This Korean Bulgogi recipe is a slight changup on the classic dish. Thinly cut beef marinated in fresh ginger, garlic, liquid aminos and honey makes for a flavorful, filling meal.
Preparing ethnic food is a hobby of mine and keeps me inspired in the kitchen. I enjoy incorporating an abundance of aromatic spices I wouldn’t otherwise use, leaving my house smelling otherworldly, and my belly satisfied. Learning the similarities and differences between the techniques and ingredients used in various cuisines worldwide gives me a more complete culinary perspective.
It dawned on me recently that I don’t cook nearly enough Korean food. In fact, until this point, bibimbap was the only Korean dish I had made, so I knew I needed to expand my horizons and cozy up to more Korean dishes.
Since I’m not super well-versed in the art of Korean cooking, I read up on it prior to preparing this recipe in order to gain a bit of a foundation. Korean cuisine is primarily centered around rice, vegetables and meats, and most meals are served with kimchi (naturally fermented cabbage, radishes, and cucumbers with spices). Commonly used ingredients in Korean dishes are ginger, garlic, sesame oil, doenjang (fermented bean paste), soy sauce, salt, garlic, gochujang (sweet and spicy red chili paste), gochugaru (similar to red pepper flakes), and brown sugar.
While I can get on board with all of the aforementioned ingredients, especially ginger, I tend to stay away from soy products or refined sugar when possible. For this reason, I thought it would be fun to prepare a traditional Korean dish, bulgogi (thinly sliced grilled marinated beef), but replace the traditional soy sauce with liquid aminos (I used coconut aminos) and substitute honey for brown sugar. I know, I know, it’s not authentic, but the result tasted so, just trust me!
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For these bowls, I made Lundberg’s Sprouted Korean BBQ Rice, bulgogi, and steamed broccoli. I simply put everything in bowls and served them with store-bought kimchi on top.
Recipe Advice & Change-Ups:
- Because I sliced the beef thinly and the grates on my grill are fairly wide, I opted to cook the meat in a cast iron skillet rather than on a BBQ. If you have a Korean-style BBQ (or even a George Foreman), feel free to grill the meat rather than cook it on the stove.
- I steamed the broccoli, but you can also saute it with sesame oil, ginger, garlic, etc. You can even marinate the broccoli ahead of time just like you’re doing with the beef (just be sure to marinate the two separately).
- If you aren’t partial to beef, you can replace it with chicken and still use the same marinade outlined in the recipe.
- Incorporate more of your favorite veggies, such as cauliflower, or bok choy.
- Use homemade kimchi or other pickled veggies for serving.
- To make this recipe the authentic Korean version, replace the liquid aminos with soy sauce, and the honey with brown sugar.
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Korean Bulgogi and Rice Bowls + Giveaway!
For the Bowls
- 1 ounce package Lundberg Sprouted Korean BBQ Rice 6-
- 2 medium crowns broccoli steamed
- Kimchi for serving
Prepare the Bulgogi:
Combine the liquid aminos, sesami oil, garlic, ginger, honey, and gochugaru in a small blender and blend until completely combined. Place the thinly sliced steak in a sealable bag or container and pour in the marinade. Marinate for at least 15 minutes (overnight is better). While beef is marinating, prepare the rice according to package instructions and steam the broccoli.
Heat a cast iron skillet to medium-high and add juste enough oil to lightly coat the surface, about 2 to 3 tablespoons. Carefully place several strips of beef on the hot skillet in a single layer, leaving room between strips. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until beef is browned. Flip using tongs and cook on the other side 1 to 2 minutes, or until beef is cooked to desired doneness. Transfer meat to a plate and repeat for the remaining strips of meat (It took me 3 rounds to finish cooking all the beef).
Prepare the Bowls:
Divide the rice, broccoli, and bulgogi between 3 bowls. Serve with kimchi, and enjoy!
*You can replace liquid aminos with low-sodium soy sauce
**You can replace honey with brown sugar.
This post is sponsored by Lundberg. All opinions are my own.