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Korean Beef Bulgogi grilled on a plate with a bowl of white rice

Korean Beef Bulgogi

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  • Author: Noreen
  • Total Time: 20 minutes



For the Meat:

  • 1 kg beef sirloin, thinly sliced

For the Marinade:

  • 1 Korean pear, cored and roughly chopped (or substitute with a regular apple or pear, or apple or pear juice)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 12 tablespoons Gochujang (on Amazon) chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped leeks
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, thinly sliced


Step 1: Prepare the Bulgogi Marinade

  1. To make the bulgogi marinade, combine all ingredients except for the beef in a blender. Process until smooth.

Step 2: Let the Marinated Meat Rest Overnight

  1. Pour the marinade over the beef slices and make sure they are completely smothered in the sauce. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Step 3: Break Out the Grill

  1. Finish the beef on a hot grill for about a minute on each side, shaking off any excess sauce from the meat first. If you don’t have a barbecue grill, a stove-top grill pan will work very well too.
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min