Spicy Pork Bulgogi (Spicy Marinated Pork)
This sweet and spicy marinade makes pork super delicious, even for those who are not usually fans of pork. Ginger adds a nice kick and removes the gamey smell and taste. Don't settle for the same boring BBQ sauce! Try this. You will love it.
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|1 lb 2 oz||Sliced Pork (Belly or Neck) 불고기용 돼지고기 (thinly sliced, ⅛”)|
|6 tbs||Gochujang (Hot Pepper Paste) 고추장(spiciness and saltiness may vary depending on the brand)|
|1½ tbs||Sugar 설탕|
|2 tsp||Soy Sauce for Soup (Gukganjang) 국간장 (or regular soy sauce, can use salt instead but reduce the amount)|
|1||Onion (Medium) 양파|
|3||Green Onion 파|
|2 tsp||Garlic (minced) 다진 마늘|
|2 tsp||Ginger (minced) 다진 생강|
|¼ tsp||Black Pepper 후추|
|2 tsp||Sesame Oil 참기름|
|2 tbs||Cheongju, Korean Rice Wine 청주 (optional, can use white wine)|
|1 tsp||Sesame Seeds 깨(optional)|
|4||Green Chili Pepper 풋고추 (optional)|
|1 tbs||Vegetable Oil 식용유|
|2 tsp||Gochugaru, Korean Hot Pepper Flakes 고추가루(optional, add to make it super spicy)|
Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
Pork: You can use chicken or beef instead. Make sure to thinly slice the meat for the best result.
Sesame seeds: can be omitted.
Green chili peppers: Green chili peppers add a very nice spicy kick. Red chili peppers are ok too but they are usually less spicy. You can omit chili peppers if you want a mild version.
Sugar: can be replaced with honey.
Good to Know
The amount of gochujang (red chili paste) and sugar can vary depending on your preference. If you use less gochujang, you may want to increase the amount of soy sauce or use salt to season.
For medium spiciness, reduce the amount of red chili paste to 4 tablespoons (for default serving size - 4 servings).
To make it extra spicy, add 1 to 3 teaspoons of gochugaru (red chili flakes) (for default serving size - 4 servings).
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.
1. Cut pork
If the pork is not sliced, slice as thinly (⅛”) as possible. If pork is slightly frozen, it’s easier to cut into thin slices. If the slices are too big, cut into roughly 3” squares. They don’t have to be square shaped as long as the area is about that size.
Cut into 3” square
2. Prepare vegetables
Peel and slice a medium onion (or ½ large onion). Wash and cut 3 green onions into 2 inches. Mince garlic and ginger. Wash and Slice 4 green chili peppers (optional).
Slice 1 onion
Wash, cut into 2”
3. Make marinade
Mix 6 tablespoons of gochujang (red chili paste), 1½ tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, 2 teaspoons of minced ginger, chopped green onions, ¼ teaspoon of black pepper, 2 teaspoons of sesame oil, sliced onions, chopped green chili peppers (optional), 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds (optional), 2 teaspoons of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of cheongju (korean rice wine) (optional). *For medium spiciness, add 4 tablespoon of gochujang instead of 6. To make it extra spicy, add 1-3 teaspoons of gochugaru (red chili flakes) on top of gochujang (red chili paste).
Mix the meat
4. Marinate meat
Place the meat in a large bowl. Separate the meat slices so they are not stuck together. Add the marinade. Using your hand (use plastic gloves to protect your hand from hot paste), mix everything thoroughly and work in the marinade for 3-5 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour (6 hours is ideal). If your meat is thicker than ⅛”, marinate overnight.
Mix meat and marinade
Massage by hand 3 min
Refrigerate 60 min
5. Cook meat
Coat a frying pan with vegetable oil. Cook the marinated meat on high heat for 10-15 min or until the meat is fully cooked and the surface is nicely browned. *If the meat is thick, you must cook on medium heat so the meat is cooked through. Then, cook on high heat to brown the surface.
Coat pan with
Cook High Heat 10 min
Serve on a plate and sprinkle sesame seeds to garnish (optional). You can enjoy it with a bowl of rice or make “ssam” (wrapping a piece of meat with a dab of ssamjang (lettuce wrap sauce) in leafy lettuce).
Sprinkle sesame seeds