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Mixed Korean Grill with Two Marinades: Bulgoki

Mixed Korean Grill with Two Marinades: Bulgogi

Are you ready to take your grilling game to the next level? Look no further than this mouthwatering recipe for mixed Korean grill with two tantalizing marinades. Grilling aficionados and flavor enthusiasts alike will be delighted by the savory and aromatic combination of bulgogi, a traditional Korean dish that will transport your taste buds to the streets of Seoul.

The Art of Bulgogi

Imagine thin slices of tender, marinated beef or pork, grilled to perfection, and bursting with flavor. That’s bulgogi for you! The secret lies in the marinade, which infuses the meat with a harmonious blend of sweet, savory, and umami flavors.

Marinade #1: Classic Bulgogi

Our first marinade is a classic recipe that has stood the test of time. It combines soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and a touch of sweetness to create a delightful balance of flavors. The soy sauce adds depth, while the sesame oil imparts a nutty aroma. The garlic and ginger infuse the meat with a subtle kick, while the touch of sweetness rounds out the marinade perfectly.

Marinade #2: Spicy Bulgogi

If you’re craving a bolder, spicier kick, our second marinade is the way to go. It takes the classic bulgogi marinade and adds a fiery twist. By incorporating Korean chili paste (gochujang) and red pepper flakes, we turn up the heat and elevate the flavor profile to new heights. The result is a tantalizing combination of sweet, savory, and spicy that will leave you wanting more.

Grilling the Perfect Bulgogi

Now that we’ve perfected our marinades, it’s time to fire up the grill and bring our bulgogi to life. Whether you’re using a charcoal grill, gas grill, or even a stovetop grill pan, the key is to achieve a nice sear on the meat while keeping it tender and juicy on the inside.

Grilling Tips and Tricks

1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat to ensure proper cooking temperature.

2. Oil the grill grates to prevent the meat from sticking.

3. Grill the marinated meat for a few minutes on each side, until it reaches your desired level of doneness.

4. Let the grilled bulgogi rest for a few minutes before slicing it thinly against the grain.

5. Serve your masterpiece with a side of steamed rice, fresh lettuce leaves, and an array of traditional Korean banchan (side dishes).


In conclusion, this recipe for mixed Korean grill with two marinades is a game-changer for any grilling enthusiast. With the classic bulgogi marinade, you can savor the timeless flavors of Korea, while the spicy bulgogi marinade adds a fiery twist to your grilling repertoire. So fire up the grill, gather your friends and family, and get ready to experience the tantalizing flavors of Korean cuisine in the comfort of your own backyard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I use chicken instead of beef or pork for bulgogi?

A: Absolutely! Chicken can be a delicious alternative to beef or pork in bulgogi. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly to ensure it is fully cooked.

Q: Can I make the marinades in advance?

A: Yes, you can prepare the marinades in advance and store them in the refrigerator for up to three days. This allows the flavors to develop further, resulting in an even more delicious bulgogi.

Q: Is bulgogi suitable for vegetarians or vegans?

A: Traditional bulgogi is made with meat, but you can easily adapt the recipe to accommodate vegetarians or vegans. Substitute the meat with tofu or tempeh, and use a plant-based soy sauce for a flavorful vegetarian or vegan bulgogi experience.

Q: Can I use the marinades for other grilled dishes?

A: Absolutely! The marinades can be used for a variety of grilled dishes, such as skewers, kebabs, or even grilled vegetables. The possibilities are endless!

Q: What other Korean side dishes pair well with bulgogi?

A: There are numerous Korean side dishes, known as banchan, that pair perfectly with bulgogi. Some popular choices include kimchi, japchae (stir-fried glass noodles), and pajeon (Korean pancake).

Q: Can I freeze the marinated meat?

A: Yes, you can freeze the marinated meat for future use. Just make sure to thaw it thoroughly before grilling to ensure even cooking.

Q: Can I adjust the spiciness of the spicy bulgogi marinade?

A: Absolutely! Feel free to adjust the amount of Korean chili paste (gochujang) and red pepper flakes to suit your taste preferences. Start with a smaller amount and add more if desired.

Q: Can I use the marinades for indoor cooking?

A: Definitely! If you don’t have access to a grill, you can still enjoy the flavors of bulgogi by cooking the marinated meat on a stovetop grill pan or in a skillet.

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Mixed Korean Grill with Two Marinades: Bulgoki

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Grilled
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup mirin* (Refer to Cooks Note)
  • 1 cup sake
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Asian pear , chopped (You can substitute with a regular pear or an apple)
  • 1 (1-inch) piece ginger , sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic , smashed
  • 1 pound thinly sliced beef tenderloin
  • 1 pound large shrimp , cleaned, peeled, and butterflied
  • 2 tablespoons hot chili paste (Recommended: Sriracha Hot Chili Paste)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 3 scallions , thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef short ribs
  • 8 baby lamb chops
  • Mixed lettuce leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 1 bunch fresh shiso or basil
  • 2 to 3 fresh red hot peppers
  • Soy sauce
  • Hot sauce or hot chili paste
  • Quick Spicy Kimchi (Refer to recipe below)
  • Sweet Pickled Daikon (Refer to recipe below)
  • Cool Sesame Cucumbers (Refer to recipe below)
  • 1 head Napa cabbage , about 1 to 1 1/2 pounds
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine soy sauce, mirin, sake, water, brown sugar, pear, ginger, and garlic.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
  • Use a blender to puree the mixture and allow it to cool.
  • Place the sliced tenderloin and butterflied shrimp in separate shallow dishes.
  • Pour the puree over the meat and shrimp, cover the dishes, and let them marinate for 20 minutes.
  • In another bowl, combine chili paste, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and scallions.
  • Place the short ribs meat side down on a cutting board.
  • Use a sharp knife to slice between the bone and the meat without cutting all the way through.
  • Open the meat like a book and carefully run the knife in the opposite direction to cut the meat in half (still not going all the way through).
  • You should now have a long, flat piece of meat.
  • Grill the short ribs in large pieces or cut the meat into smaller bite-sized pieces.
  • Place the short ribs and lamb chops in separate shallow dishes and toss them with the spicy marinade.
  • Cover the dishes and let them marinate for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the grill, grill pan, cast iron skillet
Keyword Asian, Beef, Cucumber, Grilled Shrimp, Grilling, Korean Recipes, Lamb Recipes, Meat, Shellfish Recipes, Shrimp
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