Pulkogi/Bulgogi/Korean BBQ Beef

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If you ever decide to make any of my recipes please please please make this one.  This is one of the best recipes I have ever made and everyone always raves over it.  My little sister is the pickiest eater in the world and she could eat her weight in this stuff!!  Dean absolutely loves it too, he comes in the kitchen and pulls on my legs till I give him a piece.  I caught the both of them watching tv and snacking on pulkogi they had snuck off the plate lol.

This is a simple recipe that requires ingredients that you probably have on hand which makes it pretty cheap to make but just because it is easy to make and has few ingredients doesn’t mean its not a show stopping dish because it so is!!

Basically bulgogi/pulkogi is Korean bbq beef.  It is thin slices of steak marinated overnight in a sweet garlicky marinade and then caramelized in a hot pan.  When looking up recipes for it I realized there was 1000 different variations much like a bbq sauce recipe, so I took the best from each recipe and mashed them together into my own version and the results were amazing!

You can certainly cut this recipe in half but trust me at lunch time the next day you will be wishing for leftovers so I always make extra  :)

There are a few different steaks you can use to make this but you want to use a quick cooking tender steak, I prefer to use petite sirloin (because they are always cheap at Farm Fresh ;) The key to the meat is to slice it thin, against the grain and at a slight angle (don’t worry you cant mess it up).  They other key component to this marinating it overnight, it makes all the difference in the world!

I wish I could have gotten better pictures of the finished dish but with a hungry husband and toddler swarming my kitchen I barely had time to snap the few I did lol.


Please please please try this dish, you will not be sorry and I guarantee it will be making a weekly appearance on your plate!


  • 3-5 Pounds Steak thinly sliced across the grain preferably at an angle
  • 3/4 Cup of Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar (white or cider vinegar works too)
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Cola (coke/pepsi)
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic minced
  • 4-6 Scallions chopped

In a large bowl mix all the marinade ingredients and whisk well.

Slice steak and add to bowl of marinade.

Mix well and put all the steak and marinade into a gallon ziploc bag.

Marinate overnight.

Heat a large skillet almost on high (you want it pretty screaming hot).

With tongs add a handful or two of the meat and evenly distribute around the pan.  After a few minutes stir around and let the other side of the meat get some color.

Remove from pan to a plate and repeat till all the meat has been cooked.

If you notice alot of liquid in your pan move all the meat to one side of the pan and let that liquid bubble and get thick then mix your meat back into the caramelized liquid, that darkened liquid is what gives the meat its flavor and color, so you want to achieve a dark brown glazy color on your meat.  You can even add a little of the marinade to the pan and let it thicken if you dont get enough color on a batch of meat.

I serve this over rice that Ive added a little soy sauce and scrambled egg too and dinner is done!  Enjoy!!

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  1. I made this for my boyfriend who loves Korean food. He renamed the dish “birthday beef” and requests it every year on his birthday. It is SO easy to make, especially if the butcher cuts the meat for you. That’s the hardest part.

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