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Korean Beef Bulgogi is a quick, stir-fried Asian dish that is chock full of marvelous flavors including garlic and fresh ginger. A little spicy, a little sweet,  and totally delicious. I have a feeling you’ll love it as much as my family does. 

Square white plate of Beef Bulgogi

Korean Beef Bulgogi

Pork Bulgoge (or bulgogi) has frequented our menu for years, thanks to a friend who had his recipe published in a Martha Stewart magazine. I’ve also made a scrumptious chicken version, so why not some Korean beef? I checked out the Interactive Butcher Counter and saw that flank steak is considered a lean cut of beef. Perfect for this post-holiday meal. Along with a mélange of colorful vegetables and some rice for Bill, our beef bulgogi dinner was set.

White platter of Easy Korean Beef Stir Fry

Easy Korean Beef Stir Fry

The hubby had his bulgogi over steamed rice, but I made lettuce wraps with mine for an uber healthy meal. Roll up the lip-smacking strips of beef in a Romaine or Bibb lettuce leaf for a low carb entree. Add a bowl of vibrant steamed veggies for a terrific accompaniment.

This combination gets rave reviews around here! When the hubby doesn’t complain that his mouth is on fire when I use crushed red pepper flakes, I give myself a pat on the back. Feel free to up the pepper flakes if you’re a fan of heat. I have a feeling you’ll adore this beef bulgogi, too.

If you like this flavor profile, check out these Grilled Korean Beef Steaks!

Beef Bulgogi on a square white plate with chopsticks

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Beef Bulgogi

Beef Bulgogi

A delicious Korean beef stir fry adapted from Norm Matthew's recipe.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 1 pound flank steak, sliced very thin (easy to do when partially frozen)
  • 3-4 tablespoons soy sauce (use less to reduce sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 12 wedges
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Toasted sesame seeds to garnish, optional
  • Romaine or butter lettuce to serve, optional


  1. Mix all ingredients except olive or canola oil, sesame seeds, and lettuce. Set aside to marinate at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil. Add marinated meat/onions in batches, frying till no longer pink. When all batches are cooked, return meat to pan to reheat.
  3. Serve over rice or in lettuce cups with a garnish of sesame seeds if desired.


Marinating time not included in total time.


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29 comments on “Beef Bulgogi”

  1. In this house we love food wrapped in lettuce. And I don’t mind a little jasmine rice on the side either. Can you buy jasmine rice in your part of the world? It’s my favourite. We also don’t mind a bit of heat so I’d probably be more heavy-handed with those chilli flakes than you. I love the Thai flavours in this dish xx

  2. Looks absolutely delicious Liz! I would eat mine in a lettuce wrap too.

  3. This sounds really good and very flavorful, I’d like to use fresh ginger more often:@)

  4. I like the sound of the spicy/sweet combo! A bet the addition of ginger is flavorful.

  5. My SIL is 100% Korean and makes a mean Bulgogi! I need to give your recipe a try! Can you believe I’ve never made it at home?

  6. I make some form of lettuce wrap, weekly! I know what’s making an appearance on our menu, soon. I love all of the flavors in this dish, Liz!

  7. This sounds delicious, Liz! Thanks for sharing this yummy variation.

  8. Wonderful, great flavors, texture, and healthy.

  9. This sounds delicious I really like the flavors in it.

  10. Reading the ingredients and can almost smell this dish! Looks delicious.

  11. This looks delicious!

  12. Love this simple recipes, Liz. I love the lettuce wraps, but I think my boys would like it over cauliflower rice, which surprisingly they like more than regular rice.

  13. Sounds yummy Liz. I know my family would love this too!

  14. What a delicious recipe! I love Korean flavours so this would be perfect for our family. You’ve got to love a good piece of beef.
    Thanks for sharing
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  15. Looks awesome! It honestly bring back such memories of growing up and eating Korean food. It was my go to fave every time.

  16. What a great dinner recipe!!

  17. Beef, onions, and all those flavors = YUM!

  18. I love lettuce wraps, so I would definitely try it that way!

  19. Looks delicious! I’d love to try it in a lettuce wrap!

  20. I love the idea of a stir fried bulgogi! We’ve only done it on the grill, but it makes way too much sense to do it this way 🙂 .

  21. Love bulgogi! Yours looks fabulous.

  22. This is such a fabulous recipe Liz. You know how much me and K love beef so this has to happen. Immediately.

  23. There are a plethora of sweets at my house most of the time and having this with a lettuce wrap in the perfect option for me.

  24. I have had this on my must make list for a long time now, and your version sounds delicious!

  25. Liz, I love the idea of making it into a lettuce wrap – I never would have thought of that!
    I think this will be a hit with my family and they would very much like a few extra red pepper flakes.

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