Try our delicious Korean-style spicy pork trotters (feet) recipe that is easy to make. Spicy pork trotters (feet) are braised and seasoned Korean-style with red chili pepper powder (gochugaru), soy sauce, and fish sauce. Add this unique dish, that is also a low-carb option, to your meal planning this week.
Easy & flavorful recipe
Most traditional Korean pig trotter (jokbal) recipes involve soaking and then boiling the pork trotter(s) first. This recipe is a bit different than traditional Jokbal, simpler in the number of steps and still produces delicious results. There is no soaking or boiling the pig trotter required here.
For this recipe, all we are going to do is braise the meat by lightly pan-frying the pork trotter bones. While it’s braising, we cover the pan so that it can slowly cook and steam itself for about 20 minutes. Then after 20 minutes of braising the bone, we turn up the heat on the pan, add a bit more oil, and stir fry the skin/meat pieces that we removed from the bone. Next, add in all of the seasonings, stir fry a bit more, and then this recipe is done and ready to enjoy!
Natural source of collagen and gelatin
Pork trotters (feet) are naturally very high in collagen and gelatin. Collagen is one of the major building blocks of the body. According to an article by Healthline, “collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for about a third of its protein composition. It’s one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen is also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas, and teeth.”
There is still some debate regarding consuming collagen and if it has an effect on the collagen levels in your body. However, many Asians would argue and proudly recommend that collagen, and collagen specifically from, pork trotters (feet) and chicken feet, does, in fact, promote beautiful skin and healthy joints.
Tips on how to serve this recipe
This Korean-style spicy pork trotters recipe is great on a rainy/cold day. It is a warm and spicy meal that is good at relieving stress. Eat this by itself or alongside a bowl of freshly steamed rice and a variety of side dishes (banchan). We have many banchan recipes available on our website, like our Easy Napa Cabbage Korean Kimchi, Korean Seasoned Spinach Side Dish (Sigeumchi-namul), or Easy Asian Pan-Fried Zucchini. For a low-carb option, wrap the spicy pork trotter pieces in lettuce with a very thin slice of garlic. Yum! Oh, and can’t forget a glass of cold beer to go with this!
We hope you enjoy this easy Korean-style pork trotters (feet) recipe!
1 whole pork trotters/feet (long form with hock, about 2 lbs)
7 large-sized jalapeno peppers, diced (about 2 cups)
1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (about 1 Tbsp)
1 Tbsp fresh ginger root, finely chopped
3 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp red chili pepper powder (gochugaru)
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sesame seeds (optional)
- Remove any hair on the pig trotter(s) if necessary by carefully scraping the sharp edge of your kitchen knife along the skin of the pork trotter(s) or by using a razor. Rinse pork trotters off really well with cool water and drain.
- Separate the skin/meat from the bone as much as possible. Chop the skin/meat into about 1-inch pieces.
- Put a medium-sized pan with a tablespoon of oil on low heat. Put the trotter bone in the pan. Cover the pan and allow to cook covered for about 20 minutes.
- Uncover the pan after 20 minutes, and turn the stove up to medium-high heat. Add another tablespoon of oil to the same pan with the pork trotter bone(s). Add the chopped skin/meat to the pan and stir fry for about 3-4 minutes. Then cover the pan, and allow to continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes.
- Next, remove the cover/lid again. Add in the jalapeno peppers, onions, ginger and garlic, and stir fry for another 4 minutes.
- Now, turn the heat down to low, add the remaining ingredients (soy sauce, fish sauce, ground black pepper, red chili pepper powder, salt) to the pan and continue stir-frying for another 2-3 minutes. Turn off the stove and remove the pan from heat. Drizzle sesame oil over the top and mix well. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
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