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Bulgogi Meat Marinade (Korean Beef sauce)

User Rating 5 Star Rating (2 Reviews)


Marinated Bulgogi
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This is the basic marinade recipe for bulgogi, Korean barbecued beef. This marinade makes enough for 1 pound of meat. I usually triple this recipe and keep it stored for use on anything from chicken drumsticks to sliced steak.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 3 Tbsp chopped garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp fresh squeezed juice from an Asian pear
  • 1 Tbsp Japanese rice wine (mirin)*
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped (including white part)
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. Mix marinade together until sugar and honey are dissolved/distributed.
  2. Can be stored in refrigerator or freezer for use on beef, pork, and chicken.

    (Serves 4)
    *If you don't have access to the rice wine, a splash of dry white wine will also work here.
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 5 out of 5
Tasty and Simple, Member CoreyB78

This is such a simple marinade and yet it has great balance. The hardest part was juicing the pears. Not having a juicer, I cut up two pears, pureed them in a blender, and then pressed the mash through a strainer. Took me only a few minutes but made enough juice for 3-4x the recipe.

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