Korean Bulgogi BBQ Steak Bowls + Video.
I’m bringin back Bowl Food Monday. These Korean Bulgogi BBQ Steak Bowls are so so so good!!
Wait, is that a thing, or is it only meatless Monday? I dunno, but I think we should make Bowl Food Monday a thing. I feel like I may have chatted about this before, but my brain is in a current state of write, cook, write, so everything’s kind of fuzzy over here… days are starting to blend together. UGH.
The good news is that we have these yummy Korean Bulgogi BBQ Steak Bowls to chat about! Oh, and Father’s Day! Did you guys have a good one? The weather here has been so awesome, 80 degree temps which are quite uncommon in these parts. I had to do some cooking, but what’s new there. Like I mentioned last week, my dad is not much into Father’s Day, so we don’t really make a huge deal out of it. Just a good dinner and a good dessert. My mom did make my dad a really great photo book though. He got a hand written note from me, because one, I waited to think about a gift until the last-minute, and two, I got him the only good gift I could think of for Christmas… so a note it was!
WATCH HOW-TO VIDEO HERE:
All and all, I think it was a pretty nice day! Did you guys make any good recipes? A bunch of you snapped me this pasta salad and these burgers!! That is so fun, I LOVE when you guys tag me on Instagram or snap me photos on snapchat (follow hbharvest).
OK, so let’s talk Korean Bulgogi. I first started to experiment with this flavor last year when I made these KILLER Bulgogi Pork Tacos. Right then and there, I fell hard for the spicy/sweet flavor combo. Apparently so did you guys, because a ton of you have made those tacos and loved them just as much as me!
Last month I was thinking that I really wanted to make something Bulgogi inspired again and a bowl just seemed most fitting. I mean, when is a bowl recipe not a good idea?
It’s always a good idea.
So I used that Bulgogi marinade from the pork on a piece of skirt steak. You can certainly use pork here if you prefer, but I love the combo of steak and rice so I went with it. The steak gets cooked in a super hot skillet, which helps it get nice and caramelized on the outside. It is delish!
Aside from a big old bowl of rice, I also made a spicy Korean peanut sauce to drizzle overtop the steak. I cannot lie, this sauce is so good and a MUST for this recipe. It just adds another great layer of flavor, and really, you can never go wrong with a little peanut sauce.
The rest of the bowl is pretty simple and you can customize it to your liking. I went with white rice, shredded purple cabbage, thinly sliced mango, roasted broccoli, kimchi, sliced avocado, fresh basil, green onions and a poached egg. It’s kind of a lot, but that’s what I love about a good bowl recipe, tons of fresh or roasted veggies, a good grain, a protein, an egg and tons of avocado…obviously.
This is a great recipe for summer since it’s pretty quick cooking and involves no oven time whatsoever. Yeah!
Oh, and don’t let all the ingredients scare you, it’s not that involved! With bowl recipes, the ingredients can just pile up, but you can add or subtract whatever you are feeling!
OK and that is that, Korean Bulgogi Bowl for the win!
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
Korean Bulgogi BBQ Steak Bowls.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, korean
Keyword: bbq, bbq steak, bowl, bulgogi, steak
This is a great recipe for summer since it's pretty quick cooking and involves no oven time whatsoever. Yeah!
- 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Gochujang can also sub sriracha
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
- 4 cloves garlic minced or grated
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 pounds flank or skirt steak thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Spicy Peanut Sauce
- 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter or tahini
- 2 tablespoons Korean Sunchang - sriracha or Gochujang can be substituted if needed*
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- juice of 2 limes
- 3-4 cups steamed rice brown rice and or quinoa
- 1 cup shredded cabbage
- 1 mango thinly sliced
- 1 cup steamed or roasted broccoli
- 1 avocado sliced
- large handful of both fresh basil + cilantro
- 4 fried poached or soft boiled eggs
- toasted sesame seeds + kimchi + limes for serving
In a large bowl or gallon size ziplock bag, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, Gochujang (Korean chile paste), ginger, garlic and sesame oil. Add the steak and toss well to coat. Try to make sure that almost all of the steak is submerged in the sauce. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour or overnight.
Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil, remove the steak from the marinade and add it to the hot pan. Let it get a nice caramelization on one side, then turn and let it caramelize another 2 minutes. Add in a few tablespoons of the marinade and cook 2-3 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly and coats the steak. Remove from the heat and stir in a handful of toasted sesame seeds.
Spicy Peanut Sauce
In a food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients for the sauce along with 1/4 cup water. Process until smooth and creamy, adding more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until your desired consistency is reached.
Divide the rice or quinoa among bowls and top with equal amounts of steak. Toss the cabbage with the mango and a pinch of salt + pepper. Add the cabbage + mango to the bowls. Layer on the broccoli, avocado, basil and cilantro. Finish each bowl with an egg, chopped green onions, kimchi, toasted sesame seeds and a good drizzle of the spicy peanut sauce. Serve with more peanut sauce for drizzling. EAT!
Take that Monday!
Literally the only thing wrong with this post is that bowl food should not be relegated just to Monday.
…….I’m speechlessly gawking at this incredible creation that’s totally redeeming my whole Monday!!! To say this is perfection just wouldn’t be enough! Oh, and these photos are, if possible, even more amazing than usual!!!
Oh my gosh Tori! Your seriously so nice! (: Smiling at the computer right now! Thank you so much! So happy you love them!
I want to taste this soon. An effort will be made : )
This looks delish! A vegetarian shop recently opened in my town that sells bowls and wraps of this type. I’d say it’s even better if you can make it yourself! The ingredients are what I have on hand, too, just subbing the siracha for the other ingredients. Nice writeup and photos!
Bulgogi is my absolute favorite. How exciting, i can’t wait to gobble this up!
everyone needs a big bowl of comfort on Mondays, and this one looks perfect! xo
I LOVE Bulgogi anything! This bowl should be for everyday! Not just Mondays!
I don’t eat red meat…do you think this would work with chicken breasts? Looks yummy!!
love this! i was in southern california and missed my opportunities to go to korean bbq bc the rest of my family didn’t want to, so i’ve been craving it big time. this sounds perfect to satisfy me, especially because bulgogi is my favorite!
I could have this for dinner tonight and be a very very happy lady!!
Yep, me and food days aren’t exactly compatible with each other because I constantly forget! But I definitely would do Bowl Food Monday, or Bowl Food EVERYDAY. If I made this bulgogi bowl, which I probably will sometime, I’d substitute the gochujang for Sriracha, the steak for tofu and use brown rice or cauliflower rice! 🙂
haha! Oh no!! You can’t forget to eat girl! You got to make this bowl! You could totally witch all that out! It would be so good!
This looks delicious! And, I wrote my dad a note for Father’s Day as well! I think those are meaningful than any other gift anyways! 🙂
Thank you!! Yeah, I agree if theres no gift you can think of that he would love a hand written card is just perfect!
Wow, I had no clue what bulgogi was so that was a lure to read more and of course the stunning picture. Well done all around, I love the ingredients so I know it will be fantastic. I of course do not have the paste and all that, but I do have the sriracha. Thank you for the substitute. I cannot make my presentation that good but I will strive for it.
Hi, Sophie!! I’m so glad to be introducing you to it!! Bulgogi is so delicious!!
I hope you love it and i’m sure your presentation will be amazing!
Thank you for making Food Porn Monday in my house…gorgeous on the eyes, fills the soul, and makes Mondays more like Fridays
This sounds delicious! I want to cook this, but I also want to make a vegetarian version for my daughter. Would tofu work if I marinate and cook it like the steak?
Hi Melissa! Thank you so much! Unfortunately I have never tried this with tofu nor am I familiar with cooking tofu so I really cannot say how that would work. If you do give it a try please let me know how it goes. Tieghan!
Yeah, I’ve only cooked two things for her with tofu, but I think I’ll give it a whirl and let you know!
Awesome!! Thanks Melissa!!
