Beef is the beloved meat of many cultures, and Sanjeok is yet another delicious and flavorful way of preparing beef skewers. This recipe is based on “Jeok” which means skewers. There are many kinds of Jeok in Korean cuisine, and some may be dipped in eggs. Sanjeok, this recipe in particular, does not use eggs, and I think this helps bring the beef flavor to the forefront of every bite!
The marinade has a wide range of ingredients such as garlic, ginger, and sesame oil that bring a very traditional taste to the beef. When marinated in this sauce, the beef gets tenderized by the rice wine and soy sauce, which help prepare the proteins for cooking. The sesame oil, garlic, and ginger bring in string flavors that compliment the beef, as well as each other really well.
Base don traditional recipes, Sanjeok makes a fun, savory, and nutritious meal that you can enjoy on special holidays or your favorite day of the week!
- 9 asparagus stalks (at least medium thickness for easier threading)
- 1/2 pound lean beef (tenderloin, sirloin, rib eye)
- 4 King mushrooms (optional)
- 6 skewers (4 to 5-inch long)
- Beef Marinade:
- 1 tbsp lite soy sauce
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp minced ginger
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp rice wine
- Prepare and cover 2 -3 teaspoons sesame oil for each vegetable, add salt and pepper to taste.
- Add sesame seeds or chopped pine nuts for garnish.
- Cut the beef into 1/4-inch thick and 5-inch long strips to create about 12 pieces.
- Combine with the seasoning and marinate for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the ends of the asparagus
- Cut into about 4-inch lengths.
- Blanch them in salted boiling water for about a minute
- Shock them in cold water and drain
- Cut the mushrooms lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick and 5-inch long strips.
- Rub each side of the vegetables with sesame oil and sprinkle a little salt and pepper.
- Thread the meat and vegetables onto the skewers.
- Heat a large pan with 1 tsp of oil over medium high heat.
- Place the skewers in the pan.
- Cook each side until the meat and vegetables are cooked through and slightly caramelized about 2 – 3 minutes each side.