Authentic Korean Bulgogi


This is the Korean Bul-Go-Gi recipe I've learned from my mother who lives in Korea. I've made this dish many times and got raves every time. Yummy!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
4 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds beef top sirloin, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons white cooking wine

  • 1 cup pear juice

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Asian (toasted) sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • ½ pound fresh mushrooms, halved (Optional)

  • ½ onion, chopped (Optional)


  1. Place the beef in a bowl, and pour in the cooking wine, pear juice, and black pepper. Stir to combine, and allow to marinate for 30 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, green onion, and sesame seeds, and marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.

  3. Remove the beef from the marinade, and discard the marinade. Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the heated grill, and lay the beef slices separately on the foil. Place the mushrooms and onion on another part of the foil. Cook the beef slices until they are evenly brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Serve with cooked mushrooms and onion.

Cook's Notes

You can substitute 2 shredded fresh pears for the pear juice.

For better taste, soak beef in cold water for a couple of hours. Change water occasionally.

Optional: Serve with a handful of Korean sweet-potato noodles. If pan-frying the beef, you can add 1/2 cup of beef broth to make a sauce to go over rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

375 Calories
18g Fat
19g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 375
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 1018mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 650mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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