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24 Recipes That Use Gochujang – the Korean Chili Paste You Need to Know

March 13, 2017

Have you ever tried Gochujang? It’s a thick, sweet, and spicy Korean chili paste used in marinades, sauces, stews, soups, salads… Everywhere! Check out the 24 amazing Gochujang recipes I’ve collected for you for even more ideas on using this spicy Asian goodness!

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

I love my blog. I freaking ADORE it. Without this little food journal of mine I would have never tried some things I do now. For example, Gochujang. This Korean chili paste made from red chili, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, and salt is nowhere to find in my country so, most probably, it would have never gotten on my radar if not for the blog. I spotted it on some Asian food blog (sorry I can’t remember it now) a few months ago and firmly decided to try it someday.

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Traditionally, Gochujang is naturally fermented in earthen pots called Hangari or Onggi outdoors for about half a year until it’s ready. It’s usually made in winter to avoid hot and rainy summer which can ruin the process. Gochujang needs a dry and sunny place to ferment properly.

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Photo by OlkhichaAppa via Wikimedia.

What about the taste? Gochujang is sweet, spicy, and pungent. The texture is thick and sticky. I don’t know if I am the best person to describe the heat level (not too much of a fan of spicy food) but it’s really hot to my liking. Actually, spiciness can vary from brand to brand.

Gochujang is a true staple of Korean cuisine and I can understand why – it’s super versatile. Add it to sauces, marinades, use in soups and stews, or even spice up your salads. Such iconic dishes as bibimbap and tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cakes) are hard to imagine without it. Gochujang is great anywhere!

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Lately, this Asian specialty has been making its way outside of Korea and getting more and more popular in other countries too. If you will decide to give it a try and get yourself a bottle of this spicy goodness, check out this list of 24 ridiculously addictive gochujang recipes packed with creative ideas from other food bloggers!

P.S. This post is a part of my “Around the World in 50 Ingredients” project. Be sure to check out the page where you’ll find all the products I’m trying in one place!

1. Slow Cooker Korean Pork Bulgogi with Gochujang

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Easy Slow Cooker Korean Pork Bulgogi recipe that can be made in a crockpot and has spicy gochujang in it’s marinade. Healthy, yummy stew that’s perfect over rice for dinner!

Recipe by: My Food Story

2. Baked Korean Gochujang Chicken Wings

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

These Korean-style chicken wings are baked so there’s less mess cooking them and they’re a little bit healthier. The marinade is made with gochujang, soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, garlic, onion and ginger!

Recipe by: Jeanettes Healthy Living

3. Sweet & Smoky Pineapple Chipotle Chili

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

This hearty, sweet and smoky pineapple chipotle chili has a bit of a kick to it and has 2 secret ingredients that gives it a full-bodied more rounded and nuttier flavour. Can you guess what it is?

Recipe by: Pups With Chopsticks

4. Gochujang Tuna-Melt Onigiri

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Canned tuna, cheddar cheese, and Gochujang sauce combined together to create these amazing Japanese rice balls!

Recipe by: Lady And Pups

5. Korean Style Popcorn Chicken

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

It’s a type of Korean fried chicken! It’s crunchy and coated with sticky, sweet, tangy and spicy sauce! A perfect crowd pleaser!

Recipe by: My Korean Kitchen

6. Cheater’s Spicy Miso Ramen

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

This quick, umami-rich ramen is made easy and flavorful with a combination of savory white miso paste and spicy gochujang. This is a great way to use up any random veggies in your crisper drawer!

Recipe by: Hungry Girl por Vida

7. Spicy Korean Chicken

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Spicy Korean Chicken – amazing and super yummy chicken with spicy Korean marinade. So easy to make, cheaper, and better than takeout.

Recipe by: Rasa Malaysia

8. Gochujang Meatballs

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Meatballs, who doesn’t love them? Especially if they are super juicy, packed with flavor, seared to get that crunchy outside but juicy inside, and then the whole thing is dunk in sweet and spicy gochujang cranberry sauce!

Recipe by: Daily Cooking Quest

9. White Bean Burger With Sesame Ginger Slaw + Gochujang Yogurt Spread

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

This White Bean Burger With Sesame Ginger Slaw + Gochujang Yogurt Spread offers up a ton of flavor and, best of all, it doesn’t fall apart when you bite into it.

Recipe by: Killing Thyme

10. Rice Wraps w/ Sweet & Spicy Sauce

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

These rice wraps are packed with avocado, rice noodles, red bell pepper, lettuce, carrots, cucumber, and served with a fantastic Gochujang-based Korean dipping sauce!

Recipe by: Parsley Vegan

11. Korean Baked Gochujang Chicken Wings

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Spicy, crispy, full of umami and insanely addictive Korean baked gochujang chicken wings. You’ll never go back to having wings any other way!

Recipe by: My Food Story

12. Spicy cheesy Gochujang Spaghetti

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Drool-worthy Gochujang and cheese flavored spaghetti with the addition of pork and mushrooms!

Recipe by: Lady And Pups

13. Kimchi Ramen

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Spicy Korean ramen with kimchi, mushroom and poached egg. Easy kimchi ramen recipe that takes only 15 mins to make!

