Bulgogi (Korean Barbeque) ala Ella Bella

Prep Time: About 10 to 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 35 to 40 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Calories per serving: 271


Woohooo, first post for April!


One of the fondest memories of living for a few months in South Korea is sampling their tasty food. I think a lot of people who get to try Korean flavors tend to really like them. Heck, I still crave the Shimyun Ramyun (a brand of extremely spicy noodles) to this day!

Bulgogi (pronounced as pul-gogi) is typically marinated and grilled. My version is a bit saucy since I didn’t want to waste the flavors in the marinade. I’ve also had bulgogi in a restaurant this way, so, I thought why get rid of that delicious sauce? So technically, this is not barbecued, but if all you care about is how delicious this is, then we are all set to start 😉

For this recipe, I used:

1.25 lbs thinly sliced first cut top round (sirloin is definitely ideal)

½ cup light soy sauce

1/3 cup tap water

½ cup unsweetened pineapple juice

1tbsp honey

¼ cup chopped onions

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks green onions, sliced, and another stalk for garnishing

½ tsp black pepper

1.5 tbsps sesame oil

1 tsp. sesame seeds

1 cup mushrooms (optional but recommended)


Are you ready to make this awesome dish? If so, then here are the directions:

  1. Chop onions and green onions and crush the garlic.  Set aside.
  2. In a medium or large bowl, pour in soy sauce, pineapple juice and water.
  3. Add onions, green onions, garlic, as well as the pepper, and sesame oil and honey. Mix thoroughly for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add meat in batches, to make sure all the meat is immersed in the marinade.
  5. Keep in a covered container (ziplock will do too) the fridge for at least 6 hours.
  6. Simmer mixture in a large pan and cook on medium high heat for about 10 min. Adjust heat to medium low and continue simmering for another 20 minutes to let the meat soak in the flavors.
  7. If you choose to add mushrooms, add them to the pan five minutes before turning off the heat.
  8. Transfer into a dish and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve with warm rice.

I bet grilling the meat would yield great results. If you do so, try saving some of the marinade and simmer about 1 cup of it for about 8 to 10 minutes on medium high. Once the beef is grilled, pour on the sauce on top and let the flavors meld. Maybe it’s just me but I prefer some sauciness in my plate 😉

Eat well and be well. – Ella Bella

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