This worked fantastically with extra firm tofu! I sliced and cut the tofu into triangles, dry pan fried it, then marinated it according to the recipe and it was GREAT! I prefer the actual beef and it was AMAZING, too!
Ah so awesome that worked!! Thank you!!
What a fantastic recipe! I salivate just to see. Thank you for sharing your recipes!
Haha love hearing that you love them! Thanks so much Ana!
This recipe is wonderful, I’ve made it 6 times now, once when I had two girlfriends over for dinner, one is vegitarian, the other can’t eat gluton, and they both loved it!
It’s so great for large groups with food restrictions because everyone can assemble their bowel with the stuff they like 🙂
I’ve tried both the tahini and peanutbutter versions of the sauce, definitely love the tahini option better.
I have a hand press juicer (changed my life!!) and I’ve added 1Tb of ginger juice to the sauce, it’s amazing!!
I’ve also started doing “coconut rice” where I sub coconut milk for water when cooking the rice, make it a little creamier and does amazing things when mixed with the poached egg.
I’ve added a veggie option which is now my favorite, mango, avocado, cherry tomatoes and cilantro with some lemon juice to keep the avocado green 🙂
I’ve started broiling the meat on high instead of cooking in the sauté pan, it creates that crispy Korean BBQ texture you get from the high heat grills
This has been amazing as a packed lunch as well, I poach the egg in the morning, and eat the whole thing cold, kind of like a cold steak salad, so amazing!!!
I love you blog, people are always asking where I find my recipes and it’s such a pleasure getting to send them your way 🙂
This sounds so amazing!! And all the little changes are great too! Thanks so much for sharing this, and I am so happy you are loving this recipe Terra! (:
Can you give more details on broiling the steak?
HI! To broil the streak, leave your steak in one piece and place it on a broiler safe pan. Turn your broiler to high and cook for 7-8 minutes per side or until your desired doneness is reached, then thinly slice the steak. Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you! 🙂
These all look so good! Especially that tomato cheddar tart!
loving this recipe!!! The flavor sounds incredible!
Thank you so much!
Oh yum, they look amazing…I could eat them now. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂
Thanks so much Jimmi! I hope you love them!
I just made this today for a birthday party and it was a home-run! So fun to make – much different than our usual birthday dinner. Loved the poached egg and kimchi additions – having my left overs for lunch today – YUM!!
AH yes!! So happy it was A hit, and you had fun!! Thank you Dawn!!
Do you cook the steak whole and then slice or slice then cook?
HI Steve! Slice the steak first. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks!
Made this and it’s amazing! I’m sooooooo picky but I made it exactly the way the recipe called for besides adding brown sugar and extra peanut butter to the peanut sauce. Was one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever made.
How many calories per serving? 🙂
Hi Josie! I’m sorry but I don’t calculate the nutritional facts of my recipes.
how thin do you slice the steak?
About 1/4-1/8 inch thick. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks!
Made this for lunch and loved it! The steak marinade is gorgeous – and I loved the sauce, too. Definitely making this again, thanks so much for the recipe – it was great to try something new 🙂
Great! I am glad this recipe went so well for you, and you enjoyed it! Thank you Jo!
Made this for dinner with friends tonight. It was wonderful. Lots of textures and flavors. Bowl recipes are perfect for guests since each can make it whatever they want it to be. Tiegan, your recipes don’t disappoint.
I completely agree! Definitely a way to go with guests. Anyway, I am so happy everyone enjoyed this, thank you Rachel!
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Hi Tiegan! I made this yesterday and it was outstanding!! I found your Sweet Thai Chile Peanut Chicken about six months ago and it is my favorite recipe of all time. I was so obsessed that every time I wanted to try another of your recipes I just decided to make the chicken. Now I’m mad at myself for not branching out sooner! My friend took one bite of this beef bowl yesterday and with wide eyes said “this is like a party in my mouth, the best party I have ever been to.” I will now be making every single recipe on your blog! Thank you for the fabulous recipes and making me look good in front of my friends over and over!
