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Korean Marinated Sesame Beef Bulgogi

Beef Bulgogi is the traditional Korean name for this super tasty marinated sesame beef dish. So simple to make discovered by our pickiest eater at a local Korean restaurant. Korean Marinated Sesame Beef is now a favorite family dinner for the Fridays when we all want an Asian dish. If you marinate the beef the night before, the beef grills up only a few minutes on each side.

If you like to make Asian dinner at home, you may also want to check out – Easy Japanese Beef And Vegetable Sukiyaki Stir Fry

This recipe is so tasty, light Asian flavors. So tender as it marinates overnight and cooks up so fast.   You can also marinate as little as 30 minutes but best if overnight. I like to cook the beef on a grill mat on my outdoor grill. Just 2 to 3 minutes on each side. I have also made this dish by broiling in the oven.  Both are simple and easy.

You can serve the beef dinner over rice, but if you are watching your carbs I used these delicious rice tofu noodles. When I am serving my son with my husband and me, I purchase a double pack of the flank steak at Costco and we only have a little leftover if any.

This summer Joey and his best friend visited a traditional Korean restaurant in the city with a friend who is more adventurous in menu choices. With a suggestion for the wait staff, he tried a traditional dish “Beef Bulgogi” and loved it.  So simple to make you just need a little time to slice the flank steak and marinate it for at least an hour.

Korean Marinated Sesame Beef Bulgogi in a bowl marinating.

Three of us ate 2 pounds of this dish the first night it was so good.  We love Asian food, we love to go to the local Chinese place, and this dish was unbelievably tasty and simple to make.

I found a few recipes from traditional Korean cooks and of course made it our own for a family kid friendly quick and easy dinner. Just add rice and a broccoli side dish and dinner is made in minutes.

Korean beef on a white serving plate  on a white table cloth, sliced green onion on top with sliced green onion table with noodles on the side.

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I purchase my flank steak at our local Costco which came in a 3-pound package. I sliced it as thin as I could and put one pound in the freezer for later. The key is slicing the meat across the grain as thin as you can. Take it slow and watch your fingers. I added the marinated ingredients and putting it all in one of my Wolfgang Puck bowls that do not slip and seals airtight let it marinate in the refrigerator while I cleaned up the kitchen and had a great time listening to my son tell me of his adventure to the Korean restaurant.

Some of the recipe called for the meat to be cooked on the grill, but I just wanted to keep my hands free for clean up and set the table so I broiled mine in the over.  Broiling was a perfect solution as it cooked up quickly and with lining the pan with foil it was easy to clean up. I cooked the meat 7 to 10 minutes on each side at 400Ā°.  We made rice in the Instant Pot and put a bag of broccoli in the microwave.  Could not have been quicker or easier.

Beef slices on a white plate with green onion on top.

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Korean Marinated Sesame Beef Bulgogi

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  • Author: Crafting a Family Dinner
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 serving 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Broil
  • Cuisine: Korean


Full of Asian flavor, simple ingredients, an easy family dinner.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb Flank Steak (sliced thin)
  • 1/3 cup of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (leave a few to garnish the finished dish)
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of Sesame Seeds toasted
  • 2 TLB of Sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp of Black Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped Ginger (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seed to garnish on top


  1. The recipe is best if you slice your meat the night before and marinate overnight however, you can make the recipe with just 30 minutes to an hour of marinating.
  2. At least an hour before you want to cook, slice the flank steak as thin as possible across the grain. (putting the meat in the freezer 15 minutes before you slice can make this easier)
  3. Put the beef in a container or bowl that you can seal a lid.
  4. Mix the marinade in a smaller bowl: add soy sauce, sugar, ginger, chopped green onions, garlic, sesame oil and sesame seeds, and black pepper.
  5. Add marinade to the beef and stir to coat.
  6. Cover with a tight lid and put in the refrigerator for at least an hour. (best if marinated overnight)
  7. Cover baking sheets with foil for easy cleanup.
  8. Pre-heat the over to broil.
  9. After an hour place the beef strips in one layer on the baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the oven about 6 inches from the broiler.
  10. Broil for 7 to 10 minutes depending on how thick the strips are, and then turn.
  11. Broil for another 7 to 10 minutes.
  12. If your family likes a little more flavor top the cooked beef with a few chopped green onions and extra sesame seeds.


  • You can also grill the meat on a grill mat on your outdoor grill, 2 to 3 minutes a side. Quick and Easy.
  • Serve with rice and a vegetable side like broccoli or a salad.
  • For a family of 4, tripleĀ the recipe
  • I have also grilled the meat on an outdoor grill using a grill mat so the meat does not fall down. (this is the one I use)
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  1. Wow these look amazing. I can never find flank steak up here–I wonder if costco carries it?! I’ll be checking soon.

  2. This sounds really yummy! i’m going to pin to try it soon. (Already have my plans for the next week & a half, though.) I’m not a huge steak cooker at home. Have just never attempted it that often!

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