Recipe for Spicy Korean Pork Rib Marinade

A plate of marinated Daeji Galbi
Photodisc/Getty Images
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
187 Calories
4g Fat
37g Carbs
2g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 187
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1336mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 112mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you enjoy Korean cuisine, especially spicy Korean pork, it's important to be on top of your marinade game, which you can perfect with this easy and delicious recipe. In Korean, spicy pork is known as daeji galbi. And this marinade is the perfect accompaniment for it. That's because it's not only sweet and spicy but also good for making any pork grilled ribs.

Use this marinade for stir-fried pork as well as broiled or barbecued pork (which is known as daeji bulgogi in Korean). The recipe for this marinade is designed to make 3 pounds of pork ribs with bones, but you can easily make more. Double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe to serve a large number of people or to save time the next time you make ribs or other thick cuts of meat.

Instead of making a marinade all over again, just set some aside this time and freeze it. When you need a marinade again, thaw the mixture and, voila, you've got marinade. If you're a busy career professional, a working mom or dad or working long hours that makes cooking difficult, consider freezing the marinade for future use.


  • 1 onion, minced

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, the low-sodium kind if you have high blood pressure or a similar medical condition

  • 4 tablespoons red pepper paste, known as kochujang in Korean

  • 5 tablespoons sugar

  • 2 tablespoons rice wine, mirin

  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. To make this marinade, you'll need to mix the ingredients until they are well blended and evenly distributed throughout. Rice wine and red pepper paste may be hard to find, depending on where you live. You may want to visit an Asian or Korean specialty grocery store in your region or search for these ingredients online and then order them from a specialty retailer. Also, if you have diabetes or a condition that requires you to control your blood sugar, you may want to lower the amount of sugar in this recipe or check your blood sugar at the appropriate time after sampling this marinade with the pork ribs or another dish.

  3. Once you've made the marinade, use it or serve it immediately or store in your refrigerator. If you've tripled or quadrupled the recipe for this marinade because you want to use it for other cuts of meat, such as beef or chicken, set some of the mixture aside and put it in your freezer. Remember to use a freezer safe dish. Glass can crack when frozen because liquid expands when frozen, causing it to grow too big for the glass and shatter it.