Spicy Korean Pork

Before I moved to Hong Kong, I had never had much Korean food despite its popularity in Houston. Now Korean food is one of my favorite Asian cuisines — Korean BBQ, fried chicken, stuffed spicy peppers — of course this Texas girl is a fan!

spicy korean pork

There are a few different Korean restaurants here in Hong Kong, but I love experimenting with the dishes in our little kitchen at home.

Our spicy korean pork combines many classic Korean flavors — peppers, ginger, garlic, soy sauce. It is hot & spicy with a hint of sweetness and absolutely bursting with flavor.

While you will need to let the pork marinate for a few hours, it’s so worth with the wait. The key to the marinade is the gochujang, a distinctive Korean hot pepper paste which you can find packaged in a little tub at your local Asian grocery store.

spicy korean pork

I’ve mentioned a few times that Peter and I both love spicy foods, but if you prefer less spice then of course you should use a more mild gochujang (the pastes range in spice level) and skip the chili flakes.

There is also a range of pork cuts you can use for this spicy korean pork. I used pork collar, but the key is to pick meat that is not too lean and to cut it into small, thin slices so that when it is quickly cooked, you have yummy tender bite sized pieces.

spicy korean pork

This spicy korean pork is delicious when served hot on a bed of fluffy rice but it is also a perfect meat to use for a variety of Korean fusion dishes (a few of which I will be sharing with you soon).

Spicy Korean Pork

Prep Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Spicy Korean Pork


  • 3 tbsp gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar (substitute brown sugar)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2 tsp ginger, minced
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 lb pork cut into small, thin strips
  • 1 medium sized onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • green onion to garnish (optional)


  1. In a large bowl, mix gochujang, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, garlic, chili flakes, ginger and salt until well combined
  2. Add pork and onion and coat in sauce
  3. Marinate for at least 3 hours (or overnight)
  4. Heat oil over medium heat in a large pan
  5. Add pork and marinade to pan
  6. Stir until pork is cooked through
  7. Garnish with green onion
  8. Serve with rice
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  • Yum! That’s all i have to contribute 🙂

  • Patti

    You site is a foodie treasure. Looks delish.

  • As always…it looks DELISH! I love spicy everything and pretty much put hot sauce on almost every meal…except for breakfast! 😉

    • Me too! I even keep hot sauce in my desk at work in case I need to add some to my lunch that day

  • Margaret Smith

    This looks Delicious! I am going to have to give it a try!

    • Please let me know if you do!

  • well now i’m craving this on a cold texas day! beautiful

  • Jennifer S.

    Oh gosh! This looks so delicious! Pinning to make for hubby on the weekend! 🙂

    • Thank you! Please let me know if you try it!

  • Janae Beus

    Where are the instructions on how to make this recipe?

    • Hi Janae! My apologies for error on the site but thank you so much for bringing it to my attention– the post has been fixed and the recipe is now visible! Thank you and sorry again