Bulgogi is probably one of the best known Korean beef dishes. In most restaurants it will be served as "Korean BBQ" and may be grilled either in the kitchen or at the table, depending on the restaurants set-up. In a few, bulgogi may also be available as a stir fry dish with brocoli, shredded carrot, onion, mushrooms, and other vegetables added.


1 1/2 pound lean beef (Rib eye, Flank Steak, Tenderloin, or your favorite cut)



3/4 cup natural brewed soy sauce

3/4 cup unsalted beef broth or water

1 small onion

1 small Nashi (Asian) pear or semi sweet apple

6 cloves garlic

1 ounce fresh ginger

1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, or honey

3 spring/green onion

2 teaspoons pure toasted sesame seed oil

1 tablespoon rice wine

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Mix Marinade:

Cut onion, pear/apple, and ginger into small pieces and place in blender with garlic and just enough water to blend into a smooth liquid.

Pour into medium mixing bowl.

Trim root and top 1/8 inch of green onion, rinse in cold water, and finely chop. Add to bowl.

Add all other ingredients. Mix well and let stand for at least fifteen minutes.

Note: If marinade is very thick, you can thin it by adding water and soy sauce in a 1 to 1 ratio.

Prepare Meat:

Hand trim any outer fat from your cut.

Freeze meat until stiff to help in slicing.

Slice meat very thinly (slightly thicker than deli sliced meats)

Very lightly salt each slice on both sides and let stand for ten minutes.

Place meat into a bowl, pour in enough marinade to just cover the meat and mix well. (Any leftover marinade may be refrigerated for later use)

Cover and place in refrigerator. Let meat stand in marinade for at least one hour.

Meat may now be placed in zip lock style bags and frozen for later use or cooked.


Grill: Heat grill on high heat. Grill until browned on both sides (10 to 20 seconds)

Stir Fry: Heat wok or stir fry pan to high heat, add meat, (you may add other vegetable like sliced carrot, onion, and separated broccoli crowns at this point) and stir fry until well browned.

Serve with steamed white rice and ban chan.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (11.7 ounces).
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 513.1
Calories From Fat (29%) 148.29
Calories From Protein (42%) 214.55
Calories From Carbohydrates (29%) 150.26
Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0
% Daily Value
Total Fat 16.53g 25%
Saturated Fat 6.15g 31%
Monounsaturated Fat 6.59g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.56g
Trans Fatty Acids 0g
Cholesterol 76.55mg 26%
Sodium 2913.14mg 121%
Potassium 875.3mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 39.07g 13%
Fiber 2.71g 11%
Sugar 29.41g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
Net Carbohydrates 36.36g
Protein 51.31g 103%
Vitamin A 188.48IU 4%
Vitamin C 8.15mg 14%
Calcium 73.73mg 7%
Iron 4.44mg 25%
Vitamin E 0.86mg 9%
Vitamin D 0IU
Thiamin 0.18mg 12%
Riboflavin 0.34mg 20%
Niacin 13.9mg 70%
Vitamin B6 1.17mg 59%
Folate 41.49mcg 10%
Vitamin B12 2.77mcg 46%
Pantothenic Acid 1.18mg 12%
Vitamin K 43.46mcg 54%
Phosphorus 444.5mg 44%
Magnesium 75.35mg 19%
Zinc 8.8mg 59%
Copper 0.28mg 14%
Manganese 0.41mg 21%
Selenium 51.38mcg 73%
Alcohol 0g
Caffeine 0mg
Water 216.2g 0%

Bulgogi Sangchu Ssam (bulgogi in loose leaf lettuce rolls)

Bulgogi is a wonderful dish. Adding Ssam style ingredients will take it to a whole new level.


1 recipe Bulgogi (See above)

Suggested Ban Chan
5 servings Shigimchi Namul (Seasoned Fresh Spinach)
5 servings Baechu Kimchi (Napa Cabbage Kimchi)
5 cups Bean Sprout Soup
5 servings Pickled daikon slices
5 servings Gamja Jorim

Additional Ingredients
4 bunch/bundle red leaf lettuce
"sticky" rice
6 cloves garlic
5 fresh jalapeño peppers
Ssam jang
4 Tbs of soybean paste (Korean-doenjang/Japanese-Miso)
4 Tbs medium ground red chili powder
1 tsp sugar
2 each green/spring onion
4 each cloves garlic
1 Tbs of sesame seeds
1/2 Tbs of sesame oil
1 Tbs rice wine
1 Tbs soy sauce


Prepare/cook Ban Chan as directed in linked recipes.

Prepare Bulgogi directed in linked recipe.

While marinating:

Mix the Ssam jang

Finely chop the garlic and green onion. In a small mixing bowl, add all Ssam jang ingredients and mix well.

Add a small amount of water if needed to maintain a mixable paste.

Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Separate lettuce leaves, rinse, and drain. Gently pat dry and place on a serving plate.

Thin slice the garlic and peppers, and place in separate small dishes.

Cook the Bulgogi as directed in linked recipe.

Serve with one bowl of rice for each person.

How to Eat

Put one leaf of lettuce in one hand, add a little rice, a piece of bulgogi, some sliced pepper and garlic, a bit of kimchi, and a bit of the Ssam jang. Carefully close your hand, forming the lettuce into a ball around the "stuffing", and eat the whole roll in one bite. A little practice may be needed to get that "one mouth full" size right.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/5 of a recipe (54.6 ounces).
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients

Amount Per Serving
Calories 1294.61
Calories From Fat (31%) 398.3
Calories From Protein (13%) 166.53
Calories From Carbohydrates (56%) 729.78
Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0
% Daily Value
Total Fat 43.68g 67%
Saturated Fat 5.04g 25%
Monounsaturated Fat 22.26g
Polyunsaturated Fat 12.56g
Trans Fatty Acids 0.11g
Cholesterol 18.45mg 6%
Sodium 4289.13mg 179%
Potassium 3385.77mg 97%
Total Carbohydrates 181.1g 60%
Fiber 16.49g 66%
Sugar 38.84g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
Net Carbohydrates 164.61g
Protein 54.34g 109%
Vitamin A 22009.38IU 440%
Vitamin C 114.46mg 191%
Calcium 435.25mg 44%
Iron 15.01mg 83%
Vitamin E 6.42mg 64%
Vitamin D 0IU 0%
Thiamin 0.96mg 64%
Riboflavin 0.8mg 47%
Niacin 15.18mg 76%
Vitamin B6 2.7mg 135%
Folate 417.42mcg 104%
Vitamin B12 0.66mcg 11%
Pantothenic Acid 3.27mg 33%
Vitamin K 583.64mcg 730%
Phosphorus 761.84mg 76%
Magnesium 288.88mg 72%
Zinc 6.57mg 44%
Copper 1.26mg 63%
Manganese 3.55mg 178%
Selenium 39.61mcg 57%
Alcohol 0g
Caffeine 0mg
Water 1034.2g 0%

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