Korean grilled pork belly

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Pork belly bathed in Korean flavors and grilled to perfection.

Korean grilled pork belly

While the most famous Korean dish is bulgogi, a beef dish, Korean food is also filled with a lot of pork, including different ways to prepare pork belly. This version is a simple marinated pork that is then grilled and served with Korean bean paste. If you've had pork belly before and you're worried about the fattiness, have no fear. The grilling process does a great job of rendering down the fat, creating a meal that is rich and juicy — the perfect buttery consistency you expect from the finest pork meals.

Korean grilled pork belly

Yields 4 servings


  • 2 pounds pork belly
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soda
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 12-16 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • Korean bean paste for serving


  1. Using a sharp knife, cut diamond incisions into the fat side of the pork belly's skin.
  2. Place the pork belly in a plastic bag and pour in both soy sauces, rice wine vinegar, soda and ginger.
  3. Let the pork marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Remove the pork from the fridge while you get the fire going in the grill.
  5. When the fire is ready, grease the slats with canola oil.
  6. Start grilling the meat fat side down. Grill it for 7 minutes.
  7. Flip and cook an additional 5 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
  8. Serve with lettuce and bean paste.

Try more Korean food

Korean cabbage kimchee
Korean tacos
Bulkogi — Korean style short ribs