Bulgogi Marinade

Ingredients of Bulgogi

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
977 Calories
37g Fat
146g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 977
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 48%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7561mg 329%
Total Carbohydrate 146g 53%
Dietary Fiber 11g 40%
Protein 27g
Calcium 419mg 32%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is the traditional marinade recipe for Korean Bulgogi, which is a marinated steak cut into strips and served up on lettuce leaves or rice. This is also a great marinade for any cut of beef.

This marinade is used to make bulgogi or Korean sesame beef. It can be served with a spicy dipping sauce. This is a really easy dish to make for anyone who is beginning to explore Korean cuisine. Bulgogi is a very versatile dish as it can be the star of your meal or just a simple and tasty appetizer.


  • 1/2 cup/120 milliliters soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup/80 milliliters sugar
  • 3 tablespoons/45 milliliters sake (or rice wine or sherry)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 milliliters sesame oil
  • 8 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4 scallions (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 milliliters toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 milliliters black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat sesame oil in a small saucepan.

  2. Add garlic and cook for one minute.

  3. Add remaining ingredients, except green onions, and let the sauce cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved completely.

  4. Add green onions, promptly remove from heat and let the mix cool completely before using as a marinade.

Recipe Tip

  • To toast sesame seeds place them in a hot saute pan and gently toss until they start to brown. This takes just a few seconds. Pour off into a bowl.

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