In the mood for Korean food but don’t feel like going out? You will be so surprised at how quick and easy you can whip up your own Korean takeout in the comfort of your own home! Keep reading to check out my recipe for the best beef bulgogi.
THE BEST Beef Bulgogi
I have a confession. I have a slight
infatuation obsession with Asian cuisine. Growing up, all of my favorite memories are centered around going to the local all you can eat Chinese buffet with my Mom or Grandparents. Back then, my dish of choice were the lo mien noodles. Like seriously, I think I requested that 2 times or more a week.
Asian was automatically what we would have for dinner every time someone in the family was sick. Because according to mom “Asian food has spices in it that fight sickness”. To an extent, she was kind of right.
One of the components of Asian cuisine is the mighty ginger root. We all have heard about ginger as a homeopathic remedy for nausea. But have you heard about it’s other health benefits?
- Ginger contains a very high level of antioxidants, surpassed only by pomegranates and some types of berries. This means that ginger has components that protect the body from oxidative damage that could lead to certain disease states or conditions, such as cancer.
- It is anti-inflammatory. This means that conditions like arthritis, eczema, and chronic pain can be helped by ginger intake.
- It is a helpful anti-nausea agent for pregnancy, chemotherapy, and motion sickness. It has the ability to break up intestinal gas, which also makes it a helpful supplement for people with GI conditions such as IBS, Chron’s, and gastroparesis.
- There is a growing amount of research using ginger as a treatment or preventative took for cancer. More research is needed, but there have been positive discoveries. The anti-cancer properties of ginger are attributed to it’s antioxidant activity and the ability to induce apoptosis, decrease proliferation, cause cell-cycle arrest, and suppress signaling pathways. Types of cancers studied include: bladder cancer, colorectal cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer, hepatoma, and lymphoma.
- There is conflicting evidence as to gingers effectiveness in the treatment and prevention of heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. One study has shown ginger to be helpful to improve cholesterol and blood lipid levels. More research is needed.
- Ginger has been suggested to have anti-diabetic effects. In a study done on diabetic rats, the rats that were fed ginger has increased insulin levels in the blood and better glucose control overall.
- Ginger may be beneficial in treating dementia, according to some studies.
So now you may be wondering..
How do I get more ginger in my diet?
Well, that’s where I come in. My recipe for the best beef bulgogi has a delicious marinade that contains ginger. It has a ton of other delicious and nutritious ingredients as well. There’s also apple (or Asian pear), rice wine, sesame oil, gochuchang, garlic, and coconut aminos. All of which boast health benefits of their own!
The recipe is super simple. All you do is grate half the apple into a large bowl and then throw in all the other ingredients for the marinade. Once it’s all combined, you can throw in your protein and let it rest for a day or two before cooking in a shallow pan. Once the meat is marinated, it takes less than 10 minutes to cook. Talk about quick and easy!
For my recipe, we stuck with traditional beef bulgogi. I got 2 New York Strip steaks and put them in the freezer for about an hour to firm up so that I would be able to slice it really thin. I’m talking like 1/8th of an inch thin. It helps to get your protein really cold and have a sharp chefs knife. You could also use this marinade for chicken, pork, and even tofu or tempeh if you want to make it vegan!
This recipe is so stinking good served with some rice and steamed vegetables. Find my favorite rice here. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
The Best Beef Bulgogi
- December 28, 2019
- 15 min
- 408 Cals/Serving
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- 3/4 cup Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos
- 1/2 Fuji Apple or Asian Pear, grated
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 3 tbsp Rice Wine (Mirin)
- 4 tsp Sesame Oil
- 4 tbsp Gochuchang
- 2 tbsp Garlic
- 2 tbsp Ginger
- 1 1/2 pounds New York Strip Steak sliced 1/8th of an inch against the grain
- Step 1
- Freeze protein of choice for 1 hour before slicing to enable you to slice as thinly as possible
- Step 2
- Slice meat against the grain, 1/8th of an inch thick
- Step 3
- In a medium sized bowl, combine all of the marinade ingredients
- Step 4
- Put sliced meat in marinade and cover
- Step 5
- Leave meat marinating in the fridge anywhere between 2-48 hours
- Step 6
- Remove marinated meat from refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes prior to cooking (this prevents meat from seizing and getting tough when it hits the hot pan)
- Step 7
- Heat large skillet over medium-high heat
- Step 8
- Cook strips of meat in a single layer, may need to cook in batches if pan is not big enough
- Step 9
- * do not overcrowd the meat, this will cause it to steam instead of sear and the texture won’t be quite as good
- Step 10
- Serve over rice and veggies
- Step 11
- Option to top with sesame seed and scallion
Nutrition Facts for The Best Beef Bulgogi
- 408 calories
- 9 Grams Total Fat (2 Gm saturated)
- 616 mg Sodium
- 39 Grams Total Carbohydrate
- 1 Grams Fiber
- 35 Grams Sugar
- 40 Grams Protein
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Bode AM, Dong Z. The Amazing and Mighty Ginger. In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011. Chapter 7. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/