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Grilled Kalbi Flank Steak


Celebrating Father’s Day was always a day to honor my dad with a home cooked meal and maybe a new shirt.  Not just any shirt, but one that was bright in colors – preferably royal blue.  My dad always had this thing with new shirts; he insisted they be colorful to show he was young at heart.  The truth is that even with his colorful shirts he was still a curmudgeon to most people who knew him.  Unless, that is, you were a part of our family.  His family recognized he was a tough old curmudgeon on the outside, but fragile and broken on the inside.  In other words, he was not that much different than the rest of us.

Growing up I learned that love can be expressed through the blood, sweat, and tears of a ‘Tiger Dad’ who was adamant that his kids were going to go much further in life then he could ever have gone for himself.  Life in our family has always been a generational relay where batons are passed between generations, and the next runner can hear the faint cheers of past ancestors reminding you of their sacrifices that got you this far.  I am, in many respects, the fulfillment of his dream.  I don’t take for granted the path my parents paved so that I would have a better life.

How do you repay a man you literally owe your life to?  When dad was alive, all he ever wanted on Father’s Day is to be with his children and grandchildren.  We were his ‘crown of glory.’  Surrounded by the people who loved him and sharing a home cooked meal was his favorite Father’s Day present.  Now that he’s gone I love thinking about all the Father’s days we did celebrate.

In honor of my dad, I would like to share with you a simple and delicious Korean recipe for grilled Kalbi flank steak.  The soy sauce based marinade is a blend of sweet and garlic flavored ingredients to make a one of the best tasting steaks a home cook can make at home effortlessly.  Just in time for summer, too.















Grilled Kalbi Flank Steak

A popular Korean-style barbecue, this grilled kalbi flank steak is a family favorite and best served with rice and vegetables.



  • 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 lbs flank steak
  • Garnish: 2 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds and 2 green onions slivered


  1. In a medium dish whisk the soy sauce, brown sugar, water, sesame oil, onion, green onions, garlic, and ginger.
  2. Cut the flank steak along the grain in 3 inch strips.
  3. Add the steak to the marinade turning each side once.
  4. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.
  5. Remove the steak from the refrigerator an hour before desired grill time to allow the meat to come to room temperature.
  6. Oil the grill grate and heat on high heat.
  7. Place the steak on the grill on cook for 5-6 minutes on each side for a medium done steak.
  8. Remove the steak from the heat and place on a plate. Tent the plate with aluminum foil to allow the steak to rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
  9. Cut the steak into thin strips against the steak.
  10. Garnish with the roasted sesame seeds and green onions.
  11. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4-6

Alice-Currah-169x215Alice Currah is the publisher of popular food blog, Savory Sweet Life. Her approachable everyday recipes are accompanied by beautiful step by step photos and have been featured online at Martha Stewart, Real Simple, The Pioneer Woman, Epicurious, Bon Appetit, Saveur, iVillage and many more. In March 2010, featured Alice as one of “Eight of the Very Best Food Bloggers.” You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

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