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Instant Korean Bulgogi

Instant Korean Bulgogi: Korean bulgogi made easy with pre-made Korean BBQ marinade

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Who loves Bulgogi (불고기, Korean BBQ beef)! Everyone!

Seriously, I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like it yet. I actually have developed a pretty epic Bulgogi recipe using a homemade Bulgogi sauce, so you should definitely check it out even if you don’t like cooking it from scratch. 😉 Seriously, the sauce is so easy and quick to make!

But since you’re reading this post, I’m going to assume that you don’t really want to put any effort into making the Bulgogi sauce by yourself, correct?

In general, I don’t like buying instant sauce for cooking. It doesn’t taste very natural to me. Also they actually don’t taste that nice compared to a homemade version.

My Preferred Instant Korean Bulgogi Marinade

Though, I will admit that every now and then (like once a year), I do buy a bulgogi marinade for convenience. This bibigo Korean BBQ sauce is my first preference but if it’s not available, I would get CJ bulgogi sauce. Essentially both of these are manufactured by the same company but they are just two different brands.

How to Use Instant Korean Bulgogi Marinade

There’s a suggestive guideline on the back of the bottle as to show how much marinade to use per weight of the beef.

In the below recipe, I will show you how I normally cook Instant Korean Bulgogi! Enjoy!

Ingredients for 2 servings

MainMarinating beef

  • 330 g / 11.6 ounces beef sirloin, cut into bite size
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 4 stalks of spring onion, thinly sliced
  • (Optional) 1 pack of enoki mushrooms, stems removed
  • Some cooking oil

Marinade (mix these in a bowl – I always like to add some additional ingredients on top of instant marinade)

  • 5 Tbsp instant beef marinade
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine
  • A few sprinkles of ground black pepper
  • A few sprinkles of ginger powder

How to Make Bulgogi with Pre-made Sauce

Instant Korean Bulgogi Cooking in a wok

  1. Marinate the meat in marinade for 4 hrs in the fridge. (Overnight marination is even better)
  2. Heat up your wok / skillet on medium high heat and once heated add some cooking oil. Add the meat and all vegetables (except for the enoki mushrooms) and stir occasionally.
  3. Once the meat and the vegetables are half cooked, reduce the heat to medium and cook further until all ingredients are fully cooked.
  4. Add the enoki mushrooms a few minutes before you serve and quickly stir it. Serve.


Instant Korean Bulgogi

How to make Korean bulgogi using pre-made marinade
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Korean
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 305kcal
Author: Sue | My Korean Kitchen

Ingredients

MAIN

  • 330 g beef sirloin (11.6 ounces), cut into bite size
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 1/4 carrot thinly sliced
  • 4 stalks spring onion thinly sliced
  • 1 pack enoki mushrooms stems removed
  • Some cooking oil

MARINADE (MIX THESE IN A BOWL – I ALWAYS LIKE TO ADD SOME ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS ON TOP OF INSTANT MARINADE)

Instructions

  • Marinate the meat in marinade for 4 hrs in the fridge. (Overnight marination is even better)
  • Heat up your wok / skillet on medium high heat and once heated add some cooking oil. Add the meat and all vegetables (except for the enoki mushrooms) and stir occasionally.
  • Once the meat and the vegetables are half cooked, reduce the heat to medium and cook further until all ingredients are fully cooked.
  • Add the enoki mushrooms a few minutes before you serve and quickly stir it. Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 805mg | Potassium: 747mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1515IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3.4mg
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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: May 13, 2019

Hi, I'm Sue and I am the creator of My Korean Kitchen. Thank you for joining me in this delicious culinary journey!

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15 thoughts on “Instant Korean Bulgogi”

    • Technically you don’t have to add them since it’s already included in the marinade bottle. I just like adding them additionally. 🙂 If you do add them, do it while marinating. As mentioned in the recipe, mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl then add the meat. Mix them well. That’s it.

  1. Hi, i found this recipe to make Korean BBQ pork. Can I use the fermented red pepper paste to make the daeji bulgogi? Thank you.

  2. @blia

    I know this is long after you posted and you may never see this but for the benefit of others…

    if the sauce is too sweet, you can always add additional soy sauce and maybe some of your own particularly liked spices to tone down the sweetness.

  3. Hi! I LOVE your website.
    I tried this sauce a couple of years ago & it tasted too sweet for me! I’m looking forward to trying your natural sauce version

    Also, I was wondering if you could post up more side dish recipes such as:
    anchovies, spinach, fish cake, potatoes, etc. Whenever I go to a Korean restaurant, I eat these more than I do the main dish. 🙂

    Thanks again!

  4. Hi, I chance upon your site while looking for Korean steam eggs. It’s not exactly what I was looking for but I’m totally impressed with your site. Now I’m looking at bulgogi and definitely going to do this with wrapped rice paper and with the instant sauce.

    Thanks for sharing.

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