Sesame Beef

Sesame beef is a Korean dish that is loaded with flavor but is very easy to make at home. You just need a few standard ingredients and a bit of preparation ahead of time so that the beef can marinate. This is a bit healthier than you might find in an Asian restaurant because it uses less oil and the beef is not deep fried.

There are at least two different ways that you can make this dish — pick the way that is easiest for you. One way is to stir fry the marinated beef in a wok using high heat. The benefit of this approach is that you get a nice sear on the outside of the meat while the inside stays tender and juicy.

Another way you can make this dish is to use an indoor grill. I have a fairly large one but I had to cook the meat in several batches. This approach gave the beef a nice grilled flavor, which I liked a lot. However, the downside is that you don’t get as much sauce. My family preferred the version made in a wok because the grilled version seemed a bit drier. Whichever approach you do, consider adding two sauces that you can easily make to improve the overall flavor and juiciness of this dish. I have a soy sesame sauce and a scallion oil recipe that you can easily make and then drizzle over the beef and rice. I promise you won’t be disappointed in this dish — in fact I think you and your family will love it.


  • 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic or 4 cloves
  • 4 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. black ground pepper
  • 1 large or 1 cup yellow onion, cut into 1/3 thick julienne/slices
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1.84 lbs. beef flank steak, top round or sirloin, 1 1/2 inch long, thinly sliced


Mix all ingredients well, except the meat and the canola oil, in a large, shallow baking dish. Add the thinly sliced meat to the marinade mixture and coat well. Cover and refrigerate the meat overnight or for 2-3 hours.

Make sure to bring out the meat from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking time. The meat will be more juicy if it is brought to room temperature.

How to cook using a grill

To cook, heat an indoor grill over high heat. Brush some oil over the grill grate and cook the meat in several batches until both sides are brown and the onions are slightly charred. Wipe down the grill grate with a paper towel in between cooking.

How to cook in a wok/frying pan

You can also cook this in a wok. Heat 1 tbsp. of canola oil in a large wok over high heat. Add the beef and stir-fry until both side of the meat are brown, stirring frequently.

Serve dish with grilled Napa cabbage, kimchi, soy-sesame soy, scallion oil, and rice!


Serves 6

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