Bulgogi is a Korean marinated meat dish with Korean red chili paste.
This easy bulgogi recipe calls for gochujang, gochugaru (Korean red chili pepper flakes), soy sauce, sugar, onion and scallions.
Learn how to how to make dwaeji bulgogi (aka jeyuk bokkeum) using pork belly (samgyupsal). You can also use pork shoulder, pork loin, beef or chicken for this authentic recipe.
What is Bulgogi?
Korean Bulgogi is a marinated meat dish made with thin slices of beef, usually rib eye. It is no doubt one of the most well-known Korean dishes outside of Korea.
When it’s made with pork, it’s called dwaeji (pork) bulgogi. Unlike its beef counterpart, which is traditionally marinated in a soy sauce based sauce, pork is typically marinated in a spicy gochujang sauce.
Gochujang is a fermented red chili pepper paste made primarily with gochugaru (Korean red chili pepper flakes), glutinous rice powder and fermented soybean powder.
It’s pungent, spicy, slightly sweet and salty. For an authentic Korean dish, there is simply no substitute for gochujang. Gochujang can be found in any Korean market or you can buy online!
The marinated pork can be either grilled or pan-fried. The best way to enjoy it is to wrap a bite-size piece in lettuce or a Perilla leaf and eat the whole wrap.
If you love fatty pork and spicy food, this is the perfect dish for you!
How to Make Bulgogi?
It’s easy to make this recipe at home. It calls for very simple steps.
First, cut the sliced pork belly into bite-sized pieces. Next, combine all the sauce and marinade ingredients together.
Combine the pork, marinade sauce, onion and scallions together in a big bowl. Marinate the meat for at least an hour or best overnight.
To cook, just grill or cook on a skillet.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Brand of Korean Red Chili Paste (Gochujang) Should I Use?
I recommend Chungjungwon (청정원), Haechandeul (해찬들) and Sampio (샘표) gochujang.
How Do I Make Bulgogi Bowl?
It’s very easy, just place fresh steamed rice in a bowl and top the rice with bulgogi.
How Many Calories Per Serving?
This recipe is only 685 calories per serving.
What Dishes To Serve with this Recipe?
Serve this dish with steamed rice and Korean side dishes. For a wholesome Korean meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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- 1 pound (0.4 kg) thinly sliced pork belly or pork shoulder
- 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 2 - 3 stalks scallion, roots removed, cut into 2 inch (5 cm) lengths
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Mix all Bulgogi Marinade ingredients well.
- Cut the pork belly into bite size pieces, about 2 inch length.
- Combine the meat, onion and scallions with the marinade and mix well. Marinate for at least an hour, or best overnight.
- Heat a grill pan or a skillet over medium high heat and add the oil. Cook the pork slices until cooked through and slightly caramelized, turning over once.
- Dish out and serve immediately with steamed rice.
Recipe Contributor: Korean Bapsang
You may use thinly sliced beef to make beef bulgogi.
The quality and taste of commercially available gochujang (고추장) varies, depending on brands. Some of the major brand names available in the U.S. are Chungjungwon (청정원), Haechandeul (해찬들) and Sampio (샘표). Each brand makes different types of gochujang, depending on the types or origin of ingredients used.
Chungjungwon (청정원) is known for its Sunchang (순창) gochujang. Sunchang (순창) is a town that's famous for making the best gochujang. Some brands note the level of spiciness on the package, e.g., No. 3 is medium hot and No. 4 is very hot.
Serving Size4 people
Amount Per Serving Calories 685Total Fat 63gSaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 81mgSodium 575mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 1gSugar 7gProtein 12g