Korean Beef Bulgogi

Total Time: 30 minutes active, 4 hours inactive

Servings: 4

Bulgogi, literally meaning “fire” and “meat. This well known Korean dish consists of thinly shaved meat that is marinaded in a sweet and savory soy flavored sauce that tastes like no other; it’s so easy to make and fun to eat with friends and family. The enzymes from the grated Asian pear sweeten and tenderize the pieces of caramelized beef. This flavorful dish can be easily prepared on a stove-top griddle or grill.



  • 4 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce

  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil

  • 1 Tbsp honey

  • 2 Tbsp of brown sugar

  • 6 cloves garlic

  • ½ Asian pear

  • 1 Tbsp of Mirin (Japanese rice wine)

  • 1 tsp of freshly ground black pepper, or more or less depending on taste


  • ½ onion

  • 4 white part of green onions/scallions (greens reserved)

  • ½ red bell pepper

  • 1½ lb thinly sliced beef New York Strip Steak or Chuck Steak

  • 1 Tbsp grape seed oil

  • ½ Tbsp toasted white sesame seeds for garnish

  • reserved green onions for garnish


  1. To make the bulgogi marinade, in a large bowl, whisk together 4 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce, 2 Tbsp sesame oil, 1 Tbsp honey, and 2 Tbsp brown sugar.

  2. Grate ½ of an Asian pear and 6 cloves of garlic with a mircoplane grater in the same bowl .

  3. Add freshly ground black pepper and mix all together. Set aside

  4. Cut the onion into thin slices and cut the white part of the green onion into 1 inch pieces and then cut in half lengthwise.

  5. Cut the green part of the scallions into quarter inch pieces and set aside for garnish.

  6. Julienne the red bell pepper, add the onion and white part of the green onions into the marinade and mix all together.

  7. Mix in the meat, using plastic gloves, massage the meat thoroughly with hands to ensure every piece of meat is incorporated with the marinade.

  8. Set aside for at least 4 hours or best if overnight to allow the enzymes from the Asian pear to tenderize the meat.

  9. Drain off any excess marinade from the bulgogi and pat dry with a couple paper towels to make sure the meat sears instead of steams.

  10. In a large skillet or cast iron grill, heat 1 Tbsp grape seed oil over medium high heat.

  11. Cook the marinated meat in a single layer until cooked through, about 5 minutes.

  12. Transfer the meat to the plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds and the green part of the scallions.

Nectarine Steak Salad

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Fresh, juicy nectarines are a perfect complement to grilled steak and blue cheese in this low-Carb main dish salad. 


  • 12 ounces of steak

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt, divided

  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely-ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 4 cups mixed greens

  • 2 medium nectarines, pitted and sliced

  • 2 large scallions, slivered

  • 2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled


  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.

  2. Coat the steak with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil, then sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place the steak on the grill or hot pan and don't move it for at least 2 minutes. Grill steak 3 minutes total on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat; let stand 8 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin slices.

  3. While steak rests, combine lemon juice, honey, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add mixed greens and toss to coat. Add nectarines and scallions. Arrange the sliced steak on top of the dressed greens and sprinkle with blue cheese. Serve immediately.

Serving Suggestion

This is a great dish to make with a leftover grilled steak; just take it out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature while you prepare the salad. Slice the meat just before serving. Pair with a light red wine like a Pinot Noir or a Beaujolais for a festive late-summer supper.

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Nutritional Information

290 calories, 17 g. fat, 65 mg. cholesterol, 440 mg. sodium, 12 g. carbohydrate, 2 g. fiber, 24 g. protein

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