This Beef Bulgogi uses such basic ingredients yet comes out tasting so very good. Make this dish quickly and with minimal effort in your air fryer.
What Makes This Beef Bulgogi So Delicious
- Fast. Made in under 30 minutes, not including the time it takes to marinate the beef.
- Easy. A simple marinade, pour and cook recipe.
- High Protein. Packs an impressive 27 grams of protein per serving.
- Low Carb. Only 8 carbs per serving.
- Delicious. Loaded with authentic Korean flavors.
If you know anything about me, you probably know that I'm a huge fan of simple recipes. This Beef Bulgogi is the simplest of recipes with just the essential ingredients—but with a lot of flavor.
And who says a dish has to be complicated in order to be delicious? Not me, that's for sure.
This Beef Bulgogi comes out perfectly tender every time. Do you want to know my secret? One reason is that I take the time to let it marinate. The other is that I cook this in my air fryer.
I'm a huge fan of air fryer recipes, and this Bulgogi seemed like the perfect candidate for being cooked in the air fryer. The air fryer does a great job of cooking the beef to perfection while not having to heat up the whole kitchen. It also cooks it quickly, and the faster it's done the sooner you get to enjoy it.
I have omitted the grated pear and onion you see in some recipes, whose purpose is to tenderize the meat. But if you start with sirloin or chuck and slice thinly, and allow it to marinate, the meat is tender enough. And I’m all about less work and more flavor!
How Do You Pronounce Beef Bulgogi?
The correct pronunciation for this traditional Korean dish is:
What Does Bulgogi Mean?
Bulgogi is loosely translated as "fire meat". It is thinly sliced meat that is cooked over high heat and is commonly served in many Korean households.
How To Make Beef Bulgogi
- Create marinade. Place sliced beef, carrots, and green onions into a plastic zip-top bag. Add, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic, and ground pepper. Squish the bag well to get the meat and sauce to incorporate well.
- Marinate. Allow the beef to marinate for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
- Cook. Place the meat and veggies into the air fryer basket, leaving behind as much of the marinade as you can. Set air fryer to 400°F for 12 minutes, shaking halfway through.
- Serve. Serve with steamed rice, riced cauliflower, or over a mixed salad.
What Is Bulgogi Beef Made Of?
If you're a fan of any Asian dishes, you'll likely have all of the ingredients to make this Bulgogi Beef in your kitchen already.
Here's what you'll need to make it:
- Sirloin Steak or chuck steak
- Green Scallions
- shredded carrots
- Soy Sauce
- Brown Sugar
- Sesame Oil
- Sesame Seeds
- Minced Garlic
- Ground Black Pepper
What Cut Of Beef Is Bulgogi?
Beef Bulgogi is usually made with thin slices of tender beef. Ribeye is a very popular option, as well as sirloin. I chose to use sirloin for this Beef Bulgogi recipe, but you can also use chuck steak if you'd like.
What Do You Serve With Beef Bulgogi
Beef Bulgogi is often served over a bed of rice. If you own an Instant Pot I highly recommend using my Perfect Pressure Cooker Rice recipe to make the best rice easily.
If you're wanting to keep the carb count down you could also serve this over a bed of cauliflower rice or serve it with a side of lettuce and use the lettuce to wrap a slice of the beef.
What Does Beef Bulgogi Taste Like?
This Beef Bulgogi is the perfect balance of savory, salty and lightly sweet wrapped up in one delicious and simple dish. It's a staple of Korean cuisine and if you've never had it before your in for quite the treat!
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Believe me, once you've enjoyed this delicious yet simple air fryer Beef Bulgogi you'll opt to cook bulgogi in the air fryer from now on. Make sure to share this recipe with your friends on Pinterest and Facebook so they can enjoy it as well.
- 1.5 pounds Sirloin Steak, or chuck steak, sliced thinly against the grain
- 3 Chopped Green Scallions, cut into 2-3 pieces each
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 3 tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar, or 2 teaspoons Splenda for low carb
- 2 tablespoons Sesame Oil
- 2 tablespoons Sesame Seeds
- 2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- Place sliced beef, carrots, and green onions into a plastic zip-top bag. Add, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic, and ground pepper. Squish the bag well to get the meat and sauce to incorporate well.
- Allow the beef to marinate for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
- Serve with steamed rice, riced cauliflower, or over a mixed salad.