Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)!

Bulgogi, a beloved dish in Korean cuisine, is a savory-sweet grilled beef dish that showcases the delicious flavors of marinated meat, often served with a variety of accompaniments. Here’s a detailed description of Bulgogi:


Bulgogi starts with thinly sliced beef (typically ribeye or sirloin), which is marinated to tenderize and flavor the meat. The marinade usually consists of soy sauce, sugar (often brown sugar or honey), sesame oil, garlic, and sometimes pear or kiwi puree. These ingredients not only tenderize the beef but also infuse it with a perfect balance of savory, sweet, and aromatic flavors.


Once marinated, the beef slices are typically left to soak up the flavors for at least a few hours or overnight, ensuring the meat becomes tender and fully infused with the marinade.


Traditionally, Bulgogi is cooked on a grill (often a tabletop Korean BBQ grill) or a hot pan. The thin slices of beef cook quickly over high heat, resulting in a caramelized exterior while remaining tender and juicy inside. The sugars in the marinade create a beautiful caramelization, enhancing the flavor profile with a hint of smokiness.


Bulgogi is typically served hot off the grill, often accompanied by a variety of side dishes such as lettuce leaves (for wrapping), ssamjang (a spicy dipping sauce made with fermented soybean paste), sliced garlic, fresh vegetables (like green onions or peppers), and steamed rice. The interactive nature of Bulgogi, where diners assemble their own wraps using the lettuce leaves and various condiments, adds to the enjoyment of the meal.


While beef Bulgogi is the most well-known version, the marinade and grilling technique can also be applied to other proteins such as pork (dwaeji Bulgogi) or chicken (dak Bulgogi). Each variation retains the essence of Bulgogi while offering unique flavors suited to the meat being used.


**Cultural Significance:**
Bulgogi holds a special place in Korean culture, often enjoyed during family gatherings, celebrations, and even casual meals. Its popularity extends beyond Korea, making it a favorite Korean dish enjoyed by people worldwide for its delicious flavors and interactive dining experience.


In summary, Bulgogi is more than just a dish—it’s a culinary delight that embodies the art of Korean BBQ, bringing together tender marinated beef, savory-sweet flavors, and communal dining traditions into a memorable gastronomic experience.



  • 2 pounds thinly-sliced beef (rib eye or top sirloin)
  • 3 scallions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot, thinly sliced – optional


  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons sugar ( or you can use 2 T sugar 2 T honey) Use more if not
  • using Korean pear or apple
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine or mirin
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 4 tablespoons grated Korean/Asian pear
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper

  • To serve bulgogi Seoul-style
  • 3 ounces potato starch noodles (soaked in hot water for 20 minutes and drained)
  • 3 scallions
  • 1 pack enoki mushrooms (stems removed)
  • 2 cups water, dashima broth, or beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce


If using packaged pre-sliced meat, separate the slices. Remove any excess blood from the pre-sliced meat using paper towels.

Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl.

Place the meat and vegetables in a large bowl. Add the marinade and toss gently to combine everything well. Marinate the meat for 30 minutes to an hour, up to overnight.

Grilling: Grill the meat on a charcoal or gas grill or pan fry in a skillet over high heat until slightly caramelized. If pan searing, preheat the pan nice and hot and cook the meat until slightly caramelized. Do not crowd the skillet.

OR Stir-frying: Preheat the pan, and add the meat over high meat. You can crowd the pan to generate some liquid and let the meat cook in its own juice. Cook until the meat is no longer pink. Use all the marinade if you want some sauce at the end.

To serve bulgogi Seoul-style
Thinly slice the scallions. Season 2 cups of water or broth with 1 teaspoon of soy sauce.

Heat the pan, and add the bulgogi and top it with the scallions and mushrooms. Add about half of the broth around the edges of the pan along with the noodles. Add more liquid when the liquid level goes down as you cook.ENJOY!❤️🔥


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