8 Marinades for your Samgyupsal

We had posted a Samgyupsal recipe before but that post was for the most basic samgyupsal recipe where it is just grilled and simply seasoned with salt and sesame oil. That’s is how its traditionally made, while that already is good on its own, there are other much better modern versions out there and this is what this post is all about, 8 Samgyupsal Marinades that you would certainly enjoy.

This was a fun thing to do, preparing them and serving them. While it may look like a lot of work preparing for 8 different marinades trust me it’s quite easy since we are not doing this in large quantities, you will only need one to two tablespoons of flavours and spices plus 8 small containers or zip lock bags and keep on the fridge while that pork belly is absorbing all of that flavour from your marinade. While each piece of pork belly may look different when it is marinated, different hues of colours due to the sauce used, when cooked it will look almost similar and this is where the fun begins, when you serve them cut them into smaller bites then mix it up, each piece will be a surprise as you don’t know what flavour are you getting. And to make things exciting, you can spike one with some hot chillies and make it a Samgyupsal roulette.

Marinades listed here are some suggestions that you can try but there is nothing stopping you on trying out your favourite marinade in that piece for meat.

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8 Marinades for your Samgyupsal 2


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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 28 mins
  • Yield: 8 pcs 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Korean


Samgyupsal is a Korean dish of pork belly grilled over charcoal or tabletop grill usually they are not marinated and just seasoned with salt, but modern versions are marinated in wide array of sauces.




  • 8 pcs 3/4-inch-thick pork belly, cross scored both sides, around 200g per piece

Garlic Sesame Oil Marinade

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Garlic Soy Sauce Marinade

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Italian Herb Marinade

  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Curry Marinade

Red Wine Marinade

  • 1/4 cup Shiraz or Merlot
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Gochujang Marinade

  • 1 1/2 tbsp gochujang
  • 1/2 tsp vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp brown sugar

Sweet Barbecue Marinade

  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Miso Marinade



  1. Place each marinade ingredients on separate containers or zip lock bag, mix it well then add a piece of pork on each bag. Massage it gently pushing the sauce on the creases of the scores, place in the refrigerator and let it marinate overnight.
  2. Remove pork pieces from the fridge 30 minutes before you cook them.
  3. Grill meat using medium heat over tabletop grill or stove top grill for 4 minutes on each side or until pork is fully cooked.
  4. Serve with rice and assorted banchan.



9 Responses

  1. I love pork belly!! I am not sure if I need 8 marinades, because my favourite way is to salt and pepper…but I really would love to try that curry marinade.

  2. Bring on the pork belly. I love all the different marinades – and the colors they give the pork.

  3. Riley Thomas says:

    This article is great! i’ve tried this samgyupsal recipe of yours and the kids definitely loved it! kudos to you! can you do a spicy one next?

  4. Nathaniel Cody says:

    I’ve tried the garlic one to our samgyupsal day, man, its heaven! and the gochujang one too!

  5. Maya says:

    Hello, can i use beef instead of pork belly?

  6. Dax says:

    Definitely trying these marinades. (Garlic salt, Garlic Soy and sweet BBQ)

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