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Beef Bulgogi

Bulgogi, literally meaning “fire” and “meat. This well known Korean dish consists of thinly shaved meat that is marinaded in a sweet and savory soy flavored sauce that tastes unique.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinating1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Asian, beef, bulgogi, easy, marinate
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Mia


  • 500 grams beef (tenderloin or top sirloin) cut into thin strips


  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ kiwi or Asian pear grated
  • ½ onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil

For frying

  • ½ onion
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp green onion chopped for garnishing
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds garnish


Marinating the beef

  • Place the meat and marinating ingredients in a large bowl. Mix gently with your hands to combine everything well. Marinate the meat for to an hour or overnight. 
  • Preheat a large pan/skillet and add 2 tbsp. cooking oil. Saute onions until translucent.
  • Add the marinated beef over high heat. You can crowd the pan to generate some liquid and let the meat cook in its own juice. Stir and cook for 5 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink. Use all the marinade if you want some sauce at the end.
  • Transfer in a serving plate and garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. Bon Appetit!


You can buy pre-sliced bulgogi meat at any Korean market/stores. Pay a bit more to get quality meat. If cutting the beef at home, partially freeze for about an hour to firm it up for easier slicing. Cut across the grain into about 1/8-inch thick slices.