Savor the Spice: Spicy Sliced Pork Korean Recipe

As a busy working mom, I’m always on the lookout for flavorful yet simple dinner recipes to add to my regular rotation. So when I came across Food And Meal‘s Spicy Sliced Pork dish, I knew I had found something special. As someone of Pakistani heritage who loves big, bold spices, the aromatic red chili paste and sizzling pork had me intrigued right away.

After a particularly long, stressful day at the Food And Meal office recently, I found myself craving the comforting tastes of home. I decided this spicy, moreish pork was the perfect quick fix for my worn-out soul. The thought of the thinly sliced meat caramelizing to a gorgeous mahogany in my wok, infused with that addictive chili kick, had me instantly cheered up.

While I typically try to avoid red meat for health reasons, I couldn’t resist giving this tempting recipe a try on my next night off. I had visions of the tender pork slices wrapped in fresh lettuce leaves, balanced by a crunchy slaw and a cold beer. It felt like the ideal way to both nourish my body and lift my spirits after a rough couple of days on the job.

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Spicy Sliced Pork Korean Recipe

Savor The Spice: Spicy Sliced Pork Korean Recipe 1


Prep a fiery marinade with soy sauce, gochujang, and more. Freeze pork for easy slicing, coat in flavor, then grill or broil for 4-8 mins. Savor the heat! 🌶🥢
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Course: Main dishes
Cuisine: Korea
Keyword: Spicy Sliced Pork
CookingStyle: Grilling
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 332kcal
Author: Nazia Cooks
Cost: $20
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  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang or gluten-free gochujang
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced peeled ginger
  • 2 pounds pork butt


  • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat, or preheat the broiler.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the onion, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, gochujang, sugar, mirin, and ginger until well-blended.
  • Freeze the pork for 20 minutes, so it hardens and is easier to slice. Slice the pork into very thin pieces, about the thickness of bacon.
  • Add the pork to the bowl with the marinade and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Grill or broil, flipping once, for 4 to 8 minutes, until cooked through. You can also stir-fry the pork in an unoiled skillet for 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot.



  • Mastering the Marinade: Achieving the perfect balance of sweet, savory, and spicy in the marinade is key. Take your time to mix the ingredients thoroughly, ensuring every slice of pork is coated. Don't forget to share your creation and experiences in the comments below!
  • Slicing and Dicing: For the most authentic experience, slice your pork as thin as possible. It not only cooks faster but also absorbs more of that delicious marinade. As you slice, picture yourself in a Korean kitchen, and don't forget to subscribe for more culinary adventures.
  • Sides and Garnishes: Korean cuisine is all about balance. Pair your Spicy Sliced Pork with a variety of banchan (side dishes), such as kimchi and pickled radishes. For a finishing touch, garnish with sesame seeds and fresh green onions.
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Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 777mg | Fiber: 0.04g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 0.2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg
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Alternative Method: Spicy Sliced Pork in an Air Fryer

Prepare a flavorful marinade by combining vegetable oil, soy sauce, gochugaru or chili powder, sugar, minced garlic, minced ginger, sesame oil, salt, and pepper. Ensure a well-mixed, spicy marinade.

Marinate thinly sliced pork in the zesty mixture, allowing it to absorb the flavors for at least 30 minutes, ideally 1-2 hours.

Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C). Arrange marinated pork slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket, avoiding overcrowding.

Air fry for 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through for even cooking. Use a meat thermometer to confirm the pork reaches at least 145°F (63°C).

Serve the beautifully browned and cooked-through pork on a plate. Garnish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Pair it with steamed rice, kimchi, or your favorite sides for a delightful meal.

Cooking tips

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As I began cooking the Spicy Sliced Pork dish, I felt a thrill of excitement anticipating those first sizzling aromas hitting my senses. I decided to boost the red chili paste quantity a bit for some extra heat, knowing that my kids love spicy food just like their mama. I could already imagine their little faces lighting up when I told them we were having something special and “grown up” for dinner.

I took care with the initial marinating time, letting the pork soak up all the complex flavors of soy, shaoxing wine, sesame oil and spice. I resisted the urge to rush, wanting the meat to reach its full potential. As I started to stir fry, that familiar chili scent immediately boosted my mood, transporting me back to the street food markets of my childhood.

Biting into the first test slice, the texture was absolute perfection – velvety soft with a slight char from the wok. The sweetness of the pork balanced beautifully with the slow burn of chili heat, garlic and ginger. I knew then that my small kitchen tweak was an inspired choice that would please everyone. Smiling to myself, I finished cooking the rest of the pork with a contented feeling, excited to gather my little family and watch their delighted reactions. Dishes like this remind me how something so simple can lift the spirit and bring immense joy. I’m grateful to Food And Meal for this gift.

Serving suggestions

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Spicy Sliced Pork would pair deliciously with some cold Scallion Pancakes or Mung Bean Pancakes on the side. The crisp, savory pancakes would provide a nice textural contrast to the tender pork while also helping to offset the heat. For a more refreshing accompaniment, a light Kohlrabi Salad or Jellyfish Salad would complement the rich spiciness of the pork beautifully.

To make it a complete meal, Spicy Sliced Pork could be served over a bowl of Korean Curry Rice or Thai Rice Noodles. The creamy, warming curry and soft noodles would soak up the complex flavors of the pork and chili paste perfectly.

For dessert, the lingering heat of this dish calls for something chilled and sweet, like a Matcha Ice Cream or Pineapple Granita. A few bites would provide the ideal cooling contrast after all that spice!

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As I plated up the sizzling pork with all the accompaniments, I felt a deep sense of satisfaction. The kitchen was filled with mouthwatering aromas and colors, immediately putting smiles on my family’s faces as they gathered around our little table. With the first juicy, spicy bite, their eyes lit up just as I had envisioned – mission accomplished!

This quick yet flavor-packed meal proved the perfect antidote for my stressful week. Watching my loved ones relish the food I had cooked specially for them brought me so much joy. As we talked and laughed over our empty plates, I was reminded yet again how meals connect us across cultures and generations. I’m so thankful to Food And Meal for this transportive recipe that infused our ordinary midweek dinner with an extra helping of spice and love.

Hi! I'm Nazia of ‘Nazia Cooks’, a self-taught baker and cook residing in Chennai. Rooted in the rich South Indian culinary landscape, my palate has expanded to embrace global flavors. I revel in crafting fusion dishes, melding traditions to birth unique tastes.
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