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Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich Recipe

Bulgogi Ciabatta Sandwich

Course Brunch, LUNCH BOX, Main Course, Party Food
Cuisine American, Italian, Korean
Keyword sandwish, beef, asian, korean,
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinade for at least 1 hour
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking


  • Ciabatta Rolls/Bread
  • 1 Lb. Beef Tenderloin rib-eye steak or top sirloin


  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tsp. Ginger minced
  • 5 garlic cloves 5 smaller ones or 3 bigger cloves
  • 1/2 Carrot
  • 1/2 cup 7 up or 1/2 Asian Pear peeled
  • 1 Tbs. Sugar
  • 3 Tbs. Soy Sauce Or to taste
  • 2 Green Onions/scallions
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Oil
  • Handful julienned Carrots*optional

*Topping options:

  • Sauteed/grilled Onion/scallions
  • Grilled garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers


  1. In a food processor place onion, ginger, garlic cloves, carrot, and 7 up or 1/2 Asian Pear (it is acting as a meat tenderizer), process until pureed.
  2. Take a beef tenderloin that is slightly frozen and cut into thin bite-size slices or you can use already pre-cut meat that is thinly sliced. (read note)
  3. In a large bowl or container place meat, then add puree, sugar, soy sauce, sliced scallions, ground black pepper, sesame oil and a handful of julienned carrots (optional). Mix everything together so marinade could code each slice of beef; cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for an hour or more. You can use less soy sauce and add salt to taste, instead.

  4. Preheat the grill or lightly oiled/greased saute pan or skillet and add beef slices. Cook until meat is no longer pink and it starts to sizzle and juices are almost gone.

  5. 5 minutes before beef is done I like to add more garlic, scallions and onion slices, sometimes mushrooms too.
  6. You can serve it with rice and vegetables (side dishes) or place it in the toasted Ciabatta bread like I did today, add other sauteed/grilled vegetables, lettuce together with the beef and top it with cheese and other condiments if you desire.

Recipe Notes

You can place beef to marinade in the fridge overnight. I like to do it at least an hour in advance, but the more is marinating, meat becomes more tender. I have done overnight before! I used Beef Tenderloin today, but The best beef for this is rib-eye steak or top sirloin. Of course, you may use any cut but you will know the difference if you make it with ribeye steak because fat is where a lot of the distinctive flavor of beef comes from, making ribeye one of the richest, beefiest cut available. You may also find it already precut beef in the Korean or Asian market "for bulgogi". If you do not want to use 7 Up or Asian Pear then add 1-2 Tbs. (more) of Sugar. Both 7 up and Asian pear not only make beef tender but also gives sweetness, if you omit you have to add sugar or even honey if you desire.