Beef Bulgogi Recipe



  • 1/2 Asian pear or apple, grated
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (low sodium is a good option)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon gochujang (Korean red pepper paste, optional for a bit of heat)

Beef and Vegetables

  • 1 pound thinly sliced beef (sirloin, ribeye, flank steak work well)
  • 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Optional: 1/2 carrot, thinly sliced on the bias
  • Optional: Mushrooms (shiitake or button)


  • Sesame seeds
  • Extra green onions


Prepare the Marinade:

  • In a medium bowl, combine all marinade ingredients and whisk until the sugar dissolves.

Marinate the Beef:

  • Add the thinly sliced beef to the marinade and mix thoroughly.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or ideally for several hours or overnight for the best flavor infusion.

Cook the Bulgogi

  • Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add a small amount of vegetable or sesame oil to the pan (if not using a nonstick surface).
  • Working in batches to avoid overcrowding, cook the beef for 1-2 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Be careful not to overcook to keep the beef tender.
  • Add onions (and other vegetables if using) and cook briefly for 1-2 minutes until softened.

Assemble and Serve:

  • Serve the bulgogi immediately with your favorite sides like:
  • Steamed rice
  • Lettuce wraps
  • Kimchi
  • Other Korean side dishes (banchan)
  • Garnish with sesame seeds and extra green onions.


  • Slicing the beef: It’s easier to slice your beef thinly if it’s slightly frozen. Freeze for 15-20 minutes before slicing.
  • Adjust the sweetness: Balance the sweetness to your taste by adjusting the amount of brown sugar.
  • Spice it up: For more spice, add more gochujang or red pepper flakes to the marinade.
  • Let the marinade do the work: The longer you marinate, the more tender and flavorful the bulgogi will be.
  • Get creative: Experiment with different vegetables like bell peppers and zucchini.

Enjoy your homemade Korean Beef Bulgogi!


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