Korean Barbecue Sauce

2 cups
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Recipe: #32383

May 29, 2019

"Korea's barbecue sauce is not so much a slather as a dip -- a delicate blend of sake (rice wine) and soy sauce, with a dollop of honey for sweetness and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds for crunch. Asian pear is remarkable for its crispness and succulence; it's sweet, but not quite as sweet as an American pear, which makes it perfect for serving with beef. If unavailable, use a firm bosc or Anjou pear. Ladle the sauce into small bowls, providing one for each person. The traditional way to eat Korean barbecue is to wrap the grilled beef in a lettuce leaf, then dip it in the sauce with your chopsticks."

Original recipe yields 2 cups servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (204.8 g)
  • Calories 333
  • Total Fat - 8.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 3975.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 44.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.2 g
  • Sugars - 32.9 g
  • Protein - 7.5 g
  • Calcium - 91.4 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 6.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Combine the sugar, scallion whites, garlic, and pepper in a bowl and mash to a smooth paste with the back of a spoon.

Step 2

Add the soy sauce, sake, and honey and stir until the sugar and honey are dissolved.

Step 3

Stir in the scallion greens, sesame seeds, and pear.

Step 4

Correct the seasoning, adding honey for sweetness or soy sauce for salt.

Step 5

Serve within a few hours of making.

Step 6

Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.