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Bulgogi Ssam (Korean Marinated Beef Lettuce Wraps)

Course Main
Cuisine Korean
Keyword beef, bulgogi, Korea, Korean, lettuce, meat, ssam
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time 54 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 1 pound (450 g) beef tenderloin or sirloin very thinly sliced


  • 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
  • 5 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 3 tablespoons Gochujang Korean hot pepper paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Doenjang Korean soybean paste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

For serving:

  • Cooked medium grain rice warm
  • Romaine, bibb, or red leaf lettuce leaves
  • Kimchi


  • To make the marinade, combine soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Add the thinly sliced beef, turning to coat, cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine gochujang, doenjang, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  • Place a large wok or pan over high heat. Once heated, add the beef with the marinade. Cook, stirring constantly, until browned, 2-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Use lettuce leaves to wrap beef with the rice and ssamjang. Serve with kimchi.