Korean Fire Meat

Bulgogi (/bʊlˈɡoʊɡiː/; from Korean 불고기, literally “fire meat”) is a gui (Korean-style grilled or roasted dish) made of thin, marinated slices of beef or pork, grilled on a barbecue or on a stove-top griddle. It is also often stir-fried in a pan in home cooking. Sirloin, rib eye or briskets are frequently used cuts of beef for the dish.Source

If you know where to get good thinly sliced meat and Bulgogi marinade, this dish is easy to make at home. (See Where to Find Asian Ingredients in Austin in Recipe Notes section below. I get mine at either Han Yang Market or Hana World Market.)

Korean BBQ Marinades

Read the labels. Unfortunately, they will contain a very long list of ingredients and some of them you won’t like. Most of the mass production bulgogi marinades include corn syrup, modified starches, wheat gluten, all sorts of gums, MSG, etc. If you don’t care, just grab a jar with the heat level you like. Fortunately, if you care, the original homemade bulgogi sauce is healthy, gluten-free, and easy to make at home. Blend together a tenderizing fruit (ripe Asian pear or Bosc pear or kiwi), onion, ginger, sugar or honey, soy sauce, freshly ground black pepper, and toasted sesame oil. Add chopped garlic, scallions, and carrots, and the marinade is ready. (See Korean beef BBQ | Bulgogi 불고기 in Recipe Notes section below.) Be careful with kiwi, it tenderized meat faster than pear. Thin slices of meat need only a few minutes to marinate.

Heat Source

Cooking bulgogi outdoors over smoking charcoal is, of course, number one choice. The second choice is grilling the beef on a skillet over very high heat. My recipe is intended to show how to broil bulgogi. Broiling allows making large portions of meat to serve at the same time without mess and hassle. It also requires the least amount of oil and your efforts. Think about it as a cooking method you can utilize for other marinades and meats that belong to different cuisines.

Bulgogi with Vegetable Stir-Fry
Bulgogi with Vegetable Stir-Fry
Bulgogi with Vegetable Stir-Fry
Bulgogi with Vegetable Stir-Fry

Bulgogi Under the Broil

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Eastern Asian, Korean
Keyword: broiled, bulgogi, meat
Servings: 3 portions
Calories: 310kcal

Ingredients

for broiled beef

  • 300 g angus beef thinly sliced sirloin or tenderloin
  • 1 cup bulgogi marinade
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil to spray

for vegetable stir-fry

  • 120 g broccolini florets and sliced stems
  • 120 g scallions 2" long cuts
  • 120 g green beans French
  • 60 g Bell sweet peppers sliced
  • 60 g onions sliced
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 2 tbsp bulgogi marinade

Instructions

  • Defrost thinly sliced frozen beef in a refrigerator for a few hours. Timing depends on the amount of beef packaged together. Line a baking pan with foil to collect drippings. Place a heavy-duty roasting rack into the pan. Have marinade ready.
    Broiled Bulgogi
  • Pour marinade into a bowl and place all slices of meat into it. Carefully separate slices one by one and make sure they are coated with marinade on both sides. Arrange them on the rack as shown in the picture. Spray them with oil. Preheat the broil.
    Broiled Bulgogi
  • While the meat is marinating, prepare all the vegetables for stir fry. Place a large skillet or wok over high heat and add oil. When oil starts smoking, add vegetables, season them with salt and pepper and stir fry them for a couple of minutes. Turn the heat off.
    Vegetable Stir-Fry
  • Place marinated beef 2-3" under the heating element and let it broil for about a minute, until the first signs of caramelization. Turn off the broil heating element.
    Broiled Bulgogi
  • Over high heat, finish the stir fry by folding 2 tbsp of marinade into the vegetables. Turn off the heat and serve vegetables with bulgogi on top.

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 378mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g