Our take on a traditional Korean BBQ marinade uses ginger, garlic, and green onions to infuse soy sauce with the deep, slightly salty, umami flavors that make Korean BBQ so delicious. This marinade works equally well with chicken, beef, pork, or vegetables.
Start by mincing the ginger and garlic and dicing the green onions.
In a small pan, toast the sesame seeds for a couple of minutes over medium heat. Make sure to keep the seeds moving while the seeds are toasting, so they toast evenly and don’t burn. The seeds are done when they’ve browned a little and have a nice toasted smell to them.
In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, sesame seeds, and green onions, along with a pinch of black pepper.
If you have the time, let the marinade sit for 15 minutes or so to let the flavors come together, before using it. Marinate whatever you’re cooking in the sauce for at least an hour before cooking. This marinade can be made ahead of time and is fantastic when it’s allowed to work it’s magic overnight.