Grilled Korean Bulgogi Beef

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 5 mins

I say "bulgogi", you say "pul-kogi". Truthfully, I'm not really sure how you're supposed to say it but, no matter how you say it, it's tasty. Apparently 'Bulgogi' translates as 'fire-meat' in Korean. The flavour in this dish but it's definitely not 'subtle'. You know you've had something to eat after you've had it - lots of salt, garlic and soy combine for mega-umami! I did NOT include the overnight marinating. Enjoy!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb rib eye steak, thick cut, thinly sliced against the grain (they recommend the rib eye, it is good to have some marbling in the meat)
  • Marinade

  • 6 garlic cloves, minced, this is not a 'date night' dish
  • 12 pear, diced (a pear? What the...?)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine (white wine works in a pinch)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • black pepper (optional)


  1. Combine all marinade ingredients. Add the sliced beef and marinate overnight in the fridge.
  2. Grill quickly at high heat. The beef cooks very fast when it's sliced thin so don't wander away. It only takes a minute or 2 on each side!
  3. Serve over noodles or rice or over greens for a delicious, Asian-style salad.
Most Helpful

I made this for a fee friends and it received rave reviews! I cooked two striploins on the bbq after marinating the meat for about 24 hours and then sliced it really thinnly then served it with a side of brocoli, snow peas and mushrooms, and thin rice noodles. Next time I make this recipe, I will reserve the left over marinade and made a reduction to pour over the noodles. And I'll definitely be making this one again!

jenniferlspano May 31, 2010

What a flavorful steak!!! I made this using a nicely marbled rib eye steak, but didn't bother slicing it up, just cooked the whole steak on the grill. I marinaded it for about 4 hours and it was so flavorful and tasty!! No photo's as it got dark and I took some of it on the grill, but they were all blurry!! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Made for ZWT6.

diner524 May 29, 2010

Excellent Bulgogi! I marinated in a ziplock bag for 2 hours and the meat was very flavourful with the good 'bulgogi' flavour. Just love this dish.I served it over rice and with some steamed snow peas.

Deantini May 12, 2010