Spicy Korean Beef & Cucumber Appetizer

Strip steak in a Spicy Asian sauce, herbed cream cheese, and toppings on a cucumber slice.

Strip steak in a Spicy Asian sauce, herbed cream cheese, and toppings on a cucumber slice.

Photos courtesy of Beef Loving Texans (Texas Beef Council)

11 Ingredients

Makes 10 servings

25 minutes

Nutrition information per serving: 122 Calories; 44.1 kcal Calories from fat; 4.9 g Total Fat; 2.3 g Saturated Fat; 0.15 g Trans Fat; 0.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat; 1.8 g Monounsaturated Fat; 37.4 mg Cholesterol; 224.4 mg Sodium; 7.7 g Total Carbohydrate; 0.8 g Dietary Fiber; 11.8 g Protein; 1.4 mg Iron; 212 mg Potassium; 4.1 mg Niacin; 0.3 mg Vitamin B6; 1.6 mcg Vitamin B12; 1.6 mg Zinc; 9.7 mcg Selenium; 27 mg Choline


  • 2 beef Strip Steaks Boneless, 1 inch thick (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 seedless cucumber, sliced 1/8 inch thick (18 to 24 slices)
  • 1/4 cup Korean red chili sauce (Gochujang)
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Micro greens, chopped kimchi, chopped roasted peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, shredded carrots, chopped cilantro, sliced scallions


  1. Combine cream cheese, green onion, cilantro and soy sauce in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

  2. Combine gochujang, vinegar, honey and garlic powder in medium bowl; set aside.

  3. Place steak on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered 11 to 14 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, covered, 11 to 15 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Remove steaks; keep warm.

  4. To assemble, top each cucumber slice with 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture. Dice steak into bite-size pieces; toss in gochujang mixture. Top cream cheese mixture with steak. Garnish with micro greens, kimchi, peanuts, sesame seeds, cilantro and scallions, if desired.

Source: beeflovingtexans.com

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