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Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version}

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Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version}

Korean BBQ Galbi features super juicy and tasty steak slices seared over a pan or grill. They are so tender and full of flavors, garlicky in sweet soy with a hint of sesame oil aroma. They taste just like short ribs, but without the bones. Learn all the tips and tricks to prepare steak properly to accomplish all these.

Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version}
Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version}

Ingredients Required for Korean BBQ Galbi:

Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version} Ingredients
Ingredients

For beef, ideally, this is for short ribs. However, this recipe works out great for regular steak too. I use a unique marinating method that tenderizes the steak effectively.

Baking Soda – only need a pinch of baking soda to mix with the rinsed and soaked steak slices to tenderize the meat.

Soy Sauce – A combination of Regular Soy Sauce and Light Soy Sauce.

Sugar – Sugar In the Raw is my go-to sugar for cooking meat. You can also substitute with light brown sugar.

Garlic and Sesame Oil, coupled with sugary soy sauce, provides this extremely appetizing flavor.

Red Onion and Green Onions add additional aroma and taste.

How to make juicy, tasty Korean BBQ Galbi using regular steak?

The first is to cut the steak in thin slices across the grain

Cut Steak across the grain in thin slices
Cut Steak across the grain in thin slices

This is the same first step as making Beef Stir Fry, Mongolian Beef {P.F. Chang’s Style}, Beef with Broccoli, or Beef Slices with Green Pepper Stir Fry. However, we don’t need to cut again in the other direction and can leave them as the long strips.

Rinse and Soak the Beef

Rinse the steak slices under the running water three times. Then soak them in the cold water for about 10 minutes. This is to get rid of trapped blood so that the beef tastes more refreshing. It also helps moisturize the meat.

Soak rinsed steak slices in cold water
Soak rinsed steak slices in cold water

Marinate the Beef with Baking Soda

Remove the steak slices from the soaking water, gently squeeze to get rid of the excess water. Place them onto a deep plate. Add 1/4 tsp baking soda, toss and mix well and let it rest for about 10 minutes.

Marinate Beef Slices with Baking Soda
Marinate Beef Slices with Baking Soda

Prep Garlic, Green Onions and Red Onions

Cut green onions and red onions into small pieces. Mince garlic using a compact food processor.

Minced Garlic Using a Compact Food Processor
Minced Garlic Using a Compact Food Processor

Prepare Homemade Korea BBQ Galbi Sauce

Add Sugar in the Raw, minced garlic, chopped green & red onions into a mixing bowl.

Add Sugar, chopped green onions and red onions into a mixing bowl
Add Sugar, chopped green onions and red onions into a mixing bowl

Then add Regular Soy Sauce, Light Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, and Water. Mix well using a mini whisk.

Krean BBQ Galbi Marinating Sauce
Korean BBQ Galbi Marinating Sauce

Marinate Beef Slices in the Homemade Korean BBQ Galbi Sauce overnight

Add steak slices into the marinating sauce, toss and mix well using a pair of bamboo utensils. Cover and seal the mixing bowl with seal wrap and leave it in the fridge overnight.

Marinating Beef with Homemade Korean BBQ Galbi Sauce
Marinating Beef with Homemade Korean BBQ Galbi Sauce

Sear the marinated beef

Turn the heat to high and heat a quality hard-anodized fry-pan for 2 minutes. Then add about 7-8 pcs of marinated steak slices, lay them flat on the pan using a pair of kitchen tongs or cooking chopsticks. Cook for about 30 seconds.

Sear or Grill Marinated Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version}
Sear or Grill Marinated Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version}

Then quickly flip the steak slices and cook the other side for 30 seconds. After that, repeat the process, flip and cook for 30 seconds and flip again and cook for the last 30 seconds.

Sear or Grill Korean Galbi {Steak Version}
Sear or Grill Korean Galbi {Steak Version}

Remove the cooked steak slices from the pan and place them onto a serving plate. Repeat the above process until all the marinated steak slices are cooked.

All done! Enjoy super tender and savory Korean BBQ Galbi without bones.

Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version}
Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version}
Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version}

Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version} Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 30 minutes

Korean BBQ Galbi features super juicy and tasty steak slices seared over a pan or grill. They are so tender and full of flavors, garlicky in sweet soy with a hint of sesame oil aroma. They taste just like short ribs, but without the bones. 

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Steak
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Regular Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Light Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Sugar In The Raw, see notes
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 Red Onion
  • 1 Green Onion Stalk
  • 3 clove of Garlic, minced

Instructions

Prep the Steak Slices:

  1. cut the steak in thin slices across the grain.
    Cut Steak across the grain in thin slices
  2. Rinse the steak slices under the running water three times. Then soak them in the cold water for about 10 minutes.
    Soak rinsed steak slices in cold water

Marinate the Beef with Baking Soda:

  1. Remove the steak slices from the soaking water, gently squeeze to get rid of the excess water. Place them onto a deep plate. Add 1/4 tsp baking soda, toss and mix well and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
    Marinate Beef Slices with Baking Soda
  2. Prep Garlic, Green Onions, and Red Onions. Cut green onions and red onions into small pieces. Mince garlic using a compact food processor.
    Minced Garlic Using a Compact Food Processor

Prepare Homemade Korean BBQ Galbi Sauce:

  1. Add Sugar in the Raw  and chopped green onions and red onions into a mixing bowl.
    Add Sugar, chopped green onions and red onions into a mixing bowl
  2. Add Regular Soy SauceLight Soy SauceSesame Oil, and Water. Mix well using a mini whisk.
    Krean BBQ Galbi Marinating Sauce

Marinate Beef Slices in the Homemade Korean BBQ Galbi Sauce Overnight

  1. Add steak slices into the marinating sauce, toss and mix well using a pair of bamboo utensils.
  1. Cover and seal the mixing bowl with seal wrap and leave it in the fridge overnight.
    Marinating Beef with Homemade Korean BBQ Galbi Sauce

Sear the Marinated Beef:

  1. Turn the heat to high and heat a quality hard-anodized fry-pan for 2 minutes. Then add about 7-8 pcs of marinated steak slices, lay them flat on the pan using a pair of kitchen tongs or cooking chopsticks. Cook for about 30 seconds.
    Sear or Grill Marinated Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version}
  2. Then quickly flip the steak slices and cook the other side for 30 seconds. After that, repeat the process, flip and cook for 30 seconds and flip again and cook for the last 30 seconds.
    Sear or Grill Korean Galbi {Steak Version}
  3. Remove the cooked steak slices from the pan and place them onto a serving plate. Repeat the above process until all the marinated steak slices are cooked.
  4. All done! Enjoy super tender and savory Korean BBQ Galbi without the bones.
    Korean BBQ Galbi {Juicy Tasty Steak Version}

Notes

  • For sugar, sugar in the raw is my go-to sugar for cooking. You can use brown sugar to substitute if you'd like to.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 392Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 1524mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 32g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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