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Bulgogi Korean BBQ

Bulgogi Korean BBQ: A traditional beef dish stir-fried in a sweet and savory marinade, is the star of the table served over rice with kimchi.

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Korean BBQ

Finishing off “Wok Week” with savory-sweet Korean BBQ, made of heavily seasoned stir-fried beef, sesame seeds, and scallions. Bulgogi is not only one of my all-time favorite dishes, but it’s also a sure-fire way to introduce your family to a life-long love of Korean cooking.

Wok Week has been so much fun!

If only you could have sat in my kitchen to take in the steamy aroma of caramelized garlic, ginger, and soy, and watched the wok blazing over an open flame, working its magic… sigh.

I think we’re going to have to do it again, and soon.

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Bulgogi Recipe

When we plan to go out to eat, one of the places my kids frequently ask to visit is a local Korean restaurant known for their stone bowl dishes and bulgogi.

Their eyes widen as the server sits all the classic Korean side dishes down on our table, followed by steeping bowls of spicy broth, and a sizzling iron pan piled with hot Korean BBQ beef, known as bulgogi.

They pick up their chopsticks and throw caution to the wind, heading straight for the spicy beef pieces, too hot to swallow on the first bite.

If you’ve never tried it, Bulgogi is a real treat.

It’s traditionally sliced paper-thin, marinaded in a savory-sweet sauce, then cooked over a Korean grill. But if you ask me, it’s much easier to handle in a WOK.

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Korean BBQ Ingredients

  • Frozen Steak – Using frozen meat helps to cut it thinly. I used New York Strips.
  • Soy Sauce – If you want the full Gluten Free experience, buy GF soy sauce.
  • Brown Sugar – This is where the sweet comes into the recipe.
  • Sesame Oil – For flavor and for cooking.
  • Garlic – Such a humble ingredient but it makes such a huge difference in flavor.
  • Ginger – Freshly grated ginger to be exact. Here’s a helpful tip, just like meat, ginger grates much easier frozen.
  • Green Onions – You’ll want to chop these up and separate the whites and greens.
  • Ground Black Pepper – An essential seasoning in any dish.
  • Sriracha – Or gochujang Korean chile paste. It is totally up to you and what you are looking for in taste!
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – Not only does this finish off the dish but it also tastes great!

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How to Make Bulgogi

While the steak is frozen, trim the fat and slice paper thin. Frozen meat is much easier to cut thin than thawed meat. Place in a large bowl and top with: Soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, onion whites, pepper, and sriracha. Toss to coat and allow the steak to thaw and marinate for 45-60 minutes. The longer it sits, the more flavor is absorbed.

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Cooking in a Wok

Heat a wok (or large skillet) to high heat. Use tongs to transfer half of the meat to the hot wok. Spread the steak pieces around the skillet and allow them to sear on one side before using the tongs to move them around and caramelize on all sides.  Once the juices have evaporated and the steak has a nice brown color, remove from the wok.

The sugars caramelize creating a wonderfully crispy texture along the edges, and of course, the high heat intensifies all the vibrant flavors to develop the most amazing aroma imaginable.

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Side Dishes

Cover the cooked steak to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining meat, and throw out the leftover marinade. Serve warm, sprinkled with the reserved green onion tops and sesame seeds.

You end up with all the best attributes of Korean BBQ, without needing the BBQ.

You can serve Korean BBQ with rice, kimchi and other Korean side dishes (like one of our most popular recipes, Korean Veggie Pancakes) or use it to make ridiculously-good Korean style tacos and lettuce wraps.

You are going to love this!

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Bulgogi Korean BBQ

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Bulgogi Korean BBQ: A traditional beef dish stir-fried in a sweet and savory marinade, is the star of the table served over rice with kimchi.
Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean steak frozen (I used New York Strips)
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 bunch green onions chopped, whites and greens separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or gochujang Korean chile paste
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • While the steak is frozen, trim the fat and slice paper thin. Frozen meat is much easier to cut thin than thawed meat.
  • Place in a large bowl and top with: Soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, onion whites, pepper, and sriracha. Toss to coat and allow the steak to thaw and marinate for 45-60 minutes.
  • Heat a wok (or large skillet) to high heat. Use tongs to transfer half of the meat to the hot wok. Spread the steak pieces around the skillet and allow them to sear on one side before using the tongs to move them around and caramelize on all sides. Once the juices have evaporated and the steak has a nice brown color, remove from the wok, 5-8 minutes.
  • Cover the cooked steak to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining meat, and throw out the leftover marinade. Serve warm, sprinkled with the reserved green onion tops and sesame seeds.

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Nutrition

Serving: 0.75cup, Calories: 295kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 83mg, Sodium: 971mg, Potassium: 567mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 0.5%, Vitamin C: 2.1%, Calcium: 7.5%, Iron: 17.3%
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Author: Sommer Collier

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63 comments on “Bulgogi Korean BBQ”

  1. Yum, went lower carb with a Splenda brown sugar and riced cauliflower.

  2. Really want to make this but for use in tacos/large wraps. Is there anything that would need to be done differently or would the meat need to be cut differently?

  3. This recipe was dead on!. I made this today and it was delicious, my children and husband loved it! Will be adding this to our dinner/lunch meal options. Thanks so much

  4. Made this with ground beef since I didn’t have steak on hand. I didn’t bother waiting to marinate, just dumped the whole bowlful (marinade and all) into my pan. It was fantastic! Great and super quick for after work. I had it on ramen noodles, but rice would be good too.

