There are many Korean dishes that me and my family enjoy and bulgogi is one of them. In the past, I’ve shared some of my family’s favorite Korean dishes such as the flavorful Korean barbecue ribs, which is still a staple at every barbecue that we have. We also love the tasty and colorful Japchae, which is a potato vermicelli noodle stir fry dish.
What is Bulgogi
Bulgogi is a popular Korean dish which consists of thinly sliced beef marinated in a flavorful sauce and typically grilled on a barbecue. A grill pan can be used instead of a barbecue or even a cast iron pan. I decided to cook my bulgogi using a cast iron pan and the dish came out tender and flavorful. The cuts of beef that are typical in this dish are rib eye, sirloin and tenderloin. I decided to use thinly sliced rib eye. I also use thinly sliced rib eye in shabu-shabu (Japanese hotpot). Typical bulgogi recipes often uses grated Asian pear as one of the ingredients in the marinade to help tenderize the beef. I skipped on the Asian pear because the beef I used is sliced thinly and already a tender cut of beef.
In this recipe, the beef is first marinated in a mixture of onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, pepper flakes, ground pepper, toasted sesame seeds and green onions. After marinating the beef for at least 30 minutes, the slices of beef are cooked in batches on a cast iron pan until browned. Finally, the delicious slices of beef are transferred to a serving plate and garnished with chopped green onions and served with steamed rice. The dish turned out better than I imagined. It’s a tender, tasty and flavorful dish that I will definitely be making again!
flavorful sauce and typically grilled on a barbecue.
- 1 small onion , thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic , grated
- ½ tsp grated ginger
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp sugar
- ¼ tsp crushed pepper flakes
- 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
- 1 green onion , chopped
- 12 oz thinly sliced rib eye
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- In a medium glass bowl, combine the onion, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, pepper flakes, ground pepper, sesame seeds and green onion. Add the sliced beef and, using your fingers, gently coat the beef with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and then place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
- In a cast iron pan, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the beef and cook in batches, until browned and cooked through, about 2 minutes per batch.
- Transfer to a serving plate and then garnish with chopped green onion. Serve with steamed rice.