• Prep Time: 30 min (excluding at least 2 hrs marinating time)
  • Cooking Time: 20 min
  • Serves: 4 servings

Bulgogi Beef (Korean Barbecued Beef) Recipe

Category: Beef, Korean, Asian, Main Dish

 Ingredients List

  • 1 pound beef top sirloin, sliced across the grain on the diagonal bias into thin slices
  • 3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons honey or kyro syrup (alternatively you can use white sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 kiwi, Fuji apple or Korean/Asian pear, finely minced (optional; consider adding this especially if you're using a cheaper cut of beef. I recommend using kiwi. Kiwi tenderizes the meat and adds a sweet flavor to the dish.)


A famously delicious Korean tradition of marinating trimmed lean slices of beef in tamari, garlic & spices, then grilling till the sweet-savory marinade caramelizes crispy on the beef.

1. With the back of a knife, pound each slice of beef lightly to tenderize it.

2. In a large resealable plastic bag, mix tamari, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic, honey and black pepper. After mixing, taste it. You want to have a slightly salty, sweet taste. If it's too salty, add a bit more sugar.

3. Place beef, carrots, green and yellow onions and the Korean pear/kiwi in the bag; seal, and shake to coat the vegetables and beef with the sauce. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.

4. Preheat an outdoor grill on high heat. Remove meat and vegetables from marinade, and place on a large sheet of aluminum foil; seal. Discard marinade.

5. Place on grill, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or to desired doneness. If you don't have a grill, this dish is also great when stir-fried.

6. Serve warm with a side of rice and Kimchi.

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