Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)

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Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)
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).

5
Servings
628
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

*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.

Ingredients

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*
  • 3 scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 10 mushroom caps, sliced (optional)
  • Sesame oil, for the grill or skillet

Directions

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.

Bulgogi Shopping Tip

Staples of Asian cuisine such as ginger, daikon, rice vinegar, and spicy chile sauces like Sriracha add bright, fresh flavors without lots of fuss.

Bulgogi Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chili peppers as well as sugar and garlic.

Bulgogi Wine Pairing

Most red wines, including cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nebbiolo, nero d'avola, primitivo, barbera, and sangiovese with beef or lamb (cabernet sauvignon is particularly appropriate for lamb). Tempranillo, dolcetto, gewürztraminer, or muscat for roast pork; carmènere with pork sausage; sangiovese, pinotage, or richer sauvignon blancs with stir-fried or braised pork dishes or pork in various sauces; syrah/shiraz, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, nero d'avola, or primitivo with barbecued spareribs or pulled pork, or with cochinito en pibil and other Mexican-spiced pork dishes. Pinot gris/grigio, riesling, richer sauvignon blanc, or torrontés with veal dishes.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
46g
71%
Sugar
13g
N/A
Saturated Fat
17g
86%
Cholesterol
123mg
41%
Protein
36g
72%
Carbs
18g
6%
Vitamin A
14µg
2%
Vitamin B12
3µg
53%
Vitamin B6
0.9mg
42.5%
Vitamin C
5mg
8%
Vitamin D
0.4µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.5mg
2.5%
Vitamin K
23µg
29%
Calcium
52mg
5%
Fiber
1g
4%
Folate (food)
20µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
20µg
5%
Iron
4mg
22%
Magnesium
59mg
15%
Monounsaturated
21g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
9mg
45%
Phosphorus
288mg
41%
Polyunsaturated
6g
N/A
Potassium
577mg
16%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.5mg
29.4%
Sodium
1149mg
48%
Sugars, added
12g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
15.6%
Trans
2g
N/A
Zinc
9mg
60%