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Vegan Bulgogi Recipe

Vegan Bulgogi Recipe
Vegan Bulgogi

Vegan Bulgogi

“Bulgogi” literally translates to “fire meat,” and while that usually means grilled steak, this vegan recipe involves “fire tofu.” Tofu is a popular protein in Korean cooking, so we’re not sacrificing too much authenticity with this substitute. Besides, the thing that really gives bulgogi its signature flavor is the sweet marinade that the protein gets coated with. This delicious marinade brings the bold flavors of ginger (fresh grated, ideally), maple syrup (trust me, it works), and garlic, for a sweet, savory dish. And if you really want the authentic Korean experience, try wrapping the cooked bulgogi in red leaf lettuce. But be warned: once you start tossing back bulgogi wraps, it’s hard to stop!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 2 hours
Cuisine Korean
Servings 4



  • 1 block 14 oz extra-firm tofu, pressed and sliced
  • 1 cup soy curls or seitan strips optional
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 green onions chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for cooking
  • Cooked rice for serving


  • Press the tofu to remove excess water, then slice it into thin strips.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil, rice vinegar, minced garlic, and grated ginger.
  • Add the sliced tofu and soy curls or seitan strips (if using) to the marinade. Coat them well and let them marinate for at least 1-2 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the marinated tofu and soy curls, cooking until they are browned and slightly caramelized.
  • Garnish the cooked tofu and soy curls with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.
  • Serve the vegan bulgogi over cooked rice or with your favorite grains. Enjoy the flavorful and savory dish!
  • Bulgogi is often served with lettuce leaves for wrapping. You can include a side of lettuce leaves for a traditional presentation.


Calories: 320 | Total Fat: 16g | Total Carbohydrates: 28g | Dietary Fiber: 3g | Protein: 16g

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