Korean Bulgalbi

January 8, 2016


Bulgogi and Galbi are two of the most popular beef dishes in Korean cuisine. Bulgogi is usually made from thin slices of sirloin. Galbi is made from beef ribs. Both meats are marinated with a similar type of sauce. The main base for these two dishes include soy sauce, garlic, and sugar. Several variations have been made and I’m happy to share my version of this dish. Thinly sliced cuts of sirloin are usually sold at the Korean grocery store but since I don’t go very often, I decided to use boneless short ribs from Costco. I almost always have this meat in my freezer and sometimes, it’s just about convenience! Since I’m using sliced rib meat with bulgogi sauce, I decided to call it Bulgalbi. With this recipe, you only need to marinade the meat for an hour or two. 


My recipe uses this entire tray of meat because I like to have leftovers. You can cut the recipe in half to make less. 


  • 3.3 lbs of beef chuck short ribs
  • 3/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 mashed or pureed ripened kiwi 
  • 1 large sliced onion
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1.4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds



Mix all of your ingredients together for the sauce. The kiwi has an enzyme that tenderizes meat quickly. If you marinade this too long, your meat will become mushy and unappetizing. If you plan on marinating it longer, use less kiwi. Typically, I use a whole kiwi if I’m marinating for an hour. If you’re marinating overnight, you probably only need about 1/4 -1/2 of the kiwi.


Slice your meat thinly along with the onion. Place the meat and onions in the sauce to sit. Make sure the meat is covered in the sauce. Let sit in fridge for an hour or two.

Pan fry the meat and onions and cook thoroughly. 



Serve with rice! This recipe has a lot of sauce so you can pour it all over the rice. Yesssssss. I even added sliced mushrooms this time around. 

Instead of white rice, we’ve been eating brown rice with quinoa mixed together for a healthier alternative. The kids love this dish and it’s definitely a staple in the Min household. 

Try it and let me know what you think. Have a great weekend!


I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19

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