Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)

Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)
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Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)

Hyosun Ro

Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)

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, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 42g 65%
  • Carbs 17g 6%
  • Saturated 17g 84%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Trans 2g
  • Sugars 13g
  • Monounsaturated 19g
  • Polyunsaturated 4g
  • Protein 36g 71%
  • Cholesterol 123mg 41%
  • Sodium 1,149mg 48%
  • Calcium 50mg 5%
  • Magnesium 58mg 14%
  • Potassium 561mg 16%
  • Iron 4mg 22%
  • Zinc 9mg 60%
  • Phosphorus 285mg 41%
  • Vitamin A 14µg 2%
  • Vitamin C 4mg 6%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 15%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 29%
  • Niacin (B3) 9mg 45%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 42%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 18µg 4%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 53%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 22µg 28%
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