Delicious tender strips of Korean Style Beef perfect with stir fried veg and rice
You will find many recipes for Korean Style Beef (bulgogi) online, so many variations out there, some being cooked on a grill and some in a pan, some where the meat is removed from the marinade, some where it is cooked in the marinade. It's all down to preference.
This is my take on Korean Style Beef. I like to cook with the marinade, as I like a bit of the sauce for my rice. Plus that sauce is just too good to throw away in my opinion as it tastes amazing.
But if you are making this dish in the summer, you might want to discard the marinade and grill these delicious strips of beef on the barbecue. Plus that is less washing up right there and we all like less washing up.
For now however, it is winter, and it is freezing cold in Canada so I am cooking this in a wok in the comfort of my toasty warm home. A cast iron pan (you will get a great sear on the meat using cast iron) or ceramic pan would work great too.
If you want to keep this gluten free, use a gluten free soy sauce like Tamari or you can use a soy free style sauce called Coconut Aminos if you are soy free, same kind of flavour, but slightly sweeter.
For the beef strips, you want as thin as you can get, otherwise it can tend to go tough. Korean Style Beef is literally thin slither of beef. So if the beef strips you get are quite thick, you might want to try and slice them down thinner with a sharper knife.
To make the marinade I use my Nutri Ninja Blender with Auto IQ (click to see me on amazon) which is an awesome blender to own. It will blend to a set pattern depending on what it is you are making i.e. soups, sauces etc. So clever. I love it.
For the veg I served this with I buy these handy bags of broccoli slaw which I mix with some beansprouts, which is great for stir fries and save on chopping veg, but you really can choose any veg of choice. Speed veg of course being the better choice.
This could also be served with just veg or my Roasted Cauliflower Rice
Korean Style Beef (Bulgogi)
This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, paleo and Weight Watchers friendly
WW Smart Points - 3
Paleo - use coconut aminos
- 600g (21oz) of thin lean beef strips
- 100g of peeled chopped ripe asian pear
- 5 tablespoon of all purpose soy sauce (or can use coconut aminos)
- 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
- 40g (1.5oz) of chopped onion
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1 teaspoon of fresh grated ginger
- 2 spring onions, chopped
- ½ teaspoon of sesame seeds
- low calorie spray
- Add the pear, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, onion, garlic and ginger to a blender and blend till smooth.
- Add the beef to a dish and pour over the marinade, mix to coat.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, over night is best to really absorb all the flavours.
- Heat a wok or skillet over a medium high heat.
- Once hot spray with spray oil.
- Add ⅓ of the meat and marinade and fry till cooked through (important to do this in ⅓ parts, as otherwise the meat will just boil with too much quantity in the pan).
- Remove and repeat with another third and so on, until all meat is cooked and then you can return it all to the pan to heat it all through.
- Sprinkle with a little sesame seeds and some chopped spring onion.
- Serve with your choice of sides
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 SERVING
Amount Per Serving Calories 227Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 18mgSodium 1108mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 8g
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Hi Siobhan ... me again, sorry! As you know I live a bit out of the way ... is there anything I can substitute for the Asian Pear do you think? I will look in my little loblaws store but I really am not holding my breath on that one haha!
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
Hey Rona- you can use a normal pear if you can't get an one of the Asian varieties
Nikki clifton says
I made this tonight & it was delicious. Used normal pear rather than Asian pear & sweetner. Served inside little gem lettuce with shredded carrot
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
what a great idea, sounds lovely!!
Sandra Webster says
loved the flavours in this, served with veggies and rice as suggested.
Hi, is it possible that this can be slow cooked once marinated?
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
I haven't tested, but you could give it a try.