Korean BBQ

"Here, Korean BBQ finds itself tucked inside warm, charred tortillas, making for an east-meets-southwest delight!"

Five years ago, “bulgogi” – grilled thin-sliced marinated meat – would have been as foreign as the most remote village on the Korean Peninsula. 

But today, it’s is the new Big Mac. We seem to have acquired an insatiable appetite for all things Korean.

There is a lot to satisfy the taste buds with Korean BBQ, and the simple ingredient and ease of cooking makes for a happy cook, too,

 Here, Korean BBQ finds itself tucked inside warm, charred tortillas, making 

for an east-meets-southwest delight!


1 1/2 pounds high end lean steak or chicken thighs 

1 cup sweet yellow onion slivers (reserve 3 tablespoons for marinade)

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 inch flour tortillas, charred on the grill or in a dry skillet

For the marinade:

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 tablespoons Mirin or Rice Wine Vinegar 

2 tablespoons sesame oil

2 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons

sweet yellow onion, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons chopped green onions, divided

1 level tablespoon freshly grated ginger

2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes


Choose meat or chicken. (For easier slicing, chill meat or poultry in freezer until hard but not frozen.) Slice meat or chicken in thin strips.

In a bowl, combine soy sauce, mirin or rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, brown sugar, sweet yellow onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon green onions, ginger, sesame seeds, black pepper and red pepper flakes. 

Stir well to combine. Place meat or chicken in a glass casserole dish, bowl or pie pan. 

Pour marinade over meat or chicken and stir well to fully incorporate all of the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

When ready to cook, slice slivered onions. Heat oil in cast iron or heavy skillet. 

Add slivered onions, cooking until soft. With tongs, remove meat or chicken from marinade and add to skillet (don’t overlap the pieces so they can sear on all sides).

Cook on medium high for about 5 minutes or until done. Cook until liquid has evaporated and meat or chicken has a rich brown color. Serve immediately with flour tortillas. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of green onion.

Note: Korean BBQ Tacos go well with cole slaw. Using store bought packaged cabbage for cole slaw, add a splash of mirin or rice wine vinegar, sesame seed oil, some sesame seeds, salt and pepper to slaw and stir to combine. Serve inside the tacos.

This Korean BBQ recipe can also be served with rice.

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