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Korean Beef Bulgogi

Korean Beef Bulgogi (Whole30 + Paleo)

  • Author: Tiffany
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x


This Korean Beef Bulgogi comes from my friend Jean’s cookbook, Korean Paleo: 80 Bold-Flavored, Gluten- and Grain-Free Recipes. This beef bulgogi is Whole30 compliant, paleo, and gluten-free.


  • 6 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1⁄2 medium pear (preferably Korean pear), cut into chunks
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1” piece fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound beef sirloin (or any other tender cuts that are well marbled)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, for serving


  1. Place the beef in the freezer for 30 minutes, then remove and slice it thinly, about 1⁄16 to 1⁄8 inch thick.
  2. Place the coconut aminos, pear, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, apple cider vinegar, and black pepper in a high-powered blender. Blend well until liquified.
  3. Combine the sliced beef and the marinade in a large bowl. Toss and massage together with your hand until all the beef slices are coated in the marinade. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour (or overnight).
  4. When you are ready to cook the beef, remove it from the marinade, shaking off the excess. Slice the onion, green onions, and carrot. Combine the vegetables with the meat.
  5. Heat the cooking oil over high heat in a large skillet. Working in batches so you don’t overcrowd the pan, add the beef and vegetables and stir-fry together until the meat is browned and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds before serving. Eat Bulgogi on its own or in a lettuce wrap.


  • Serving Size: 1 of 4
  • Calories: 331
  • Sugar: 3.8g
  • Sodium: 114mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.7
  • Carbohydrates: 13.1g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 35.6g
  • Cholesterol: 101mg