Samgyeopsal | Erica Robbin

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Easy and delicious¡

Samgyeopsal is one of those recipes that looks and taste complex, but it actually isn’t difficult to make. It’s a traditional Korean dish and the flavor mostly comes from the pork, which caramelizes as it cooks, giving it a depth of flavor. Even though the star ingredient is fried pork, Samgyeopsal also taste surprisingly fresh with all the crispness of the vegetables you wrap with it, like a lettuce wrap essentially.

Just make sure you get the correct pork though because that makes the biggest difference.



  • 3 lbs pork belly (not tripe), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Lettuce leaves, bib or Boston variety is best
  • Garlic, sliced, either raw or lightly cooked in leftover pork fat
  • Jalapeños, sliced
  • Kimchi, can lightly fry in pork grease
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Bean paste (see photo below)


  1. Fry pork belly and discard fat while cooking in shallow pan until golden brown and cooked through. Garnish with sesame seeds.
  2. Lightly fry garlic and kimchi in pork fat (optional).

  4. Mix garlic, sesame oil, sesame seeds, and bean paste together.

  6. Layer pork, garlic, jalapeños, kimchi onto lettuce, top with bean paste mixture, fold and enjoy!

Bean Paste | Erica Robbin

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