Recipe: Bulgogi/Kalbi (Korean BBQ)

A few non-Korean friends have bought premade Bulgogi marinade in the past. And recently I was asked to share this recipe.   The marinade is quite easy and much cheaper than buying it in a glass jar.


Approx. 1 lb. Beef Rib eye for Bulgogi or Beef Short rib for Kalbi

1 part white sugar (if you want an actual measurement – 1 cup, which is the amount for  3+ lbs. of short rib meat at Costco)

1 part soy sauce (if you want an actual measurement – 1 cup, see note above)

1-2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp salt

2 Tbs minced garlic

sprinkles of sesame seeds

1 bunch of sliced green onions

1 sliced yellow onion

1 peeled and sliced apple or Asian pear


I usually throw all the ingredients in a Ziploc Bag into a bowl. And depending on how much meat you are using, you only need to make as much or as little sugar/soy sauce based marinade.



1. Cut and slice all the vegetables and fruit. Add to plastic bag.

2. Add sesame oil, salt, minced garlic, sesame seeds, soy sauce and sugar.  Taste the mixture before putting in the meat.

3. Add meat.

4. Gently press mixture and meat marinade together before placing in the refrigerator or freezer.

This recipe is great to throw into the freezer and take out to broil on a rainy day, especially when you don’t feel like cooking. Throw some rice in the rice cooker and with some Korean side dishes, such as kimchee, and you are set for your meal.

If you live nearby an HMart grocery store, you can get bulgogi easily. But if you don’t, you can always pick up short rib without the bone at Costco. And if you buy short rib from Costco, I recommend that you leave the meat intact. Don’t worry about slicing the meat before you put it into the marinade. You can broil the meat, and then cut to your cooking preferences.

So marinade and enjoy!

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