Gochujang, a Korean chile sauce, adds heat and a touch of sweetness to these meatballs. Serve the cooked skewers atop small lettuce leaves for a pretty presentation that also doubles as a wrap. Gochujang can be found at many grocery stores (we recommend Bibigo Gochujang Sauce), but you can also substitute 2 Tbsp. sriracha chile sauce and increase the sugar to 2 tsp.

Paige Grandjean


Credit: Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Tina Stamos

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25 mins
35 mins
Serves 4


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  • Preheat grill to medium-high (400°F to 450°F); or heat a grill pan over medium-high, and lightly grease. Stir together egg, ginger, garlic, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon of the gochujang sauce in a large bowl. Add pork and panko, and gently mix with hands until just combined. Form into 24 (1 1⁄4-inch) meatballs (about 1 ounce each). Thread meatballs, alternating with scallion pieces, onto 8 (8-inch) skewers.

  • Place kebabs on lightly greased grill grate or in grill pan. Grill, uncovered, until meatballs are lightly charred and cooked through, 12 to 14 minutes, turning occasionally.

  • Whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, oil, sugar, and remaining 3 tablespoons gochujang sauce in a small bowl. Place each skewer on a lettuce leaf, and spoon 2 teaspoons sauce over each kebab. Sprinkle with peanuts and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges and remaining sauce.