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


  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



  1. Meli048 Switzerland joined 5/17
    Posted May 20th, 2017 at 5:31 am | # |

    Hello Maangchi~ I wanted to ask you, if i can use Duck instead of Beef. Thanks for your reply, Melea~

  2. duday76 USA joined 12/16
    Posted January 11th, 2017 at 11:53 pm | # |

    Thank you for this recipe Maangchi! Daebak! My son loves it!

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  3. moonlightsonata egypt joined 2/15
    Posted December 23rd, 2016 at 12:39 am | # |

    Dear maangchi ,
    I wanted to tell you that last sunday the korean embassy in egypt had a cooking competition and I joined , I won using your bolgogi recipe also pajon , althoutgh I didn’t make pajon so well
    But I still got third place thanks to you , so thank you thank you
    For making me win for the first time in my life anything
    And for teaching me delicious korean recipes
    Soon I will send to you the picturesof my dishes and my friends that also follow your recipes

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 25th, 2016 at 2:27 am | # |

      wow, congratulations! I’m sure you made awesome looking bulgogi and pajeon (green onion pancakes)!

  4. BossyPixie Wisconsin joined 8/16
    Posted August 14th, 2016 at 7:25 pm | # |

    Thanks for the recipe Maangchi. I’ve tried several of your recipes, and so far this is my family’s favorite, closely followed by jjajangmyeon.

    On a different note, I happened to read the NY Times article linked and saw that City of Heroes was your gateway drug to gaming. It was mine too! My husband claim introducing me to it was his secret plan to get me to join him in gaming.

  5. vvcosta United States joined 6/16
    Posted June 27th, 2016 at 7:31 pm | # |

    I made this recipe with chicken and cooked 2/3 with the normal sauce and 1/3 with 2 spoons of gochujang added and they were both delicious! The chicken came out so soft!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 7th, 2016 at 8:52 am | # |

      You added just a little bit of gochujang to give it a spicy kick! It sounds good! : )

  6. sdlarcgirl San Diego county, CA 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.

  7. AlyWonder Fort Worth, TX, USA 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 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!

  8. Oolong Toronto 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 joined 9/13
      Posted March 10th, 2014 at 3:18 pm | # |

      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!

      • Maangchi New York City 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 joined 9/13
          Posted March 11th, 2014 at 6:10 am | # |

          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!

  9. pokopori North America 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!

  10. KrynauwOtto2 Pretoria, South Africa 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!

  11. bwoo United States 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!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted September 23rd, 2013 at 6:10 am | # |

      I’m glad you love this recipe!

  12. chishero Canada 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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