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Korean Beef Stew
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5 from 3 votes

How to Cook Korean Beef Stew

The ever famous Korean beef stew is obviously a Korean dish but Filipinos also loved this dish. I've heard this is a popular dish served in House of Kimchi.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Beef Recipe
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: beef stew, korean beef stew
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Calories: 480kcal
Author: Manny


  • 1 kilo beef short ribs or beef briskets cut into serving pieces
  • 1 whole garlic minced
  • 1 piece medium size red onion minced
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 4 cups water or beef stock
  • 3 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 pieces green chilies or siling haba sliced into strips (optional)
  • 1 tsp black pepper ground
  • 1 whole piece of star anise
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 piece beef bouillon just in case you use water instead of beef stock
  • 5 stalks of spring onion chopped
  • patis or fish sauce
  • cooking oil


How to cook Korean Beef Stew:

  • Heat oil in a deep skillet and saute garlic until brown and toasted. Remove garlic from pan and set aside.
  • If you want to shorten the cooking time, precook the beef in the pressure cooker until almost tender.
  • Then use the beef broth as beef stock in cooking the beef stew instead of using water and beef bouillon cubes.
  • In the same pan, saute onion until wilted then add the beef and stir fry until brown.
  • Pour the soy sauce and beef stock just enough to cover the beef. If you will use water instead of beef stock, add beef bouillon cube.
  • Add in the star anise and sugar and bring to a boil for an hour or until beef is very tender.
  • In the meantime, heat an empty skillet and toast the sesame seeds until slightly brown.
  • Mix with a spatula while toasting so it will be even, just prevent it from burning and turning it like black peppercorns.
  • Add the toasted sesame seeds, spring onions, toasted garlic, sesame oil, green chilies and simmer for additional 5 minutes.
  • Season with patis and black pepper and adjust the taste according to your taste buds. Serve hot.