  5. I have used this recipe a number of times and it’s always great.

  6. really good! definetly a good idea to slice while frozen. I tried adding veggies to make like a stir fry, but using the frozen ones made the sauce to watery, and I threw them in too early before the meat had a good enough chance to really caramelize. added cilantro instead of green onion cause thats what I had on hand. definitely will try again!

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  8. I made this for dinner tonight and it was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC and SUPER DELICIOUS.  Can’t wait to make it again.  I used NY Strip, have you had any success with a less expensive cut of meat?  I’ve got 4 boys who eat a lot. :)

  9. I really love it, I make a different type of food, I like bulgogi and Korean.so thanks for sharing!

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  12. Made this last night, the whole family loved it!

  13. I made this tonight and it was delicious. I will be making this again and again! Thanks!

  14. Made this tonight, was YUMMY and so simple.
    My hubby was stationed in Korea and had this often.
    I’m glad I found something delicious and easy to prepare.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  19. This does look absolutely delicious but it would be good to note that this dish is only gluten free if a gluten free soy sauce is used.

  20. This was delicious and very different for my usual cooking. Will definitely serve again. Thanks.

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  22. Thank you and I love you! This is an amazing recipe for my first attempt at bulgogi. Just made it and ate it. All. Maybe perhaps even better than I’ve had at Korean restaurants. I did marinate it close to 24hrs though because I had the time. No longer will I have to drive 30 mins + to get my fix.

  23. Hi Sommer, loooove your well-seasoned wok and the high heat, totally legit Korean BBQ!!!!

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  26. Hi, you have this filed under ‘gluten free’ but it is not. There is gluten in soy sauce.

  27. Delicious! Made this tonight and my fiancée said it tastes like our favorite Korean restaurant’s. Thank you! Do you have any recipes for dipping sauce for Mandus?

  28. I am Korean and was so excited when I saw this posting! You like our food!! I just love people who like our good.. :) I saw the soup in your picture. Do you eat that spicy soup too? Amazing! Have you tried short rib and hot stone bowl mixed rice (Dolsot bibimbap)? I am sure you already have but if not, try them.You will love them! I JUST LOVE YOUR BLOG! It inspires me in so many ways, makes me love baking(and cooking), and makes me a better baker. Thank you for all your hard work that you put into each posting. And thank you so much for all the recipes that you share.

    • Hi Heesoon, Thanks for your kind words! Yes, I love the spicy soups and stone bowls, but don’t think I have tried one with short rib. Now you’ve given me something to look forward to. :)

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  30. LOOOOVVVVEEE bulgogi! Am with Coco…could eat it until I fall in a coma. THANK YOU for a super easy way to make it!

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  32. I’ve never had Korean BBQ but now I must – this looks so good!

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  34. Just wanted to let you know that I LOVE Wok Week! These look so yummy! Thanks!

  35. My husband made this for my birthday dinner tonight. WOW it was amazing. I’m so glad I found this on Pinterest and sent him the link. This will be added to our menu rotation for sure! Thanks for a great recipe.

  36. Have been addicted to Bulgogi beef since a Korean lunch place opened opposite my office. The idea of slicing the beef while frozen is nothing short of genius! Cant wait to make this…

  37. Ive been making this dish for yrs. I add a fat chopped onion, and bellpepper, ( i make it fat so for those silly people who dont like onions or peppers, like my kids, can pull them out) and marinate for 3 days. Flip it daily. Sometimes the fridge smells so good, my family wont let it sit 3 days. Lol
    Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  38. Incredible! This looks SO good! My family would go nuts for it!!

    By the way, I LOVED wok week! :)

  39. So good. I love the easy prep here.

  40. Another amazing dish!! Can’t wait to try this one :)

  41. I don’t know I am between Korean BBQ and scallops??Yikes!!

  42. This might be my most favorite yet..still no wok…

  43. This is one of my absolute favorite dishes! I could eat til I fall into a coma!

  44. My husband loves bulgogi- always a treat!

  45. I’ve never tried nor heard of Bulgogi before, but your pictures definitely have me craving it. :)

  46. I must try this soon! It has been too long since I’ve used the wok!

  47. Sommer,
    first of all, I love seeing Korean buigogi on your blog. . and you have Pajeon too?! I also love that your kids like Korean food too!! :) this looks great! again, awesome to see this on your blog and love it when Korean food gets more exposure! Cheers to wok week! :)

  48. I have scoured the net for this, but all this time was spelling it wrong, the recipe that I had and lost years ago said pugoi!! SO VERY HAPPY to find this!!!!

  49. We love beef bulgogi but I’ve never even thought to make this at home. You make it look easy–must try soon!

  50. I want this for lunch & dinner!!!

  51. Oh my – that bulgogi looks amazing! I love making this dish as well – definitely pinning!

  52. love korean bulgogi!! one of the best asian comfort foods. i’ve loved this wok week, sommer!

  53. Another yummy recipe! Loved your “wok” week! :)

  54. I need to get our wok out! Your week has inspired me!

  55. What a tasty looking meal! Love this!

  56. Oh my goodness! I am drooling at 6:30am, lol! Looks amazing Sommer :)

  57. yum, yum, yum – will be making this and the veggie pancakes really soon