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San Jeok - Beef and Vegetable Skewers (with a Vegetarian Option)

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nut free
prep time: 
20 min
inactive time: 
0 min
cooking time: 
40 min
total time: 
60 min

Looking for great party Hors d’Oeuvres? San Jeok is delicious and its vibrant colors make it a perfect dish for parties and gatherings. You can make a vegetarian version easily. Koreans enjoy San Joek on special holidays like New Year's Day or Korean Thanksgiving Day. Families would come together and make this together while sharing stories and laughter. Invite your friends and try it!

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main ingredients

30 Tooth pick
¼ cupVegetable Oil 식용유
11 ozCarrot (large Korean carrot) 당근 (1 large Korean carrot is about 11oz / 300g)
Green Onion 파
7 ozCrab Meat (Imitation) 맛살 (optional)
7 ozSticky Rice Cake Tube, Garaeddeok 가래떡 (optional)
pinch Salt 소금
pinch Black Pepper 후추
11 ozBeef 소고기 (sirloin, can use any steak cut)
Portobello mushroom (or shiitake mushrooms)

for marinade for beef and mushroom

¼ cupSoy Sauce (regular) 왜간장
2 tbsSugar 설탕
2 tbsWater 물
1 tbsSesame Oil 참기름 (optional)
2 tspGarlic (minced) 다진 마늘
2 tspChopped Green Onion 다진파
¼ tspBlack Pepper 후추

for coating

1 cup  Flour 밀가루
Egg 계란
pinch Salt 소금
pinch Black Pepper 후추

for dipping sauce

1 tbsSoy Sauce (regular) 왜간장
1 tbsWater 물
1 tbsVinegar 식초
2 tspChopped Green Onion 다진파 (optional)
½ Red Chili Pepper 붉은 고추 (optional)
½ Green Chili Pepper 풋고추 (optional)

You can make 25-30 skewers with the default amount.

Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
Beef: round or sirloin is usually used. You can use any part as long as they can be skewered.
Shiitake mushrooms: Shiitake mushrooms can be used instead of portobello. You will need more numbers since shiitake mushrooms are smaller. If using dried shiitake mushrooms, soak in water for 30 min. Wash and squeeze water out before using them.
Rice cake and crab meat can be omitted.
You can use other meat or vegetables you love.
Vegetarian option:The recipe works great without beef or crab meat.

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Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.

1. Prepare Mushroom

Wash 4 portobello mushrooms (may need more or less depending on the size) in cold water, drain and dry on paper towel. Cut off the cap and slice mushrooms to 2” (or 5 cm) long and ¼” (or 7 mm)thick. Square off the ends if the mushrooms are big enough.

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4 mushrooms

Cut into 2” (or 5 cm) strips.

2. Prepare Carrots

Peel and wash 1 large carrot. Cut them into 2” (or 5 cm) long, ⅜” (or 1 cm) wide and ⅜” (or 7 mm) thick strips.

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Wash1 carrot

Cut into strips

2” X ¼” X ⅜” (or 5cm X 1cm X 0.7cm)

3. Prepare Green Onions

Wash 6 green onions and cut the green part to 2” (or 5 cm) length and chop up the white part for the marinade.

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6 green onions

Cut green part into 5 cm

Chop white part

4. Crab meat (optional)

For crab meat, peel the plastic wrap and cut into 2” (or 5 cm) length.

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Cut into 2” (or 5 cm)

5. Beef

Cut into 2” (or 5 cm) long and ⅜” (or 1 cm) wide strips.

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300 g

Cut to 2” X ⅜” (or 5cm X1 cm) strips

6. Make marinade.

Mix 4 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of water, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of chopped garlic, 1 teaspoon of chopped green onions & ¼ tsp black pepper in a bowl.

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Mix in a bowl

  • 4 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped green onions
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

7. Marinate mushroom

Pour ⅓ of the marinade on the mushrooms.

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Marinate mushrooms

8. Marinate beef

Marinate beef with the rest of the marinade.

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Marinate beef

9. Sauté carrots

Sauté carrots with a pinch of salt and pepper on medium heat for 5 min or until carrots become soft.

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Sauté carrots


  • a pinch salt
  • a pinch black pepper

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10. Skewer ingredients

Skewer prepared ingredients in the same order.

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Skewer ingredients

11. Coat with flour

Dredge the skewers with flour.

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Dredge skewers

with flour

12. Coat with eggs

Beat 3 eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper. Then, coat the flour-coated skewers in the egg mixture.

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Beat 3 eggs


  • a pinch salt
  • a pinch black pepper

Coat skewers with eggs

13. Cook

Coat a non-stick pan with vegetable oil and cook the skewers on medium heat for 5 min or until golden brown. Flip the skewers and cook for another 5 min or until golden brown.

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Coat pan

  • with vegetable oil

Cook skewers

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Flip and cook

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14. Serve

Place the skewers on paper tower to drain oil and serve on a plate. Make dipping sauce mixing 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of water and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. You can add 2 teaspoon of chopped green onions and sliced red and green chili peppers to kick it up a notch.

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Drain oil


Dipping sauce

  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs vinegar
  • 1 tbs water
  • 2 tsp chopped green pepper (optional)
  • sliced red & green chili peppers (optional)