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Sweet and Salty Galbi-Style Skirt Steak
30 minutes plus marinating
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.
pounds skirt steak OR flank steak, trimmed
ripe pear OR 1 Asian pear (see headnote), peeled, cored and cut into large chunks