May 17, 2024

Review: Trader Joe's - Beef Bulgogi

A package of Trader Joe's Beef Bulgogi.

Trader Joe's Beef Bulgogi features fully cooked but frozen "thinly sliced marinated beef in a sweet & savory sauce."

A 16-oz package was $11.99, which is in the range of similar products.

Trader Joe's Beef Bulgogi out of the microwave.

This was easy enough to prepare: you just pop it into the microwave for a few minutes. You can also heat it on the stove to get a nice sear and caramelization, which is how I heated the leftovers the next day (and they were better for it). For the best combination of convenience and flavor, I'd recommend microwaving it and then giving it a quick sear on a very hot pan for that extra layer of flavor.

Close-up of Trader Joe's Beef Bulgogi.

I ate it with rice and broccoli and it went well with both.

A spoonful of Trader Joe's Beef Bulgogi.

The beef was mostly tender but there were some occasional bits of fat and gristle. It wasn't unexpected though as you sometimes get the same from a Korean BBQ restaurant.

A bowl of rice, broccoli, and Trader Joe's Beef Bulgogi.

The flavor was good. The meat was infused with a sweet and savory soy-based sauce tinged with light, fruity notes from pear and pineapples and a bit of sesame oil. I would say it's comparable to an average Korean BBQ restaurant, which is pretty good for the convenience.

Nutritional Info - Trader Joe's Beef Bulgogi
Serving Size - 5 oz (140g)
Calories - 280
Fat - 16g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 740mg
Carbs - 13g (Sugar - 9g)
Protein - 21g

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