Korean Beef Bites for #SundaySupper

Korean Beef Bites | Magnolia Days

Have you ever ate an appetizer for dinner? I have on several occasions. There are the times when I’m not in the mood or simply not hungry enough for a full meal. It could be the appetizer is so incredible I don’t want anything else. A tray of cheese, olives, and bread with some wine? Oh yes. Indulge in loaded potato skins or pimento cheese balls? Sometimes. A platter of Korean Beef Bites? Oh heck yes if they are made with the recipe by Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen.

I made the Korean Beef Bites one afternoon. It was right after lunch and I admit it was because of the weather. Natural light is so important to food photos and a perfect lightly overcast afternoon was ahead. I figured I would have them out to snack on before dinner. It took one sample bite and I absolutely knew the whole batch would be my main course. I made extra so my husband could have some too. It’s a good thing I did because every last morsel was gone. I think a triple batch will be in order next time – for sure if I make them for a party. They would disappear in no time at all.

“Betcha can’t eat just one” is on the page with the recipe in Jaden’s cookbook. It could not be a more true statement. Which cookbook? It’s her latest release, Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites. I’m so glad I got the book. It gave me the incentive to make a Korean BBQ marinade and try kimchi. Both were on my to-do list. Now I’m wondering what took me so long to do either one. I’m really looking forward to trying more recipes in the book.

I’m giving away a copy of the Healthy Asian Favorites cookbook. Guess what? 19 other Sunday Supper bloggers are too. That’s 20 total chances to win. Plus we are sharing recipes from the book. Giveaway details are below. Read them carefully and be sure to follow the rules for a valid entry. Time is limited! Don’t wait, enter below then click to enter on the other 19 blogs:

Tofu-Mushroom Miso Soup 

Crispy Rice Patties

Thai Larb Lettuce Chicken Cups

Miso Cod

Sake Steamed Mussels

Salmon Honey Teriyaki

Korean Beef Bites

Mapo Tofu

Mango Brulee

We are sharing more Steamy Kitchen inspired recipes. The following Sunday Supper Contributors are joining us with some of their favorite recipes from the Steamy Kitchen website:

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Purchase Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian FavoritesHere is how to enter to win. You must do both, #1 and #2, to have an eligible entry:

  1. Tell me what your favorite Asian dish is in a comment below – AND – with your twitter handle in the comment. Comment must be posted by 8pm Eastern time today (Sunday, March 10, 2013).
  2. Join in the conversation during the live #SundaySupper chat on twitter from 7 to 8pm Eastern Time today (Sunday, March 10, 2013). Your tweet(s) must contain the #SundaySupper hashtag.

The winner will be chosen randomly from the eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email. Note: Giveaway open for United States residents only. Contest ends on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 8pm Eastern Time.

Good luck!

Korean Beef Bites
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Yield: Makes 24
  • ½ pound flank or sirloin steak
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 24 rice crackers
  • ½ cup prepared kimchi
  • 1 green onion, very thinly sliced on the diagonal
  1. Slice the steak as thin as you can into at least 24 pieces. If you are using flank steak, make sure to slice across the grain. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. Add the steak and mix to coat. Marinate for at least 10 minutes at room temperature or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  2. Heat a grill pan over high heat. You'll cook the steak in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. When the pan is hot, add the steak, and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of your slices.
  3. To serve, on each rice cracker layer a slice of steak, the kimchi, and garnish with green onion.
Reprinted with permission from Steamy Kitchen’s Healthy Asian Favorites by Jaden Hair, copyright © 2013. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

Disclosures: I was provided with a copy of Steamy Kitchen’s healthy asian favorites for my review.  All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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  1. says

    A. Nice to know that a trick to great photography is natural light.
    Thank you, Renee.

    B. Your Korean Beef Bites look really, really good (even tho’ I’m not much of a meat eater.) And the listed ingredients are tasty dish enhancers =)

    C. One of my favorite Asian (Japanese) dishes is futomaki. It’s a sushi type roll with egg, spinach, burdock root, dempyo (sugary fish) and is divine. My Twitter handle in @NinjaBaking

    • says

      Thanks Kim! Yes, natural light is the best, especially when it comes to food photography. Only direct sun isn’t so great which is why I check the weather for the best times to photograph.

  2. says

    I wanted to make these as soon as I saw it listed, but you guys were to quick for me! I really need to do this soon and I already have a jar of kimchi in my fridge!

  3. says

    Your photos are lovely. These bites look so good! I am also someone who eats appetizers as a meal so I would totally prepare these bites for dinner.

    • says

      It’s the first time I’ve had rice crackers and I can tell you it won’t be the last. They are a great base for a lot of toppings.

  4. says

    Oh my, Renee, this photo of your dish looks like a center spread in a food magazine. I’m blown away! This event is showing me–and others–that the success of a cookbook is the success of home cooks in replicating the recipe with the results the author intended, and which home cooks expect. Bravo!

  5. says

    Those look so good! I can’t wait to make them myself. One of my favorite dishes is pad see ew, and I also love a good dumpling. (Twitter: @kmurrayphoto)

  6. says

    Renee, your presentation of these bites is just fantastically extra awesome :) beautiful – they look so delicious and I cannot wait to try them!!!

  7. Fay says

    Recently I came across a recipe for making kimchi, so this is definitely one to try. One of my Asian favorites is BBQ pork steamed buns. On twitter: of_books.

  8. says

    Yum yum yum. These are absolutely beautiful, and the flavors sound so tasty! I definitely want to serve these at a party…what a great bite!

  9. says

    That is one of the prettiest pictures I’ve ever seen on food blogs— what creativity! Wonderful job! And yes, appetizers for dinner are amazing! I agree!

    My favorite dish is Vegetarian Hot & Soup Soup, but after today I think I might have to try the tofu-mushroom miso… I just might have a new favorite! @FF2FFBlog

  10. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says

    This looks amazing… and I LOVE appetizers for dinner. Such a beautiful presentation and photo! Can’t wait to try this!

    And my fav. dish is Mongolian Beef and Twitter is @GourmetDrizzles

  11. Shannon says

    Wow, I want to eat one of these Korean Beef Bites right now. They look so delicious!! I love that they are served on rice crackers too so they are nice and light! I bet you could just eat them all because they are so delicous looking!

    My favorite Asian dish is soba noodles that are served cold and with wasabi and scallions! They are so refreshing in the summertime! I can’t wait for the #sundaysupper chat later today! @Frogger097

  12. says

    I think this is my fave Asian dish. I am chomping at the bit to try them. No need to enter me, I’m a Canuck.

    Love your photos. Just makes me want to grab one or twenty.

    • says

      Same thing happened to me when I saw all the posts and recipes for this event. Jaden really has great recipes in the cookbook and on her website.

    • says

      It’s one of those cookbooks that I have so many pages flagged it is crazy. It may take me a while but I am going to work through them.

  13. Sarah says

    Renee, you know I love all foods Korean and this dish is no exception. What a great way to serve Korean beef (bulgogi). Love the idea of serving it on a rice cracker as an appetizer!

  14. Fay says

    Renee, my giveaway copy of Steamy Kitchen Healthy Asian favorites arrived yesterday. Thanks so much! It looks appealing, with some not-too-complicated recipes.


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