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A lettuce wrap Beef Bulgogi
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Bulgogi Korean BBQ Beef Lettuce Wraps

Bulgogi is a traditional Korean BBQ Beef marinated in soy sauce, sugar, sesame seeds, and pureed pear to tenderize and soften the meat. This authentic Bulgogi Korean BBQ Beef Recipe is given its own unique twist by serving it with butter lettuce, Kimchi, pickled red onions, and goechujung.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
marinate time4 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 290kcal



  • 2 pounds thinly sliced sirloin (top sirloin or any tender loin area)
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup rice cooking wine - red wine is OK
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 8 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • ¼ cup finely chopped green onion
  • ½ large pear - pureed
  • sesame oil - for frying



  • Whisk together all ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Transfer the thinly sliced sirloin to a large plastic ziplock bag and cover with the prepared marinade. Remove all air from the ziplock bag and mix well to incorporate the marinade in with the beef. 
  • Marinate for at least 30 minutes to overnight.
  • When ready to cook, heat a large cast iron skillet or cast iron grill (or frying pan of choice) over medium-high heat. Brush with sesame oil (or olive oil) and grill beef in a single layer until fully cooked (approximately 4-5 minutes). Repeat this process until all meat has been cooked.
  • Serve with butter lettuce, Korean Kimchi, pickled red onions, and fresh micro greens. Top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.


If you can't find thinly sliced beef sirloin at your local market, simply place your beef in the freezer for one hour and allow it to freeze slightly. Remove from the freezer and, using a sharp knife, carefully slice the meat against the grain into slices approximately 1/8 - 1/4 inch thick.


Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1170mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 4.7mg
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