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Thin slices of Korean beef bulgogi is cooked to perfection and tender.

Beef Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)

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Bulgogi is a classic Korean BBQ beef made with thin slices of beef and a flavorful marinade. This authentic beef bulgogi recipe cooks fast and your meat will be so tender and juicy. No oil is needed to cook.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Diet Gluten Free, Low Lactose
Keyword authentic Korean beef, beef bulgogi, beef sirloin, bulgogi, crispy korean beef, korean beef
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Marinating time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Servings 8
Calories 303
Author Holly Ford


  • 2 lb beef sirloin or rib eye thinly sliced, about 1/8-inch thick
  • 1 Asian leek or 3 green onion sliced

Bulgogi marinade


To marinate beef

  • To make bulgogi marinade, put pear, kiwi, onion, and garlic in a blender and process until very smooth.
  • Pour the onion/fruit puree into a large shallow pan - a 9x13-inch pyrex baking pan (with lid) is perfect for this. Add soy sauce, Koran soup soy sauce, Korean plum extract (if using), brown sugar, rice wine, pepper and sesame oil; mix well. You can make this marinade sauce ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Dab the beef with a paper towel to remove extra myoglobin from the surface. Separate the beef slices and add them to the marinade sauce. Toss gently by hand to combine everything with a slight massaging motion. Cover and marinate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

To cook bulgogi

  • Heat a skillet very hot over high heat. Do not add any oil! Add the beef. You can add sliced Asian leek on top, or green onion. You can also add thinly sliced carrot, or pepper if you want it to be more wholesome.
  • The beef should sizzle as soon as it touches the hot skillet. Let the meat cook in its own juice. Toss the meat around to cook evenly and thoroughly, about 2-3 minutes. It should cook very quickly. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion to garnish. Serve warm with rice and a vegetable side dish.


Kiwi: This highly acidic fruit tenderizes the beef very fast, so use a small amount. If you intend to marinate the beef longer than 4 hours, use 1/4 kiwi. If marinating less than 4 hours, use 1/2 kiwi. You can also use pineapple instead of kiwi.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 850mg | Potassium: 404mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 211IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3mg