Korean-Style Steak Sauce


Sesame seeds and sesame oil offer a double dose of that delicate Asian flavor. They're complimented by bolder flavors from ginger, green onion, and a hint of cayenne.

Korean-Style Steak Sauce
Photo: Carson Downing
Total Time:
10 mins
1 cup

This easy sauce recipe makes enough for four steaks, chicken breasts, or fish filets. We also love this Korean-style sauce with noodles, tofu, shrimp, and vegetables. The recipe gets deep flavor from toasted sesame seeds and toasted sesame oil. When buying the oil, do not substitute neutral untoasted sesame oil. The flavor is completely different and you'll lose the depth of flavor that's achieved with toasted sesame oil. The same goes for the sesame seeds. Toasting them before adding them to sauce helps release their oils and infuse more flavor into the finished dish.

For the other ingredients, our taste testers preferred the texture of finely mincing the garlic and green onions. It helped evenly distribute them throughout the sauce. You can also thinly slice them if you prefer a chunky topping. Like more heat? Increase the amount of cayenne pepper or try adding crushed red pepper flakes. We used brown sugar for a touch of sweetness but you could easily substitute honey, maple syrup, or white sugar. It's easy to adjust the sweetness level of this Korean sauce recipe. Start by adding half a teaspoon at a time until it tastes right to you.

In addition to using it as a dipping sauce, you can use this recipe to marinate meat, veggies, or fish. To use it as a marinade, place your protein or vegetable of choice in a large resealable plastic bag and cover with the sauce. Place the bag in a dish and refrigerate for two hours, turning occasionally. Remove the protein or vegetables from the marinade and cook as desired. Discard any remaining marinade.

You can make this Korean dipping sauce recipe up to one week ahead. Store it in the fridge in an airtight container (like a Mason jar) and let stand at room temperature before using. The oil may solidify when it chills. If you'd like to serve the sauce warm, gently heat it over low heat until warmed through.


  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • ¼ cup minced green onions

  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 ½ tablespoon brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 2 teaspoon minced garlic

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. In a saucepan, whisk together the olive oil, minced green onions, and soy sauce. Stir gently to combine.

  2. Add the toasted sesame seeds, toasted sesame oil, and brown sugar and mix.

  3. Add the grated fresh ginger, minced garlic, and cayenne pepper and stir to combine all the ingredients.

  4. Over medium heat, cook the sauce until just heated through. Remove from the heat and transfer the sauce to a serving bowl. Serve warm or cold. The sauce can also be chilled for up to one week in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

59 Calories
6g Fat
2g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 187mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 28mg 1%
Folate, total 2.5mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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