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Spicy Korean Steak Sauce

Spicy Korean Steak Sauce 1.000
May 20, 2009

This intense sauce plays on the flavors of bulgogi (Korean barbecue). Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Make Ahead: The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Servings: 1 cup
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons Thai chili sauce, such as Sriracha
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 scallions (both white and light-green parts), trimmed and cut crosswise into thin slices (1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted (see NOTE)


Combine the oil and garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until the garlic sizzles steadily and becomes fragrant.

Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, toasted sesame oil, chili sauce and 1/2 cup water. Increase the heat to medium-high to bring just to a boil.

Meanwhile, combine the cornstarch with the remaining 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl; stir it into the bubbling sauce. Return to a boil so the sauce thickens, then add the scallions and sesame seeds. Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

NOTE: Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring or shaking them frequently, just until fragrant and lightly browned.

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From food writer Tony Rosenfeld.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per tablespoon serving: 37

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 3g 5%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 272mg 11%

Total Carbohydrates: 3g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 2g

Protein: 1g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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