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Korean BBQ Beef

  • Author: (From "A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®" by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins + 2 hours (marinade)
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings 1x
  • Category: main dish, meats, easy
  • Method: stir fry
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Quick and easy to prepare, Korean BBQ Beef is perfect for busy day dinner. And, no grill, wok or other special equipment needed!


  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons grated or finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sherry
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • Dash oyster sauce (optional)
  • Dash Tabasco sauce
  • 1 pound flank steak, sliced thinly across the grain (1/8 to 1/4-inch thick) and cut in half crosswise
  • 1 to 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons chopped green onion, for garnish
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Cooked brown rice, for serving


  1. In a 7-by-11 inch glass baking dish, stir together ginger, onion, cilantro, garlic, sugar, sherry, soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce (if using) and tabasco.
  2. Add the steak slices and stir to coat the meat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 up to 24 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the steak slices from the marinade and place on a plate, letting the excess drip back into the dish, reserving the marinade. (See Note below.)
  4. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high to high heat. Add a handful of the sliced steak and cook to sear the outside. Remove and repeat until all the steak has been seared, adding additional oil as needed.
  5. Put all the steak back into the skillet, stir in the reserved marinade, and simmer over medium to medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the sauce reduces a bit.
  6. To serve, spoon meat and sauce over brown rice. Garnish with chopped green onion and toasted sesame seeds.


Gluten free: Use gluten free soy sauce.

Note on reusing marinade: It’s okay to reuse marinade as long as you boil it before serving. That will kill any bacteria.

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