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fried pork belly in a soft lettuce leaf topped with ssamjang and a garlic clove


Samgyupsal is sooo delicious! Grilled pork belly, chilis, garlic clove, and a spicy soybean paste for meat placed in a soft lettuce leaf and enjoyed immensely! This is super easy and great for a super casual meal! Enjoy this taste of Korea!
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 19 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Servings 4 servings


  • Griddle with a drip tray This is preferred so that you have something for the fat to drain into.


  • 1.75 lbs sliced pork belly can use up to 2 lbs for 4 servings
  • 4 green chili peppers could use Korean green pepper, jalapeno, serrano, or whatever you fancy
  • ssamjang or spicy ssamjang use as much as you like!
  • several garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 bunch lettuce leaves soft; suggestions are romaine, green, or red leafy lettuce


  • Rinse and pat dry the lettuce leaves.
  • Peel garlic cloves, and cut the green chili peppers into smallish pieces.
  • Heat your griddle to medium high. Fry your pork belly until browned on both sides. The longer you cook it the more crispy it will be so cook to your taste. You will need to fry in batches and once cooked drain on paper towels.
    pieces of pork belly frying on a griddle
  • Assemble your samgyupsal. Place a slice of pork belly on your lettuce leaf, top with some ssamjang, garlic cloves and chilis.
    fried pork belly on a lettuce leaf topped with ssamjang and a garlic clove


Once you've assembled your Samgyupsal, eat to your hearts content!  If you prefer to pile your lettuce leaves high with several slices of pork belly and the other items, it's perfectly acceptable!  However you decide to create your Samgyupsal, just enjoy this fantastic taste of Korea!!!
Keyword korean food, pork belly, pork lettuce wrap
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