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Korean Beef Bulgogi

Bul-GO-gi? BUL-go-gi? Bul-go-GI? No matter how you pronounce the name of this amazing and increasingly popular Korean meat dish, Korean beef bulgogi is extremely tasty and one of my favorite dishes to prepare when I am entertaining and looking to impress guests.  It is healthy, flavorful, and when paired with lettuce wraps becomes a fun meal to eat with a crowd.


It is exciting that Korean beef bulgogi is becoming more common in many different restaurants and food establishments.  For example, I have seen bulgogi tacos on a number of menus, as well as bulgogi sushi, bulgogi bowls like the ones I have shown on the blog before, and more.

Here I started with the thinly sliced beef tenderloin and added onion, Asian pear, and garlic that was pureed in a food processor.  The pear not only adds the slight sweetness to the meat but tenderizes it as well.


I personally love eating Korean Beef Bulgogi in lettuce wraps that include rice, kochujang (spicy red pepper paste) and ssamjang (spicy bean paste), kimchi, and sliced raw garlic.  YUM!


The finished product, all ready to be devoured.


My son’s lettuce wrap that he put together by himself.  He wanted to make sure I took a picture to share!



Korean Beef Bulgogi

Korean Beef Bulgogi is a very popular and healthy Korean dish that uses thinly sliced beef that is marinated before cooking and can be eaten in a variety of ways.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Korean
Servings 4


  • 1 pound beef tenderloin sliced thinly against grain


  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 Asian pear or Bosc pear
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced matchsticks
  • salt and pepper to taste

Lettuce Wraps:

  • 1 head red leaf lettuce rinsed

Additional toppings like kimchi, ssamjang, kochujang, sesame oil, sliced raw garlic


  • Place sliced beef tenderloin in medium bowl. Using a food processor or blender combine the onion, garlic, and Asian or Bosc pear until pureed then pour over sliced beef tenderloin.
  • In a small bowl add soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, sliced carrots, salt, and pepper and mix thoroughly, then pour over the beef tenderloin mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to overnight.
  • After marinating, heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a large pan over medium-high heat and cook the beef in batches until cooked through, around 6-8 minutes OR cook on a hot grill until cooked through and lightly charred.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with sliced green onions. You can eat the bulgogi with rice, in lettuce wraps, or even in tacos.
Keyword Beef, Bulgogi, Easy Korean Food, Korean

Tried this recipe? Let me know in the comments below!


  • Sahmad

    Thanks for the awesome post it looks very good. Question what are your thoughts on the quantity? is this a dish that will feed a large amount of people or just a dish for lets say a family of 4, based off your ingredient quantities?

    • Crystal D Archer

      Great question Sahmad, thanks for asking. This quantity would be good for about 4-5 servings, so this should be enough for a family. If it is just for one person, they can always use the leftovers for some great meals like tacos, rice bowls, and more!

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