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Korean BBQ Beef

Korean BBQ Beef

Marinating in marinades is what you do when you want tender meat without the wait of slow cooking. It is a way to make fast food semi-quick. And that’s a good thing when we are low on time, but are still craving a nutritious and wholesome dinner. In an hour and some minutes you can prepare an entire meal for a larger crowd – while the slices of beef are marinating in a bowl of pear, onion, ginger, coconut aminos and white wine vinegar in the fridge, you can be preparing the side dishes.

The secret ingredient here is the Asian pear. Don’t cut corners by opting for whatever pear you can find in the store, only this one will do. Why? It tenderizes the beef in indescribable ways. Asian pears are ripe when harvested, unlike the western counterparts, and they are meant to be incredibly crunchy. And it doesn’t take long for the tenderizing magic to happen, an hour should be sufficient for thinly sliced beef. The pear adds a bit of toothsome sweetness to the finished meat, so feel free to omit the honey if you are limiting your sugar intake.

We suggest to grab a large leaf of lettuce and wrap some delicious BBQ beef inside, and if you like your food a tad on the spicy side, remember to slide in some slivered garlic and hot peppers too! Serve with a side of garlic green beans and cauliflower rice and your entire meal will be gone in a flash.

Korean BBQ Beef Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 10 min + 2h Cook: 15 min

Protein: 46g / %

Carbs: 20g / %

Fat: 24g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 1.5 lbs. sirloin steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 large Asian pear, grated
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced thinly
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Green onions, thinly sliced (to garnish)

Beef Preparation


  1. Combine all the ingredients in one large bowl and season the beef to taste with freshly ground black pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Grill the beef slices until cooked to desired doneness, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Serve topped with sliced green onions.
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