Korean Royal Barbecued Pork (Maekjeok) Recipe: Season 4, Ep. 6

Maekjeok, or Korean Royal Barbecued Pork is simply thinly sliced pork marinated in Doenjang, or Korean fermented soybean paste. Its not quite as popular as Bulgogi, but it actually pre-dates Bulgogi, and has such a unique sweet, salty, and earthy flavor. The good news is you can easily make it at home and you no longer have to be royalty to eat it!


Pork butt/Pork loin 1 Pound , thinly sliced
Honey 2 Tablespoon
Mirin 1 Tablespoon
Water 2 Tablespoon
Doenjang 1 Tablespoon (Korean soybean paste)
Soy sauce 1 Tablespoon
Scallion 1 , chopped finely (plus more for garnish)
Minced garlic 2 Teaspoon
Minced ginger 1 Teaspoon
Toasted sesame seeds 2 Teaspoon (plus more for garnish)
Sesame oil 1 Tablespoon
Vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon



Mix the honey, water, and mirin together. Marinate the pork in this mixture for 5 minutes first. Combine the doenjang, soy sauce, chopped green onion, and minced garlic together in a small bowl. Add to the pork and mix well with kitchen gloves, making sure to toss the pork gently so the thin slices don’t break. Drizzle the sesame oil on top, sprinkle on the sesame seeds, and mix again. Marinate the pork for 30 minutes.

Place on a lightly oiled grill or in a large pan with a little oil over high heat, making sure not to crowd the pan, and cook for 3-4 minutes total, or until lightly caramelized on the outside. It will only caramelize if your pan is nice and hot. Do not overcook since the slices are so thin, and they can get dry. Garnish with more sesame seeds and chopped scallions. ​


Serve while hot, along with rice, lettuce leaves, and kimchi!

TIP: Do yourself a favor and buy the pork from a Korean grocery store because it’s already thinly and uniformly sliced. It’s sometimes known as “Pork Bulgogi.”

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Servings: 3

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 468Calories from Fat 299

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 34 g52.3%

Saturated Fat 8 g40%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 683 mg28.46%

Total Carbohydrates 16 g5.3%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 11 g

Protein 28 g56%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet