Bulgogi Beef (Korean-Style Barbecue)


In the best examples I've had of beef bulgogi in Korean restaurants, the meat, while tender, still had a little bit of chewiness to it. You can control texture by the thickness or thinness of the slices and how long you marinate them. But this Korean-style BBQ recipe has a fairly fast-acting marinade, so I go with an hour or two.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 ¼ pounds boneless beef short ribs, sliced across the grain in 1/8-inch thick slices

  • 4 cloves garlic, finely crushed

  • ¼ cup grated yellow onion

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated gingerroot

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, or to taste

  • cup freshly grated Asian pear

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru)

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for brushing skillet

  • 2 cups hot steamed rice, or as needed

  • 2 sliced green onion tops for garnish


  1. Mix garlic, grated onion, grated ginger, toasted sesame oil, and brown sugar together in a mixing bowl. Stir in grated pear, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes.

  2. Transfer meat to marinade and toss to coat on all sides. Cover and refrigerate, 1 to 2 hours.

  3. Season meat with salt and a drizzle of vegetable oil. Toss.

  4. Brush a cast iron skillet with a little vegetable oil and place over high heat. When the skillet is very hot, add beef in a single layer and cook until meat begins to caramelize around the edges and moisture begins to evaporate, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve over hot rice and top with green onion slices.

Chef's Note:

You can marinate the beef for up to 12 hours, but I have good results with a 1- to 2-hour marination time.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

998 Calories
67g Fat
63g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 998
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 67g 86%
Saturated Fat 24g 122%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 2394mg 104%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 619mg 13%

* 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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