Beef Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps

Set out the bulgogi meat, rice, lettuce, and dipping sauce and let everyone wrap the fixings into bundles.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
6 servings


  • 1 ½ pounds beef flank steak

  • cup reduced-sodium soy sauce

  • 4 green onions, cut in 1-inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon sake

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 4 teaspoons white sugar

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger root

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

  • 4 cups hot cooked short-grain rice

  • ½ English cucumber, sliced

  • 1 head Boston lettuce, separated into leaves


  1. Freeze beef partially, until firm, about 1 hour. Slice across the grain into 1/2-inch slices.

  2. Combine 1/3 cup soy sauce, green onions, sake, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, sugar, garlic, ginger, and black pepper in a large bowl. Add beef; toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until sauce flavors are absorbed, 1 to 3 hours.

  3. Stir gochujang, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, and 1 teaspoon sesame oil together in a bowl.

  4. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Arrange marinated beef on a rimmed baking sheet.

  5. Broil beef; stirring frequently, until glazed and dark brown, and nearly all marinade has evaporated, 15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  6. Arrange cooked beef, rice, and cucumber in serving bowls. Wrap portions of each in lettuce and dip into the gochujang sauce.

Cook's Notes:

This recipe can be easily converted to a chicken bulgogi if you just substitute chicken breast for the steak.

Dry sherry or rice wine vinegar are suitable replacements for sake.

Asian chile-garlic sauce can be used instead of the Korean red pepper paste.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

369 Calories
12g Fat
45g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 369
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 582mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 4mg 21%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 373mg 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.