Serious Eats: Recipes
Indoor Grilling: Korean-Style Steaks with Spicy Cilantro Sauce
It was four years ago that my now fiancée and I swore off eating out on Valentine's day. The advanced reservations, overpriced pre-fixes, and crowds were more conducive to stress than romance. So Valentine's has become a time for a special home-cooked meal, and when I asked my lady what she might like on the menu this year, like any good Texan, she promptly replied, "Steak!" I don't want to be flying blind when the big day comes, so I've been trying out various steak recipes in preparation, including this Korean-style one.
Mixing the fiancée's request with a relatively quick meal--allowing me to spend more time with her than in the kitchen--this seemed like an appropriate choice. The steaks go into a soy sauce and sherry based marinade for an hour, which gives me ample time to make the spicy cilantro sauce topper. After a short time on the grill over high heat, the steaks are sliced, placed over rice, and topped with the sauce. The cilantro lends a nice freshness to the dish, although the combination of a marinade and spicy sauce overpowers the beefiness of the steaks, at least for this meat aficionado. All-in-all, it's a decent meal. It may not be the final choice for V-day dinner, but it's definitely in the running.