Delicious beef tips with a Korean flair! Surprise the family with some of these.
A Change Of Pace
These beef tips will make a pleasant change of pace for a family meal–and well within your budget too.
As with any Asian-style meal, meat is generally a condiment so smaller amounts will feed the family. You are able then to use more expensive cuts and it won’t break the bank.
Beef tips run around $9 per pound, but when that pound is capable of feeding six people it’s really a bargain. This recipe calls for beef tips. However, flank steak may be substituted. You can always freeze smaller portions if you buy a larger steak. Then you can use it in other yummy family-friendly recipes such as fajitas!
Fruity With A Touch Of Sweetness
First I have to say I’m not sure how authentically Korean this is. However, I can say it tastes very good. I’m no expert on Korean food as I’ve eaten very little of it.
The marinade has a lovely flavor thanks to the apple, onion and brown sugar. The unusual part–at least to me–was you also marinate thinly sliced onions which are part of the main dish.
I chose to marinate overnight for the most intense flavor, but 30 minutes will do you if you’re pressed for time. If you’re lucky enough to have a FoodSaver, they sell a vacuum marinator that does in one hour what usually takes eight. I have one and it’s fantastic–if I can only remember where I put it!!!!
You have to make the marinated meat and onions as dry as you can. While I can’t say this was a fun process, I see why it was necessary. You want to sear those ingredients and since they’re wet to begin with and the marinade is liquid, there’s lots to sop up. I recommend getting a roll of very cheap paper towels for this task. Cheap towels are good to have on hand anyway.
High Heat A Must
You’ll want to cook this so fast that it will sear. To do that, you need medium-high to high heat.
I cooked this in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and it came out perfectly. I suggest you use cast iron if you have it or something relatively heavy and not non-stick (unless it’s ceramic based) as Teflon cannot be used at high temperatures.
You might want to serve this over brown rice if you’re looking to pack some good nutrition in this meal–especially for children. I used jasmine rice, but plain old white rice is fine too.
- 1 lb beef tips (flap meat) -OR- flank steak
- 2 tbs vegetable oil
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 tbs sesame seed
- 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ medium apple, peeled and chopped coarsely
- 3 tbs brown sugar
- 3 tbs dark sesame oil
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 1 tsp pepper
- Slice meat thinly; place in a bowl and set aside.
- Put all marinade ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until completely liquified. Pour over meat and add the thinly sliced onions. Cover the bowl and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight.
- Pat meat and onions dry. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the meat and onions and cook until nicely seared on all sides.
- Top with sesame seed and sliced green onion. Serve with rice.
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