Korean Lamb Ssam Summer Party

Korean Lamb Ssam Summer Party

I have been on a major Korean food kick, exploring all types of restaurants around LA and also using it as inspiration in my cooking. With summer just starting, I thought it would be perfect to host a beautiful Korean summer party - filled with a braised + shredded lamb ssam. (not to mention tons of apps, drinks, soju and sides to boot).

Ssam is a traditional Korean dish that means “wrapped” otherwise know as some form of meat in lettuce wraps. Normally it’s used with beef, but a braised and shredded lamb works just as amazing - and filled with flavor. We braised the lamb in brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, gochujang, chili paste, and white wine - low and slow on the stovetop and then in the oven, it becomes so tender and literally falls of the bone. (full recipe below)

For guests wanting different options, we also made juicy + herby lamb burgers. We served the lamb ssam with a bunch of banchan (side dishes) such as marinated cucumbers, pickled daikon, kimchi, spicy radish, fish cakes, sticky rice and lettuce wraps - all sides you would find at a traditional Korean BBQ spot.

Korean Lamb Ssam Summer Party
Korean Lamb Ssam

We paired the lamb with a homemade ssam sauce and a ginger scallion sauce. The way you make the wraps is by taking a cold, crispy lettuce wraps and stuffing it with rice, the lamb and all your sauces while eating all the sides throughout the meal. So much umami flavor with everything together - it’s something I DREAM of eating.

For apps, we continued on the Korean theme and made kimchi deviled eggs and a sesame seaweed salad. For drinks we made a delicious and refreshing yuzu blueberry lemonade. As you can tell, it was quite a feast.

Korean Lamb Ssam Summer Party
Korean Lamb Ssam Summer Party

For the Shredded Braised Lamb Ssam

  • 3 lb American Lamb Board shoulder

  • 1/3rd cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 3 tablespoons gochujang

  • 3 tablespoons fermented soy bean paste

  • 1 tablespoon hot chili paste

  • 3 tablespoons white wine

  • 2 white onions, roughly chopped

  • 1⁄2 cup water

  • 1 asian pear, roughly chopped

  • salt and pepper to taste


In a deep dutch oven or pot, drizzle vegetable oil and let the pot get hot. Add in your onions and garlic and let it sweat about 5 minutes.

Next add in your lamb shoulder and do a light sear for 10-15 minutes. Add in the rest of your ingredients (besides the liquids): brown sugar, soy sauce, sherry, garlic, gochujang, soy bean paste, hot chili paste and your asian pear. Mix well for 10-15 minutes until everything is incorporated.

Next, add your water and white wine. Adjust with more water if needed to cover the lamb. Add your dutch oven cover on medium for about 1 hr on the stovetop.

In the meantime, preheat your oven to 300 degrees. After 1 hr, remove some liquid from the pot and reserve for basting and add your dutch oven with the lamb and let it braise and roast for about 3-4 hours (depending on size and oven). Check every so often (about 30-45 minutes) and add on more liquid to baste that you reserved.

Remove once the lamb is cooked throughout, charred on the outside skins and flakes off to shred. Serve with all your favorite sides!

Korean Lamb Ssam Summer Party

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Korean Lamb Ssam Summer Party

Lamb Shawarma Pitas

Lamb Shawarma Pitas

Lamb shawarma pitas! with yogurt, harissa, and a herb cucumber salad. I am all about these spices today and this blend is amaaazing. I love the char on the lamb which is then thinly sliced and can be served with all your favorite sides. (some ideas are rice and pickled veg, also!)

This recipe is perfect for spring and is quick, easy and light to whip up!

Lamb Shawarma Pitas
Lamb Shawarma Pitas

Lamb Shawarma Pitas

For the Shawarma

  • 1 lb American Lamb Shoulder Chops

  • 1/3rd cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 1 tablespoon coriander

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1/2 tablespoon fennel seeds

  • 1/2 tablespoon ground allspice

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Cucumber Tomato Salad

  • 2 persian cucumbers, cubed

  • 1 cup small cherry tomato, cut in half

  • 1/3rd cup cilantro, finely chopped

  • 1/3rd cup parsley, finely chopped

  • 1/3rd cup mint, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • salt and pepper to taste

Sides: Pita, Harissa, Rice, Yogurt


Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Begin my making your shawarma mixture by mixing all the spices together with olive oil and marinated with your lamb shoulder, up to an hour but overnight works best.

In the meantime, prep your salad by cutting your cucumbers, tomatoes and finely chopping your herbs. In a bowl, combine all together with olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper.

Heat a skillet with a drizzle of oil and add on your lamb charring on both sides - around 4-5 minutes. Place the lamb in the oven for about 15-20 minutes until cooked through. Let rest for 10 minutes and thinly slice. Serve with your salad, in a pita pocket and all your favorite sides!

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Lamb Shawarma Pitas

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Steak Ssam with Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

Steak Ssam

The yummiest dinner plate I ever did see! Steak ssam marinated with soy sauce, onions, garlic, mirin, gochujang, sesame oil, scallions, ginger and rice wine vinegar. Set with some spicy pickled cucumbers, sticky rice and ssam sauce - all to be put in crunchy butter lettuce cups. My dream meal. 

Steak Ssam

Steak Ssam

For the Marinade

  • 1 12oz New York steak (you can use any cut you want) 

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce 

  • ½ white onion, roughly sliced 

  • ½ tablespoon minced garlic  

  • 1 tablespoon mirin

  • 4 tablespoons gochujang 

  • 2 tablespoons Sesame oil 

  • 1 bundle scallions, roughly chopped

  • ½ tablespoon ginger, pealed and chopped

  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar 

For the Spicy Pickled Cucumbers

  • 4 persian cucumbers, sliced in rounds

  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon korean chili flakes

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

  • salt to taste

Serve with steamed white sticky rice, butter lettuce cups and ssam sauce


To begin, place all your marinade ingredients in a bag with the ribeye. Set aside for 1 hr-overnight.

Make your cucumbers by slicing and mixing them all together. Set aside for 1 hr-overnight.

Heat a skillet with vegetable oil on medium high heat. Once piping hot, remove your steak from the mariande and add into the skillet. Set a timer for 3 minutes for the first side and let it char. Flip the other side for another 3 minutes, let it rest, slice and serve with your cucumbers!

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Steak Ssam
Steak Ssam