Grilled Korean-Style Skirt Steak

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Prepare to indulge in the delightful flavors of Grilled Korean-Style Skirt Steak! This dish is an absolute treat. The skirt steak is marinated overnight in a delectable blend of sesame, garlic, cola, and soy sauce, creating an explosion of sweet and savory notes that infuse every bite. When it’s time to cook, simply grill it alongside onions and peppers for a straightforward yet incredibly delicious meal.

Drawing inspiration from the classic flavors of bulgogi, this Grilled Korean-Style Skirt Steak recipe offers a unique twist on tradition. The steak undergoes a marination process spanning several hours, followed by a swift grilling session. While it incorporates elements like cola, which lends sweetness and aids in meat tenderness, it takes a bold departure from tradition by introducing the unexpected richness of bacon. Additionally, the inclusion of peppers, though unconventional, adds a vibrant splash of color and a delightful crunch to this uncomplicated yet enticing steak dinner.

Serve this steak with some traditional side dishes like Korean Spinach or Sigeumchi-namul is a very popular and common side dish. Kimchi is a Korean staple. Maangchi will show you how to make classic, spicy, traditional napa cabbage kimchi.

Non-traditional side dishes for this Grilled Korean-Style Skirt Steak: some crispy Ragoons, Soybean Sprout Soup or some crunchy Mushroom Spring Rolls.


Grilled Korean-Style Skirt Steak

Grilled Korean-Style Skirt Steak

Grilled Korean-Style Skirt Steak – Marinating the skirt steak overnight in a sweet and savory combo of sesame, garlic, cola and soy sauce packs it full of flavor. Grill it simply with onions and peppers for one easy, tasty dish.

  • Author: Food Network Magazine
  • Prep Time: :20
  • Cook Time: :20
  • Total Time: :40
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Korean


  • 1 3/4 to 2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed and cut crosswise into 4-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup cola
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large white onion, cut into 2-inch-thick wedges
  • 6 to 8 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 2 to 3 banana or Cubanelle peppers


  1. Pierce the steak a few times with a fork. Toast the sesame seeds in a skillet over medium heat until golden, shaking the pan, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  2. Combine the sesame seeds, garlic, cola, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the steak, onion wedges and bacon, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove the steak and onion wedges from the marinade with a slotted spoon and transfer to a baking sheet. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Grill the onion wedges and peppers, turning, until charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a platter. Grill the steak until charred, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Add to the platter.


  • The marinated bacon is a tasty bonus to this recipe. Pat it dry and cut into ½-inch pieces. Cook the bacon until crisp and add it to one of our fried rice recipes for the perfect side dish.
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