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28 July 2021

This 5-ingredient gochujang sauce recipe is easy to make, done in minutes, perfect for quick and easy stir fries, rice bowls, noodles and so much more.

Looking for a simple, quick and easy sauce that is spicy and goes with just about anything? Look no further than this Gochujang Sauce Recipe, my friends. This sauce has it all.

It uses only 5 ingredients, though you can adjust it with others if you prefer. The focus is on gochujang, which is a Korean chili paste that is huge on flavor.

It is perfect for noodle or Korean rice dishes, but you definitely do not need to limit its use to Korean food. At it’s core it is more of a Korean sauce, though I enjoy it in making spicy ramen, as a dipping sauce for shrimp or chicken, spooning small amounts over sandwiches for a bit of zing, and so much more.

It’s a super versatile sauce ready for your own creative input.

Let’s talk about how we make gochujang sauce, shall we?

Gochujang Sauce in a bowl

Gochujang Sauce Ingredients

  • Gochujang
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Sugar. Use white or brown sugar. You can also use honey or other sweet of your preference, like maple syrup.

Gochujang Sauce ingredients

How to Make Gochujang Sauce – the Recipe Method

Whisk. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.

Taste and Adjust. I often add in a bit more gochujang for a thicker, spicier sauce. You can thin it out a bit more with extra vinegar or sesame oil, which I absolutely love.

Whisking Gochujang Sauce in a bowl

Time to Eat! Use as desired.

Boom! Done! Your gochujang sauce is ready to use. Quick and easy, isn’t it? I love easy. And spicy! How are you going to use yours?

Mike taking a spoon full of Gochujang Sauce

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Gochujang. Gochujang is a sweet and spicy Korean fermented red chili paste made from chili powder, glutinous rice, fermented soybean powder, barley malt powder, and salt. It is thick and pungent in flavor, adding a zingy depth to your dishes. You will find different levels of heat with gochujang, ranging from mild to hot, which I prefer. You can sometimes find it in grocery stores in the International aisle or perhaps a Korean market, but you can also buy a good brand online. See my page on What is Gochujang, and Why You Need it
  • Taste and Adjust to Taste. I always encourage cooks to adjust these recipes, particularly sauces, to their own taste. Do you prefer spicier? Add in more hot gochujang, sriracha sauce or some spicy pepper flakes. Prefer less sesame oil? Cut back next time. Desire citrus? Add in some lime juice. Consider this a good base recipe.
  • Serving Suggestions. Consider this recipe for your next bibimbap sauce or Korean BBQ. It is ideal for any stir fry – beef stir fry, shrimp stir fry, pork stir fry. Try is as a dipping sauce for shrimp or seafood. I love to whip together a stir fry of chicken or pork with lots of veggies, chili flake, green onion, and whatever else I have in the fridge for a quick and easy meal anytime. With lots of spices!

Gochujang Sauce on a spoon, ready to taste

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy this easy gochujang sauce recipe. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

Gochujang Sauce on a spoon, ready to serve

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Gochujang Sauce on a spoon

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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5 from 3 votes

Gochujang Sauce Recipe

This 5-ingredient gochujang sauce recipe is easy to make, done in minutes, perfect for quick and easy stir fries, rice bowls, noodles and so much more.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: hot sauce, sauce
Cuisine: American, Korean
Keyword: gochujang, spicy
Servings: 12 tablespoons
Calories: 34kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup gochujang Korean chili paste
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey

Instructions

  • Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.
  • Taste and adjust. I often add in a bit more gochujang for a thicker, spicier sauce.
  • Use as desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 271mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

6 comments

  1. Joanne Johnston

    5 stars
    Sounds like it is an amazing sauce. My husband loves very hot sauces to put on his food . As for me not to spicy, but I can make two sauces from this recipie. I will adjust mine and for Keith, I will make the sauce very hot to his liking!
    Thanks Mike, for another super recipe to make and try out!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Absolutely, Joanne! Let me know how it turns out for you both. Enjoy, and thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      You can, Peni, though you’ll need to add in a bit of water for the proper consistency. Use 1/4 cup powder and about 1 tablespoon water with the other liquids, then adjust with more liquid from there. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  2. Stephanie

    5 stars
    I love that this only takes 5 ingredients, and your step by step instructions make it too easy to pass up! I’m ready to put this on EVERYTHING! Thanks for another AWESOME sauce recipe Mike!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Stephanie! I know, it’s SO GOOD!

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