Korean Bulgogi


Korean Bulgogi |

Korean Bulgogi |

Yesterday, I signed up for a Pure Barre class on Friday. They opened a new studio literally a minute from my house and ever since Jenna mentioned Barre exercises, I have been really intrigued. It’s a workout that is low-impact and you target all your trouble spots with one 55 minute workout that utilizes the ballet Barre to do your exercises. You can read more about it here. I hear that by the end of the workout, your muscles are so fatigued, you’re so sore, but you feel so good about yourself. I honestly do not know what I’m going to expect on Friday – I’m actually really nervous I won’t be able to hold all the positions for as long as you’re supposed to – but I’m going to try and push myself. I have a feeling every muscle in my body will ache on Saturday morning and I will literally have to roll out of bed. I’ll keep y’all posted ;)

Have you heard of the new exercise called Barre? Have you done any Barre exercises? What kind (Pure Barre, Barre3, etc.)?

**Nope, not being compensated or being offered free classes for mentioning Pure Barre. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while and I finally got the courage to sign up for it and I wanted to talk about it on my blog and see if any of you have done it, too! :)

Korean Bulgogi |

Have you ever had Korean bulgogi? It’s Korean grilled marinated meat. If you go to an authentic Korean BBQ restaurant, you usually sit in front of your own personal hibachi grill and you order all kinds of meats from their menu and grill them yourself. It’s actually a really fun thing to do with your friends if you aren’t weirded out with using the same utensils over and over again to grab the meats/food. Korean bulgogi is one of the most popular Korean dishes. If you know a general idea of Korean cuisine, you probably know these three things: kimchi, bulgogi, and kalbi/galbi (shortribs).

I typically eat my bulgogi over steamed white rice, but you can use the bulgogi meat in a lettuce wrap, too! Or however you want. Either way, you’re going to love it.

This is actually a recipe from the archives. My Korean friend from work gave me this recipe a couple years ago and I wanted to revamp the photos to make it more appealing ;) please don’t look at the old photos (well, you can if you want), they’re slightly embarrassing! Anyway, so this is pretty authentic since it’s coming from a Korean friend! haha :)

Korean Bulgogi |
Korean Bulgogi
Prep Time
1 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 25 mins

Korean bulgogi is a very popular Korean dish that is a staple at Korean restaurants. 

Servings: 4
  • 1 pound thinly sliced ribeye (I went to the Asian mart to buy this thinly sliced ribeye. They have it cut specifically for bulgogi but if you don't have an Asian mart around you can easily thinly slice your own ribeye)
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 onion, sliced into half moon slivers
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced or sliced
  • 2 stalks of green onions, cut into 1/2-inch lengths
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Place the ribeye, onion slivers, garlic, and green onions into a large Ziploc bag.
  3. Pour the liquid into Ziploc bag, seal it, then gently massage the liquid all over the meat, making sure it all gets coated in the mixture.
  4. Place in refrigerator to marinate for an hour, or even overnight.
  5. In a frying pan, heat up a little bit of oil then gently add a few slices of the marinated meat to the pan and cook until meat is cooked through - should be fairly quick since they're so thin.
  6. This is optional, but I took the remainder of the sauce from the Ziploc bag, poured it into the frying pan with the pan juices of the cooked meat and reduced it down until it was a thick, syrupy, consistency, about 15 minutes. I then poured that sauce on top of my bulgogi and steamed white rice.
  7. Serve over steamed white rice!

Posted on October 24, 2013

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  1. 10/24/2013 at 8:36 am

    I hope you love the barre classes! I have heard such amazing things, but they do not offer any where is live.

    I have never heard of this dish, but I love korean BBQ and my family is die hard for any steak! Can’t wait to try this one!

  2. 10/24/2013 at 8:38 am

    Julie – I can’t wait to try this recipe. I worked with someone about 20 years ago whose mother used to make this and he brought some in the office for us to try. I still remember that wonderful flavor. Thank you for the post!

