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Korean BBQ


  • 1/4 cup fresh Asian pear juice or puree (optional)*

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1-2 scallions, chopped

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon toasted seasame seeds

  • Pinch freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and adjust quantities, if desired.

  2. Use sauce to marinate beef short ribs (see Korean Barbecued Short-Ribs for details) or slabs of extra firm tofu (drained and pressed) or tempeh. Place the protein in a shallow dish or zip-top bag and coat evenly with marinade. Marinate for at least 2 hours and up to a day, turning at least once.


  • Asian pear juice helps to tenderize meat and also gives the marinade a sweeter flavor. Making 1/4 cup of juice requires about 1/4 to 1/2 of an Asian pear. Use a juicer or blender or finely grate the pear and squeeze to extract the juice.