Korean Spice Rub

This Korean spice rub recipe works quite well in most Korean BBQ recipes, which implement deep heat with rich, meaty goodness. If you haven’t tried galbi (beef, chicken, or pork), you are missing out! This Korean spice rub works in all types of galbi recipes but really stands out on beef. Luckily, items like Gochugaru are readily available at your local grocery store.

What is Gochugaru?
Gochugaru is a dried Korean chili pepper flake. These Korean pepper varieties often referred to as: long, red, or green peppers, are dried, pulverized, and used in various dishes. These peppers aren’t over-the-top hot, but they do provide a nice flavorful punch to meats.

Korean Spice Rub
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What you’ll need for this recipe:

-Soy sauce powder: this is a dried, powdered version of soy sauce that adds excellent umami or savory flavor to food. You can find this item online or in specialty stores.
-Toasted sesame seeds
-Brown sugar
-Various spices


Use this seasoning in sauces, marinades, as a rub, or as a Korean BBQ powder garnish by lightly dusting cooked foods with it.

More Korean BBQ Recipes

Korean Flanken Ribs

Galbi Bowls

Bulgogi Marinade


Korean Spice Rub

Korean Spice Rub

Korean barbecue is a combination of Asian flavors with deep heat and meaty goodness. This Korean spice rub has all those flavors. Particularly good on beef, this rub is perfect to have on hand for almost anything. You can find Gochugrau powder in Asian markets or online.
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: spice rub
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 meal
Calories: 108kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds toasted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 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.


Photo by: bhofack2/Depositphotos


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

You can buy Gochugaru Powder online or at an Asian Market.

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