The Korean BBQ is regarded as an iconic cuisine in Korea and it all starts with the Marinade. The Korean BBQ Marinade is a combination of salty, sweet, spicy and earthy flavors that will your mouth water and taste buds tingle with delight. The Soy Sauce and Korean Pear Juice gives the marinade a truly authentic flavor. The Korean Pear juice adds to the sweetness and tenderizes the meat that melt in your mouth. You can purchase Korean Pears at the Korean Market or you can choose to make a puree. In order to make the purees yourself, you need a fresh pear, wash the core of the pear and mix it into a blender or a food processor. Once you have mastered this simple recipe for the marinade, you could make all kinds of food by using beef, chicken, seafood, rice, tofu and vegetables. You can make the marinade ahead of time and it will keep in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. You’ll want to marinate meat, seafood or tofu for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. This one simple BBQ Marinade can be used in so many ways and a wonderful way to bring Korean flavors into your kitchen.
Korean BBQ Marinade Takes 1/2 Cup 1/4 Cup of Soy Sauce 1/4 Cup of fresh Korean pear juice or puree* 2 Tablespoons of sesame oil 2-3 cloves of garlic, 1-2 crushed scallions, chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds Dash of freshly ground black pepper *If you don't have pear juice, you can use an apple, but the Korean Pear juice really creates an amazing flavor profile. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the quantities, if desired.
4 Simple and Delicious Ways to Use Korean Barbeque Sauce Once you've prepared the marinade, the hard part is now over and the fun part begins. You can marinate just about anything into the marinade and use it as a sauce on it's own. Check out these 4 Simple and Delicious Korean Barbeque Recipes.
Korean Barbecued Short-Ribs Marinate up to 1 pound of beef short ribs in half a cup of marinade. You can place ribs in a sealable plastic bag and remove all the air to ensure that the ribs are evenly coated with marinade, flip the bag over at least once while the ribs marinate. Traditional Korean BBQ Short-Ribs are cooked over a charcoal grill, however you can use a gas grill or a grill of your choice. Drain the excess marinade off the ribs and reserve. Cook the ribs on the grill by turning them often, until the meat is cooked through, which may take up to 15 to 20 minutes depending on the thickness of the meat. When the meat is done, brush or drizzle the remaining marinade over the ribs to create a caramelized coating. Allow the ribs to rest for 10 minutes before serving with rice and lettuce.
Pan Fried Korean BBQ Chicken Wings These incredibly savory wings will become an instant hit and you won’t even need to heat up your grill, unless you really want to. Marinate up to 1 pound of chicken wings in half a cup of marinade. You can place wings in a sealable plastic bag and remove all the air to ensure that they are evenly coated with marinade, flip the bag over at least once while the wings marinate. Drain the excess of marinade off the wings and reserve. Heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and add the wings. Cook for 9-11 minutes until the meat is done, flipping the pan of turning the wings frequently, when the meat is done, add the reaming marinade and reduce the sauce down to make the wings sticky with marinade. Serve immediately.
Korean BBQ Baked Tofu You can enjoy the spicy sweet flavors of Korean BBQ without meat and without a grill, with this simple baked tofu recipe. Tofu easily absorbs the flavors of the marinade so you can even make this recipe on short notice, which is a great way to bring a Korean meal to the table anytime. Marinate 1 block of firm tofu, sliced in half a cup of marinade. You can place tofu in a sealable plastic bag and remove all the air to ensure that the tofu slices are evenly coated with marinade, flip the bag over at least once while the tofu marinates. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a baking dish with sesame oil and place tofu and marinade in the dish. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the sauce is sticky and bubbly. Serve with rice and lettuce.
Korean Sticky Rice and Vegetables You can easily add some zing to a simple bowl of steamed rice and vegetables, by cooking the marinade and then drizzling as much of the marinade sauce on your meal as you like. Place the marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, reduce heat and reduce marinade by 25%, remove from heat and allow to cool before serving with Korean Sticky Rice and Stir fried Vegetables.
A version of this article by Karin Chun, Amanda Ashley, Wikipedia.com. Photo by TastyKFood Stock.