At our house, we love us some stir-fry! Bulgogi, a Korean classic of marinated grilled beef, is easy to make and fun to eat; it’s no wonder it is one of the country’s most famous dishes! Traditionally, pale yellow Asian pears are used, but Bosc pears are just as delicious! As with most Korean barbecue, the meat is seasoned with sesame and scallion, and the grated ripe pears in the marinade tenderizes the meat and add a characteristic sweetness. And many a cook will tell you that if it doesn't have pears in it, it's not traditional bulgogi.
Tender and caramelized thin slices of beef, fresh broccoli and sliced carrots are not only colorful and flavorful - this is one of our favorite stir-fry dinners!
Beef sirloin or tenderloin steak is sliced paper-thin, and then marinated with a flavorful Korean Barbeque sauce. I've found that letting the meat marinade in the seasoning for at least four hours enhances its flavor and tenderization.
If you're in a rush, you can use frozen broccoli florets, but I would strongly recommend that you use fresh carrots to maximize the crisp and tender flavor. Fresh pears are also pretty much mandatory - if they're too firm, you won't capture the sweet flavor and texture. When perfectly ripe, and they'll just moosh up like applesauce and add the most wonderful natural sweetness.
Reserved Korean Barbecue Sauce is then simmered into a delectable glaze to drizzle on top...it is so delicious! We like our sauce with just a little bit of kick, so I add some Asian Sweet Chili Sauce and the smallest spoonful of red pepper flakes or Rodelle Sriracha Seasoning.
Drizzle that fabulous glaze on top of the Beef Bulgogi and sprinkle with some toasted sesame seeds, and BAM! Dinner is served! If there is even the tiniest spoonful of sauce left, everyone is usually fighting over it so that they can pour it on hot jasmine rice.
If you're looking for something easy, something fast, and something delicious, I've got you covered! You are going to love this family-favorite stir-fry dinner!