Maangchi’s Bulgogi (Korean Beef BBQ)


Credits and thanks to Maangchi

It’s very flavorful and not hard to prepare… Trust me!  It also has vegetarian version that you replace beef with shiitake mushroom (it can be found in Maangchi’s website)

Korean Beef BBQ (Bulgogi) (불고기)

Easy, yummy, and asian


  • 1 pound of beef tenderloin, sliced thinly into pieces ½ inch x 2 inches and ⅛ inch thick

Marinade (for 1 pound of beef):

  • ½ cup of crushed pear
  • ¼ cup onion purée
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 chopped green onion
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs brown sugar (or 1 tbs of brown sugar and 1½ tbs rice syrup)
  • a pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 tbs toasted sesame oil
  • several thin slices of carrot
Sliced Beef Tenderloin

If you have only one hour preparation, slice the beef as thinly as possible. If you have the whole night preparation, slice the beef with the thickness that you like.



  1. Mix all the marinate ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add the sliced beef and mix well.
  3. You can grill, pan-fry, or BBQ right after marinating, but it’s best to keep it in the fridge and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for a tougher cut of beef.
Crushed pear

Cut up a big pear, onion, garlic. Put everything in a food processor to crush them into juice. Pear is a vital ingredient in the whole recipe. You must have pear. Nothing can replace it.

Marinated mix for BBQ

Soy sauce, rice syrup or corn syrup, grounded pepper, golden fried sesame seeds, chopped green onion, sesame oil are added to the marinated mixture.
Note: You can see carrots in the photo. It’s Maangchi’s preference.

Hand mixing

Mix the whole thing up with your hand.

Yummy looking

If you slice the beef thinly, it will be ready for BBQ after one hour. If you have more time, wrap it up with plastic and leave it in the fridge for the whole night. You will have a delicious marinated beef for BBQ next morning.


We are not really done yet.  In the next morning, you need to prepare the dipping sauce to eat with this BBQ.  In Korea, they usually use lettuce leaves to wrap BBQ beef and rice, dip it in the dipping sauce, and put the whole thing in your mouth.  Imagine, men and women in Korea eat with their whole mouth full…

Quick preparation for Ssamjang (Korean spicy dipping sauce)

Ingredients: (4 servings)

And, mix everything up together.

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