Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi)

  • 5MINS
  • 10MINS
  • 280KCAL

Our slimming friendly Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) means that now you can enjoy this dish when counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories280
  • Carbs7g
  • Protein3g
  • Fat0.2g
  • Saturates0.04g
  • Sugars1g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

This Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) is the perfect midweek supper and our low carb, sugar free version means that you can enjoy it even if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.

We don’t know about you, but we adore a good steak and, as you can see in the pictures, we prefer ours to be medium rare.  If you like yours a little more well done then that’s not a problem, just cook it for a little longer!

Our Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) combines soy, ginger and garlic and if you’re a fan of Asian flavours then you’ll definitely love this!

What diets is this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) suitable for?

This Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) is suitable for dairy free diets.

It can be made suitable for gluten free diets by swapping the following ingredients for gluten free alternatives;

  • Soy sauce

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) recipe?

  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi)?

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How many calories are in this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi)?

There are 280 calories per portion in this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi), which means it falls into our Everyday Light category. 

This Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Mix all the ingredients together (apart from the sirloins).

Step 2

Reserve a small amount (about 1/2 tablespoon) of the marinade for later

Step 3

Add the steaks to the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least half an hour (you can leave them overnight).

Step 4

Turn on the Optigrill and select the steak setting, then press OK.

Step 5

Allow the Optigrill to preheat. When it’s ready, the indicator light will stop flashing and you will hear a beep.

Step 6

Cook the steaks on the Optigrill until the desired degree of cooking is reached. Yellow for rare, orange for medium or red for well done.

Step 7

Remove the steaks from the grill, allow them to rest for a minute or so, then cut into slices.

Step 8

Drizzle over the remaining marinade.

Step 9

Serve with whatever you like. We chose boiled rice and a selection of freshly chopped vegetables.

What could I serve with this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi)?

This Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) works really well with a wide range of accompaniments including any of the following:

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How do you know when this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) is cooked?

You should cook your Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) for around 10 minutes on the Tefal Optigrill or until the steaks are cooked to your preference.  Make sure that they’re piping hot before serving.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

Can I cook this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) any other way?

Yes, you can!

You can cook this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) for around 10 minutes on the Tefal Optigrill.

If you prefer then you could also cook this recipe in a hot frying pan for around 3-5 minutes per side (depending on how thick your steak is and how you like it cooked!).

How long can you keep this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi)?

Yes you can! The steaks in this recipe can be frozen before cooking, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it after step 3.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat this Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi)?

This Korean BBQ Beef is best served fresh and not reheated, as it can over cook and become tough, however any leftovers are great served cold as a salad topping.

From frozen: Allow to defrost and then follow the recipe from step 4.

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Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi)

Our slimming friendly Korean BBQ Beef (Bulgogi) means that now you can enjoy this dish when counting calories or following plans like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 280
  • Carbs 7G
WW Points
  • 7 Green
  • 7 Blue
  • 7 Purple

Ingredients

  • 2 sirloins all visible fat trimmed
  • 3 spring onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cm piece ginger minced
  • 2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

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Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together (apart from the sirloins).
  2. Reserve a small amount (about 1/2 tablespoon) of the marinade for later.
  3. Add the steaks to the marinade, cover and refrigerate for at least half an hour (you can leave them overnight).
  4. Turn on the Optigrill and select the steak setting, then press OK.
  5. Allow the Optigrill to preheat. When it's ready, the indicator light will stop flashing and you will hear a beep.
  6. Cook the steaks on the Optigrill until the desired degree of cooking is reached. Yellow for rare, orange for medium or red for well done.
  7. Remove the steaks from the grill, allow them to rest for a minute or so, then cut into slices.
  8. Drizzle over the remaining marinade.
  9. Serve with whatever you like. We chose boiled rice and a selection of freshly chopped vegetables.

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LeanneTuesday 23rd June 2020

Are the nutritional values just for the sauce?

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SonWednesday 22nd April 2020

This looks delicious and I want to give it a try, but what do you use the reserved marinade for?

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    Steve CowderoyFriday 8th May 2020

    Hi Sonia, thanks for getting in touch with us. The reserved marinade is to drizzle over the beef when you serve. Hope this helps.

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TraceySunday 18th August 2019

How do you cook this if you don’t have an optigrill?

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    Emma TMonday 23rd September 2019

    Hi Tracey,

    You can cook this in a hot frying pan for around 3-5 minutes per side, depending on the depth of your steak and how you like your steak cooked ????

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Joanne SmithMonday 2nd October 2017

What do you reserve some of the marinade for?

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