It’s got an interesting name and a dynamite taste. Make this Keto beef bulgogi recipe to become an instant fan!
What is Bulgogi?
Bulgogi is a Korean dish consisting of thin-sliced marinated beef that is grilled or stir-fried. It’s paired with a sauce that is magically sweet and savory.
Its name literally means “fire meat,” which I love. The meaning is just as cool as the word itself!
Sirloin, ribeye, tenderloin, or brisket are typically used, although it could also be made with pork or chicken.
Bulgogi meat is typically sold ready to go in Korean grocery stores, but you’ll do better making it yourself for your low-carb diet.
How to Make Bulgogi Keto
While bulgogi sauce is delicious, its sweetness should set your Keto alarm off. Just how do most chefs, amateur or professional, make this sauce so sweet?
Bulgogi sauce is often made using soy sauce, pear juice, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, pepper, and either sugar or brown sugar. Aha — there it is. But don’t worry; there’s no sugar to speak of in this Keto version.
I added just a tiny teaspoon of erythritol, a sugar alcohol, to make this bulgogi sauce sweet. That will give you the traditional bulgogi flavor without the attack on your blood sugar.
Instead of soy sauce, I chose gluten-free tamari sauce. That gives you a wonderful savory flavor without the troublesome gluten.
The sesame oil, garlic puree, and ginger puree can be used per usual.
How to Serve Bulgogi Meat
This bulgogi beef recipe is lovely on your own, but you may want to use it as an ingredient for more elaborate dishes.
- You could serve it over cauliflower rice.
- Use it as the filling for a nice lettuce wrap
- Make some bulgogi nachos using this Keto tortilla chip recipe.
- Serve it for breakfast with your eggs.
- Use it to make a more substantial salad.
Fitting Bulgogi Into Your Diet
Keto can be confusing when you venture beyond the “eat less carbs” territory. People start talking about macros and ketosis and net carbs, which goes right over the heads of novice but well-intending Keto dieters.
It doesn’t have to be that complicated, and there are some great tools available to help you out. This free one-question Keto calculator removes some of the guesswork for you.
All you have to do is enter your goal weight and it will tell you exactly how much protein, net carbs, and fat you should be eating each day in both grams and calories.
This is really handy because you might only get grams or calories if you’re looking at the nutritional information.
Try it out — it can be really useful in keeping you on track to achieve your goals. For more experienced Keto folks wanting to fine-tune their diet, there is a more involved calculator further down on the page.
A delicious beef stir-fry that boasts flavors of tamari and sesame with a sweet lift.
- 12 oz sirloin steak (340g), sliced
- 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) of gluten-free tamari sauce
- 1 teaspoon (5 g) of garlic puree
- 1 teaspoon (5 g) of ginger puree
- 1 Tablespoon (5 ml) of sesame oil
- 1/2 red onion (55 g), peeled and sliced
- 7 oz (200 g) of cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon (4 g) of erythritol
- 2 green onions, sliced, to garnish
- 2 tsp sesame seeds, to garnish
- Combine the strips of steak with the tamari, garlic puree, and ginger puree. Mix well, cover, and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight.
- To cook, heat the sesame oil in a wok or large pan and add the onion, cooking until softened. Add the cabbage. Once the cabbage is wilted, add in the marinated beef including the marinade juices.
- Increase the heat and stir fry until the sauce reduces. Stir in the erythritol just before serving.
- Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 3 g
- Calories: 284
- Sugar: 2 g
- Fat: 22 g
- Carbohydrates: 5 g
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 15 g