Ssam Jang: The Secret Sauce of Korean Grilling

ssam jang on Korean grilled pork belly

In Korean cooking, ssam are wraps and jang is sauce. There’s all kinds of jang like gochujang and doenjang. Ssam jang is the sauce used with grilled meat wraps and usually includes doenjang (Korean miso), gochujang (Korean chile paste), green onions, garlic, and sesame oil. Grill some pieces of beef, pork, or chicken, wrap in a lettuce leaf with kimchi or other pickles, then top it off with ssam jang. Try it with this recipe for Grilled Pork Belly. Roll up and enjoy!

Ssam Jang Recipe


ssam jang on Korean grilled pork belly
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Try this spicy-sweet Korean sauce on almost any grilled meat. The recipe comes together pretty quickly

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Difficulty: Easy

Makes:

Servings: 0.5 cup

Takes:

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1⁄4 cup doenjang (Korean fermented soybean paste)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons gochujang (Korean red chile paste)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 green onion, white and pale green parts, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted

Method

  • Prep. In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Williams-Sonoma Grill School cover

This recipe is adapted with permission from Williams-Sonoma Grill School by Andrew Schloss and David Joachim. This book features more than 100 easy recipes and 30 essential lessons for cooking on fire. 

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Published On: 12/30/2019 Last Modified: 4/15/2021

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