Cuisine: Korean

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Serves: 4

One of the most popular Korean dishes, Bulgogi is a go-to comfort meal. It is spicy, tangy, and aromatic. Bulgogi means ‘fire meat’. While a typical bulgogi recipe uses beef, you can use any meat, such as chicken or pork. Our super easy bulgogi recipe promises to be a real crowd-pleaser.

  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 pound beef or chicken breasts (or your choice of meat)
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Half a pear or red apple
  • Pepper flakes or gochujang (based on your spice tolerance level)

Indulge in this succulent and fiery bulgogi recipe!

  1. Mix the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, pepper flakes, ginger, sugar, grated pear, and sesame oil in a bowl.
  2. Slice the meat thinly using a sharp knife.
  3. Put the sliced meat into the bowl and mix everything well. 
  4. Cover the mixture using a cling film and let it rest for at least 10 minutes.
  5. Place a pan on the stove and pour in the vegetable oil.
  6. Once it heats up, add in your meat mixture and stir.
  7. Cook till the meat browns. 
  8. Sprinkle some sea salt or table salt on top.
  9. Serve hot with chopped spring onions.

Chef Tip: Remember to use the tender part of the meat you choose. Also, we recommend freezing the meat for a couple of hours before cutting it. This makes it easier to slice through.

This Korean delight is made of sugar, spice, and everything nice! So, why wait? Treat your loved ones to this sought-after bulgogi recipe today. Don’t forget to share it with your friends and family! 

Quick Bites

Fun Fact

• The term “Maek” indicates the region of Goguryeo, an ancient Korean kingdom, which was located in the northern part of Korea. Traditionally, Chinese people did not marinate their meat before grilling, but Maekjeok, which was developed in Korea, consisted of marinating meat before grilling. This became the early form of Bulgogi.

Historical Fact

• Bulgogi literally means fire meat -- bul is fire and gogi is meat in Korean. This savory dish, typically thinly sliced beef marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, garlic, ginger, onion, sugar (or honey), sesame oil, and black pepper, is grilled in front of you at the table, with sliced leeks and mushrooms.

• As Koreans immigrated to the U.S. they brought bulgogi with them. Some argue that this dish coming to America was the best-known Korean food product to ever come to America.

Nutrition Fact

• A single serving consists of 339 calories, 7g of carbs, 17g of fat, and 35g of protein.

• It has all the classic flavors of garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame, and ginger but is sugar-and soy-free. This is a healthy, flavor-rich meal that the whole family will enjoy. Even better, it's a simple weeknight dinner option that you can make up in no time at all!