  3. 10/24/2013 at 9:02 am

    Bulgogi is a must-order for me at Korean restaurants. Korean meats – that sweet marinade – is so irresistible. Your bulgogi is making me so hungry – I think I can taste it! : )

  4. 10/24/2013 at 9:10 am

    This sounds so good!!! And totally doable!!! PS: I’ve always wanted to try Pure Barre!! Have fun!!

    • 10/24/2013 at 11:35 am

      You should make it sometime! Haha, I’ll try to have fun with Pure Barre – we’ll see ;)

  5. Renee G
    10/24/2013 at 9:34 am

    we lived in Seoul for 2 yrs – this is a favorite of ours…. esp when added with veggies (cabbage, carrots, etc)

    • 10/24/2013 at 11:35 am

      Yum! Love the addition of veggies, Renee! Thanks for the suggestion!

  6. 10/24/2013 at 10:15 am

    I need to get Bulgogi-d, stat.

  7. 10/24/2013 at 10:46 am

    My husband loves Asian food. He even made me Korean BBQ for my birthday! This would be an awesome (and easy) surprise meal for him. Thanks for sharing!

    • 10/24/2013 at 11:35 am

      What a sweet surprise! I hope he enjoys it :)

  8. 10/24/2013 at 1:58 pm

    bulgogi looks so good – I have seen it in Korean restaurants but never tried it before. What kind/cut of meat would you recommend for non beef/pork eater?

  9. 10/24/2013 at 3:28 pm

    Ok, several things. First, I’m so intrigued by barre! I did ballet for 13 years, so I have a feeling I would be spazy and start dancing during the workout or something. And then get thrown out. Let me know how it goes!
    Two, love love love bulgogi. And I haven’t had any good bulgogi since we moved. Now I can make it at home! Thanks :)

  10. 10/24/2013 at 3:42 pm

    I’ve never tried bulgogi but this looks so flavorful, especially with the onions and garlic!

  11. 10/24/2013 at 10:16 pm

    First off I don’t know how to pronounce this korean dish but I can’t wait to try it out!!!

    I’ve heard about the pure barre because one just opened up here. I just wish I could afford that A@* beating! I can’t wait to hear how it goes.

  12. 10/24/2013 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve never done Pure Barre (I’m pretty sure there aren’t any classes nearby me), but I really, really want to! Good luck, can’t wait to hear how it goes :) This bulgogi sounds awesome – I need to make it asap!

  13. 10/24/2013 at 10:44 pm

    I’ve never heard of Barre exercises but thanks to you I’m going to investigate it more! This recipe looks fabulous!

  14. 10/25/2013 at 1:47 am

    I have to say I’m a big fan of the short ingredient list :) And that it looks delicious only makes it better!!

  15. 10/25/2013 at 8:36 am

    Looks amazing!

  16. 10/25/2013 at 9:09 am

    It’s been a really long time since I had any Korean food – so inspired to make this soon!

  17. 10/25/2013 at 9:31 am

    Looks like perfect comfort food. xox

  18. 10/25/2013 at 9:52 am

    I love Pure Barre. It is awesome and you will love it! This dish is totally new to me and it looks delicious!

  19. 10/25/2013 at 10:11 am

    Ooooooooooooooh – that look so good. I want that for lunch today.

  20. 10/25/2013 at 10:51 am

    Julie, I love this!!! Korean food is one of my faves. . and yes, I’ve heard of the Pure Barre classes. . let us know how you like it!

  21. 10/25/2013 at 10:52 am

    Yum! Love Korean food (and I love that it only requires a few ingredients, too!) Thanks for sharing, Julie! :)

  22. 10/25/2013 at 11:42 am

    I love bulgogi. I first had it at a friends house whose husband is Korean. You reminded me that it’s time for bulgogi. Thanks!

  23. Julie
    10/25/2013 at 12:19 pm

    I had to make potstickers last night for my daughter to take to school and had some leftover….was just wondering WHAT I could serve them with for dinner and this is PERFECT! Looks and sounds amazing, Julie, thank you!!

  24. 10/25/2013 at 1:36 pm

    I have to look into that! I’m sure they have classes in LA. I tried Crossfit and didn’t catch that fever. Spin class is OK, but I feel like I need more.
    I have to try it!
    And this beef looks fantastic.

