Ssamjang for Samgyeopsal

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READY IN: 45mins
Recipe by Mike Pellerin

A spicy Korean sauce to accompany the grilled pork belly dish.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 tablespoons korean red pepper paste (Gochuchang)
  • 1 12 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon korean soy bean paste (Doenjang)
  • 18 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 whole korean green pepper (can use an Anaheim)
  • 1 tablespoon korean red pepper flakes (Gochugaru)
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper


  1. Place all ingredients in food processor.
  2. Pulse then blend smooth.
  3. Put sauce in small pot and heat to a simmer. Simmer five minutes and allow to cool slightly.
  4. To serve, use a lettuce leaf as a wrap. Place slice of Samgyeopsal (pork belly) on leaf. Add a bit of rice. Top with Ssamjang sauce. Roll and enjoy.
  5. Note, cook time includes the pork belly grilling. The Korean products can be found in Asian grocery stores or online at places like H-Mart.

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