Korean Beef Bites for #SundaySupper

by Renee on March 10, 2013

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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Here 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

45 minutes

Makes 24

Korean Beef Bites

  • 1/2 pound flank or sirloin steak
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 24 rice crackers
  • 1/2 cup prepared kimchi
  • 1 green onion, very thinly sliced on the diagonal

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.

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.

To serve, on each rice cracker layer a slice of steak, the kimchi, and garnish with green onion.

Notes

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.

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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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The Ninja Baker March 10, 2013 at 5:36 am

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

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:19 pm

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.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen March 10, 2013 at 7:50 am

This is easy and so flavorful Renee! I have appetizers during the whole day so many times it´s embarrasing. But they´re so good, so why not? The pics are simply stunning!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Thanks Paula! I do think I could have a whole day of appetizers. It would be quite a fun food day for sure.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips March 10, 2013 at 8:16 am

These look and sound delicious – I’ll have to bookmark that page, too! I also made my lettuce cups in the afternoon, but I managed to keep my hands off so we could have it for dinner ;-)

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

It would be hard for me to keep my hands off those lettuce cups. They look so good.

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Susan March 10, 2013 at 8:30 am

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!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I’m excited about having the extra kimchi in the fridge too and can’t wait to try it with more recipes too.

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Hezzi-D March 10, 2013 at 8:41 am

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.

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Thanks Heather!

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal March 10, 2013 at 8:47 am

I saw rice crackers in the store and I knew I had to buy them for this recipe. Can’t wait to try this.

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

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.

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Liz March 10, 2013 at 8:51 am

Wow, Renee, beautiful and irresistible. They’d be my dinner, too!!!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Thank you Liz!

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Alaiyo Kiasi March 10, 2013 at 9:10 am

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!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm

You are so sweet Alaiyo! You really made my day.

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Kimberly March 10, 2013 at 9:11 am

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)

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Thanks Kimberly

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Family Foodie March 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

These are also on my must try list from this beautiful cookbook. So glad you are enjoying it as much as I am. Your photography is gorgeous.

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Thank you Isabel and I agree the cookbook is beautiful and filled with such great recipes.

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Jen @JuanitasCocina March 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

I don’t fault you at all for gobbling these up! YUM!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Thanks Jen and I can see me making them quite often. So awesomely yummy.

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Bea March 10, 2013 at 12:02 pm

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

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Oh Bea, you are so kind! You have to try them soon.

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Fay March 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm

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.

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I think you have inspired me to hunt for a kimchi recipe and make some too.

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) March 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

All I can say is YUM! These look pretty perfect Renee! Where did you get your kimchi?

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Thanks Amy! I found the kimchi at Publix. It was in the fresh veggies section of all places.

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Heather @girlichef March 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Oh yes, I love making a meal out of appetizers! I have no doubt that these would turn into a meal whether I wanted them to or not – they look and sound amazing!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Thank you Heather. They are very, very tasty.

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Katie March 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm

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!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

And seriously, you cannot have just one. Tasty for sure.

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Sandra's Easy Cooking March 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Very delicious and perfect for my afternoon snack! Beautiful presentation too!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Thanks Sandra!

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Melanie from Fast Food 2 Fresh Food March 10, 2013 at 3:30 pm

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

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Thank you very much Melanie for your major compliment of my photos. I’m smiling big because of you.

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Diana @GourmetDrizzles March 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm

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

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Thanks Diana!

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Shannon March 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Thanks Shannon. The rice crackers are the perfect base for these bites.

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts March 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

These look so good! Saving this recipe for after vacation, because I know we would LOVE it!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Thank you Erin and enjoy your vacation!

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Donna March 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Those look great! I need to give this recipe a try!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Thanks Donna!

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Kim Bee March 10, 2013 at 6:21 pm

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.

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Just twenty? How about making it two dozen? 24 is about right.

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Carol Yemola March 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

I absolutely love Chicken & Broccoli over Fried Rice! Could eat it everyday! @CarolYemola

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Mmmm… fried rice. I haven’t had that in a long time.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom March 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Renee,
your Korean beef bites look amazing! I’m so glad you liked them!! yum!!! can;t wait to make these! I just bought some more kimchi today! woot woot!!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Thanks Alice!

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Linda | The Urban Mrs March 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Holy yum! I just finished dinner and this made me hungry all over again. So glad you enjoyed them!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

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.

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Arlene @FlourOnMyFace March 11, 2013 at 9:41 am

Your photos are gorgeous! and those beef bites look awesome. I have to add this recipe to my long list of I need to make recipes from this great cookbook!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:36 pm

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.

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Sarah March 11, 2013 at 11:17 am

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!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Thanks Sarah. And I have more kimchi so I plan to scope out your site to look for recipes to use it with.

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Megan March 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

OH wow those look amazing!! I have so many recipes book marked in this cookbook. This is one of them!

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Renee March 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I also have lots of recipes marked in the cookbook. You should see the tags sticking out of the side.

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Fay April 6, 2013 at 1:56 pm

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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