Duk Kalbi – Korean beef patties

I found this recipe in the funniest place: a dutch church cook book!

Every time I make these, I can’t make enough.  My Yobo gushes over them, my kids fight over them and I try to lick the pan. (Just kidding, I don’t actually lick it, I lick my finger that has been in the pan!)

Once when we went to visit Korea, my Yobo’s friend took us out to dinner to a very nice place.  Nicer than anyplace my Yobo has taken me.  This was the first time I tasted duk kalbi.  It was delicious.  I was told it was expensive, very expensive.  I thought to myself, I can make this.

I am sure the rendition I had in that restaurant was made with ground sirloin, but I am a mom of four hungry kids on a budget, so ground beef makes its appearance in my recipe.

The recipe:

The time you need:

Prep time: 10 minutes   Cook time: 15 minutes

The things you need:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • black pepper

The how to:

  • chop the onion into fine pieces.  To be a good Korean, you need to do this with your handy pair of kitchen scissors.
  • mix all the ingredients together
  • press into patties the size of your palm (ish)
  • place on a fry pan and fry on medium low.  Turn them over as they brown and flatten them down.
  • continue to fry until the juices start to caramelize and form a wonderful sticky coating on the outside
  • allow to rest for a few minutes before serving (as you quickly set the table, check on the rice and stir fry the veggies)
  • serve and be sure to sneak a lick of the pan

Note: these are also delicious bbq’ed and served as sliders. Sorry, no pan to lick if this method of cooking is chosen.

A good Korean in the making using her kitchen scissors.

4 thoughts on “Duk Kalbi – Korean beef patties

  1. So if I post this, saying how yummy it is but maybe too hard for me to make…will you appear at my door? 🙂 I most likely have to teach your kids first, hey?

  2. Thanks for dinner tonight Koreainmykitchen. I made these with the yummy potato side dish… it was delicious !

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