Trader Joe’s bool kogi in the air fryer cooks up in under 10 minutes. It’s tender and juicy with bold savory/sweet flavor and the best crispy edges! You will feel like you went to a fancy Korean restaurant after serving this air fryer bool kogi for dinner!
You’ll love how easy it is to make a delicious and filling meal in just a couple of minutes! Trader Joe’s has so many pre-marinated meat options to choose from and they all make preparing dinner so easy. My family enjoys them and it’s simple to put together a filling meal with minimal effort by adding just a couple of side dishes.
Bool kogi from Trader Joe’s is made with beef short ribs pre-marinated in a Korean-inspired soy sesame sauce. It has all the flavors of traditional bulgogi and your favorite Korean restaurant without the hassle of measuring, marinating, or prepping anything yourself.
Simply remove the meat from the package and then cook it in the air fryer until it reaches your desired level of doneness! Also try another Korean inspired recipe- bulgogi rice bowls.
How to cook Trader Joe’s bool kogi in air fryer
- Preparation: Before you begin, take the Bool Kogi out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. This helps the beef cook more evenly.
- Air Fryer Setup: Although preheating is not always necessary for air fryers, doing so can help you achieve a better sear on the meat. Set your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) and let it heat up for a few minutes.
- Arrange the Bool Kogi: Open the package of Bool Kogi and spread out the beef slices in the air fryer basket. Avoid overlapping as much as possible. This might mean cooking in batches depending on the size of your air fryer. Overlapping can lead to uneven cooking.
- Cooking Time: Cook the Bool Kogi at 400°F for about 6-7 minutes. If your slices are particularly thick or you prefer a more well-done finish, you may need an additional minute or two.
- Check for Doneness: Korean Bool Kogi is typically enjoyed when it’s well caramelized on the outside but still slightly tender inside. You can check one piece to ensure it’s cooked to your liking.
- Rest the Meat: Once cooked, let the Bool Kogi rest for a couple of minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute, making the meat more tender and flavorful.
- Serve: Enjoy your Bool Kogi straight out of the air fryer. It pairs wonderfully with steamed rice, kimchi, and a side of vegetables for a complete Korean-style meal.
What is bool kogi
Bool Kogi or bulgogi is a dish made with boneless beef short ribs marinated in a savory soy garlic sesame sauce. This Korean-inspired beef dish from Trader Joe’s is pretty similar to traditional beef bulgogi. A notable difference is that classic bulgogi is sweeter and usually marinated with apple, pineapple, or pear juices and puree for additional flavor and sweetness. The fruit also helps to tenderize the meat a bit more.
Bool Kogi is best cooked on either a grill or using some other hot and fast cooking method. Short ribs can be a bit on the tougher side so cooking it quickly is the best way for it to remain tender and juicy.
The air fryer is such an ideal way of cooking bool kogi if you don’t have access to a grill or you don’t have the time. Its convection system circulates the hot air quickly and evenly allowing the beef to crisp up as if it were cooked on a grill, but in a much simpler way!
The beef doesn’t have to be in a perfectly even layer, but it’s a good idea to leave some room between the pieces of meat so that the edges can get crispy.
Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the beef. Stay close to your air fryer as the bool kogi cooks because smaller pieces can easily overcook and become tough and chewy.
Be careful not to overcook the short ribs. It’s best with a little pink in the middle so that way it can remain tender and moist. You are looking for at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium done.
- In lettuce cups, with a cucumber salad, on a garden salad, or with a chopped salad.
- Steamed white rice, brown rice, or noodles.
- Snow peas or edamame.
- Baby corn, boy choy, or stir fry mixed vegetables.
- Roasted baby broccoli, regular broccoli, or broccolini.
- Sauteed peppers and onions.
- Inside of tacos or sandwiches.
- Topped with Kimchi or red pepper flakes for a kick of heat!
Frequently asked questions
Bool Kogi is often used as a name for bulgogi. Bool Kogi from Trader Joe’s is a Korean-inspired dish and bulgogi is authentic Korean grilled beef. Both are savory and made with soy sauce and sesame marinade. Bulgogi is a bit sweeter and made with pear puree and/or pineapple juice to help give it a sweeter flavor.
Nope! Trader Joe’s bool kogi isn’t spicy at all. It is very savory, slightly sweet with a bold umami flavor.
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Hope you will like this Trader Joe’s bool kogi air fryer recipe as much as we do. Rate the recipe if you made it and leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions.
- 1 package Trader Joe's bool kogi
- quartered lime
- chopped cilantro
- Let Bool Kogi sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
- Set air fryer to 400°F.
- Place Bool Kogi in the basket without overlapping.
- Cook for 6-7 minutes, check for desired doneness.
- Let rest for a few minutes, then serve.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140