Beef Bulgogi Dumplings (3 ways)

An easy and delicious beef bulgogi dumpling recipe that allows you to say “no” to frozen store-bought dumplings forever! Dumplings are filled with seasoned cooked ground beef, green onions (scallions), fresh napa cabbage, sweet carrots, ginger, onions and garlic. Recipe developed by Christina Chow
Yield 30 Servings Prep. Time 40 min Cooking Time 20 min Total Time 60 min


Here are the following ingredients:


  • 1 lb (500 g) Extra Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced, divided
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped
  • Half onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped napa cabbage
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1-inch (2.5 cm) piece gingerroot, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) EACH fish sauce and sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) cornstarch
  • ½ tsp (2 mL) salt
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) pepper


  • 1 pkg (approx 12 oz/340 g) round wonton/dumpling wrappers (about 30 to 40 wrappers)
  • 1 egg, beaten

Dumpling Dipping Sauce (optional)

  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) EACH granulated sugar, soy sauce and Chinese black vinegar

To Pan-fry Dumplings (optional)

  • Vegetable oil
  • Cornstarch

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Follow these cooking methods/directions:


  1. Cook ground beef, minced onion and 1 clove of garlic over medium-high heat in large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often and using back of spoon to break up meat into small chunks, for 8 to 10 minutes or until beef is browned and thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat; drain off liquid, if necessary.
  2. Stir in remaining garlic, green onions, the finely chopped onion, napa cabbage, carrot, ginger, egg, soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, cornstarch, salt and pepper. Let cool to room temperature.


  1. Place 1 heaping teaspoonful (5 mL) of filling into the centre of a dumpling wrapper. Dip your finger into the beaten egg and wet the surrounding border of the dumpling wrapper. Carefully fold the dumpling into a half-moon shape and pinch the edges to seal both sides firmly together. Make sure that there are no gaps in the edges. Repeat the process until all the filling mixture is gone. This should make about 30 to 40 dumplings.
  2. Dumpling Dipping Sauce (if using): Combine sugar, soy sauce, vinegar and 1 tbsp (15 mL) water in a small bowl, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

To Steam:

R S11434 Steamed

Heat 3 cups (750 mL) water in a shallow pan with; bring just to a boil. Reduce heat to keep water just simmering. Carefully arrange the dumplings onto a steamer basket and steam for 7 to 8 minutes or until dumplings are tender and filling is hot. Serve with Dumpling Dipping Sauce, if desired.

To Pan-fry:

R S11434 Pan Fried

Heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil over medium-high heat in a medium nonstick skillet. Carefully place dumplings in the pan, spacing them apart, in batches as necessary. Fry until lightly browned on the bottom. Whisk 1 tsp (5 mL) cornstarch and ⅓ cup (75 mL) water in a small bowl to make a slurry; pour into pan. Cover, reduce heat to low and cook for 8 minutes or until filling is hot, dumplings are tender and the cornstarch slurry is transparent. Remove lid, increase heat to medium and boil until the remaining water has evaporated, leaving behind a crispy layer (‘skirt’) that holds the dumplings together. Remove from heat. Add an additional tablespoon (15 mL) of oil. To remove dumplings from pan, carefully invert a plate on top of the pan. Holding pan handle with one hand, place the other hand firmly on the plate, then gently flip both over to turn dumplings and crispy ‘skirt’ out onto plate. The dumplings are held together with the crispy ‘skirt’. *Important: serve the dumplings once all the water has evaporated to prevent the dumplings from sticking to the pan! * Repeat with remaining dumplings, adding more oil, water and cornstarch, as necessary. Serve with Dumpling Dipping Sauce, if desired.

To Make Dumpling Soup (single serve)

R S11434 Dumpling Soup

Heat 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil over medium heat in a saucepan. Add 3 cloves minced garlic and 2 tbsp (30 mL) thinly sliced onion; cook, stirring, for 3 minutes until fragrant. Add 1 cup (250 mL) beef broth and bring to a boil. Add 5 to 6 uncooked dumplings and boil for about 4 minutes or until the dumplings float. Gradually add 1 beaten egg to soup and carefully swirling it around. Garnish with 1 thinly sliced green onion.