Beef Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps


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I’m not sure how it’s possible I’ve gone this far in life without have Beef Bulgogi but let’s just say that ever since having it out a few weeks back, life has been SO MUCH BETTER! Beef Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps from (@whatsgabycookin)

After going out to dinner with some friends and eating ALL THE BEEF BULGOGI, I knew it needed to be recreated at home. It was that good. Super thin strips of beef that are marinated in a Kikkoman Sesame Oil and Kikkoman Soy Sauce mixture with tons of garlic, ginger and red pepper flakes… I mean, what’s not to love!!

Beef Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps from (@whatsgabycookin)

While we didn’t eat it this way when we had it at the restaurant, I gave it my California Girl spin and served it with Bibb lettuce, steamed white rice and this epic scallion salad with and sesame oil and rice wine vinegar dressing. Once you mix everything together you’re basically going to freak out with excitement and life will never be the same.

Beef Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps from (@whatsgabycookin)

A few tips and tricks before you whip this up. 1: You might want to make a double batch so you can eat some leftover Beef Bulgogi over a rice bowl the following day. Just a thought 🙂 2: Make sure you freeze the meat for 30 minutes before slicing. This allows you to slice SUPER thin strips of beef which will cook more quickly and make for the best bulgogi. 3: If you don’t want it too spicy, you can reduce the amount of red pepper flakes by half – but don’t fear – the spice really enhances the dish!!

Beef Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps from (@whatsgabycookin)

Okay – away we go!!

Beef Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps

5 from 2 votes


For the Beef Bulgogi

  • ¼ pear grated
  • 3 garlic clove grated
  • 3 tablespoons  Kikkoman Soy Sauce 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon  Kikkoman Sesame Oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 pound trimmed hanger steak
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • Kosher salt

For the Scallion Salad

  • 8 scallions thinly sliced on a bias
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves picked off and stems removed
  • 2 teaspoon  Kikkoman Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon  Kikkoman Rice Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Salt to taste

To Serve

  • Bibb Lettuce
  • Steamed White Rice
  • Scallion Salad 


  • Freeze the meat for 30 minutes before slicing. Combine the grated pear, Kikkoman Soy Sauce, Kikkoman Sesame Oil, ginger, red pepper flakes and sugar in a large re-sealable plastic bag. Using a sharp knife, slice meat into very thin strips. Add the meat to the marinade, seal bag, and mix everything together until evenly coated. Let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour, or chill in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Remove half of meat from marinade, letting excess drip back into bag; season lightly with salt and cook in a single layer without moving until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Toss meat and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until cooked through and crisp at edges, about 3-4 minutes total. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, remaining meat, and more salt.
  • To make the scallion salad, combine the scallions, cilantro, Kikkoman Sesame Oil, Kikkoman Rice Vinegar and sesame seeds in a medium bowl. Toss to combine. Season with salt as needed.
  • Serve the Bulgogi with lettuce cups, steamed white rice and the scallion salad. Assemble lettuce wraps as needed.

Are you into it? Whip this one up for the fam and let me know what everything thinks in the comments! Be sure to visit the Kikkoman Brand Page on where you can read other bloggers’ posts!

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Leslie

    Sounds delicious – can this be made with chicken or does that defeat the point?!

    • Virginia

      It can! It’s called “dak bulgogi” when you use chicken.

  2. Monika

    Any kind of lettuce wrap is my jam!! This sounds really flavorful and delicious, as well as EASY!!!

  3. Leslie W

    I have that defective “cilantro tastes like soap to me” gene. Do you think parsley would work or just skip it?

  4. Heather Christo

    ok- I am freaking out. My stomach is growling looking at these pictures and I know I have to make this!

  5. Heidi B

    Great recipe, but I’ll be honest sometimes too many ingredients make me shy away from trying it. I love lettuce wrap though so will give it a go.

  6. mami2jcn

    Soy sauce, garlic and ginger sound like a great combination! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  7. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    I have been craving bulgogi beef since I had it recently in San Fran!! This looks so good!

  8. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Beef bulgogi is one of my favorite dishes EVER! I totally need these in my life!

  9. Lauren Kelly Nutrition

    I just can’t resist a delicious lettuce wrap! Gorgeous!

  10. Jessie C.

    BULGOGI is one of my favorite dishes, love the Bibb Lettuce wrap idea.

  11. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    Now THIS is a lettuce wrap I can get on board with!!

  12. Cynthia C

    I love lettuce wraps – all the flavor and fewer calories. I’ll try this.

  13. Tamara

    I would LOVE to try a lettuce wrap like this. Looks amazing!!
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  14. rachel

    I haven’t had Beef Bulgogi in too long — I need to try this recipe at home!

  15. Rebecca

    My kids enjoy this beef over Jasmine rice! I like to make it often with a fruit alas on the side.

  16. Bert Ruiz

    My favorite dish to cook with soy sauce is chicken fried rice but I’ve been wanting to try lettuce wraps for a while now, I’ll try this recipe soon

  17. Siobhan

    LPT: If you’re lucky enough to live in a major city in California you can almost bet you’ll be able to find a korean market where you can buy pre-marinated bulgogi meat and save an extra step 😛

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  19. N.Cullen

    5 stars
    This was a fan favorite at our home! The scallion salad was such a yummy topping. Will need to double it next time.

  20. Gabriella

    5 stars
    I have made these twice with beef. Then, once I substituted chicken thighs. This recipe is so flavorful.
    I told my husband this tastes so much better than lettuce wraps in a restaurant.
    Thanks, Gaby. From Gabby.

  21. Jens Kitchen

    5 stars
    I made the Beef Bulgogi for a special New Year’s Day Dinner for 2! Amazing flavors! Me and my hubby loved it. Definitely going in my recipe collection. I added some extra chives since I was low on scallions and live butter lettuce was all I could find. Thank you for this great recipe!