This sweet, spicy, and savory Korean Gochujang dipping sauce comes together in 5 minutes using 5 ingredients. Use this versatile sauce as a dip or salad dressing, or drizzle it over roasted veggies or avocado toast for an umami treat.
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About This Recipe
Gochujang dipping sauce is a sweet, spicy, and savory Korean sauce, that is very popular in Korean cuisine. It is traditionally called Chogochujang, which is sometimes shortened as Chojang and has Gochujang (Korean chili paste) as one of its main ingredients.
This Gochujang dipping sauce is almost always served with any Korean-style meal but it so irresistible, you will start to drizzle over everything you eat once you taste it.
This Korean hot sauce is often used in mixed rice dishes such as bibimbap and hew dup bap, but you can go ahead and add it to your favorite Korean or Non-Korean recipes to add that sweet and spicy flavor. One of my favorite way to use it on wings, especially Korean fried chicken wings. Yum!
This Korean Dipping Sauce is,
- Sweet + Spicy + Savoury
- Easy to make
- Bursting with flavors
Gochujang – Gochujang is a popular Korean red chili paste that has ingredients such as glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, salt, chili peppers, and sometimes sweeteners. It needs fermentation of more than a month, and therefore making at home is a bit long process.
Brick red in color, it is a thick and sticky sauce, that has a spicy, concentrated, and pungent flavor. A small amount of Gochujang adds an intense flavor to your recipes, making them even more delicious.
It also comes in five levels of spiciness – mild hot, slightly hot, medium hot, very hot, and extremely hot. You can select one of them, depending upon how spicy you want the sauce to be.
You can get gochujang at the Asian food aisle of any grocery store or order it online. It adds a nice spicy kick to the sauce, which can be adjusted by changing the quantity of gochujang as per your preferences.
Brown Sugar & Honey – To balance the heat of gochujang, sugar, and honey are added to this sauce.
Garlic is one of my favorite ingredients that adds so much flavor to the sauce.
Rice Vinegar adds a nice tangy taste and will complement the sweet-spicy flavor from the other ingredients.
A little bit of sesame oil adds a rich, nutty, toasty taste. So do not miss on this one.
How to make Gochujang Dipping Sauce?
Add 4 tablespoon Gochujang, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon minced garlic and 1 teaspoon sesame oil to a medium size mixing bowl and mix well using a small wire whisk.
Note – Thin the sauce using warm water if it is too thick.
Transfer the sauce in a glass container and refrigerator for upto a month. Use as desired.
Pro Tips By Neha
Gochujang comes in five-spice levels. So select it depending upon how spicy you want the dipping sauce to be.
Gochujang has its own fermented pungent flavor, therefore there is no substitute for it. But in case you do not get it, you can make a paste of red pepper flakes, soy sauce, and sugar and use the same.
You can substitute rice vinegar with white vinegar or white wine vinegar too.
To thin the sauce, use warm water and mix it properly. Also, if you want to make it thicker, then use less rice vinegar.
Korean dipping sauce is a versatile dipping sauce that can be used as a dip or salad dressing. It adds a great umami flavor and will make your boring salads delicious.
It is popularly added to mixed rice recipes, popularly in bibimbap and hews dup bap.
You can use it marinate meat and seafood.
It can be served as a dip along with roasted vegetables, roasted/grilled chicken, and grilled seafood. You can also drizzle it on avocado toast, to add a nice spicy flavor.
I also like to add some to my soups and stews. It instantly adds such beautiful flavors, that makes everything taste so good. You can also serve it on the side with your rice bowls or buddha bowls.
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Gochujang Dipping Sauce Recipe
- 4 tablespoons Gochujang
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Add 4 tablespoon Gochujang, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 2 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, and 1 teaspoon sesame oil to a medium-size mixing bowl and mix well using a small wire whisk.
- Note – Thin the sauce using warm water if it is too thick.
- Transfer the sauce to a glass container and refrigerator for up to a month. Use as desired.