These Trader Joe’s Korean short ribs made in the air fryer are flavorful and tender with a crispy outside. Ready in under 20 minutes, these juicy short ribs are perfect for dinner because they don’t require hours of cooking and are already marinaded. Just throw them into the air fryer for an easy meal.
Trader Joe’s is known for having tasty and convenient freezer meals at affordable prices. And these Korean short ribs are no different. The tender meat is marinated in a flavorful Korean-style sauce made with soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine, sesame oil, garlic, and lemon juice. They cook up very quickly in the air fryer and make a great restaurant-quality meal at home.
What cut is Korean short ribs
Korean short ribs are a style of cutting beef ribs called ‘flanken’ or LA galbi. The ribs are cut lengthwise across the rib bones. Each piece of meat contains multiple “short” rib bones. Unlike American or European-style short ribs – which include a thick slice of bone-in beef cut in between the rib bones, the Korean-style results in thin strips of meat on one side of the bone.
Korean short ribs are usually found in the Asian market, but you can also find them in your local grocery stores in the beef section or ask your butcher.
The thin slices of meat are great for marinating and they cook very quickly on a grill or over the stovetop. These short ribs are usually grilled but for this recipe, we are cooking them in the air fryer.
Can you cook Trader Joe’s Korean short ribs in the air fryer
Yes! It’s a favorite go-to kitchen appliance. If cooked improperly, Korean short ribs can be tough and chewy. The hot circulating air of the air fryer breaks down the meat quickly and easily, producing tender and juicy ribs. They are ready in under 20 minutes with little prep or clean-up.
Before cooking your short ribs in the air fryer, make sure to defrost them. This is easy to do in a bowl of cold water for 10 – 15 minutes (do not open the plastic bag if using the water to defrost).
How long do you air fry them
The time you cook your short ribs in the air fryer will depend on your air fryer model and how thick the meat is. Cooked at 400 degrees F, they should be ready in 15 minutes. Korean short ribs cook very quickly, so keep an eye on them so they don’t overcook.
You also don’t want to crowd the air fryer basket, because the meat won’t get as crispy, so cook in batches if you need to.
What temperature should short ribs be cooked to
Your ribs are fully done when they have reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. To get the most accurate temperature, use an instant-read or meat thermometer to check!
How to cook Trader Joe’s beef short ribs in the oven
While the packaging says that these short ribs are best cooked over a grill, sometimes we want a quick and easy no-fuss meal. Broiling them in the oven is convenient for most people, and is an easy alternative to grilling.
Start by defrosting your short ribs in the original bag in cold water for 10 – 15 minutes. Preheat your broiler, then remove the meat from the bag and into a baking dish. Discard the marinade.
Broil until the meat is golden brown and has reached an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees F, about 10 – 15 minutes.
You can flip the meat halfway through to ensure even cooking and browning with a pair of kitchen tongs or a fork.
You can store beef short ribs leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Use an air tight container. Reheat in the air fryer for 2 minutes at 400 degrees.
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- 1 package Trader Joe's Korean short ribs
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- Thaw Korean short ribs.
- Place ribs next to each other in the air fryer basket. Don't overcrowd the basket.
- Air fry at 400 degrees for 16 minutes.
- Top with chopped green onions and serve.
- Do not overcrowd the basket
- Do not overcook
- Cooked ribs can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350