Easy Beef Bulgogi Bowls

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Ditch the delivery and whip up a make-ahead recipe for Easy Beef Bulgogi Bowls served with pickled veggies and fried eggs.

Top down view of two bowls containing easy beef bulgogi, white rice, a fried egg, cucumber ribbons, fresh cilantro and kimchi

This is the true definition of a “meal in-a-bowl”: marinated beef Bulgogi, pickled cucumbers, spicy kimchi and a fried egg, all served atop a bed of rice. Lunch, dinner and/or leftovers is done!

Thinly sliced beef bulgogi

The real secret to restaurant-worthy Bulgogi is to very, very thinly slice the beef. The thinner it is, the faster it will cook and the more tender and melt-in-your-mouth it will be.

Slicing a raw steak at room temp can be difficult, so here’s the trick: Pop the beef into the freezer for about 10 minutes then grab your sharpest chef’s knife and start slicing. The quick freeze helps firm up the fat, making the steak easier to slice to your desired thickness (i.e. THIN!).

Sliced beef in clear bowl with marinade

This marinade knocks every flavor element out of the park. It’s savory (hello, soy sauce!), sweet (I see you, brown sugar!), sour (shout-out to the rice wine vinegar!) and loaded with a garlicky, gingery punch. The longer the beef sits in the marinade, of course the more pungent those flavors will be, so don’t hesitate to toss it all together a day in advance and save yourself some prep time when hunger calls!

Top down view of Easy Beef Bulgogi Bowls with a fried egg, cucumber ribbons, white rice, fresh cilantro and kimchi

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Easy Beef Bulgogi Bowls

Ditch the delivery and whip up a make-ahead recipe for Easy Beef Bulgogi Bowls served with pickled veggies and fried eggs.
Author: Kelly Senyei
4.96 from 75 votes
Top down view of two bowls containing easy beef bulgogi, white rice, a fried egg, cucumber ribbons, fresh cilantro and kimchi
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings


For the beef bulgogi:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons chili garlic sauce or Gochujang Chili Sauce, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 pounds ribeye or top sirloin steaks, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices (See Kelly’s Note)
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

For assembling the bowls:

  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 4 fried eggs
  • 1 cup homemade or store-bought kimchi
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into ribbons


Make the beef bulgogi:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger and shallots. 
  • Add the sliced beef to the bowl with the marinade and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate the beef for a minimum of 2 hours and up to overnight.
  • Heat a large sauté pan over high heat. Add the vegetable oil then using a slotted spoon, add the marinated beef, searing it quickly on all side and being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Transfer the beef to a plate. 

Assemble the bowls:

  • Divide the rice among four serving bowls and top it with the beef bulgogi.  
  • Top each bowl with a fried egg, a portion of kimchi and cucumber ribbons. Serve immediately. 

Kelly’s Note:

  • To thinly slice the steak, place it in the freezer for 30 minutes to help it firm up before using a sharp knife to cut it into thin slices. 
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Calories: 935kcal, Carbohydrates: 69g, Protein: 58g, Fat: 47g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 302mg, Sodium: 2229mg, Potassium: 948mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 350IU, Vitamin C: 3.4mg, Calcium: 100mg, Iron: 6.1mg


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  1. 5 stars
    This is amazing!!! My family loved it and will be a regular in our home. I added carrots, broccoli, red peppers and mushrooms. The trick about freezing beef for a while is a must for thin slices.

  2. Hi! I want to try making this for someone who doesn’t like spicy. Will it be ok to totally omit the gochuchang sauce? Will it not turn too sweet w/o it?

    1. Hi Liezel! It won’t make the recipe too sweet, but if you’re worried it may, you can always cut back a little on the sugar. Enjoy!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight. I picked the cucumber and red onion. I added a garnish of broccoli for some veggies. It was fabulous and my husband loved it. Will definitely make again.

  4. Made this for dinner last night and omg it was soooo good! Made enough for leftovers and pretty much this one isn’t a dish that we forgot about with leftovers, had some for lunch and after work/school snack. Delish. Definitely recommend :)

  5. 5 stars
    Hi. The title mentions pickled cucumbers but then just calls for cucumber ribbons. Is there a recipe for the pickled cucumbers?

    1. Hi Kim! You can do a quick pickle by mixing the cucumber ribbons with 3/4 cup rice wine vinegar and 1/4 cup water (or just use enough to submerge the cucumber ribbons completely in the mix). You can also search for “Sweet and Sour Cucumber Noodles” on the site here for more detailed instructions. Enjoy!

  6. 5 stars
    I’ve made this twice now! We had family over and they raved over how tasty it is. I did add arrow root powder to the leftover liquid after cooking the meat and brought it to a boil to thicken. Then I mixed it back into the meat for extra flavor. So good!

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