With only 35 minutes of hands-on time you can make your own restaurant-quality beef bulgogi recipe at home. The big flavor comes from the beef bulgogi marinade so don't rush that step, give it the full 4 hours minimum.

Laura Marzen
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Jason Donnelly

Recipe Summary

35 mins
4 hrs to 6 hrs
4 bowls


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Trim fat from meat. Cut meat across the grain into very thin slices. Place meat in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. For marinade, in a blender or food processor combine onion, 2 Tbsp. each of the honey and water, the soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. of the sesame oil, the ginger, and garlic. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Pour over meat. Seal bag; turn to coat meat. Marinate in the refrigerator 4 to 6 hours, turning bag occasionally.

  • Drain meat, discarding marinade. Coat a 10-inch grill pan or nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add meat; cook and stir 40 to 60 seconds or just until slightly pink in center.

  • To assemble, divide meat and the next five ingredients (through cucumber) among shallow bowls, keeping ingredients in separate piles. In a small bowl combine the remaining 2 Tbsp. honey, 2 Tbsp. water, and 1 Tbsp. sesame oil, the cilantro, and sriracha sauce. Top bowls with honey mixture and, if desired, kimchi and additional cilantro or mint.


Partially freeze the meat for 30 to 45 minutes for easier slicing.


To cook rice for the base of your beef bulgogi bowl, in a medium saucepan bring 2/3 cup water and 1/3 cup uncooked long grain brown rice to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 35 to 45 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.

Nutrition Facts

397 calories; total fat 13g; saturated fat 3g; polyunsaturated fat 3g; monounsaturated fat 5g; cholesterol 77mg; sodium 435mg; potassium 753mg; carbohydrates 43g; fiber 3g; sugar 23g; protein 30g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 5535IU; vitamin c 30mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 8mg; vitamin b6 1mg; folate 33mcg; vitamin b12 4mcg; calcium 53mg; iron 3mg.