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Korean Beef Bulgogi

Beef Bulgogi is a staple at many asian restaurants thanks thanks to its sweet, slightly spicy and smokey flavor profile. Beef is marinated with soy sauce, Korean spicy paste, garlic and pears to create a flavorful Korean BBQ dish. Serve with rice, lettuce leaves or our cucumber salad recipe.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Beef Recipes, Flank Steak
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $15


  • 1 Lbs Flank Steak (*Note 1)
  • 1 Pear (*Note 2)
  • ½ Small white onion
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 Stalk Green Onion (Thinly Sliced)
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce (*Note 3)
  • 2 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Dark Sesame Oil
  • ½ Tbsp Gochujang (to taste)
  • Black Pepper (to Taste)
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds (to taste)


  • OPTIONAL STEP: Freeze the steak for 30 minutes before slicing across the grain into 1/4-inch thick slices.
  • Add the pear to the blender and set aside when puréed. Repeat with the onion. Don't have a blender? Use the fine side of a cheese grater.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the pear purée and 1/4 cup of the onion purée to a large bowl. Add the garlic, green onions, soy sauce, brown sugar, dark sesame oil, Gochujang and black pepper and stir to combine.
  • Add the sliced beef to the marinade and marinate for at least 30 minutes, up to 24 hours.
  • COOKING: Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to a cast iron grill or pan and heat over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the steak in a single layer to the pan. Cook and flip once until cooked throughout (approx. 2-3 minutes per side). Repeat with remaining steak.
  • Garnished with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately.


Note 1- See tips above for recommended cuts of beef.
Note 2- See tips above for recommended pear varietals.
Note 3 - If using low sodium soy sauce, add a pinch of salt to the marinade.


Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 567mg | Potassium: 506mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg
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