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Korean Flank Steak with Sriracha-Pickled Cucumbers

The smell of a good steak searing in the open air is one of my favorite things about cooking in camp. Coupled with a robust sauce, like this Korean bulgogi-style marinade, it’s guaranteed to be a hit with your hungry campmates. And it’s fun to eat too. Each person makes his or her own lettuce-leaf bundles with rice, steak, and pickles, so serve it all up family-style.
Servings 4 people
Author Linda Ly


For the Pickles

  • 2⁄3 cup white vinegar 160 ml
  • 2⁄3 cup water 160 ml
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar 67 g
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1 medium English cucumber thinly sliced on the diagonal (about 1/2 pound/226 g)

For the Steak

  • ½ cup soy sauce 120 ml
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar 60 ml
  • 2 tablespoons minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 scallions finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 flank steak (1 ½ pound), cut in half 680 g

For Serving

  • 2 ¼ cups water 535 ml
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked long-grain white rice 300 g
  • Lettuce leaves


At Home

  • To make the pickles, stir together the vinegar, water, sugar, and sriracha in a small bowl until the sugar is dissolved. Pack the cucumbers into a lidded container and pour in the brine. Chill
  • overnight and up to 2 weeks.
  • To make the steak, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, sriracha, sesame oil, sugar, scallions, and garlic in a small bowl until well blended. Reserve half the sauce in a lidded container and chill. Add the remaining sauce and the steak to a resealable plastic bag and shake to coat thoroughly. Squeeze out the excess air, then chill overnight and up to 24 hours.

In Camp

  • To serve, bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in the rice. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender and fluffy, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prepare a grill over medium-high heat.
  • Place the steak on the hottest part of the grill and cook for 2 to 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Thinly slice the steak against the grain.
  • Drizzle the steak with the reserved sauce brought from home. Serve with the lettuce leaves, rice, and pickles.


Depending on the variety of rice, cooking time may be more or less than stated in the recipe. When in doubt, follow the instructions on the package as to how much liquid to use and how long to cook.