Recipe by: Rasa Malaysia

14. Gochujang Roasted Delicata Squash, a Korean-inspired Delight

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

It would be lovely alongside just about any protein. For vegetarians, it would be delightful tossed with some crispy cubes of tofu; for omnivores, it would be lovely alongside pan-seared chicken or pork. Perfection!

Recipe by: Blossom To Stem

15. Kimchi Fried Rice

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

This kimchi fried rice is the perfect weeknight meal—easy to make and ready in just 20 minutes. Top it with fried eggs for something extra!

Recipe by: Healthy Nibbles and Bits

16. Kimchi Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

These Korean inspired Kimchi Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes are topped with kimchi, edamame, greens and a gochujang aioli for a quick dinner recipe!

Recipe by: Bourbon And Honey

17. Gochujang Pulled Pork Korean Pizza With Kimchi Dipping Sauce

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Gochujang Pulled Pork Korean Pizza is a remake of the classic ham and pineapple pizza and WAY BETTER than the original. It’s served with an easy to make kimchi dipping sauce and is crazy delicious!

Recipe by: The Endless Meal

18. Crispy Korean Tofu Noodle Bowls

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

These these sweet and spicy Korean tofu noodle bowls couldn’t be easier to whip up, or more delicious! Dress some soba noodles and crispy pan-fried tofu cubes in gochujang sauce, serve it up with pineapple chunks and kimchi, then dig in!

Recipe by: Connoisseurus Veg

19. Spicy Korean Chicken Burrito

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Make your own flavor-packed spicy Korean chicken burrito at home! Tasty and easy to make to satisfy those Korilla cravings!

Recipe by: Kimchi Chick

20. Ojingeo Gui (Spicy Grilled Squid)

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Tender squids (calamari) marinated in a gochujang sauce and quickly grilled!

Recipe by: Korean Bapsang

21. Dakdoritang | Spicy Korean Chicken & Potato Stew

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Spicy Korean chicken & potato stew, or dakdoritang, has the perfect balance of sweet and spicy from the use of gochujang and sugar in the broth.

Recipe by: The Cook Report

22. Korean Style Fried Shrimp Rice Bowls with Kimchi + Crunchy Noodles

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

So much flavor, so much color, so perfect for spring. They are healthy and fun!

Recipe by: Half Baked Harvest

23. Gochujang Sweet Spicy Korean Chicken

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

This Korean chicken recipe is very flavorful and easy to make!

Recipe by: Posh Journal

24. Korean Fried Chicken Tenders

24 ridiculously addictive Gochujang recipes to enjoy this sweet and spicy Korean chili paste! #Korean #Asian #spicy | cookingtheglobe.com

Double-dipped buttermilk Korean fried chicken tenders.with Gochujang dipping sauce!

Recipe by: The Woks Of Life
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20 Comments

  • Reply Brandi Crawford March 15, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Everything looks amazing! That ramen is calling my name!

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Ramen is always good!

  • Reply Cindy Gordon March 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    This is completely new to me, I am excited to check out all the recipe options!

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:13 am

      You will definitely find something for yourself in this list, Cindy!

  • Reply Platter Talk March 15, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Holy cow! Not a dog in the house with those recipes. I think the squash, squid and Gochujang wings seem like good place to start. I will have to put out an APB on this ingredient. The hardest part of theses recipes is pronouncing their names!

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Ha ha, that’s for sure! Well, I don’t care about the name until it tastes good 😉

  • Reply debi at Life Currents March 15, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I do need to know about this chile paste, because I hadn’t heard of it before. I think Korean food is the least familiar to me. Thanks for all these delicious recipes! They look great!

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:15 am

      You are welcome, Debi! Gochujang is really worth your attention 😉

  • Reply Rae March 15, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    One of my girlfriends has talked about this in the past but I’ve never tried it. I think she failed to tell me how amazing it sounds and all the different ways to use it. Thank you for enlightening me!

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Gochujang is super versatile. I wouldn’t come up with all these ideas by myself, though!

  • Reply peter @feed your soul too March 16, 2017 at 2:23 am

    I really like the spice and sweetness of this Korean sauce and you have given so many good recipes with which to use it.

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Yup, now just choose something from the list and make it, Peter 😉

  • Reply Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy March 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I really need to find some of this paste. I will have to scout out an Asian market with I am in Toronto. I have made bibimbap 3 times and have had to sub out the paste for something else. These recipes look amazing and totally delicious.

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:34 am

      You should be able to find it in any Asian market easily. It’s really worth trying, Gloria 😉

  • Reply Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry March 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    So many fantastic recipes using Gochujang. Love the look of the shrimp rice bowls

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:34 am

      Yup, shrimp rice bowls look mouth-watering!

  • Reply Amanda March 16, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Now I just need to find a market that carries this. I have had two Korean roommates and stayed with a Korean family for a week. I love the cuisine.

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:35 am

      Any Asian market should have Gochujang 😉

  • Reply Elaine March 23, 2017 at 1:50 am

    Love your recipes about Asian food, it’s multifaceted and attractive.

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thanks, Elaine, even though these recipes are not actually mine, they are from fellow bloggers 😉

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