Paleo Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)

Korean beef bulgogi paleo style? Coming right up! Enjoy this taste of Korea without the ingredients like soy, sugar and grains. This guest recipe comes from Jean Choi’s cookbook, Korean Paleo. You can read my review of the cookbook here.

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Probably one of the most popular Asian barbecue meats, bulgogi is a traditional Korean dish known for its addictive sweet and salty combo. The trick is to slice the meat paper thin so it can soak up as much of the delicious marinade as possible.

You can probably find these meats pre-sliced at a local Korean grocery store, but if not, you can easily do this at home with the simple trick of freezing the meat slightly first.


Jean suggests serving the beef with a side of Umma’s Ssamjang, which is a spicy dipping sauce from page 178 of her cookbook. If you don’t have the book, you can use some regular chilli sauce or Sriracha chilli sauce. Serve it with tasty cauliflower rice or steamed greens.

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Paleo Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef)

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Author: Jean Choi
Servings: 4
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Korean
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5 from 1 vote
Calories: 256kcal
A traditional Korean meat dish.


  • 1 lb. beef sirloin or any other tender cuts that are well marbled, 454 g


  • 6 tablespoons coconut aminos or Tamari, 90 ml
  • 1/2 medium pear preferably Korean pear, cut into chunks
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil 10 ml
  • 1” piece fresh ginger 2.5-cm piece
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 30 ml
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 2 spring onions/scallions sliced in 1" (2.5-cm) pieces
  • 1 carrot sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil oil for cooking, 15 ml
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds for serving, 8 g
  • Green or red leaf lettuce and Umma’s Ssamjang dipping sauce from page 178 of the cookbook, optional


  • Place the beef in the freezer for 30 minutes, then take it out and slice it thinly, about 1⁄16 to 1⁄8-inch (1 to 3-mm) thick.
  • Place the coconut aminos, pear, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, apple cider vinegar and black pepper in a high-powered blender. Blend well until liquified.
  • Combine the sliced beef and the marinade in a large bowl. Toss and massage together with your hand until all the beef slices are covered in the marinade. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour to overnight.
  • When you are ready to cook the beef, remove it from the marinade, shaking off the excess drippings. Slice the onion, green onions and carrot, and combine the vegetables with the meat.
  • 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.
  • Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds before serving. You can eat Bulgogi on its own or in a lettuce wrap served with Umma’s Ssamjang (Dipping Sauce).


Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 530mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2555IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg
Keywords: Bulgogi, Beef
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  1. 5 stars
    This is amazing. Just like the recipe my husband brought back from Korea. Easy and sooo yummy. Thank you.

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