Bulgogi - Effortless Techniques for Authentic Korean BBQ at Home

Bulgogi - Effortless Techniques for Authentic Korean BBQ at Home

Prime rib eye steak marinated in a mix of Asian pear, low-sodium soy sauce, organic sugar, dark sesame oil, minced garlic, grated ginger, and homemade gochujang, this version promises tender, flavorful meat with a perfect char

Are you in search of a delicious and easy-to-make Korean BBQ beef recipe like at 9292 Korean BBQ restaurant? The flavorful marinade will satisfy anyone from the first attempt. The beef is thinly sliced, marinated to perfection, cooks quickly, and is incredibly tender!

I fondly recall the busy days when my mother would prepare this dish while I was at swim practice. Just a few hours of marinating, and she transformed our kitchen into a true Korean BBQ restaurant, with an aroma so inviting it made everyone hungry.

The meat was ready in seconds, served with red leaf lettuce, rice, and Korean red pepper paste. Each meal was an exquisite experience.

Now, with my mother in Korea, I strive to recreate Bulgogi on my own, knowing well that nothing compares to her culinary touch. The trick is to slice the meat as thinly as possible, freezing the steak for about 20-30 minutes beforehand makes slicing easier. This way, the meat absorbs the legendary marinade in just a few hours.

Once marinated, the hard part is over. Grill it on a hot cast-iron skillet or grill pan, and the smoky, sweet-savory charred bits of meat will be irresistible. Enjoy it with rice or as "tacos" with red leaf lettuce, perfect for a complete meal.

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  • 1.5 pounds of prime rib eye steak, for its marbling and flavor
  • 1 small Asian pear, grated, to tenderize and add a subtle sweetness
  • 3 tablespoons of low-sodium soy sauce, balancing saltiness with health
  • 1 tablespoon of organic raw sugar, for a hint of caramelization
  • 2 tablespoons of dark sesame oil, for its rich, toasty aroma
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced, for a robust flavor
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger, finely grated, for a spicy kick
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of homemade gochujang or a quality store-bought version, for authentic heat
  • 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil, for its high smoke point, perfect for searing
  • A sprinkle of green onions and black sesame seeds for garnish, adding texture and color


Cooking Instructions

  1. Begin by preparing the steak: Wrap it tightly in cling film and place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. This firmness makes slicing the steak into paper-thin pieces a breeze, essential for the Bulgogi's signature texture.
  2. For the marinade, whisk together the grated pear, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and gochujang in a large bowl. This fusion of flavors will be the soul of the dish.
  3. Marinate the steak slices in this mixture for at least three hours, or overnight if possible. This not only infuses them with flavor but also tenderizes them, ensuring they melt in your mouth.
  4. Heat a tablespoon of grapeseed oil in a heavy skillet or grill pan over high heat. Cook the steak slices in batches, searing each side quickly to achieve a perfect char while keeping the inside tender.

Read more: How to Make Authentic Korean BBQ at Home.

What can Bulgogi be enjoyed with?

When enjoying Bulgogi, pairing it with complementary side dishes can enhance the meal’s flavors. Here are some excellent suggestions you might want to consider:

  • White Rice: A simple yet indispensable companion, white rice serves as the perfect base to soak up the Bulgogi’s sweet and savory flavors.
  • Kimchi: This traditional Korean side dish not only provides a tangy, spicy kick but also aids in digestion.
  • Red Leaf Lettuce Salad: A bit of crunch from the red leaf lettuce not only cuts through the richness but also adds color to your meal.
  • Gochujang Sauce: Serve some gochujang sauce on the side for an added spicy, umami flavor.
  • Fried Tofu: Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, fried tofu makes a perfect pairing with hot Bulgogi.
  • Miso Soup: A bowl of warm miso soup can balance the meal’s flavors, providing a comforting and filling sensation.


This menu ensures a nutritionally complete meal while offering a diverse, rich culinary experience. Try pairing Bulgogi with these side dishes based on your preferences and dietary needs for an authentic Korean meal right at home.

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