Spicy stir-fried pork

Dwaejigogi-bokkeum 돼지고기볶음

What kind of side dish looks nice and special but is very simple to make? Hot soup is a good answer but something fatty will also be a good choice, as long as it’s very delicious.

Spicy-stir fried pork is the perfect dish that I was thinking of. Just follow the recipe and make a delicious, irresistible, spicy, shiny, stir-fried pork dish in 15 minutes! I posted the video and the recipe years ago on my website, and it’s also one of my cookbook recipes, but this updated version is slightly modified and improved.

This time I used pre-cut pork sold at a Korean grocery store, but you can also just get pork belly at your local butcher and cut it into think pieces about 1/8 inch thick. You could also replace pork belly with chicken breast, slightly frozen so you can slice it thinly and nicely.

Serves 3 to 4


pre-cut pork belly


  1. Heat up a large, thick skillet (or pan) over medium high heat.
  2. Add pork, hot pepper paste, soy sauce, sugar, hot pepper flakes, black pepper, and toasted sesame oil.spicy stir fried pork
  3. Mix it well, stirring with a wooden spoon. Cook it for a few minutes until the pork is well mixed with the seasonings.
  4. Add garlic, ginger, onion, and green onions. Stir and cook for 12 to 15 minutes until the pork is fully cooked and juicy and a little crispy.dwaeji-bokkeum stir
  5. Transfer to a serving plate and serve with rice, kimchi, lettuce, ssamjang, and more side dishes.


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  1. the-weekend-kusinera Philippines joined 9/10 & has 3 comments

    What is the other leaf you used (the flat one, not the lettuce)? I can’t quite understand. My audio here is a little buggy :) Thanks, Maangchi.

  2. chicketypoo San Mateo, California joined 9/10 & has 4 comments

    hi Maangchi!

    Is it okay for me to use pork side for this recipe? I read online that it’s the same thing?? Thanks!

  3. DBailey Mobile, AL joined 9/10 & has 1 comment

    I made this the other day and it came out great!!! But would like dial back some of the spiciness for some of my friends. What would be the best way to reduced the heat?

  4. yewin Malaysia joined 9/10 & has 2 comments

    Maangchi! I wish I could give you a BIG Thank you HUG for all the wonderful recipe post. Jeyuk Bokkeum is my favourite Korean dish.

  5. maangchi,
    Yesterday i went to H-mart and had this “spicy pork and squid” that was super good. I think it was kinda like a slow poach of pork and squid with a lot of spicy sauce. I was determined to re-make it! So today I used your recipe (with pork shoulder and squid), made it a little bit more liquidy with more soy sauce and sugar, and cooked/poached it longer. Guess what, it tasted almost the same haha i’m so happy!
    Thank you for the recipe!! <3

  6. Hi Maangchi!
    this looks sooo good! I want to make this for my boyfriend on our 4th year anniversary. but my boyfriend doesn’t like garlic. What can I use to replace garlic?

  7. This is one of those recipes my mom would never tell me for some strange reason… but it’s just like she would make!! If she couldn’t get the pork belly then she would use pork loin and even add rice cakes. Thank you!!!

  8. MandyCakes Florida joined 9/10 & has 11 comments

    This was soooo good! I couldn’t find pork belly so I used pork shoulder. It was still amazing!

  9. Hello. Those are some great pictures. What camera did you use to take them? Besides that, I wanted to ask you about this recipe. My grandma used to make this but she used to marinate it, how come you just cook it without marinating? Doesn’t marinating make it more tastier? Thank you :)

  10. sallbe Elk Grove joined 9/10 & has 1 comment

    If I dont have hot pepper paste, Can I substitue wit something else?

  11. twistedxlizard Chicago joined 7/10 & has 2 comments

    Maangchi, my local store didnt carry pork belly. Would it be ok to use ground pork instead?


    • Epicurean Adventure Minneapolis, MN joined 8/10 & has 30 comments

      If you used ground pork, when it’s cooked the pieces will be very extra small.
      It might be harder to eat it this way, but if you’re okay with having very small pieces it might be okay to try it with ground pork.

      If you can’t find pork belly, look for pork shoulder. It comes out similarly. Pork belly makes it richer because there is more fat. (It comes from the same part of the pig as bacon.)

  12. julialow Melbourne, Australia joined 8/10 & has 4 comments

    I’ve made this recipe for breakfast since I’ve all the ingredients in my fridge! yum!! it’s better than the spicy pork korean bbq that i’ve eaten. Anyway, I’ve eaten this recipe, but with chicken instead. Am wondering, if i just replace pork with chicken breast, is it still delicious?

  13. Koreanmom Northern California joined 9/09 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi, If someone is vegetarian, which protein do you recommend?

    • BxlSprout Brussels, Belgium joined 5/10 & has 46 comments

      Maangchi, do you mind if I reply?
      Hi Koreanmom, I’m not Maangchi but I am a vegetarian :)
      My first choice would be a imitation pork wheat gluten, which is a Taiwanese product sold in a blue can at Asian markets. It needs a lot of oil and/or a nonstick pan to not burn. Large health stores (or grocery sections) often stock fake meats. Otherwise, smoked tofu, wheat gluten/seitan, firm tofu, or yuba (dried bean curd skin) are other options. This recipe is highly spiced so you might not need yo compensate for the added pork taste.

  14. Sylvia joined 9/08 & has 78 comments

    Thank you, thank you for another recipe with perilla leaves.
    I can’t wait to make this next week.

  15. Epicurean Adventure Minneapolis, MN joined 8/10 & has 30 comments

    I’m so excited about this recipe, you have no idea.
    I’ll get started on it as soon as I have the pork I need.


    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

      Will, “you have no idea”, are u kidding? I was thinking about you when I posted this recipe this morning because I knew you would like this dish.

      It will be a perfect recipe for a University student like you because the recipe is very easy, simple, and very fast! Have a party with your friends! Stop reading books and take a break during this Labor Day weekend. : )

      • Epicurean Adventure Minneapolis, MN joined 8/10 & has 30 comments

        I was so excited to make it that I just couldn’t wait.
        I left immediately for the grocery store to get pork and lettuce.
        And then I went to my favorite pan-asian grocery store “United Noodles” and bought a new tub of gochujang.
        I made it for dinner for my family tonight! It was so delicious. Just like I remember from the Korean restaurant on campus.
        In fact, I’ve already emailed you some photos of it.

        I think that this spicy pork might be a good filling for kimbap too, with a little chopped kimchi added. Maybe I’ll do that for a labor day picnic with the leftovers?

        Thanks so much for this amazing recipe! :D


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