’d never pick the crappy looking edge of the ribeye!