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How to Make Easy Korean Samgyupsal-Gui (Grilled Pork Belly)

Renz has been a local food blogger in the Philippines for almost 8 years. He enjoys sharing his passion for food with others.

It's so easy to make Korean grilled pork belly at home!

It's so easy to make Korean grilled pork belly at home!

Samgyupsal-Gui in Three Simple Steps

Are you craving Korean grilled pork belly? Well, now you can satisfy that craving because I'm going to show you how to easily prepare it at home! This recipe is so simple—there are just three easy steps.

What Does Samgyupsal-Gui Mean?

  • Samgyupsal (삼겹살): Literally translates to “three-layer meat." It refers to pork belly, which has fatty layers. You may also see it spelled "samgyeopsal."
  • Gui (구이): Any grilled dish.

Cook Time

Cook timeReady inYields

6 min

6 min

4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 kilogram pork belly, or sukiyaki
  • 3/4 cup Korean BBQ sauce

For serving:

  • 1 bowl (or more) perilla leaves or any type of lettuce
  • Cooked rice
  • Soybean paste
  • Sesame oil
  • Garlic cloves (optional)

Note about ingredients: You may not have all of these ingredients readily available in your kitchen, so you may need to visit a Korean or Asian grocery store. You may also find some of these products online.

Step 1: Marinate the pork belly in Korean BBQ sauce

Step 1: Marinate the pork belly in Korean BBQ sauce

Step 1: Marinate the Pork Belly

The first thing to do is to marinate the meat.

  1. In a bowl or dish, generously cover the meat in BBQ sauce.
  2. Allow it to marinate for at least 1 to 2 hours, but preferably overnight for maximum absorption of flavor.

Note about Korean BBQ sauce: The great thing about this sauce is the potent flavor with a hint of sweetness! You can use it as a marinade as well as a dipping sauce for cooked meat. I used the brand shown in the photo above, but you can use other brands as well. CJ is a famous brand, so you may want to give that one a try.

Step 2: Grill the meat. It will turn golden brown when it is ready.

Step 2: Grill the meat. It will turn golden brown when it is ready.

Step 2: Grill the Meat

After marinating the pork belly, we can now proceed to the fun part—grilling!

I am personally fond of using indoor grill because of the convenience it provides. Of course, you may also use an outdoor grill. And if you don't have a grill at all, simply use an ordinary pan. It all works.

  1. Heat up the grill and place the marinated pork belly strips on the heated grill.
  2. Cook each side for approximately 3 minutes (this is how much time my indoor grill takes). The meat should be golden brown, and the sugar from the BBQ sauce should caramelize.
Step 3: It's time to serve up your delicious homemade samgyupsal-gui!

Step 3: It's time to serve up your delicious homemade samgyupsal-gui!

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Step 3: Serve and Enjoy

The last step of course is to serve and enjoy the grilled pork belly. What I usually do is use the same Korean BBQ sauce I used for marinating as a dipping sauce, as well. Yum.

The traditional way to eat samgyupsal-gui involves making lettuce wraps with tasty fillings inside. I'll explain how to do that in the next section!

Make a small wrap with a perilla or lettuce leaf, meat, soybean paste, and sesame oil. A multitude of flavors in a single bite!

Make a small wrap with a perilla or lettuce leaf, meat, soybean paste, and sesame oil. A multitude of flavors in a single bite!

How to Eat Samgyupsal-Gui

Now that we've finished cooking the pork belly, let's find out how to eat it the Korean way!

  1. Take one leaf of perilla or lettuce and add a portion of rice to it (to balance the flavors).
  2. Add some soybean paste and sesame oil. The soybean paste magnifies the barbecue taste of the meat and adds more diversity to the overall flavor.
  3. Optional: Some people also add cloves of garlic to bring out additional flavors.
  4. Add a strip of the samgyupsal-gui we just prepared.
  5. Roll up the leaf so that it forms a small wrap.
  6. Dig in!

Many people enjoy samgyupsal-gui not only for the outstanding flavors, but also because eating it is so much fun. Of course, there are many variations on how to make the wraps, especially in terms of optional fillings (such as the garlic), but that's what makes this dish so great. You can get creative and make something that suits your taste.

More Filling Options

  • Kimchi
  • Cucumber sticks
  • Green onion salad
  • Green chilies
  • Pickled radish
  • Ssamjang (thick, spicy paste)
  • Gochujang (hot pepper paste)
Korean soybean paste magnifies the flavor of the grilled pork belly

Korean soybean paste magnifies the flavor of the grilled pork belly

Salt and Pepper Marinade

Another variation of this dish is to use a simple salt and pepper marinade, rather than Korean BBQ sauce. Below is a photo of what that looks like (I used pork sukiyaki for this dish).

Samgyupsal-gui with a salt and pepper marinade

Samgyupsal-gui with a salt and pepper marinade

Please Share Your Feedback!

I hope you found this recipe guide easy to follow. Feel free to give me feedback or suggestions. Perhaps you have a different method of cooking samgyupsal-gui, or maybe you add different fillings to the lettuce wraps. I'd love to hear about your tips!

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Questions & Answers

Question: Where can I buy the side dishes or perilla leaves?

Answer: You can buy the leaves in grocery stores, but there are times that only lettuce is available. For side dishes, I suggest you take a trip to a nearby Korean Grocery Store. You can also buy sauce there.

Question: Where can I buy sukiyaki?

Answer: You may ask for it in the meat section of grocery stores. Normally, when you mention sukiyaki, they'll understand right away.

Question: Can I fry the belly instead of grilling?

Answer: Yes, grilling is also possible. My mom used to do that too.

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