Gluten Free Beef Bulgogi & Rice (Korean BBQ)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tender thinly-sliced sirloin marinated with onions, soy sauce, sesame oil and pears!
Beef Bulgogi & Rice--Korean BBQ

Yield 2 to 4 servings

Beef Bulgogi & Rice Korean Barbecue

This beef bulgogi recipe is easy to follow and a perfect introduction to delicious and authentic Korean food. Thin slices of sirloin are marinated in a sweet mix of soy sauce, sugar, garlic, pears and sesame oil for a tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef dish.

I've had lots of bulgogi in my lifetime--a dish introduced to me by my dad who lived in Korea for a while. The bulgogi I've had has always been the results of a labor of love from some petite Korean grandmother, who had gifted the barbecue to us in a slightly warped Tupperware container. As a result, this truly magical dish was something that I attributed to these women, an offering of their culture, a memory of taste and flavor that I wouldn't be able to recreate.

Korean Barbecued Beef Bulgogi with Sesame Seeds
If I've learned one thing from this food blog regarding cooking, it's not to be intimidated or put off by complicated dishes. Especially this bulgogi, because it's as simple as grilling a steak. What makes the dish so complex is the combination of flavors. All you'll need to do is pop the ingredients into a bag, chuck them in the fridge and forget about them for at least 8 hours. See? Not difficult at all!
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For the beef bulgogi
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup gluten free soy sauce
1/2 can pear halves, mashed
1 medium onion, sliced
1lb / 500g sirloin, thinly sliced
2 tbsp / 30g ginger,grated
3 tbsp / 45g garlic, minced
3 tbsp/ 50 ml sesame oil
sesame seeds
cooked rice to serve

  • You could try to slicing the beef thinly yourself or you can take the easy route and get it done at the butcher's/meat counter.
  • I keep my ginger in the freezer, then when I need it, I simply peel the skin using a vegetable peeler and grate it--all while frozen. It keeps forever and is easier to work with.
Beef Bulgogi with Sesame Seeds and Rice


Beef Bulgogi & Rice (Korean BBQ)
  1. Combine the sugar, soy sauce, mashed pears, onion, ginger and garlic in a large zip-close bag.
  2. Add the beef to the bag. Push out any air and zip close.Gently massage the beef with the marinade for a few seconds. Refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Remove the marinated beef from the fridge 30 minutes before you are ready to cook it.
  4. Drizzle in the soy sauce and let the beef come to room temperature while you warm a grill pan suited for use on the stove top. Alternatively, you can preheat an oven broiler or grill.
  5. Grill the beef strips, what's left of the marinade and onions, until the beef is cooked through and the edges are crispy.
  6. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve with rice.
Korean Beef Bulgogi & Rice

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  1. Ooooh I am going to have to try this! The hubs would really love it no doubt! Thanks for sharing!! pinned

  2. This sounds fantastic! We had Korean bbq once and loved it. I am going to have to try this soon. Thanks, pinned and tweeted it.

  3. Oh my. This dish looks so so delicious! I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe, thanks for sharing. I'd love for you to share at our link party with everyone else, too!!

  4. My fiance is stationed in South Korea, and has mentioned how much he loves bulgogi. He'll be visiting in June and I've been wondering how to make it! Thanks for linking up at Plucky's Second Thought so I could find this! I think I'll give this a test run this week :)

    1. Oh, how unbelievably sweet! Please do try it & I hope you enjoy it & that you go on to make it for him! If you do, I want to hear all about it! Love a good love/food story! :D

    2. My cooking is no doubt one of the reasons he's marrying me. The way to this man's heart certainly takes a path through his stomach LOL!

  5. This also looks mouth watering! Man...I hit the jackpot this week! :)

    Again, thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  6. Oh wow, this looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  7. Oh we love Korean food, so I have to try this. Your ginger tip is so helpful - I would have never thought of that.

  8. I love am obsessed with Korean food, so thanks for sharing this with us! You are featured on this week's Do Tell Tuesday link party and have been pinned to our features board! Feel free to grab a button and link up this week too. :)

    Diane @ Vintage Zest

  9. I made this the other day for my blog,, and it was SOOoooOOOOoOoOo flavourful! I absolutely loved it! I could have taken a bath in that sauce! And thanks to you, I now freeze my ginger too! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hahah Becky, it is so nice to hear that I'm not the only one who wanted to bathe in the sauce! It's so delicious, isn't it?! We'll be having this for dinner again tomorrow night & I've got the beef marinating & I can hardly wait! I'm off to check out your blog;I LOVE it when I can see the different things people do with my recipes! Exciting!

  10. Love this recipe - looks so tasty & delicious and you've made it look so very easy! :-)

  11. Fantastic dish, and inspiration as well! Very nicely done.

  12. In the instructions it says to drizzle in soy sauce after the marinade has been in the fridge for a while. I think you mean to drizzle in the sesame oil.


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