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Bulgogi Sauce | Korean BBQ Sauce

Bulgogi sauce is a Korean BBQ sauce or marinade with a slightly sweet, umami flavor. Use this recipe to make the Korean condiment at home!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 10
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Kevin


  • ½ cup soy sauce or light soy sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce (See Note 1)
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (approximately 2-inch piece, peeled)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 4 scallions (green onions) trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Gochujang (optional for heat)


  • Using a blender or stick blender, purée all the marinade ingredients together until smooth. Use as-is as a marinade for bulgogi beef or other meat.
  • To use as a dipping sauce, add marinade to a saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until marinade reduces and thickens to desired consistency. Allow sauce to cool before using.


  1. Traditionally an Asian pear is used, if they are hard to find, a sweet Bosc pear or apple works. I often times use applesauce if on hand as well.
  2. Recipe yields 1 ¾ cups of marinade (enough for 2-3 pounds of meat), or when reduced, approximately 1 ¼ cups (20 Tbsp) of sauce.
  3. Nutritional information shown is for 10 servings (2 tablespoon each) of sauce.


Serving: 2tablespoon | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 652mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg