Asia: South Korea: South Korean Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)


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South Korean Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)



800 g / 1.76 pounds rib eye or top sirloin (or any tender prime beef cut), thinly sliced, 2 mm to 3 mm (1/8 inch) thickness

1 onion (130 g / 4.6 ounces), optional, peeled & thinly sliced

2 stalks green onion (55 g / 2 ounces), optional, thinly sliced

1/2 carrot (55 g / 2 ounces), optional, peeled & thinly sliced

1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil

1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

1 Tbsp cooking oil (I used rice bran oil)



6 Tbsp soy sauce (I use regular Kikkoman soy sauce)

3 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp rice wine (mirin)

1 asian pear or red apple (155 g / 5.5 ounces)

1/2 onion (80 g / 2.8 ounces)

1 Tbsp minced garlic

1 tsp minced ginger

1/8 tsp ground black pepper



Blend the marinade ingredients in a mixer or food processor until smooth. Set aside.

Place the thinly sliced meat in a mixing bowl and pour the marinade over it. Mix them well together while gently massaging the meat with your hands. (Wearing a food prep glove is very handy here!)

Add the sesame oil and mix it into the meat. (I prefer adding the sesame oil separately as opposed to mixing it in the marinade sauce. I read somewhere that the oil can prevent the other sauce getting absorbed effectively into the meat.)

Cover the bowl with cling wrap (or move the marinated meat into a glass container with a lid) and marinate the meat for at least 4 hours in the fridge. (If you have more time, you can also marinate it overnight to deepen the flavour even more).

Preheat a skillet / bbq grill on medium high heat until well heated. Add the cooking oil and spread it well. Add the meat (and vegetables) and cook it on medium high to high heat for 3 to 5 mins (until the meat and vegetables cook to your desired doneness). Toss in the sesame seeds and stir them quickly.

Serve the bulgogi with steamed rice and other Korean side dishes. 



Cooked bulgogi can be stored in the fridge for a few days. Any uncooked portion of the bulgogi (just marinated) can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 4 days or in the freezer for a few weeks.



These are some creative ways to enjoy your favorite bulgogi at home. Sounds delicious!

Bulgogi Spring Rolls (Perfect party finger food)

Bulgogi Tacos (Great for DIY party)

Bulgogi Rice Burger (Learn how to make rice buns as well!)

Bulgogi Pizza (The most popular pizza in Korea)

Bulgogi geongol (aka Korean Beef Stew)

Chicken Bulgogi (If you prefer chicken


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