Korean Bulgogi (Marinated Beef)


If you like Asian street food, you’ve probably heard of Bulgogi. If you’re truly lucky, you’ve had it, loved it and want to make it again to recreate the memories.

What makes Bulgogi special is the marinade: it’s made with Asian pear, apple, garlic and sesame oil (among other ingredients). This makes it fairly mild but very characteristic. Coupled with tender beef sirloin, it’s a perfect combination even for people who aren’t adventurous and don’t like to experiment in the kitchen. It’s not one of the wildly spicy dishes, but it doesn’t make it any less exciting.

You can buy a ready-made Bulgogi beef marinade or choose to make your own. The second option is, of course, healthier and much more fun.

Plan in advance to get the best meat and fruits you’ll need for this recipe.

Ingredients for Korean Bulgogi

  • 2 lbs beef sirloin
  • 2 pears (they don’t have to be Asian pears)
  • 2 apples (choose sweet apple varieties, such as Gala or Fuji)
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 5 spring onions, chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic, neatly chopped
  • 4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 cups soy sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste

How to Make Korean Bulgogi

  1. Combine all of your vegetables, spices, and oils in a large bowl and mix together thoroughly. Alternatively, you can use a Ziplock bag. Shake well to combine all ingredients.
  2. Add the beef sirloin, place in the refrigerator and leave to marinate. Overnight is great, but if you only have 2-3 hours, that’s good, too.
  3. Heat oil in a medium-sized, heavy skillet. Add the meat and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Turn frequently to make sure everything is evenly cooked.

Recipe submitted by Fred Wint.


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