Grilled pork belly

Samgyeopsal-gui 삼겹살구이

Grilled pork belly (Samgyeopsal-gui) is an extremely popular Korean BBQ dish. Because the cooking and eating is done at the table, it’s really social and a great party food. It’s also pretty simple to make, and because everyone pretty much helps themselves it’s easy to serve, too.

Nobody can resist the taste of samgyeopsal gui! When your guest eats the pork belly with garlic, green onion salad and ssamjang in a fresh lettuce leaf, they’ll be instantly hooked! And if you, or one of your guests, is a vegetarian, you can grill king oyster mushrooms instead of meat. Samgyeopsal-gui is usually served with a lot of vegetables, so in general it’s a well-rounded meal.


I filmed this video in LA with my friend Jimmy Wong. I hope you enjoy it a lot and plan a grilled pork belly party with your family and friends.


(for 4 servings)
3 pounds of pork belly (fresh or pre-sliced frozen)

Green onion salad (pajeori):


Doenjang-gochujang dipping sauce (my special kind of ssamjang I make for samgyeopsal-gui):


  • 1 bunch of lettuce, washed and drained
  • 2 dozens of perilla leaves (optional), washed and drained
  • 2 carrots, cut into bite size sticks
  • 1 English cucumber, cut into bite size sticks
  • 7-8 green chili peppers, chopped
  • a dozen of raw garlic, sliced
  • 1 large onion, cut across into ¼ size pieces


  1. Slice pork belly into bite sized pieces. Put it on a large plate and keep it in the refrigerator.


Make green onion salad

  1. Soak shredded green onion in cold water for 5 minutes. Rinse and drain.
  2. Combine soy sauce, sugar, sesame seeds, sesame oil, and hot pepper flakes in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Portion the green onion into small serving bowls, and put some sauce on top of each. Set aside.


Make ssamjang (dipping sauce)

  1. Combine soybean paste, hot pepper paste, sugar, green onion, garlic, sesame seeds, and sesame oil in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.


Prepare vegetables:


From the left: onion, garlic, green chili peppers, cucumber, carrot, and perilla leaves

How to cook:

  1. Heat up your grill plate or pan. Put a little sesame oil on the hot plate for flavor.
  2. Cover the grill plate with pork belly. Grill them and turn them over when the bottoms get a little crispy. Keep cooking and turning them over until both sides are crispy.
  3. As the pieces get ready to eat, take them off the grill and put them on a small side plate. People can take the pieces from this plate, or if they’re too hungry they can take them right off the grill!
  4. Eat, but keep cooking!

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Doenjangjjigae (Korean fermented bean paste stew: 된장찌개)


Kongnamulmuchim (Soybean sprout side dish: 콩나물무침)

How to eat:

  1. Put a piece of lettuce on a plate or in your hand. Add a piece of perilla leaf and a piece of cooked pork.
  2. Add ssamjang, cooked onion or garlic, and some green onion salad on top.
  3. Fold the lettuce leaf over so you have a little package.
  4. Pop it into your mouth in one shot. Don’t bite it in half, it will break open! One-shot!

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  1. aiz philippines joined 1/11 & has 2 comments

    hi maangchi.. i really love the way you cook. i hope i can be as good as you.. i really love korean food :)

  2. nurie Australia joined 1/11 & has 1 comment

    Just wanted to say thank you SOOO much for this recipe. I was really craving for this dish ever since my brother made it for me about 5 months ago at Canada. :) I’m so happy to eat it again tonight. It was magnificent!

  3. yoo_oksoon joined 1/11 & has 2 comments

    Hello from Hawaii! Just bought my grill and meat. This is my first recipe my family will be trying and we’re excited! As an adoptee from Korea I’m thankful for your website!!! I’ll let you know how it goes!

  4. reverie Indonesia joined 1/11 & has 2 comments

    Made this for tonight’s dinner…. my kids love it. they ate a lot (I thought I made too much but it was finished in 30 minutes!) Thank’s for sharing this. The ssamjang was delicious!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,684 comments

      haha, great news! I’m very happy to hear that your children loved it. Yeah you can dip cucumber, carrot, green chili pepper, or even celery into ssamjang.

  5. Won Kiko VietNam-Hue city joined 1/11 & has 2 comments

    Next Sunday I’ll make this with my friends ^^ Hope I’ll cook it good as you ^^I’m in Vietnam ^^
    tks a lot for your best video ^^
    i love Korean food :D
    I’ve made Kimchi your way and it taste good, tks tks tks :D

  6. meg Singapore joined 12/10 & has 1 comment

    Just love this dish. Will try and make for my family to eat. Thanks a lot for sharing the recipe.

  7. Jasper1234 joined 10/10 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi!

    It was very fun to watch you making Samgyupsal

    I’m Jasper from SouthKorea and I mainly eat it twice a month probably?
    and thanks for introducing famous Korean cuisines through the web site.
    I didn’t realize that Korean food are so popular like this.
    And I’d like to treat Sapgyupsal to anyone who come to Korea haha.
    If anyone who have in mind to visit Korea, feel free to contact me
    [email protected] haha

    Bytheway, Maangchi, I have a question about your name. Why did you make your name “Maangchi”, it sounds like a “hammer” in Korean right?

    Have a great day!

  8. yieroo joined 3/10 & has 3 comments

    I just have a question, so you said use the same recipe as grilled beef but use pork instead.
    so do i have to put salt pepper and sesame oil on the pork when i make this?

  9. Goody joined 6/10 & has 4 comments

    I just cooked this for a lunch party with 6 friends. Everyone loved it and it was so yummy! I’m going to have more again for dinner tonight!

  10. halfkoreangirl Omak, Washington joined 6/10 & has 4 comments


    I remember when my mom made this for us for the first time. It was heavenly delicious. I can’t wait to make it for my husband. I’m so glad you have recipes that my mother used to make for my brother and I.


  11. shethatisnau Las Vegas, NV joined 5/10 & has 8 comments

    I used this approach for bulgogi and made your bean sprout banchan/salad and the green onion salad/pajori to go with it. It was SO good! My boyfriend and dad [a fussy meat & potatoes guy] both ate it up, and we’ve eaten the pajori and beansprouts several times since. :} Thank you for all the informative recipes, Maangchi! It’s fun learning about korean cuisine through your videos and website, I’m glad you share your knowledge with us all!

  12. rinalee joined 3/10 & has 1 comment

    I think the ssamjang is what makes this dish for me! My grandmother used to make it, but after she passed away I just bought at store. One day my mom gave me some homemade ssamjang her friend had made, but she added a special ingredient – pineapple! She gave me a lot so it took a while to eat it all but it was the best ssamjang, almost better than my grandmas ^_^

  13. beomsoo joined 2/10 & has 1 comment

    hi maangchi…

    i really want to try this samgyeopsal..
    i want to make it. but, is the ingredients are not much expensive right?

    • Knotan Sweden joined 10/12 & has 8 comments

      Its not even close to the cost of Bulgogi. Pork is much cheaper than beef afterall :)
      I made it a couple of weeks ago and I guess I payed about 20dollars for 4 persons.

  14. armando& has 1 comment

    maanchi! i made this recipe, and it was absolutely AMAZING! good thing i made it all for myself because I wouldn’t have wanted to share =D

  15. Ronalyn& has 1 comment

    Hi, i have a korean boyfriend and this is one of his favorite. Im planning to make this for him this coming christmas and for my family also because they never been try this one before..

    Im sure this video will help me alot…

    Thanks and have nice holiday!!!

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