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Easy Korean beef BBQ

Mak-bulgogi 막불고기

This is a quick and simple recipe for bulgogi, originally posted on my website with my kimchi bokkeumbap recipe. After making bulgogi you can make kimchi bokkeumbap right in the same pan, and the leftover bits of beef and marinade will add flavor to your fried rice.

I later posted a more detailed, traditional bulgogi recipe with video instructions, that uses Korean pear in the marinade.

easy bulgogi

Directions:

  1. Thinly slice 1 pound of sirloin or tenderloin beef against the grain.
  2. Mix these ingredients to make a marinade:
    • 2 tbs of soy sauce
    • 3 tbs of water
    • 1 tbs of brown sugar
    • 1 tbs of honey
    • 1 tbs of sesame oil
    • 1 tbs of toasted sesame seeds
    • 2 chopped green onions
    • 4 cloves of minced garlic
    • ½ ts of black pepper.
  3. Add the beef to the marinade and keep in the fridge at least 30 minutes. If your cut of beef is tough, you can marinate longer to soften it, or use a Korean pear in the marinade, like I do in this recipe.
  4. Cook it on a pan or a grill, and transfer to a plate or a cast iron plate to serve.
  5. Sprinkle chopped green onion and toasted sesame seeds over top.
  6. Wrap a piece of bulgogi in a lettuce left with a little bit of ssamjang, and put it in your mouth. You can dip carrot or cucumber strips into the ssamjang.

Lettuce, carrot strips, and ssamjang

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13 Comments:

  1. sdlarcgirl San Diego county, CA My profile page joined 9/14
    Posted September 13th, 2014 at 2:04 am | # |

    Thank you for posting this recipe! I wish you had a video for it just for having a visual, plus of course I like to watch the videos. I already made the marinade and am just letting it sit in the fridge some more before I cook it tonight. I like watching the videos and I of course did not use the other bulgogi marinade recipe because not only could I not access some of the ingredients, but I do not have much fancy appliances such as a food processor. I can’t wait to cook this beef soon.

  2. AlyWonder Fort Worth, TX, USA My profile page joined 6/14
    Posted June 9th, 2014 at 9:57 pm | # |

    I have always wanted to try making bulgogi, and this simple recipe made it a great experience! It tastes wonderful, and the caramelized outside has a nice taste ( I added pepper flakes to add some spice) . Even my family, who are always iffy about trying different things, loved it!!! I will be making this again soon, and trying your other delicious recipes :)

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 11th, 2014 at 11:28 am | # |

      Great! I’m so happy to hear that this recipe helps you. Good luck with your Korean cooking!

  3. Oolong Toronto My profile page joined 3/14
    Posted March 10th, 2014 at 1:47 pm | # |

    I’d love to try this recipe, but I am terrible with slicing any meat into thin pieces. Would I be able to use the pre-sliced thin beef pieces that are sold for hot pot as a substitute for this recipe? Thanks!

    • ddnorman Southern NH, USA My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/13
      Posted March 10th, 2014 at 3:18 pm | # |

      Oolong,
      Sure! The beef I use for this comes pre-sliced (very thin) and packed by my Korean grocer Chung Gae in Acton Ma (I never miss a chance to give them a shout out – they’re awesome). In fact it is labeled “bulgogi”. It is perfect!
      Cheers,
      Dave

      • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
        Posted March 10th, 2014 at 4:35 pm | # |

        Your replies are very accurate and very helpful. All the answers are coming from your own experience about your Korean cooking!

        • ddnorman Southern NH, USA My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/13
          Posted March 11th, 2014 at 6:10 am | # |

          Maangchi,
          Thank you for your kind words! I have come to really love Korean food and if I can help someone else enjoy it in some small way from my experience, I feel like I’m giving a little back for all I have received from you by way of your recipes!
          감사합니다!
          Dave

  4. pokopori North America My profile page joined 9/13
    Posted November 7th, 2013 at 7:26 pm | # |

    I came across this recipe randomly today as I was waiting for my kimchi to salt. I wasn’t sure what to do about dinner and this recipe sounded simple and delicious. So I pulled out a few slabs of beef and let it marinade. I must say, it was absolutely delicious! I shouldn’t be surprised anymore; your recipes are always scrumptious! It was simple, mess-free, and extremely quick! Thanks for sharing!! I will definitely be making this for my family!

  5. KrynauwOtto2 Pretoria, South Africa My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/13
    Posted October 1st, 2013 at 1:04 am | # |

    Wow! Thanks for the easy recipe Maangchi! I am so going to try this!

  6. bwoo United States My profile page joined 9/13
    Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 12:28 am | # |

    Thanks for such a great recipe! Just made this and I’m sure I’ll be eating this all the time. Prep time is almost nonexistent since all you have to do is chop some scallions and garlic, and beef is a quick, no-brainer to cook on the stove. First time it came out delicious and slightly sweet. Thanks so much!

  7. chishero Canada My profile page joined 8/13
    Posted August 27th, 2013 at 5:13 pm | # |

    This bulgogi recipe was so simple and delicious. The brown sugar and honey really helped to caramelize the beef in the pan! Even though I marinated it overnight, I think I might add some cooking wine into the marinade next time – just so help tenderize the beef even further.


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