Bulgogi Marinade

Ingredients of Bulgogi

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Yield: 2 cups
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
192 Calories
9g Fat
23g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 192
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1755mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 230mg 5%
*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 soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 3 tablespoons sake

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 medium scallions, minced

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground 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.

Recipe Variations

  • Use rice wine or sherry instead of sake.

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