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Sweet and Salty Galbi-Style Skirt Steak

4 Servings

30 minutes plus marinating

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Korean yangneom galbi—often shortened to “galbi”—are short ribs marinated in a salty-sweet, umami-rich mix of ingredients. It inspired this simple recipe for skirt or flank steak. In addition to soy sauce and sesame oil, Asian pear is a traditional galbi ingredient, but the fruits are seasonal and can be pricey; we’ve found that any pear variety works nicely. A blender makes quick work of the marinade. The fruit adds a subtle flavor, gives a little body to the marinade, and contains enzymes that help tenderize the steak. We layer on the flavor by using most of the marinade to soak the steak, but save some to create a simple sauce that adds a final fresh jolt of seasoning.



30 minutes

plus marinating


  • pounds skirt steak OR flank steak, trimmed

  • 1

    ripe pear OR 1 Asian pear (see headnote), peeled, cored and cut into large chunks


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Jeff C.
January 18, 2024
We took a hint from the photo of this dish and served it with butter lettuce. Assembled the wrap with the meat, pickled red onion and micro greens. Topped it all off with the sauce. The next night, the left over meat topped a bowl of sautéed arugula and white beans. More picked onion - because they’re tasty on with so many things - and finished off with a bit of the sauce. So nice that we could use the same protein in two completely different yet satisfying ways.