This delicious marinated and grilled beef bulgogi is so incredibly easy to make and is one of the most flavorful steak recipes out there.
Prep Time: 10minutes
Cook Time: 6minutes
Marinating Time: 4hours
Total Time: 4hours16minutes
1cored and peeled fuji apple
½cuplight brown sugar
3tablespoonsplum extract, optional
½peeled and thinly sliced yellow onion
2poundsthinly sliced ribeye steak
Add the apple, garlic, sugars, water, sesame oil, and plum extract to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Set aside.
Next, add the onions and steak to a plastic zip bag or plastic container and pour in the blended marinade to completely submerge everything.
Move the meat and onions around to make sure the marinade gets into every crack and crevice of the bag.
Marinade the meat in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours or recommended overnight.
Drain the meat and discard the marinade. Place the beef and onions spread out on a hot foil-lined grill at 450° to 550° for 2-3 minutes per side or until a light char has formed on the steak. See note for other ways to cook.
Serve with optional sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
Make-Ahead: This recipe is meant to be eaten right away after cook so that the meat stays tender. You could make this up to 1 hour ahead of time and keep warm at very low temperatures at the oven around 175° until ready to serve.
How to Store: Place in a plastic container with a lid and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It will freeze covered for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for 1 day before reheating.
How to Reheat: Place the desired amount back onto a foil-lined grill over high heat and cook for 2-3 minutes or until hot. You can also place the desired amount into a hot sauté pan and cook over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes or until hot. This can also be reheated by cooking on a microwave-safe plate until hot.
For the apple in the marinade, I would suggest using sweeter apples such as Fuji, Gala, Pink, or Honey Crisp.
When using a grill I highly recommend you cook the bulgogi on foil over the grill grates or in a grill basket because the beef will want to stick to the grill.
The Plum extract I used can be found in any local Asian or Korean markets.
If you want to cook this in a pan, heat the pan over medium-high heat and add in 1-2 tablespoons of sesame oil and spread out the drained marinated beef around the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side just like on the grill.
I like to serve bulgogi with a side of rice and stir-fried vegetables.