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Instant Pot Korean Marinated Beef (Bulgogi)

This delicious Instant Pot Korean Marinated Beef (Bulgogi) is a classic Korean dish. The sweet and salty marinade adds layers of flavor to this dish. It’s sure to be a hit with the family.

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Korean marinated steak is over a thousand years old. Only a dish that wonderfully delicious could survive hundreds and hundreds of years. So when fellow food blogger Amy from KimChiMom suggested I make her Korean marinated beef (bulgogi) I was all in. It’s adjusted to work for our family but this Instant Korean Marinated Beef (Bulgogi) is loved by all.

Amy’s bulgogi is grilled but hubby is the “King of the Grill,” so I had to work in my wheelhouse. I decided such a dish needed the royal treatment, so I put it in the Instant Pot. I know, I know … but I told you this Summer was going to be an Instant Pot Summer so I could get some quality time with my littles.

Instant Pot Bulgogi

Not to mention, if I didn’t put my Instant Pot to work I would have to cook 2 to 3 times a day everyday. I love foo and I love cooking but “No Thank You.” For this dish to work in the pressure cooker I had to make some changes. I love to make dishes as authentic as possible but it’s also very important to use what we have in our house.

Another reason I decided to use the Instant Pot was because I didn’t have the cut of meat Amy recommended (prime ribeye). As a family of 6 we believe in a budget so I used a cut of meat (roast) that was a bit more budget friendly. If not cooked properly a beef roast can turn out tough so it was probably best that I put the roast in the pressure cooker. The pressure cooker helps to achieve that soft, melt in your mouth consistency that makes Bulgogi so great.

Instant Pot Korean Marinated Beef (Bulgogi)

Makes 6 servings


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 4 green onions, chopped (reserve half)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds beef butt roast, cubed or sliced
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • squeeze lime juice
  • 1/2 pound string beans (optional)

Tools: large bowl, small bowl, sharp knife & cutting board and pressure cooker


In a large bowl, season beef with salt, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper.

In a smaller bowl, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, green onions and garlic in a bowl.

Add chopped or sliced beef to soy mixture and marinate for an hour.

Place beef in Instant Pot/pressure cooker and pour in marinade and beef stock.

IP Bulgogi

Add string beans (if using), ginger and a squeeze of lime.

Close and lock lid onto pressure cooker. Then turn the pressure nozzle to closed.

Press the Meat/Stew button and set time to 35 minutes.

Once finished allow to natural pressure release (NPR).

And it’s done. Yum!!

Garnish thisInstant Korean Marinated Beef (Bulgogi) with green onions and serve over rice. You know me, I added some spice since we still had some Thai chiles. Of course, you could serve it on lettuce to make the dish a bit lighter.

Instant Pot Bulgogi

This is such a great dish, with such a depth of flavor. Your whole family with love it.

What other cuts of beef do you think would work with this Instant Korean Marinated Beef (Bulgogi)? If you like this recipe, you should also try my pork egg rolls. I promise it’s delicious. Catch up with me on Instagram @els.kitchencomforts and let me know how you much you enjoyed this recipe.


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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Korean Marinated Beef (Bulgogi)

  1. Let me think… I made beef steak, chicken Marsala, honey bourbon chicken, and this is the by far the best recipe I made in my new IP. Raving reviews from everyone in the family! And they’re picky eaters! I didn’t season the meat but made the marinade with all the seasonings. It’s the first time I ever used the stew meat function. BIG THANK YOU for this recipe, it was a hit!

    1. Lulu,

      I’m so happy your family loved it. It’s always nice to have a recipe everyone loves. Especially, when you have picky eaters. It’s crazy how so many pressure cooker recipes still to manual when there are all these other buttons. Can’t wait for you to try some of the other pressure cooker recipes.

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