I accepted samgyupsal (grilled pork belly, aka thick bacon) into my late-night diet of soju and beer outings while living in Seoul. The best thing about samgyupsal is that there is little or no marinating involved. You just need to cut it into bite-size pieces and cook it on the stovetop. Enjoy with a variety of lettuce varieties (red leaf lettuce, Boston bibb, frisee) and rice.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
17 mins
15 mins
57 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
Ssamjang Dipping Sauce:


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix thyme, dill, rosemary, and garlic powder together in a small bowl. Rub over both sides of each pork belly strip. Let stand at room temperature, about 15 minutes.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pork belly strips until well browned, about 7 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving some grease in the skillet. Cut strips into bite-sized pieces.

  • Saute kimchi, garlic cloves, and scallions in the reserved grease over medium-high heat until starting to brown, about 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.

  • Mix doenjang, gochujang, sesame oil, minced garlic, sesame seeds, rice wine, and brown sugar in a bowl to make ssamjang sauce.

  • Serve pork belly strips with kimchi, garlic, scallions, and ssamjang sauce.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute fresh herbs for the dried if preferred.

Substitute honey for the brown sugar if desired.

If you are pressed for time, you can skip the herb rub and buy ready-made ssamjang sauce sold at the Korean market. This will cut prep and cooking time in half.

Nutrition Facts

349 calories; protein 20.9g 42% DV; carbohydrates 11.5g 4% DV; fat 24.1g 37% DV; cholesterol 54.8mg 18% DV; sodium 1594.4mg 64% DV. Full Nutrition

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Loved the herb rub flavor and will certainly be making this again! I used thick sliced pork belly and covered the pieces with the rub by placing them in a ziploc bag and moving the contents until the rub was evenly distributed. Read More