Euna’s Mom’s Korean Beef Kalbi/Bulgogi Recipe

My co-worker Euna was kind enough to share her mom’s beef kalbi/bulgogi recipe with me. We’ve always been a fan of Korean barbecue — we go to K-Town on 32nd Street once a month or so — but we’ve never attempted to make it on our own.

We’ve seen recipes for it online before, but something always held us back. What if it’s not as good as what we order at restaurants like Miss Korea and BCD Tofu? But a tried-and-true recipe from a Korean momma, that we trust.



• Rib steak or sirloin, sliced thinly

• 4 tbsp. soy sauce

• 2 1/2 tbsp. sugar (we used white sugar, but we may try brown sugar next time)

• 1 1/2 tbsp. minced garlic

• 3 tbsp. sesame seeds

• 1 1/2 tbsp. sesame oil

• 1/2 tbsp. ground black pepper

• 3 tbsp. rice wine (a.k.a. mirin)

• 2 tbsp. chopped scallions (optional)


Step 1: Mix soy sauce, sugar, minced garlic, sesame seeds, sesame oil, ground black pepper and rice wine in a plastic container with a lid.

Step 2: Marinade thinly sliced beef for 4 to 6 hours. Leave it in the refrigerator. Euna says the longer you marinade it for, the more tender the meat will get.

Step 3: Heat pan or grill to medium heat with a little oil. We used a cast iron skillet for a nice sear. In batches, cook meat for 3 to 4 minutes per side.


Optional: In the same pan or grill as the meat, cook onion slices, mushrooms and corn — just like they do at the Korean barbecue restaurants.


Then, serve with white rice and a miso paste concoction on the side. For the sauce, Euna told me to mix Jaeraesik Soybean Paste and Sunchang Gochujang Red Pepper Paste with sesame oil.


Success, you guys! It was delicious and tasted just like the real deal despite the fact that it was cooked by amateur cooks like us!


2 Comments Add yours

  1. I always love Korean food! I have some recipe in my blog too 🙂

    Please visit and follow my blog ( or my Instagram (lazymom_cooking) for some recipe ideas

  2. Ruthe says:

    Thanks for sharing tue Korean BBQ recipe. Will have to try cooking it one of these days… When I find an Asian market carrying the ingredients here in Tampa.


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