Korean Spicy Pork Marinade

Spicy Pork Bulgogi
Spicy Pork Bulgogi

I came upon this lovely dish while eating at a Korean cafe. It was delicious and it seem so simple to put together, that I decided to make it at home on a regular basis. It’s a spicy and little sweet pork dish that I believe will be an instant favorite among family and friends.

All of these items can be found at a local international market, H Mart or Korean grocery store.

Korean Spicy Pork Marinade Recipe 


1 LB of thinly sliced pork meat (pork bulgogi)

1)  1 tsp sesame seed oil

2)  1-2 tsp sugar

3)  1-2 tbsp soy sauce

4)  2 tsp Korean hot pepper paste or red chili paste (“gochujang”)

5)  1 tsp Chili pepper powder Flakes

1 tbsp corn syrup or (rice syrup)

2 Chili peppers (optional)

3 stalks Green onions (slice up thinly)

1/2 White onion (sliced lengthwise)

Red or green bell pepper (whatever you have around)

black pepper

Sesame seeds

cooking oil

Steps – Taking disposable food safety gloves


1) Marinade the pork with 1-2 Tbsp of the first five  ingredients. Depending on your taste you might want more spicy flavor so just add another 1 tsp. You have options of later adding hot chili pepper as well.

2) Let the mixture soak into the meat for about 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile start up the frying pan or wok. Medium high heat is a goods start. Turn on your fan it’s going to get hot in here.

Slice up the onions, green onions and the bell peppers. Set those items into the marinaded mixture.

When the frying pan is hot enough add a little cooking oil. Coat lightly, we are not deep frying anything only a stir-fry. At this time if you want extra spice in your life add the chili peppers seeded and all! It going to get even hotter in here.

3) Take the bowl of meat with vegetables mixture and place into the frying pan and let it sizzle for a minute or two. Then stir it around. Take a lid and over it and allow it to cook for another 2 minutes. You may turn up the burner if you keep a close on eye on it.  If you plan on walking away don’t do that, but also put a timer on to alert you to return to cooking.

4) Take the lid off add some sugar, corn syrup or rice syrup, about 1-2 tsp each. Depending on how sweet you want your pork to taste. It’s all up to you.

Take another 3-4 minutes to cook pork and vegetables through. At this check for doneness. Pork will shrink and look browned. Taste the cooked pork to see if it’s to your liking. Add a pinch of pepper or salt if you feel flavor is not there. Add a little more sugar if it’s not sweet enough. Now is the time to make it perfect. Add some fresh green scallions for presentation and sesame seeds too! It just looks pretty add a little garnish.

Serve it immediately with some rice it goes well with zucchini and carrot stir fry side dish.