Korean Beef Air Fryer Recipe

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Korean Beef aka Beef Bulgogi is a traditional Korean dish that is absolutely delicious. Air Fryer Korean Beef is super simple to cook and makes a perfect weeknight meal or a quick dinner for when you don’t have a lot of kitchen time. Try this simple Korean Beef Air Fryer recipe today!

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Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Versatile: The versatility of this beef is a big win in my books. This dish has subtle flavors which taste fantastic.
  • Simple and Fast: Cooking air fryer Korean beef is simple and easy and is ready in no time.

Recipe Ingredients

To make Korean beef in the Air Fryer, you’ll need just 5 simple ingredients.

  • Marinaded Beef Steak: Offers a robust meaty flavor that’s been enhanced by a sweet and savory Korean-style marinade.
  • Bell Peppers, Red, Yellow, and or Orange: Add a pop of color and a slightly sweet, slightly bitter element to the dish, providing a wonderful contrast to the rich beef.
  • Sesame Oil: Imparts a distinctive, nutty flavor to the dish, complementing the beef and bell peppers while also helping them to cook evenly in the air fryer.
  • Stems of Green Onion: Provide a fresh, slightly spicy note that cuts through the richness of the beef, adding depth and balance to the overall flavor profile.
  • Sesame Seeds: Add a delightful crunch and enhance the sesame flavor in your Korean Beef Air Fryer dish, making it delicious and visually appealing.
Ingredients for the Air Fryer Korean Beef.

How To Make Air Fryer Korean Beef?

Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s the simple process you’ll need to follow to make the dish.

Step 1: Slice The Peppers

Slice the peppers into thin strips and set aside. 

Step 2: Slice The Meat

Slice meat into bite-size pieces and set aside.

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Step 3: Toss In Oil

Add the beef and the peppers to a mixing bowl and coat in the sesame oil. If you don’t have sesame oil, you can use any vegetable oil instead.

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Step 4: Air Fry And Cook

Add the beef and peppers to a pan that fits your air fryer basket and cook at 400° for 15-20 minutes, tossing the beef and peppers every 5 minutes. 

Step 5: Garnish And Serve

Remove the beef and peppers and serve with rice. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. 

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Variations

  • Rice Vinegar: To lend the beef a bit of tanginess, you can add a dash of rice vinegar into it. If you’re adding the rice vinegar, you might also want to throw in a bit of soy sauce to balance everything out. If you’re more conscious about your food, use low sodium soy sauce.
  • Add Heat: If you’re like me and want to bring a bit of heat, you can also add some red pepper flakes into the marinade.
  • Sweetness: If you prefer that tinge of sweetness, you can add a bit of brown sugar into the marinade.
  • Ginger: Fresh ginger or ground ginger can also be a fantastic addition to this beef mixture. It will lend the thinly sliced beef some earthy undertones that taste amazing when paired with some brown rice or sticky rice.

Substitutions

  • Toasted Sesame Seeds: If you can, use toasted sesame seeds instead of regular sesame seeds for the recipe. They are more crunchy and flavorful.
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What To Serve With This Recipe?

I always love serving this beef bowl as a complete meal. I start off with a base of some jasmine rice or white rice, top it some of this sliced beef, and finish of with a side of some steamed or pan fried veggies.

  • Korean beef usually tastes great with veggies like bok choy, shredded carrots, Steamed Broccoli and more peppers.
  • I love serving Korean Beef with Sticky Rice or using it as a filling to whip up some Korean Beef Tacos.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Fridge: Your leftovers can be refrigerated for 2-3 days.
  • Freeze: You can freeze Korean beef in the freezer. Store your frozen beef in for 2-3 months.
  • Reheat: Just transfer the frozen beef to an airtight container and thaw in the fridge until you’re ready to reheat. You can either microwave the beef in a pan or reheat it in the microwave.

FAQ’S

What Kind of Beef Should I Use for This Recipe?

You can use almost any cut of beef to make this easy and delicious recipe. Just make sure you cut the beef into thin slices and then marinate it.

Can I Use Ground Beef for This Recipe?

You could try and replicate the same recipe by using ground beef instead of thinly sliced beef, but you’ll need to cook the beef in a pan or a skillet instead of your Air Fryer for best results.

Can I Cook the Beef in a Pan?

You can! If you don’t have an Air Fryer, you can also use a good quality non stick pan or your cast iron skillet to pan fry the beef until it is nice and cooked. Just make sure you cook it on medium high heat for best results.

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Can I Use Any Other Meat for This Recipe?

You can! While beef is the traditional and best choice for this recipe, you can also use ground turkey or ground chicken instead, if that’s what you have at hand.

How Do I Use Leftover Korean BBQ Beef?

If you have any leftovers, you can use them as a filling for your lettuce wraps.

Top the beef strips with some shredded carrot, green onions and a generous spread of spicy mayo or any other toppings of your choice.

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Air Fryer Korean Beef

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Air Fryer Korean Beef is a delicious and tasty beef recipe that the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb beef
  • 3 bell peppers, red, yellow, and or orange.
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2-3 stems of green onion
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Slice the peppers into thin strips and set aside. 
  2. Slice meat into bite-size pieces and set aside.
  3. Add the beef and the peppers to a mixing bowl and coat in the sesame oil. If you don't have sesame oil, you can use any vegetable oil instead.
  4. Add the beef and peppers to a pan that fits your air fryer basket and cook at 400° for 15-20 minutes, tossing the beef and peppers every 5 minutes. 
  5. Remove the beef and peppers and serve with rice. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. 

Notes

  • To lend the beef a bit of tanginess, you can add a dash of rice vinegar into it.
  • If you're adding the rice vinegar, you might also want to throw in a bit of soy sauce to balance everything out. If you're more conscious about your food, use low sodium soy sauce.
  • If you're like me and want to bring a bit of heat, you can also add some red pepper flakes into the marinade.
  • If you prefer that tinge of sweetness, you can add a bit of brown sugar into the marinade.
  • Ground ginger can also be a fantastic addition to this beef mixture. It will lend the thinly sliced beef some earthy undertones that taste amazing when paired with some brown rice or sticky rice.
  • If you can, use toasted sesame seeds instead of regular sesame seeds for the recipe. They are more crunchy and flavorful.
  • Don't forget to top the beef with some chopped green onions and some more red pepper flakes or ground fresh ginger.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 742Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 114mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 41g

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