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finished baby friendly Korean bulgogi in a large skillet with an orange spatula

Baby-Friendly Korean Bulgogi

This baby-friendly Korean bulgogi is easy to make and perfect for your baby, toddler, and family! If you’re looking for a baby led weaning recipe and healthy kid friendly meal on a budget, make this today!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Diet Low Salt
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 180kcal


For the marinade

  • ½ cup (about 50g) chopped apples, peeled
  • 1 cup (about 100g) chopped pear, peeled
  • ½ cup (about 50g) chopped yellow onion
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (optional)

For the beef

  • 1 pound meat of choice, either thinly sliced or ground (I used lean ground beef)
  • sliced or chopped vegetables of choice optional


  • Combine marinade ingredients in blender (or food processor) and puree until smooth. In a bowl, add the meat and marinade. Massage meat throughout, cover and marinate. For ground meat, 30 minutes – 2 hours, thinly sliced – at least 4 hours (overnight ideal)
  • Preheat skillet over medium high heat. Cook meat (and vegetables) until cooked through and caramelized.
  • serve over rice, noodles, add to pancake batter, etc.


  • The measurements for the ingredients don’t have to be exact. Simply give them a rough chop and add to the blender.
  • It’s best to use Asian pear for this recipe, but if you can't find it, bartlett pear will work too.
  • If your child is allergic to sesame seeds, you can substitute with perilla seeds.
  • For beef, top sirloin, beef tenderloin, and rib-eye work best
  • While bulgogi is traditionally made with beef, you can also use chicken or turkey.  Dark meat works better, but I do tend to get white meat more often than not and marinade for longer.
  • You can also use ground meat. It’s more convenient as you don’t have to slice it and don’t have to marinade it for as long. It’s also easier for babies to eat.


Calories: 180kcal | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Iron: 3.5mg