Korean bulgogi sauce is a great marinade for grilled beef. It’s also absolutely awesome brushed on burgers, on chops or as a stir fry sauce. Or even just drizzled on rice.

Beef bulgogi is probably the most famous Korean meal. Before you say it –  bibimbap is arguably the other. But bibimbap just means stuff on rice. Bulgogi counts as stuff so bulgogi on rice is bibimbap as far as I can tell.

Bulgogi sauce is easy to make

Best thing about this recipe is you can get all the at the grocery store. That’s unusual for this blog. I know. I am a pain. But for once that’s true.

There is really nothing to this recipe. Mix some soy, apple juice and sugar in a sauce pan. Heat until the sugar melts. Mix in some ginger, garlic, green onions and sesame oil. Literally that’s it.

Easy Korean bulgogi sauce takes minutes to make and is way better than store bought.

Slice some beef, toss it with bulgogi sauce and grill. Or stir fry the beef and stir the sauce in at the end. Either way, it makes a great topping for bibimbap.


Easy Korean beef bulgogi on a black skillet


Use it in burgers too

Burgers is another place this bulgogi sauce shines. Bulgogi burgers – what could possibly be better than that. Mix 2/3 ground beef, 1/3 ground pork. Mix in a bit of gochujang for the ultimate umami bomb. Grill, brushing with bulgogi sauce. Toss that on a brioche bun with some gochu mayo and maybe some pickled onions.

Or how about a Korean cheesesteak. Move over Philly. Here comes Seoul. Stir fry your beef bulgogi with some sliced onions. Load it up on a hoagie. Top with some grated mozzarella and broil quickly. How good would that be?

Or maybe go in another direction. Bulgogi sauce with a little bit of gochujang. Add a bit of kick. Use sliced pork shoulder instead of beef. Korean spicy pork bulgogi. If that doesn’t exist it really should.

I’m drooling into my keyboard here…

Korean bulgogi sauce in a white bowl on black background.
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korean bulgogi sauce

Great on burgers, chops, stir fries or even when you are making bulgogi. This is one versatile sauce.
Course condiment
Cuisine Korean
Keyword beef bugogi, bibimbap, bulgogi sauce
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 976kcal
Author romain | glebekitchen


  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger grated on a microplane
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3/4 cup apple juice or pear juice
  • 2-3 green onions - finely chopped


  • Mixt the soy, brown sugar and apple or pear juice in a small sauce pan. Warm over low heat until the sugar melts. Allow to cool and stir in the remaining ingredients.


This recipe adapted is from KFood by Da-Hae and Gareth West. It's a very funky Korean cookbook worth seeking out.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 976kcal | Carbohydrates: 200g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 9780mg | Potassium: 902mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 181g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 10.9mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 6.2mg


7 thoughts on “korean bulgogi sauce

    • It has garlic, ginger and sugar in it. I wouldn’t go more than a few days. Outside of any safety consideration the flavours will degrade pretty quickly.

    • You will be cooking the remaining ingredients a bit if you don’t wait for it to cool. I would think the ginger and green onion would suffer the most.

  1. I’ve been buying bulgogi sauce in stores. It always tasted like the restaurants, so I was happy. Never again! This sauce was so good!

    To be fair, I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, I didn’t have any apple or pear juice, so I just skipped that. And I added more ginger and garlic. A lot more ginger. Oh this is soooo much better than sauce from a bottle. I add a large amount of vietnamese chili garlic sauce to my bulgogi as well, more or less as much as the soy sauce to taste.

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