Galbi Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fig Jam

Galbi Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fig Jam


This quick and easy galbi grilled cheese sandwich with fig jam can be prepared in less than 15 minutes. The perfect brunch for on the go.

With all Leftovers posts, we create a fun and tasty recipe and draw inspirations from the traditional concept. Please take the time to look at The Journey to appreciate where it all came from: Korean Braised Beef Short Ribs

We know that you can never have enough of Galbi Jjim. So, instead of creating the same meal you had last night, let’s put those leftovers to good use!

Even though I chef, I usually don’t like to cook for myself after a long day of work. So, my fridge is usually stocked with water, beers, and eggs. A box of ramen, a loaf of bread, you know, the bachelor life. I understand that many of you out there are in the same position. In Leftovers, I will be mindful of the ingredients we used in The Journey, while also not using too many other ingredients we need to go find and buy.

Many years ago, I got invited to the soft opening for Tom’s Urban in Los Angeles. They invited all the bloggers, influencers, and anyone in the food industry to come out and try their menu. For all the deliciousness that was given to us, one item stood out to me the most. It was a three cheese grilled cheese sandwich with fig jam. Seems so simple right? It is!

I created that at home the same day I got back from that event. Over the years, I started to add more ingredients to it. I played with different cheeses, proteins, and vegetables. What is the most enjoyable process of this development? It is REALLY difficult to make a grilled cheese sandwich taste bad! Using the leftover ingredients from the Galbi Jjim recipe, this version of the Galbi Grilled Cheese Sandwich with jam came out delicious!

Galbi grilled cheese sandwich will be extremely flavorful. Be creative and use whatever you have in your kitchen to modify it. This Korean-American fusion will be an amazing twist to your brunch meals!
If you feel this might be too heavy for your, we recommend just toasting your bread without butter and using half the amount of cheese.

*I went to culinary school, worked as a chef for 8 years, but never really learned how to cook until I read these four books. If you want to go beyond cooking from just reading a recipe, I go into details in how these four books changed the way I cook: Learning How to Cook
Before you continue, links in this post are Amazon Affiliate links to books I love and still use to this day!

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Galbi Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fig Jam

This quick and easy galbi grilled cheese sandwich with fig jam recipe can be prepared in less than 15 minutes. The perfect brunch on the go.

prep time: 5 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 15 mins


  • 1 cup beef (shredded)
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 tbsp onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp fig jam
  • 2 Rustico bread
  • 1/4 cup Mexican cheese blend


  1. Preheat leftover braised beef short ribs (we used an oven) and have it ready before you preheat the pan.
  2. Preheat pan and place the butter on the pan.
  3. Add garlic and onions until browned. Turn heat to low-medium (keep garlic on pan, remove onions and keep to the side)
  4. Place one bread on the pan, while the other you put fig jam on. When you turn the bread over (roughly 1 minute) add the browned onions and cheese on the bread. Add the bread with the jam side by side.
  5. Shred the beef short ribs and remove the bread face up onto a cutting board. Add the shredded beef onto the side of the bread with the cheese. Place the bread with the fig jam on top of the shredded beef.
  1. You really can’t go wrong here if you want to add or subtract an ingredient. We created so many different versions of this, but wanted to use the ingredients we had left over from the traditional dish.
  2. You may use your choice of bread.
  3. You may use your choice of jam, although we recommend the fig, as the texture and sweetness of it gave it that special umf!
  4. You can use your choice of cheese. We used Mexican Cheese Blend because…that was the only thing left in the fridge. *face palm* (We recommend you use Swiss cheese and Muenster cheese together as it will give you a great nutty, sweet, and sharp flavor.)



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