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Korean Spice Rub

Enhance your Korean-style BBQ dishes with this flavorful Korean spice rub. This seasoning blend is perfect for beef but versatile enough for most proteins or vegetables. This rub’s essential component is gochugaru, a Korean chili powder that can be found online or in most grocery stores.

Korean Spice Rub

What is Gochugaru?

Gochuguru flakes are made from long, red, or green pepper varieties that are dried and crushed. They add a distinctive and delightful flavor to many Korean dishes, including this mouth-watering Korean spice rub. Despite not being too spicy, these peppers are a game-changer for seasoning meats, seafood, veggies, and meat substitutes.

Korean spice blend in bowl

Korean Spice Rub-Ingredients:

  • Brown sugar (dark brown)
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Soy sauce powder (substitute with 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • Onion powder
  • Granulated garlic (sub with garlic powder)
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
  • Powdered ginger
  • GochugaruKorean chili pepper flakes
  • White pepper
Korean Spice Rub

Making and Using This Rub

  • Combine all recipe ingredients in a small bowl and apply directly to meats. 
  • Double or triple this Korean Spice Rub recipe to save for future use. Increase the recipe if planning on cooking large quantities of meat. 
  • Combine and store rub in an airtight container or jar for up to 1 year after preparation. 
  • Do not store rub that has come into direct contact with raw meat.
  • Use this spice rub in marinades, sauces, and a spice rub for beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish, seafood, vegetables, and meat substitutes. 

Try this Korean Spice Rub in the following recipes

Korean Flanken Ribs

Korean Flanken Ribs are incredibly delicious, easy to prepare, and cook quickly on the grill! This dish is inspired by a Korean barbecue item know as kalbi. Use one tablespoon of this Korean-inspired rub to amp up the marinade’s flavor!

Bulgogi Marinade

Bulgogi Marinade is super flavorful and is commonly used to marinate thinly sliced beef. Of course, you can use this Korean-inspired marinade in just about anything! Try adding 1 tablespoon of Korean Spice Rub to this bulgogi marinade for an extra kick of flavor. While it may not be traditional, this spice rub takes the flavor of bulgogi to the next level!

Galbi Bowls

These Galbi (Kalbi) Bowls are delicious and call for butterflied beef short ribs. However, you can use any meat or vegetable for this dish. Don’t forget to add 1 1/2-2 teaspoons of Korean Spice Rub to the marinade to give it a nice flavor boost.


Korean Spice Rub

A deep, rich blend of spices that is perfect for Korean BBQ. Try it on Kalbi, Bulgogi, and more!
4.75 from 12 votes
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: spice rub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 0.33 cup
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce powder (sub with 1/2 teaspoon salt)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic (sub with garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon gochugaru Korean chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper


  • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and apply to meats. Double or triple the recipe for future use or large amounts of meat. Simply combine and store rub in an airtight container or jar for up to 1 year after preparation. Do not store any rub that has come into contact with raw meat.


Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1178mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 149IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 101mg | Iron: 2mg

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One response to “Korean Spice Rub”

  1. Looks good. However I don’t plan on using it for meat yet. Joseph like the yakasoba Korean bbq noodles.
    I don’t like them, but I have oceans Halo dry ramen noodles ( just a box of noodles no seasoning packet at all). I am looking for as close a replica recipe for the Korean bbq seasoning packet
    The comes with those yakasoba noodles kit as I can so I can make a healthier version of that product for me to eat. Yours kind of looks like it.

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