Enjoy this incredible Korean crispy beef bulgogi (bassak bulgogi) without the marinating step. 30 minute is all you need to make this delicious Korean beef from scratch. Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

Crispy Korean Beef Bulgogi is made in 30 minutes and ready to serve.

If you like Korean beef (bulgogi), you will also love this version of crispy beef bulgogi. In Korean, we call it bassak bulgogi (바싹 불고기).

Unlike the traditional Korean bulgogi recipe, which requires a long marinating time with the bulgogi sauce, you can make this crispy Korean beef as you prepare for dinner. The Korean word of “bassak” mean dry and crisp which this recipe offers.

You don’t have to go to a Korean store to look for the extra thin bulgogi beef cut. Most grocery store carries thinly sliced beef sirloin for beef cutlet or pan fry recipes, and it will work better.

Try this recipe, and it will become your favorite thing to eat along with the other Korean beef bowl recipe made with ground beef.


Step 1: Tenderize Beef

A back of knife is pounding on a thin slice of beef on the cutting board.

Spread the thin beef slices over the cutting board and pound with the back of knife a few times. Rotate the knife to different directions.

You are not cutting through the meat but just give the scoring to tenderize. Flip the meat to the other side and do the same.

Beef slices are gathered up and a knife is giving a few cuts.

Then gather up and give 3-4 cuts.

Step 2: Make bulgogi sauce and mix

Bulgogi sauce ingredients are combined in a small. bowl.

In a mixing bowl, combine all the seasoning ingredients. Make sure to chop the green onion finely.

A hand is mixing up beef with marinade in a bowl.

Add the beef and mix together. If you don’t have any time, you can cook it right away, but I would suggest to let it sit on the counter while you are setting up the dinner table or preparing other dishes to serve with.

10-20 minutes of sitting time will help marinade the meat to produce tenderer and more flavorful bulgogi.

Step 3: Cook beef in a skillet

A spoonful of marinated bulgogi is spread thinly in a skillet on the stove.

When everyone is ready to eat, heat up the heavy bottom skillet over medium high heat. Drizzle a little oil and spread the meat mixture thinly.

I love my carbon steel pan. It is my go-to cookware when I need a good searing on my food; perfect for steak. It is also great for baking cornbread, rolls, or anything that requires skillet (pan) for baking.

The beef should sizzle immediately. Cook for 1-2 minutes, then flip and cook for another minute. This crispy Korean beef cooks up super fast.

Crispy Beef Serving Tips

A plate of crispy beef is served with rice and cucumber side dish.

Serve hot with rice and simple side salad dish. I served mine with a simple Korean cucumber salad, and it was just perfect.

A chunk of crispy bulgogi is topping on a bowl of rice served with cucumber salad on the side.

You will love the texture of this bulgogi, crispy at the first bite, then soft and chewy texture that follows after. If you are a bulgogi lover, you will adore this crispy Korean beef recipe. Try it out!

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Crispy Korean Beef Bulgogi is made in 30 minutes and ready to serve.

30-Minute Crispy Beef Bulgogi

Enjoy this incredible crispy Korean beef (bassak bulgogi) without the marinating step. It's easy and quick to prepare for a weeknight dinner.
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  • Spread the beef over the cutting board and pound strong with the back of your knife all over the meat. Do not cut through. Flip the meat to the other side and do the same. Gather up the meat and cut 3-4 times.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the rest of ingredients together except oil.
  • Add the beef to the sauce, and toss to coat as you are kneading the meat. Let it sit on the room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Heat a heavy bottom skillet until very hot. Drizzle a little oil and spread a small amount of beef mixture thinly on a hot skillet. It should sizzle immediately. Cook for 2 minutes, turn to the other side and cook for another 1 minute. The meat should have some caramelized surface.
  • Serve hot with rice and a simple side salad. Enjoy!
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