Perfectly Grilled Steak Bulgogi

Perfectly Grilled Steak Bulgogi

This grilled Korean beef bulgogi gets soaked in a toasted sesame, ginger, and soy marinade that leaves it unbelievably tender and packed with flavor. Grill it for 5 minutes per side for a perfectly pink center!


My dearest PJ,

You deserve so much this Fathers Day.

No one grills steak to a tender pink center quite like you do. No one makes meatballs like you do. No one hugs me like you do.

Perfectly Grilled Steak Bulgogi

No one knows the weather like you do. No one drinks six cups of coffee at 6am like *you do.

*Except me.

steak bulgogi

No calls me sweetheart quite so honestly, so often. No one accepts me as unconditionally and limitlessly as *you do.

*Except DeeDee. But I hear pugs are real love bugs.

Steak Bulgogi

No one has moved me through three states, three dorm rooms, four apartments, and several hundred comings home. Like you have. No one showed me what dads feel like. Not like you, anyhow. No one makes me feel so swaddled and secure each day of my life. No one even tries. No one gave me directions to every cranny of Massachusetts while I filmed Shutter Island.

Perfectly Grilled Steak Bulgogi

But no one loves you in quite the same way *I do.

Perfectly Grilled Steak Bulgogi

Love beyond love beyond love,


*Except DeeDee, but remember what I said about pugs being loving?


This marinade and method is the best I’ve tried. The steak tenderizes and holds onto every drop of juiciness. The flavor becomes sweet-meets-salty, with powerful notes of soy, fresh ginger, and toasted sesame. It pairs perfectly with any side, but grilled veggies are a sure winner!

Perfectly Grilled Steak Bulgogi

Makes: 4 Servings


  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • ½ cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 pound flank steak


  1. Whisk all ingredients, except for the steak, in a small bowl.
  2. Place the flank steak into a gallon sized resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the steak and press to remove all air and seal. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  3. Set all burners of a gas grill to medium. Grill 5 minutes per side. Let the beef rest for 15 minutes before slicing thinly, against the grain.



18 thoughts on “Perfectly Grilled Steak Bulgogi

  1. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)

    OOH- I see that meal in my future, not necessarily for my dad (he’s more a pasta kinda guy), but definitely for my boyfriend. And that word makes it even better – bulgogi. I’d never heard of it before, but I like it. ;-)

  2. [email protected] Flying ONION

    This is such a sweet post and tribute. And the recipe sounds fabulous. I did promise my dad a meal for next week, post-fathers day celebrations, and this one just might be it. :D

  3. PJ

    Wow Andrea, waking up to your words of love is great way to start any day! It makes me feel like you were right here telling me in person. Thank you so much!

    I love you and miss you. – PJ

    I will try out your marinade recipe soon ;-)

  4. Jules

    just recently started following your blog…. and don’t even remember how i ended up here but i’m in love w/ it. i adore your writing style, honesty, and LOVE for food. you are inspiring, lovely and gorgeous – so keep on keepin’ on!

  5. Karen

    so i’m catching up on some of your older posts (since i just found this website a few months ago) and this one couldn’t have been found at a better time! I was already planning on cooking Bulgogi on Friday night! it’s been years since I’ve last had it. Time to try a new recipe :). I love food and am totally excited to try this version.


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