Best Bulgoki - Korean Barbeque Beef


This is the best bulgoki recipe I've come up with--adapted from a few different ones. It is very forgiving and you can adjust sweetness and spiciness as you prefer. Serve over rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
9 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 24 mins
4 servings


  • 6 scallions, chopped

  • ½ cup coarsely grated pear

  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet wine)

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, or more to taste

  • 4 cloves garlic, grated

  • 1 teaspoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1 pound beef top sirloin, thinly sliced


  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chile paste)

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon mirin (Japanese sweet wine)


  1. Whisk scallions, pear, dark soy sauce, sesame oil, 1 tablespoon mirin, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, garlic, lime juice, ginger, black pepper, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl; pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add beef; coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator, 8 hours to overnight.

  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.

  3. Transfer beef slices from marinade to preheated grill, reserving marinade; cook until no longer pink in the center, about 3 minutes per side. Place beef in a serving dish.

  4. Place marinade in a saucepan with soy sauce, water, gochujang, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon mirin. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened to sauce consistency, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour sauce over beef.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

299 Calories
17g Fat
14g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 299
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 1942mg 84%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 8mg 38%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 397mg 8%

* 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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