Sweet and Spicy Gochujang Sauce

May 29, 2020
Created by Harmons Dietitian
10 minutes
Serves 18
  • 2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1" piece ginger, minced
  • 1/4 cup gochujang
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp water

Gochujang is a savory, fermented red chile paste that is ubiquitous in Korean cuisine. Here it’s used to make a unique condiment reminiscent of barbecue sauce. Toss it with a protein of your choice, use it as a marinade, or drizzle it over stir-fries. Gochujang is available in the Asian foods section at Harmons.

In a nonstick frying pan over medium heat, add oil. When oil shimmers, add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Using a wooden spoon, stir in gochujang and tomato paste. Cook and stir frequently until mixture becomes deep red, 3-4 minutes. Turn off heat and transfer to a medium bowl. Whisk in remaining ingredients.

Try this sauce with Korean Tofu Bowls.