Delicious bulgogi depends on three things: a good cut of beef, a delicious marinade, and the method you use to cook it. So I am very pleased to release the best bulgogi recipe that I’ve ever made: it has all 3 of these elements.
First, a good cut of beef always makes for delicious bulgogi. I mentioned using steak in the video: sirloin, tenderloin, or skirt steak. But you still can make good bulgogi without these choice cuts. Whatever you use, it’s very important to choose marbled beef: leaner cuts like brisket will turn out too tough. Cut the beef thinly against the grain to make it easier to chew, and marinate overnight. The marinade will tenderize the beef and it’ll turn out delicious over a charcoal BBQ.
Secondly, the marinade: the marinade in this recipe is the best that I’ve yet developed. But as I’m constantly experimenting with marinades, I may still develop a better one! I’ll let you know if I do. Feel free to modify the ratios here to your taste, or develop your own marinade. If you do, let me know how it turns out. Also, if you can’t find a Korean pear, use ripe bosc pear: 1 small bosc pear for 1 pound of beef is good.
Thirdly, when we talk about the best cooking methods, grilling over charcoal will always be the best. This is because the marinade, juices and fats drip off the meat onto the coals, burn up there, and then come back to the beef in a wonderful smoke that covers the meat with flavor. You can’t beat charcoal for bulgogi.
Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
Add the sliced beef and mix well.
You can grill, pan-fry, or BBQ right after marinating, but it’s best to keep it in the fridge and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for a tougher cut of beef. Serve with ssamjang.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (906g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 534 (47%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 59.3g||79 %|
|Saturated Fat 31.5g||158 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 20.6g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2.3g|
|Cholesterol 221mg||68 %|
|Sodium 7661.8mg||264 %|
|Potassium 2637.8mg||69 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 79.7g||23 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.2g||13 %|
|Sugars, other 76.5g|
|Protein 73.9g||106 %|
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Calories per serving: 1130
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