  25. 10/25/2013 at 1:54 pm

    Bulgogi is definitely one of my favourites!

  26. Alicia J.
    10/25/2013 at 2:57 pm

    We found an Asian (they don’t adhere to any one specific heritage with their menu) restaurant close to us that offered Bulgogi. My husband tried it and has been addicted to it ever since. I look forward to giving this recipe a try. Thank you.


  28. 10/25/2013 at 4:25 pm

    OMG I can’t believe I can make this at home! My bf and I always get bulgogi out at restaurants; he’s going to flip if I make it for him. :D

  29. 10/25/2013 at 6:52 pm

    So making this for Thomas tomorrow night!

  30. 10/25/2013 at 11:32 pm

    I’ve never had this, but it looks and sounds really tasty (and simple!)!

  31. Carlee
    10/26/2013 at 1:36 am

    This recipe looks amazing! I have done some version of a barre class for the past 5 years (Hilliard Studio Method, Physique 57 and The Bar Method) and can honestly say it has changed my body. It tones muscles you didn’t even know you had! Have fun and enjoy the shaking:)

    • 10/26/2013 at 9:16 am

      Thanks Carlee! I just woke up from the day after my first barre class and I must say, I didn’t know I had muscle in some places where I’m aching. I’m so sore but it’s such a great feeling. I’m definitely going back. I was shaking a lot haha :)

  32. 10/27/2013 at 8:39 am

    This looks awesome ~ perfect lunch or dinner :)

  33. Madeleine
    10/30/2013 at 1:55 pm

    I love bulgogi! I’m an adopted Korean whose mom went through a phase of making a lot of authentic Korean dishes. :) Have you ever made tacos with bulgogi? They’re great topped with some sort of slaw and hot sauce! One of my favorite fusion dishes. I’ll definitely be adding your recipe to my bookmarks.

    • 10/31/2013 at 8:08 am

      I’ve never made tacos with bulgogi but I’ve had them at food trucks here in DC and they’re so good! I hope you make this! :)

  34. Patti Jo Fogle
    11/14/2013 at 5:45 pm

    Absolutely love this! I also used the bulgogi as a base for a beef crostini appetizer with blue cheese! It was delightful and was highly complimented!!

    • 11/15/2013 at 9:06 am

      Yum! Sounds like a great appetizer, Patti!

  35. Julie
    12/29/2013 at 9:13 pm

    Had to come back to tell you I finally made this tonight and it was fantastic…my whole family loved it! Such amazing results from so few Ingredients. I thinly sliced my own ribeye while still partially frozen and it was perfect. Thank you so much Julie and Happy New Year!

  36. 02/23/2014 at 2:29 pm

    Ohh Julie!! You made me so happy with this one.. I used to live in Korea (while teaching English). The only Korean BBQ we have here is insanely expensive.. and I could never find a good recipe for this… THANKS!

    • 02/24/2014 at 10:31 am

      Wonderful! So glad I could help :)

  37. Barbara
    11/03/2015 at 1:22 pm

    I have been making Bulgogi for years, a friend that is Korean gave me the recipe. If you don’t add the oil until you have mixed all of the other ingredients with the meat and then add the oil the marinade is absorbed into the meat better. Also, cook the meat on the highest heat until all of the juices are evaporated this gives you a closer approximation to the real thing.

    • Julie
      11/03/2015 at 1:30 pm

      yup, my Korean friend gave me this recipe too! :)

  38. Poppy
    03/20/2016 at 6:11 pm

    Every day, I eat Korean food at least once:) and have seen MANY MANY people make this dish. My sister loves this and always tries to buy it for lunch. Can’t wait for her to find this recipe! Julie, you may want to consider another Korean fav: “dduk”, or rice cake. One of my favorites!

  39. Katie
    04/19/2017 at 5:59 pm

    This looks soooo good I’m trying it tonight. Not a big fan of sesame oil, so I think I’ll cut it down a bit. Don’t have any ribeye, but I have some shaved steak (did I say I can’t wait?) Have some fresh mushrooms and green onions in fridge, so I think I’ll add those too. Bye! Gotta get cooking!

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