Steak Ssam with Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

Steak Ssam

The yummiest dinner plate I ever did see! Steak ssam marinated with soy sauce, onions, garlic, mirin, gochujang, sesame oil, scallions, ginger and rice wine vinegar. Set with some spicy pickled cucumbers, sticky rice and ssam sauce - all to be put in crunchy butter lettuce cups. My dream meal. 

Steak Ssam

Steak Ssam

For the Marinade

  • 1 12oz New York steak (you can use any cut you want) 

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce 

  • ½ white onion, roughly sliced 

  • ½ tablespoon minced garlic  

  • 1 tablespoon mirin

  • 4 tablespoons gochujang 

  • 2 tablespoons Sesame oil 

  • 1 bundle scallions, roughly chopped

  • ½ tablespoon ginger, pealed and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar 

For the Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

  • 4 persian cucumbers, sliced in rounds

  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon korean chili flakes

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

  • salt to taste

Serve with steamed white sticky rice, butter lettuce cups and ssam sauce


To begin, place all your marinade ingredients in a bag with the ribeye. Set aside for 1 hr-overnight.

Make your cucumbers by slicing and mixing them all together. Set aside for 1 hr-overnight.

Heat a skillet with vegetable oil on medium high heat. Once piping hot, remove your steak from the mariande and add into the skillet. Set a timer for 3 minutes for the first side and let it char. Flip the other side for another 3 minutes, let it rest, slice and serve with your cucumbers!

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Steak Ssam
Steak Ssam