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Easy Bulgogi Recipe [Korean BBQ Beef]

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  • Author: Jamasine J
  • Prep Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


A quick and easy Korean BBQ beef recipe with the most flavorful marinade! The thin slices of meat cook quickly and are extremely tender!


  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless rib eye steak
  • 1/2 small pear, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds


Place the steak in the freezer for 30 minutes, wrapped in plastic wrap. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices across the grain.

Combine the pear, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and gochujang in a medium mixing bowl. Combine the soy sauce mixture and steak in a gallon Ziploc bag; marinate for at least 2 hours to overnight, turning the bag occasionally.

In a cast iron grill pan, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high heat.* Working in batches, add steak to the grill pan in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until charred and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Rep with the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and steak.

Serve immediately, if desired garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.


If you don’t have a cast iron grill pan, a large cast iron skillet will suffice.

  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Steak
  • Cuisine: Korean


  • Serving Size: 6 servings
  • Calories: 232kcal
  • Sodium: 1157mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg

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