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    Bulgogi Sauce (Korean BBQ Sauce)

    This easy Bulgogi Sauce recipe is amazing! I love how the flavors blend together in this Korean BBQ sauce.

    I make it with just a few ingredients, and it tastes just like the marinade from my favorite Korean restaurant. It’s sweet, savory, and a little tangy all at once, making every bite delicious.

    Once you try it, you’ll never want to use store-bought marinades again. Give it a try, and get ready for some seriously tasty meals!

    Bulgogi Sauce, or Korean BBQ Sauce, is a tasty marinade that perfectly combines sweet, salty and umami flavors.

    What is Bulgogi Sauce?

    Bulgogi sauce is a blend of few easy ingredients to make Korean BBQ recipes like Bulgogi. Traditionally used to marinate beef, pork, or chicken, the sauce gives the authentic Korean BBQ flavors.

    The name Bulgogi is a combination of two Korean words, Bul meaning “fire” and Gogi, translating to “meat”. Hence, this dish is called “fire meat.” 

    I use Bulgogi sauce mainly as a marinade, but it’s also fantastic for adding flavor to various dishes. From stir-fries to grilled veggies, this sauce elevates everything it touches. Having a jar of Bulgogi sauce in the fridge means I can whip up a tasty Asian-inspired meal anytime. It’s definitely a must-have condiment for any kitchen!

    Ingredients in a bowl before mixing.

    Easy Bulgogi Sauce Recipe

    1. I whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.

    2. I either use it immediately, or refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to a week.

    How to Use

    korean bulgogi ground beef bowl

    The most common way I use this Korean BBQ sauce is as a marinade. I love marinating beef with it, but you can use it with any of your favorite proteins. Try my easy Beef Bulgogi recipe, it’s yum.

    This sauce is enough to marinate about 1.5 pounds of protein.

    beef bulgogi

    Want something even easier (if that’s possible)? Make Ground Beef Bulgogi. It’s our next post, so stay tuned.

    ground beef bulgogi

    I also use it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, dumplings or sushi.

    It’s great in any of your favorite Stir Fry Recipes or Asian Noodle Recipes. Simply swap the regular sauce for Bulgogi sauce.

    How about Bulgogi wings? Sounds good to me, maybe future recipe idea…

    featured image for bulgogi sauce recipe

    Give your food a big flavor boost the Korean BBQ way… the Bulgogi way! Trust me, you and your family are going to love Bulgogi flavors.

    Make sure to save or pin this great marinade recipe so you always know where to find it. And don’t forget to subscribe to GypsyPlate, we’re always cooking up new recipes for you!

    Bulgogi Sauce, on our Gypsy Plate… enjoy!

    bowl of bulgogi sauce on the Gypsy Plate

    More Great Marinades:
    Greek Chicken Marinade
    Carne Asada Marinade
    Pork Chop Marinade
    Jamaican Jerk Marinade
    Teriyaki Marinade
    Peri Peri Marinade
    Cuban Mojo Marinade

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    Bulgogi Sauce (Korean BBQ Sauce)

    Yield: 4 servings
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes

    My Bulgogi Sauce, or Korean BBQ Sauce, is a tasty marinade that perfectly combines sweet, salty and umami flavors.


    • ¼ cup soy sauce
    • 2 Tbsp mirin
    • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
    • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
    • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped
    • ½ pear (preferably Asian), grated
    • 2 scallions, sliced
    • 1 tsp sesame seeds
    • ⅛ tsp black pepper
    • 1 Tbsp Gochujang (optional for spicy version)


    1. Whisk together all ingredients in a bowl.
    2. Use as a marinade for beef, chicken, pork or tofu.


    1. This recipe is enough to marinate about 1.5 pounds of protein.
    2. If you can't find Asian pear, Bosc is the next best substitute. The pear should be slightly under ripe.
    3. We like the full tablespoon of gochujang in there. If you want just a little kick, start with one teaspoon.
    4. If making ahead of time, Bulgogi sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for about a week.

    Nutrition Information
    Yield 4 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 119Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1103mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 1gSugar 13gProtein 2g

    Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix.

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