Seared Beef with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Here’s an excellent, super easy to make beef appetizer that’s definitely a crowd pleaser.  Absolutely  delicious! Seared beef with Korean inspired spicy dipping sauce so versatile, you can use it with other meats, seafood, vegetables , and tofu.


I finally made the sauce I have been meaning to create.   My children liked it so much, they wanted me to make this “again and again”.  I had to remind them to leave some for their father and my eldest son said “I know, mommy, but it’s just so good.  I can’t stop eating it.”  He didn’t even mind the spicy dipping sauce.  He doesn’t like to eat anything spicy, but he would not eat the meat without the sauce.  What a compliment!



  • 2 lbs. Top sirloin beef
  • ground black pepper
  • olive oil or avocado oil for searing
  • 6-inch wooden skewers (optional)

Wash the meat and pat dry with paper towel before cutting.  Cut it in bite pieces about an inch thick.  Season with black pepper.  Do not season the beef with salt.  The sauce is full of flavor, you would not need it.  Heat a skillet over medium heat and add oil when hot.  Add slices of beef to the skillet and sear.  Try not to overcrowd the skillet, so you’ll have a nice seared meat.  Turn over and sear the other side.  Don’t overcook the meat.  Remove and let it rest for the juice to settle before you skewer the cooked meat.  Skewer the meat and place on a plate.  Serve warm with the sauce.



  • 1 1/2 heaping tablespoon soybean and hot pepper mixture for meat sauce (Sunchang Ssamjang; available at any Korean store)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Sesame oil
  • 2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 3 stalks of green onions, thinly cut

Combine and whisk all ingredients in a medium bowl until well incorporated. Refrigerate any leftover.


If you do not like spicy dipping sauce, try soy sauce and lemon juice.  Just mix 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce and juice of 1/2 lemon.  Stir to incorporate.

You can either dip the meat and eat it right from the stick or…


You can eat it like the Koreans do; lettuce wrap style!  The best! 🙂


Now Devour!  Ahhh…so good!  The lettuce was so refreshing and crunchy. Yes, I tried some.  I had to.  It was so good!



Tofu Wraps. My dinner.  You can either eat the tofu raw or you can pan-fry it.  Serve with the sauce.

You can also try it with vegetables such eggplant; pan-fried or stir-fried using the sauce, salt and pepper as the flavor. Served over quinoa.

Note:  If any of these recipes inspire you to use as a guide in creating your own, please be considerate and credit  Thank you.


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10 thoughts on “Seared Beef with Spicy Dipping Sauce

  1. Can’t wait to try this recipe! Can we just order the sauce from you!! 🙂 Thank you for keep sharing your amazing recipes, God bless you Anna!

    • Hi, Juliet! It’s great that you stopped by. My pleasure, Juliet. Thank you. I appreciate the kind words. I’ll send you a message about the sauce. To God be the glory, Juliet. He deserves all the credit for giving me ideas. God bless you too. Thanks again for visiting. Have a great evening. 🙂

  2. Anna, Greg and I adore this style of sauce with beef. Your recipe looks so amazing. I wish I could just buy it in a bottle at the store! 🙂 YUM. Eggplant, grilled or roasted, are one of my favorite things to eat. I see how they would pair well with the Asian-inspired sauce. Thanks for sharing, PRCCSS! Warmest wishes, Shanna

    • So does Mr. M. He likes it this way as well. He was a happy camper last night. I wish I can just manufacture this sauce, so I can just send you one, Shanna. *Wishful thinking* 🙂
      The pleasure is all mine, Shanna. I appreciate you stopping by. Thank you. Have a great evening PRCCSS. 🙂

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