Spicy Korean Pork

Spicy Korean Pork is the sheet pan dinner that can be put on the table in less than 20 minutes.  Crispy and succulent, spicy and sweet. Weeknight dinner never looked so good.

Spicy Korean Pork on a plate with lettuce wraps and kimchi on the side
spicy korean pork in lettuce wrap, held by hand

Everyone needs a fast dinner-time option. Korean Spicy Pork is mine. A two-minute spicy marinade. Thin slices of pork butt or shoulder broiled to crispy perfection in a sheet pan. Easy prep, easy clean-up. This is your weeknight dinner dream come true.

Korean ingredients:

The secret to this fast and easy dinner? Thinly sliced pork butt or shoulder. Find this cut of meat in any Asian grocery store. Or, you can buy a regular sized pork butt and thinly slice it at home. (For easier slicing, freeze for 20-30 minutes first).

pork butt or shoulder on styrafoam package, thinly sliced

Also, Gochujang. Gochujang is a fermented Korean chili paste. Strong, pungent, and spicy. There’s minimal marinating time required because of its flavor and potency. Just a few minutes should do the trick.

Gochujang can be found in Korean grocery stores and even in mainstream grocery stores and Amazon. There are different heat levels but I usually choose medium spicy.

After opening the tub, keep in the refrigerator and the gochujang will keep for a long, long time (like ketchup and mustard). A spoonful here and there makes everything taste better. You’ll use it more than you think!

tub of Gochujang on cutting board

How to make Korean Spicy Pork:

Whisk ingredients in a bowl.  Add pork and onion.  Mix thoroughly.

spicy korean pork in bowl with hand mixing ingredients together
raw, mariated Korean spicy pork in bowl

Rearrange the oven rack so that it’s 3-4 inches from the heat element. Preheat the broiler to maximum heat for 10 minutes.  Spread the pork and onions in an even layer on a foil lined sheet pan.

raw Korean spicy pork on sheet pan

BROIL until pork is cooked through and some parts are crispy-looking and browned, about 8-10 minutes.  You may need to rotate the pan, from time to time, to ensure even cooking.

cooked Korean spicy pork on sheet pan

Transfer to a plate and garnish with green onion and sesame seeds.  Serve with lettuce wraps and rice for a complete meal.  Kimchi and Ssam Sauce or Gochujang Sauce are also nice additions.

Korean spicy pork mounded in bowl with lettuce wraps and kimchi on the side

Spicy Korean Pork

A fast weeknight dinner that can be put on the table in less than 20 minutes. Crispy and succulent, spicy and sweet. Spicy Korean Pork is a dinnertime staple that will feel like a feast!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Korean, Pork, Spicy
Servings: 4
Author: The Subversive Table

Equipment

  • sheet pan

Ingredients

  • 1 lb thinly sliced pork butt or shoulder
  • 1 thinly sliced small onion

Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup Gochujang Korean chili paste
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp mirin or rice wine
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil

Instructions

  • Whisk marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add pork and onion. Mix thoroughly.
    Spicy Korean Pork, marinade
  • Position oven rack so that it’s on the top most rack, about 3-4 inches from the heat source.  Pre-heat oven to BROIL.  Let the oven heat for at least 10 minutes. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up.  Add pork and onion in a thin, even layer.  
    Spicy Korean Pork, sheet pan
  • Broil for 8-10 minutes, until pork is cooked through and somewhat crispy looking. There should be some browned bits on top. You may need to rotate the pan from time to time to ensure even cooking.
    Spicy Korean Pork, sheet pan
  • Remove from the sheet pan and onto a serving plate. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve with lettuce wraps and rice for a complete meal.  Ssam sauce and kimchi are also nice additions.
    Spicy Korean Pork, platter

Notes

*If doubling the recipe, make sure not to crowd the sheet pan.  Use another sheet pan, if necessary.   

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15 minutes, All Recipes, Dinner with Friends, Gochujang, Korean, Main, Pork, Sheet Pan, Weeknight Meals
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Karen
Karen
1 year ago

Love this recipe! Easy, fast and yummy! Highly recommend!