So so happy you tried it! I hope you love everything you make, and please let me know the feedback, thank you Casey!
I made this last night for dinner and it was absolutely amazing!! I used the Sriracha as substitute! I would recommend this recipe to anyone!!!!
So happy you liked it, Sriracha sounds amazing!
What is the nutritional information for the BBQ steak Bowl?
Hi, I am so sorry, but I do not provide that on my site as I found some calculators to be inaccurate.
Made this for dinner tonight. Finally got the soft-boiled eggs thing right! ?. Thanks for yet another delicious recipe–i think this is the 12th recipe of yours I’ve made.
Ah yay! Such a good feeling when you get those right! So happy your making so many of them! Thank you Kristi!
That’s what I was looking for.Very nice blog indeed,thank you admin
Delicious recipe … loved the dish! I really liked the blog articles. Congratulations!
Thanks so much!
This was spectacular–really satisfying and full of flavor!! I made the steak, but also marinated and fried up some tempeh (I don’t eat meat). My family went crazy over it.
Sounds delicious! So happy everyone liked it!
This is going to be on my dinner menu this week! However, I will be substituting the flank steak with tofu. I can’t wait to taste the outcome!
That should be delicious! Hope you love it!
Made this for dinner tonight. It was delicious and everyone enjoyed it! 🙂
Yay, so happy to hear it was good! Thanks Renee!
OMG!!! I came across this morning. I happened to have all of the ingredients, so I just made this for lunch today – absolutely awesome. The flavors are so incredible, thank you for this recipe. It is now in my box of favorites.
Yay! So happy you had them all and got to make it! Thank you!!
SOooo good. I didn’t get to make the spicy peanut sauce as I was all out of soy sauce and rice vinegar. I really feel like that would have put it over the top! We had it with cabbage and brocolli sauteed in the leftover (boiled first) marinade. I did the meat in the broiler for the crispness but I put it in too long! (Followed your 7-8 minutes per side). But perhaps I had it too close to the heat source. Still, my mother said it tasted just like BBQ! Idk if that was from the broiler or the marinade & if I should try to give it a go on the stove or not! (Gotta try it with the peanut sauce!)
I am glad you enjoyed it! I would totally try the peanut sauce with it next time (its so yummy)! Thank you so much!
Toasted sesame oil or regular?
We made this today and it’s an absolute winner! I noticed a typo of sorts though- when I made my shopping list, I forgot the green onions because they’re not listed in the ingredients! I had to run back out (glad I did). I’m going to start making this sauce just to have around!!
Hi Stasia! I am so sorry about that. I am really glad this turned out amazing for you, though! Thank you so much!
Such a lovely recipe, I am sure it tasted lovely!
This looks amazing! I was looking to make this tonight. I see you added honey in the video but i dont see it in the recipe. Should it be included?
HI! You can use 2 tablespoons honey. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thanks! xTieghan
This was AWESOME!!!! So many flavors and the dish plates beautifully. We forgot to add the broccoli and it was fine without it. And I made rice in my instant pot for the first time and I’ll never go back. We can’t wait to make it again!
I love to hear that! Thank you so much for trying this Joelle! xTieghan
Amazing! One of my favorite meals. Even the kids loved it.
Thank you so much Cheryl! That is really great to hear! xTieghan
Can the beef be done in the crockpot?
I’ve not done this, but yes should work! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan
Yep. I can die happy now😂. That was amazing!!!
Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you. Happy Holidays! xTieghan
My broiler is broken. Can you please suggest an alternate way to cook the meat?
I cook the meat on the stove top, not under the broiler, so you are good to go:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan
This dish is so excellent! I’ve made it several times and always add in whatever vegetables I have on hand – red pepper, radish, cucumber, etc. Yum yum. Thank you!
I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan
This is one of my absolute favorites!!! I’ve made if for guests and they all LOVE it! My son-in-law who is a chef, said he wouldn’t change a thing. Making for my family tonight.
I am so so glad that you liked the recipe, thanks a lot for making it! Happy Friday:) xTieghan