San Jeok - Beef and Vegetable Skewers (with a Vegetarian Option)
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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|¼ cup||Vegetable Oil 식용유|
|11 oz||Carrot (large Korean carrot) 당근 (1 large Korean carrot is about 11oz / 300g)|
|6||Green Onion 파|
|7 oz||Crab Meat (Imitation) 맛살 (optional)|
|7 oz||Sticky Rice Cake Tube, Garaeddeok 가래떡 (optional)|
|pinch||Black Pepper 후추|
|11 oz||Beef 소고기 (sirloin, can use any steak cut)|
|4||Portobello mushroom (or shiitake mushrooms)|
for marinade for beef and mushroom
|¼ cup||Soy Sauce (regular) 왜간장|
|2 tbs||Sugar 설탕|
|2 tbs||Water 물|
|1 tbs||Sesame Oil 참기름 (optional)|
|2 tsp||Garlic (minced) 다진 마늘|
|2 tsp||Chopped Green Onion 다진파|
|¼ tsp||Black Pepper 후추|
|1 cup||Flour 밀가루|
|pinch||Black Pepper 후추|
for dipping sauce
|1 tbs||Soy Sauce (regular) 왜간장|
|1 tbs||Water 물|
|1 tbs||Vinegar 식초|
|2 tsp||Chopped 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.
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.
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.
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.
Cut into 2” (or 5 cm)
Cut into 2” (or 5 cm) long and ⅜” (or 1 cm) wide strips.
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.
Mix in a bowl
7. Marinate mushroom
Pour ⅓ of the marinade on the mushrooms.
8. Marinate beef
Marinate beef with the rest of the marinade.
9. Sauté carrots
Sauté carrots with a pinch of salt and pepper on medium heat for 5 min or until carrots become soft.
Med Heat 5 minor until soft
10. Skewer ingredients
Skewer prepared ingredients in the same order.
11. Coat with flour
Dredge the 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.
Beat 3 eggs
Coat skewers with eggs
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.
Med Heat 5 min
Flip and cook
Med Heat 5 min
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.