Meat in Korean – The Complete Guide

Welcome meat lovers! In this lesson, we’ll be teaching you everything you need to know about meat in Korean.

Whether you plan to shop at the butcher’s shop or go out for a round of delicious Korean barbecue, you’ll find yourself at an advantage learning how to say “meat” in Korean. And not only the word “meat”, but all the different meats available for you to devour in Korea. At the end of the article, we’ve also included some useful phrases, including a way to simply describe your diet in Korean if you do not eat meat.

Let’s get to learning!

different types of meat

Meat in Korean

The word for meat in Korean is 고기 (gogi). This word encompasses all the various meats. Sometimes all you need is this word, but oftentimes you may wish to know the specific type of Korean meat you’re talking about. Thus we’ll go over them all today!

Beef in Korean

The word for beef in Korean is 쇠고기 (soegogi). It is typically the most expensive type of meat in Korea. Nevertheless, it has a lot of cultural value for Koreans and is the meat you’ll want to go for when celebrating, for example. You can eat beef raw, roasted, grilled, in soups, and other ways as well.

Chicken in Korean

The word for chicken in Korean is 닭고기 (dalgogi). It is another old and valuable part of Korean cuisine. You can find chicken in various dishes, from braised, roasted, and fried chicken to soups and noodle dishes. Plus, one favorite thing to snack on during a night out with friends is chicken feet!

Pork in Korean

The word for pork in Korean is 돼지고기 (dwaejigogi). Just like beef, pork has been eaten in Korea since ancient times, with various parts of pork being cooked in various methods. It’s a widely used meat for when you go out for Korean barbecue, for example.

Fish in Korean

The word for fish in Korean is 물고기 (mulgogi), although each type of fish also has its own representative names. Fish and shellfish are another big part of Korean cuisine, eaten raw, grilled, broiled, dried, in stews and in soups, and so on.

Vocabulary for Meat in Korean

Here are the Korean words for different meat in Korea and their English counterpart. This list of words may come in handy on your next plan to eat out at a Korean restaurant or if you will buy these from the meat shop.

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고기 (gogi)Meat
쇠고기 (soegogi)Beef
돼지고기 (dwaejigogi)Pork
닭고기 (dalgogi)Chicken
양고기 (yanggogi)Lamb
오리고기 (origogi)Duck
사슴고기 (saseumgogi)Venison
칠면조 고 (chilmyeonjo gogi)Turkey
꿩고기 (kkwonggogi)Pheasant
자고새 고기 (jagosae gogi)Partridge
메추라기 고 (mechuragi gogi)Quail
햄 (haem)Ham
베이컨 (beikeon)Bacon
소시지 (sosiji)Sausage
갈비살 (galbisal)Rib, Chop
치돌박이 (chadolbagi)Thinly sliced brisket
등심 (deungsim)Sirloin
안심 (ansim)Tenderloin
부채살 (buchaesal)Top blade
안창살 (anchangsal)Outside skirt steal
치마살양지 (chimasal yangji)Flank steak
닭갈비 (dakgalbi)Spicy chicken ribs
삼겹살 (samgyeopsal)Pork belly

Vocabulary for Seafood in Korean

The list below shows the Korean words for different kinds of seafood.

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물고기 (mulgogi)Fish
연어 (yeoneo)Salmon
참치 (chamchi)Tuna
고등어 (godeungeo)Mackerel
청어 (cheongeo)Herring
새우 (saeu)Shrimp
게 (ge)Crab
조개 (jogae)Clams
굴 (gul)Oyster
전복 (jeonbok)Abalone
문어, 낙지 (muneo, nakji)Octopus
오징어 (ojingeo)Squid

Korean Barbecue

When talking about meat, the first thing that often comes to mind is Korean Barbecue. This is a method of cooking in Korean cuisine that mainly involves grilling meat indoors or outdoors with grilling stations built in each dining table in a Korean restaurant. The grilled meat can either be beef, pork, or chicken, plain or marinated.

kids eating barbecue outside

When dining here, you will usually be the one to grill the meat but you don’t need to be a great cook to do that. All you need is your table and equipment for grilling, the meat, and the rest of the condiments. If you love to cook, or if you just love to eat, you will really enjoy Korean barbecue. This has grown to be an activity enjoyed not only by Koreans but people all around the globe.

There are different ways of enjoying Korean barbecue. The whole Korean barbecue experience is beyond just eating the meat by itself as it also comes with many different side dishes and sauces. You also get to choose if you want it spicy or not. After grilling the meat and cutting it in pieces, this is usually wrapped in lettuce together with some side dish and sauce. If you’re the type of person who loves to try and taste different flavors, you can mix and match the meat with different sauces and side dishes.

불고기 (Bulgogi)

One of the popular grilled Korean meat dishes served in restaurants is called 불고기 (bulgogi) This is made of marinated beef sliced into thin pieces. This dish is usually marinated in soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and sugar before grilling it.

삼겹살 (Samgyeopsal)

삼겹살 (Samgyeopsal), similar to bulgogi, is also thinly sliced, but this dish is made of pieces of pork belly. Its English translation means “three-layer-meat”. The meat is already sliced and is usually served unseasoned or only lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and sesame oil.

So, what to say if you don’t eat meat?

Here’s a couple of ways to say “I don’t eat meat in Korean”.

I don’t eat meat

저는 고기를 먹지 않습니다

(jeoneun gogireul meokji anhseupnida)

I am vegetarian

저는 채식주의자입니다

(jeoneun chaesikjuuijaipnida)

I eat fish (and chicken) but not meat

물고기(와 닭고기를) 먹지만 고기를 먹지 않습니다

(mulgogi (wa dalgogireul) meokjiman gogireul meokji anseumnida)

Do you eat meat? Have you yet tried out Korean barbecue? Let us know about your favorite meat in the comments! Next up, do you feel ready to tackle our bigger vocabulary article on Korean food?

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