Looking to master the art of making Korean Beef Bulgogi? This guide provides detailed instructions and tips for creating this classic dish. Bulgogi, a renowned Korean BBQ beef, is celebrated for its savory, sweet, and slightly spicy flavors. Here’s how to prepare it:
Begin by preparing the beef. Wrap steak in plastic wrap and freeze it for about 30 minutes to firm up. Then, slice it across the grain into thin, 1/4-inch slices. For the marinade, mix pear, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and gochujang in a medium bowl. Marinate the steak in this mixture for at least 2 hours for the best flavor.
For cooking, preheat a skillet or BBQ grill on medium-high heat. Add cooking oil, spreading it well. Place the marinated meat (and optional vegetables) in the skillet, cooking on medium-high to high heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or until desired doneness is achieved. For an added touch, toss in sesame seeds and stir them quickly.
Additional variations include seasoning water or broth with soy sauce for added flavor, incorporating scallions and mushrooms for extra texture, and adding noodles for a more filling dish. Adjust the liquid levels as needed while cooking. When ready to cook, let the beef sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, and then sear in batches in a hot, oiled pan for 1-2 minutes.