Grilled Korean Spiced Flat Iron Steak with Coca-Cola Pickled Onions
Yields 4-6 Servings
from Chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly, Houston, Texas
2 pounds flat iron steak, cleaned
2 heads butter lettuce
6 tablespoons gochujang (fermented Korean red chili paste)
3 tablespoons mirin rice wine
1 tablespoon soy sauce
4 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon ginger
1 12-ounce can Coca-Cola
½ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sambal chili paste
2 tablespoons lime juice
½ cup cider vinegar
2 large red onion, julienned
To marinate steak, combine all marinade ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth. Pour over the meat and marinate for at least 6 hours.
To make pickles, in a medium saucepot set over high heat add Coca-Cola, soy, and sambal. Reduce by ⅔. Remove from heat and add lime juice and vinegar. Pour over the onions and let marinate for at least 2 hours.
Break apart lettuce, making sure to keep the leaves whole. Reserve for later.
Over a medium-high fire, grill beef until desired doneness. Allow to rest for 10 minutes and then slice into thin strips.
Serve by wrapping lettuce around beef and garnish with pickled onions.