Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Pork Belly (Jeyuk Bokkeum) Recipe | SAVEUR

Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Pork Belly (Jeyuk Bokkeum)

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Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Pork Belly (Jeyuk Bokkeum)

Jason Lang

Bokkeum is an umbrella term given to dishes—often made with inexpensive, strong-flavored cuts of meat—that are stir-fried over high heat. Pork belly is the most popular version, but other classics include octopus, mackerel, and dried anchovies. The sweet and spicy gochujang-laced marinade helps the meat caramelize as it cooks.

Jeyuk Bokkeum (Spicy Stir-Fried Pork Belly)
Gochujang-marinated pork belly imparts a sweet and spicy flavor in this stir fry
serves 2-4
2 hours, 15 minutes


1 small white onion, puréed in a blender or food processor
14 cup gochujang (Korean red chile paste)
2 tbsp. gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
2 tbsp. honey powder or brown sugar
2 tbsp. mirin
1 tbsp. light soy sauce
One 12-inch knob of ginger, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
12 lb. pork belly, sliced 18 inch thick
12 lb. pork shoulder, sliced 18 inch thick
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
1 scallion, thinly sliced, for garnish
Steamed rice, for serving
Lettuce or perilla leaves, for wrapping (optional)


In a large bowl, add the onion, gochujang, gochugaru, honey powder, mirin, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and 1 tablespoon water; stir to combine. Add the pork, stirring to coat, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Let the pork sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking. In a large cast-iron skillet over high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil until lightly smoking. Add the marinated pork, as many slices as will fit in one layer, and up to 2 tablespoons extra marinade if you have any. Cook, turning frequently with tongs, until caramelized, about 5 minutes. Pour out any excess fat, rinse or wipe the pan clean, and repeat with any remaining pork.
Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish the meat with the sesame seeds and scallion. Serve with steamed rice and lettuce or perilla leaves for wrapping if desired.