Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)

Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)
Hyosun Ro


For the marinade

  • 6 Tablespoons  soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons  water
  • 2 Tablespoons  sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons  honey
  • 2 Tablespoons  rice wine or mirin
  • 2 Tablespoons  chopped garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons  sesame oil
  • 2 Teaspoons  sesame seeds
  • 3 Tablespoons  grated Asian pear (optional)
  • 1/8 Teaspoon  pepper

For the bulgogi

  • 2 Pounds  thinly sliced beef rib-eye or top sirloin*
  • scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • small white or yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 10  mushroom caps, sliced (optional)
  •   Sesame oil, for the grill or skillet

Bulgogi is a marinated meat dish made with thin slices of beef, usually rib-eye. It is no doubt one of the most well-known Korean dishes to non-Koreans.

The important thing is to find the right balance between saltiness and sweetness. Using generous amounts of garlic and sesame oil is important to create authentic bulgogi. The same marinade also can be used for chicken or pork. The best way to enjoy Korean barbecued meat is to wrap a bite-sized piece in a lettuce leaf with a dollop of ssamjang (spice paste) or doenjang (soybean paste).


For the marinade

Mix together all of the marinade ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.

For the bulgogi

If using packaged pre-sliced meat, separate the slices. Add the meat and vegetables to the marinade and toss gently to combine everything well. Marinate for about 1 hour, then drain.

If grilling the meat and vegetables, build a charcoal fire under a grill and let the flames die out. (For gas, preheat the grill over high heat.) Lightly oil the grill and cook the meat and vegetables together until the meat is slightly caramelized, about 3-4 minutes total. Cook in batches, if necessary, to avoid crowding the grill.

If pan-frying the meat and vegetables, heat a skillet over high heat until hot and coat lightly with sesame oil. Again, cook the meat and vegetables in batches, about 3-4 minutes total. Transfer each batch to a plate and tent loosely with foil to keep warm.


*Note: Pre-sliced bulgogi meat is sold at any Korean market. Pay a little more to get good-quality meat. If cutting the beef at home, partially freeze for about an hour to firm it up for easier slicing. Cut across the grain into about 1/8-inch-thick slices.


Calories per serving:

591 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 212g 326%
  • Carbs 83g 28%
  • Saturated 84g 419%
  • Fiber 4g 17%
  • Trans 11g
  • Sugars 64g
  • Monounsaturated 97g
  • Polyunsaturated 21g
  • Protein 179g 357%
  • Cholesterol 617mg 206%
  • Sodium 5,745mg 239%
  • Calcium 249mg 25%
  • Magnesium 288mg 72%
  • Potassium 2,807mg 80%
  • Iron 20mg 111%
  • Zinc 45mg 298%
  • Phosphorus 1,426mg 204%
  • Vitamin A 68µg 8%
  • Vitamin C 19mg 32%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 76%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 146%
  • Niacin (B3) 45mg 224%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 209%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 90µg 22%
  • Vitamin B12 16µg 265%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 11%
  • Vitamin K 112µg 139%
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