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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 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Marinating time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
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