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Trader Joe’s Bool Kogi Rice Bowls

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This easy, 20-minute dinner has tons of flavor thanks to Trader Joe’s bool kogi, which is a Korean-inspired marinated beef that just needs to be cooked! If you like these easy TJ recipes, be sure to try my chicken curry, egg roll in a bowl, or Tikka Masala lentils next time.

Trader Joe's Bool kogi rice bowls

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

What You’ll Love About Bool Kogi Rice Bowls

  • Quick and easy Trader Joe’s recipe
  • Super flavorful thanks to pre-marinated beef strips
  • Pairs with many different vegetables


You need just a few ingredients to make these rice bowls:

  • Rice – Use your rice of choice. Trader Joe’s also has great frozen options that can be microwaved if you are short on time. Turn any leftover rice into Japanese rice balls.
  • Oil – Use a vegetable oil like canola or avocado oil.
  • Bool Kogi – Look for this pre-marinated steak in the meat section with the other marinated meats.
  • Snow Peas – These cook quickly, which is nice, but you could serve with any vegetable like sautéed spinach or bok choy, haricot verts (or green beans!), broccolini, air fryer broccoli and cauliflower, or even frozen broccoli.

How to Make Trader Joe’s Bool Kogi

This meal is so easy to make:

  • Make rice. Prepare rice according to package instructions.
  • Cook snow peas. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat and saute veggies until tender-crisp.
  • Cook steak. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok if you have one and cook for a few minutes per side, until cooked through to desired level of doneness.
  • Assemble rice bowls. Top rice with cooked steak, snow peas, and a sprinkle of green onions.

TIP: Add extra flavor to your rice bowl by topping with kimchi, a Korean pancake, fried egg, drizzle of sesame oil, sesame seeds or Trader Joe’s chili oil for some heat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a vegan bool kogi?

Yes, there is a meat-free alternative – Trader Joe’s Korean Beefless Bulgogi. I haven’t tried it yet, but reviews say it has a nice chewy texture (similar to meat!) and tastes savory and smoky.

What is bulgogi beef?

While spelled differently, bool kogi and bulgogi are used interchangeably (at least from what I could find). Bulgogi means “fire meat” which is commonly grilled.

Storage Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat meat in a hot skillet for best results. Be careful to not overcook as it will make the meat chewy.

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Trader Joe's Bool kogi rice bowls

Trader Joe’s Bool Kogi Rice Bowls

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Easy, 20-minute dinner that has tons of flavor! Use Trader Joe’s bool kogi, which is already seasoned and just needs to be cooked! 


  • 1 1/2 cups rice (6 servings)
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 package bool kogi marinated steak
  • 9 oz. snow peas


  1. Prepare rice according to package instructions.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add snow peas when hot and saute until tender-crisp, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add bool kogi when hot, and cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until cooked through.*
    *Pieces of meat vary in size, smaller pieces will cook quicker!
  4. Serve bool kogi and snow peas over bed of rice.


  • EXTRAS: chopped kimchee, sesame seeds, drizzle of sesame oil, soy sauce, sriracha.
  • SNOW PEAS: could also use baby bok choy, broccolini, or mixed veggies.
  • SHORT CUT: buy the frozen rice that you can microwave!

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