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Korean Beef Bulgogi is a super easy way to enjoy tasty Korean food at home. A quick and simple marinade for flank steak is all that’s needed to enjoy this classic.

Korean Beef Bulgogi over rice topped with sesame seeds and chopped green onion
Bulgogi is perhaps the most well known Korean dish. Thin slices of beef steak are marinated in a delicious sauce consisting of soy, sesame, ginger, and garlic. It is commonly served over rice. Garnish with sliced green onions for both color and flavor.
The flavor profile of bulgogi is familiar across many cultures which is why this dish has gained world wide popularity. It can be found on the streets of Seoul, of course, but it can also be found in restaurants from New York to Los Angeles, and a lot of small places in between
This popular Korean dish is sure to become a family favorite. Not only is it super flavorful, it’s also really easy to make.

Detail of Korean Beef Bulgogi with thinly sliced beef, sesame seeds and chopped fresh green onion

What kind of meat is bulgogi?

Bulgogi is made using various cuts of beef steak. Common cuts include thinly sliced ribeye, sirloin, brisket, flank, or skirt steak.

What side dishes to serve with bulgogi?

Bulgogi is commonly served with rice and kimchi.

What is bulgogi sauce made of?

Bulgogi sauce is primarily soy sauce based and is flavored with ginger, garlic, and sesame. Thin strips of beef are marinated in this mixture, then cooked quickly.

A bowl of Korean Beef Bulgogi over rice topped with sesame seeds and chopped green onion

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Watch the video below where I walk you through every step of this recipe. I also share great tips and tricks. This one has a great one in it about getting your meat sliced that  a lot of people don’t know. You can also hear my slaughter pronunciation. I’m admittedly terrible at that!

Bulgogi Recipe

This recipe first appeared on The Stay At Home Chef on March 4, 2014

Korean Beef Bulgogi is a super easy way to enjoy tasty Korean food at home. A quick and simple marinade for flank steak is all that's needed to enjoy this classic.
Korean Beef Bulgogi is a super easy way to enjoy tasty Korean food at home. A quick and simple marinade for flank steak is all that's needed to enjoy this classic.
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds flank steak
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons oyster sauce
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
Instructions
  • Cut flank steak against the grain into thin strips against the grain. Cut it as thin as you can and place the strips in a small mixing bowl.
  • In the small mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame seeds, sesame oil, garlic,
  • crushed red pepper flakes, ginger, and oyster sauce. Mix the meat strips with the spices until well coated. Let marinade for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  • After marinating, heat a large heavy skillet or wok over high heat. Pour the meat in with the marinade and cook on high until meat is cooked through. This should take less than 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot by itself or over rice and top with green onions.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1290mg | Potassium: 860mg | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 4.7mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Bulgogi
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Milette
October 21, 2020 6:18 pm

I cooked this for dinner and was excellent and easy, I have to make it again, thanks for sharing 👍

Stephanie Grier
January 18, 2020 6:11 pm

Very good! Removed meat and sautéed green beans and asparagus tips instead of green onions .

May 6, 2014 5:52 pm

Made these for the family last night, and it was a huge hit!!!

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