Korean Marinated Beef [Bulgogi]

Hi everyone,

Here is the recipe guaranteed that you will love! It’s Bulgogi!

I think Bulgogi is the most well-known Korean food abroad other than Kimchi. It uses thinly sliced beef and sweet soy sauce for marinating. (There are two different types of bulgogi. One is beef with sweet soy sauce and the other is pork with spicy chili sauce.)

I have cooked bulgogi so many times in Australia whenever somebody visited my house. It was the only Korean food that I can think everyone could enjoy without difficulty. And indeed, people loved it!

So I hope you enjoy this recipe too :)

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This is how I usually eat Bulgogi. Steamed rice, a fried egg and bulgogi. yumm


· Pre time: 15mins (1hour for marinating)

· Cooking time: 10mins


Ingredients ( serves 2)


  • Thinly sliced Beef (500g /17 oz)ingredients
  • ½ Carrot (100g/3.5 oz)
  • 1 Onion (150g/5 oz)
  • 3 Mushrooms (40g/1.5 oz)
  • ½ Spring onion

For Marinade sauce

  • 6 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp grated Onion
  • 3 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking wine – optional
  • 1 Tbsp chopped Spring onion – use head
  • ½ Tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chopped Garlic
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • Pinch of Sesame seeds.



1. Mix all the marinade sauce ingredients in a bowl.

marinate sauce


2. Add the marinade sauce to beef slice. And mix it well.



3. Rap the bowl and marinated beef in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Overnight even better.

in a refridge


4. Cut all the vegetables into thin 6cm strips.



 5. Oil the pan. Fry the onion and carrot strips on medium heat for 2mins.



 6. Add the marinated beef and mushroom slices. Fry them all on high heat while stirring.



7. When the beef almost cooked, turn the heat off. And add chopped spring onion and mix all well.



8. Serve it hot with steamed rice or lettuce. Enjoy your Bulgogi! :)

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  • Fry the beef slices on high heat quickly as frying too long makes beef tough.
  • You can substitute granted kiwi or pear for onion.

Quick Korea Words

Bul [불] = Fire

Gogi [고기] = Meat

* Bulgogi literally means ‘Fire meat’ in Korean.

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11 Responses to “Korean Marinated Beef [Bulgogi]”

  1. Annyonghaseyo, Chloe! Long time no see, I miss you recipe lots ^^
    Thanks for the bulgogi recipe~! You make this so easy to make *I think*, I’m gonna try to cook this later. Take care (:

    • Annyonghaseyo Jane!
      Good to meet you again :)
      Some of the bulgogi recipes are crazy. They have lots of ingredients and many processes which I don’t like :P
      So as you said, I made my recipe simple haha.
      Hope you like it :)

  2. I made this last night and it was delicious! Thank you :)

  3. Hi Chloe!
    I just wanted to tell you how amazing your recipes are. I just finished making a couple of them last night and I’m going to be making bulgogi today. I’m going to Korea next year to teach English, and I’m glad I found your site so I know how to cook at least some Korean dishes. Thank you so much!

    • Hi Maelah,
      Thanks for the comment.
      Teaching in Korean next year? That’s great! =)
      There are lots of Foreigners teaching English in Korea. And I also hang out with them sometimes. They LOVE Dakgalbi which is spicy chicken dish.
      Next year, please try it in Korea. If you like spicy food, I bet you will love it so much.
      Hope you enjoy my recipes and Korea next year xx
      Thanks you!

  4. Annyeonghaseyo!

    Wow! This looks amazing! I’ve somewhat recently taken an interest in South Korean culture and boy does the food look DELICIOUS! And these recipes just look even better!! Thanks so much for posting! :D I can’t wait to try them!

    • Hi Katrina,
      Welcome to Korean Culture and Food! haha
      Happy to hear that you’re enjoying all about Korea. Hope you like the recipe, and if you have any requests for Korean food, please let me know.
      I love to make recipe for you =)
      Have a good weekend!

  5. Can you put the recipe for the spicy pork one too?

    • Hi Charlie,
      THanks for the request. Of course, I will make delicious recipe of spicy pork soon =)
      I prefer spicy pork bulgogi than sweet beef bulgogi as I love spicy food. Hope you will like my recipe too hehe.


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