Grilled beef

Soegogi-gui 쇠고기구이

Korean style grilled beef is served with green onion salad, a mixture of bean paste and hot pepper paste called “Ssam Jaang”. You wrap it all up into a leaf of lettuce and pop it into your mouth. You can dip some pieces of cucumber and carrot into the spicy paste.



  1. Cut beef into bite-sized pieces, ½ inch in thickness, and put them in a bowl. Add 1 ts of salt, a pinch of ground black pepper, and 1 tbs of sesame oil and mix it with your hand. Set it aside when you’re done.
  2. Make ssam Jaang (dipping sauce) by mixing the following ingredients: 1tbs of hot pepper paste, 2 tbs of soy bean paste, ½ tbs of sugar, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 tbs of chopped green onion, 1 tbs of sesame oil, ½ tbs of toasted sesame seeds.
    That’s it! You made a very nice dipping sauce!
  3. Make seasoned green onion (“pajuhri”)
    1. Slice 8 green onions thinly, in 5 cm lengths. Cut them into thin strips
    2. Rinse the sliced green onion in running water. Drain it and set it aside.
    3. Make sauce by mixing 2 tbs of soy sauce, 1 tbs of hot pepper flakes, ½ tbs of sugar, 1 tbs of sesame seeds, and 1 tbs of sesame oil.
    4. Add the green onions to the sauce and mix it up with a spoon.

Are you ready to cook?

  1. Slice up a dozen of cloves garlic (each clove should be sliced 3 or 4 times) and place them in a small bowl.
  2. Cut carrots and cucumbers into bite-sized sticks for dipping.
  3. On a heated grill or pan, drizzle some sesame oil to prevent meat from sticking onto the grill and to give it good flavor.
  4. Add chunks of meat and sliced garlic using your tongs and cook.
    grilled beef
  5. When it’s cooked, wrap a piece of beef and garlic in a leaf lettuce. Add some dipping sauce and pop it into your mouth. All you can do is chewing and enjoying the delicious taste! Don’t forget to think about me while enjoying the food!

*tip: Beef can be replaced with thinly sliced pork belly which is called “samgyupsal gui”


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  1. diydiiydiiiy Indonesia My profile page joined 4/14
    Posted April 4th, 2014 at 4:40 am | # |

    Hi. My name is dian. From indonesia. I love watching video memasakmu: ) and i watched them in the order. Because i did not want any video passes. Although i have only ever cooking kimchi, but i believe that other korean food is very delicious. If i had more money, i want to go to korea. And i certainly to the taste of food korea directly: ) i ‘ m sorry if my english bad: (. But I LOVE KOREAN, I LOVE KOREAN FOOD, N I LOVE MAANGCHI ^^

  2. pastrygirlvi Philippines My profile page joined 9/13
    Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 6:17 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I found you in youtube when I was researching for korean food recipes. It’s a good thing there’s a Korean store in Manila so I was able to buy ingredients and cooked your grilled beef, emergency kimchi, bibimbap and pajeon for my family and they loved it! Thank you for sharing your recipes. Keep up the good job!

  3. chigau_me UK My profile page joined 11/11
    Posted August 24th, 2012 at 7:16 am | # |

    Dear Maangchi, i have a question about ssamjang. Can i substitute doenjang paste with japanese miso paste? All our family can’t have gluten, but all doenjang that i saw in our shops contains wheat flour :( Thank you for your reply!

  4. jierui Detroit My profile page joined 8/10
    Posted July 15th, 2011 at 4:36 pm | # |

    Ssam jang is pretty much the favorite sauce around my house now. It is divine on any meat, or even fried tofu. I add a little cooking wine to mine (Chinese style since that’s what I have) and use brown sugar most of the time, because that’s all we usually keep in the house for coffee.

  5. andkenfly California My profile page joined 5/11
    Posted May 17th, 2011 at 1:22 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I recently discovered your youtube videos and now your blog and I love them!

    I was wondering what size and brand your chopping board is? I’ve been looking for a chopping board but having a hard time figuring out what size and brand I should get. You’re looks like a perfect size.

    Thank you!

  6. viviany My profile page joined 6/10
    Posted June 30th, 2010 at 3:30 pm | # |

    can I know where you get the grill pan? It looks cast iron pan to me? Does it have two parts. One part for collecting oil? I am looking for a korean barbecue pan now. Is it good? THank you for sharing your wonderful recipe with us. I love korean food.

  7. koreanfoodfan32 My profile page joined 5/10
    Posted June 14th, 2010 at 9:24 pm | # |

    Can i use chicken instead of beef? Thanks!

  8. imenonelse My profile page joined 2/10
    Posted February 2nd, 2010 at 4:00 am | # |

    hello! i found your site because i am looking to see what i can use ssamjang (haechandle’s “sagyegeol ssamjang”) for.
    in english it says it is “seasoned soybean paste” and i was told by the person who gave it to me it is like miso, but from what i’ve read i’m not so sure about it… i’m a little confused on what exactly it is (i know it’s soybean paste and red pepper paste right?) and what i can use it for. thanks!!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 14th, 2010 at 10:34 pm | # |

      hi, ssamjang is mixture of soybean paste(miso) and hot pepper paste. Homemade ssamjang is much better by the way. I posted the recipe on this page. I’m copying and pasting it for you here.
      “Make ssam Jaang (dipping sauce) by mixing the following ingredients: 1tbs of hot pepper paste, 2 tbs of soy bean paste, ½ tbs of sugar, 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 tbs of chopped green onion, 1 tbs of sesame oil, ½ tbs of toasted sesame seeds.
      That’s it! You made a very nice dipping sauce!”

  9. Cecily
    Posted January 1st, 2010 at 12:25 pm | # |

    Hello there, I love korean food..Im so excited to ake some of your dishes.my grandmother is korean and I remember always asking her for some of the same dishes. But I thought you should know that my dad is the one who told me to look up your website because you ave some of the best food. So here i am. Im oing to e cooking for my “new Mexico” family who are used to green chilie and different kinds of spice’s of that nature..so im excited to introduce them into my korean heritage.

    • Cecily
      Posted January 1st, 2010 at 12:40 pm | # |

      one more thing..how many people does 1 lbs of beef serve? Im Cooking for 4 people including myself. But my bulgolgi is going in my bibimap.everyone else is eating it with sides..?

  10. Amy
    Posted December 29th, 2009 at 11:13 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,
    I love Korean foods so much, I’ve been cooking these Korean foods since I found your videos on Youtube…
    I live on Yonge St., I’m used to shopping at the Korean market nearby my house… Those ingredients’ pictures you have posted are very helpful for me to look for it in the market… :)
    I wish I could meet you somedays…
    Thanks alot for your hardworks…

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted December 30th, 2009 at 12:40 am | # |

      wow, we could have run into each other! Yes, I want to meet you, too! Happy New Year!

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