21 easy and flavorful recipes using gochujang. This Korean chili paste adds a sweet, salty, and spicy kick to enhance your dishes.

Recipes using gochujang collected as a roundup.

If you’re unsure what to do with that tube of gochujang in your fridge, I’ve got recipe ideas for you. I’ve compiled a variety recipes using gochujang as a key ingredient.

These dishes are easy to make and packed with flavor. Once you try any of these 21 gochujang recipes, you’ll keep coming back to this Korean chili paste.

Gochujang is great for adding flavor and spice to food. You can use it in various dishes like soups, stews, marinades, and sauces.

It provides a unique taste that’s both spicy and sweet. Additionally, gochujang can serve as a dipping sauce or spread to enhance the flavor of snacks or sandwiches.

What is gochujang?

For those who don’t know yet, gochujang is a red, thick chili paste from Korea. It’s deeply savory, peppery, pungent, slightly sweet, and spicy!

This paste makes everything taste better! It’s made from Korean chili powder (gochugaru), rice syrup (jocheong), fermented soybeans (mejugaru), and salt. Gochujang adds both flavor and heat to dishes. It’s used in many Korean recipes to give them their special taste.

If you’re interested in making it yourself, I’ve got an easy homemade gochujang recipe for you. With this recipe, you can savor the authentic flavor of Korean chili paste anytime you crave it, and use it in a multitude of recipes calling for gochujang.

21 Recipes with Gochujang

Korean chicken bulgogi, dak bulgogi, made with gochujang
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Chicken Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Chicken)

Chicken bulgogi is a simple and fast Korean BBQ chicken dish made with gochujang. You can grill, broil, or pan-fry this slightly sweet and savory chicken.
Spicy Korean rice cakes (tteokbokki) is made with gochujang and served on a platter with toothpicks.
2

Classic Tteokbokki: 20-Minute Korean Spicy Rice Cakes

Make classic Tteokbokki in 20 minutes with this easy Korean spicy rice cake recipe! Perfect for all skill levels, and savor authentic street food flavors at home.
Gochujang caramel cookies on a parchment paper.
3

NYT Gochujang Caramel Cookies

Gochujang caramel cookies bring a spicy twist to classic sugar cookies. Blending sweet and spicy with rich gochujang caramel, they offer a unique, crispy-yet-chewy cookie experience. Makes 12 large cookies
Adapted from New York Times Cooking
Spicy Korean pork stir-fry is served with rice and lettuce.
4

Spicy Pork Bulgogi (Jeyuk Bokkeum)

Make Korean spicy pork bulgogi at home with this easy recipe. Quickly stir-fry thin slices of pork shoulder in a spicy gochujang sauce for a home-cooked meal that rivals restaurant quality, if not better.
Gochujang sauce glaze brushed on crispy Korean fried chicken wings.
5

The Best Crispy Korean Fried Chicken

Ultimate Korean fried chicken recipe! These chicken wings are extra crispy on the outside and wonderfully moist inside, all coated in a mouth-watering red spicy glaze made from gochujang sauce.
Crispy Korean chicken nuggets coated coated with sauce in a pan.
6

Dakgangjeong (Korean Chicken Nuggets)

Dakgangjeong is a crispy Korean chicken snack with bite-sized chicken thigh pieces in a sweet, slightly spicy glaze. It's quick to cook, great for snacks or parties.
Korean fire chicken (buldak) with melted cheese in a skillet.
7

Hot Cheese Buldak (Korean Fire Chicken)

Cheese Buldak, or Korean fire chicken, combines spicy chicken seasoned with gochujang and melted cheese. It's a flavorful dish perfect for spicy food lovers.
Gochujang sloppy joe sandwich with potato chips.
8

Korean Sloppy Joes (with Gochujang)

This Korean sloppy Joes got a little flavor twist from all American classic, sloppy Joes. The addition of Korean chili paste (gochujang) makes the ordinary Sloppy Joes into extra ordinary.
Korean Spicy Mackerel (Gogalbi)
9

Korean Pan-Fried Spicy Mackerel (Gogalbi)

Gogalbi is a Korean mackerel dish grilled with spicy paste. Traditionally it is grilled, but you can pan-fry to get a similar taste.
Bibim guksu (Korean cold noodles) garnished with salad vegetables and egg.
10

Easy Bibim Guksu (Korean Cold Noodles)

Bibim guksu, Korean cold noodles, are great for warm weather. Made with chewy wheat noodles and a spicy bibim sauce, this customizable dish is refreshing and flavorful. Ready in under 20 minutes!
Rose tteokbokki with sausage in a creamy gochujang rose sauce.
11

Creamy Rose Tteokbokki

Rose tteokbokki features chewy rice cakes in a mildly spicy gochujang sauce with cream and milk. This quick Korean fusion recipe delivers a tasty snack or meal in under 20 minutes.
Gochujang noodles made with ground beef served in a bowl.
12

20-Minute Beef Gochujang Noodles

Enjoy flavorful Beef Gochujang Noodles in under 20 minutes! This easy Korean-inspired one-bowl meal combines spicy gochujang paste, sweet apple, and pantry staples, with simple customization options.
A bowl of ssamjang is presented with a lid on the side.
13

Ssamjang Recipe: Authentic Korean Dipping Sauce

Learn to make homemade Ssamjang with this easy-to-follow recipe! Elevate your Korean BBQ and dishes with this authentic dipping sauce, ready in just 5 minutes.
Korean cucumber salad (oi-muchim) made with gocujang dressing.
14

Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad (Oi Muchim)

Korean cucumber salad (Oi Muchim) is a crunchy, refreshing side dish perfect for any meal. This quick, 10-minute recipe features a sweet, salty, spicy, and tangy sauce with a hint of gochujang.
Korean spicy squid stir-fry (ojingeo bokkeum) in a serving dish.
15

Ojingeo Bokkeum (Spicy Korean Squid Stir-Fry)

Ojingeo Bokkeum is a Korean spicy squid stir-fry ideal for seafood and spice enthusiasts. This easy recipe uses a few staple Korean ingredients to create a delicious, flavor-packed meal.
Spicy Korean chicken stir-fry with rice cake and vegetables are cooked in a large skillet.
16

Authentic Dakgalbi (Spicy Korean Chicken Stir-Fry)

Enjoy Dakgalbi, a spicy Korean chicken stir-fry with chicken thighs, cabbage, rice cake, and sweet potato in a rich gochujang-based sauce. Experience the authentic flavors of Korean cuisine in this hearty recipe.
spicy pork and zucchini stew is served with a spoon
17

Korean Spicy Pork Stew with Zucchini

This Korean spicy pork and zucchini stew is a popular dish from Jeolla province in Korea. Korean chili paste and chili flakes make this stew extra spicy but not overly.
Spicy Korean style sea snail salad is made with canned sea snail and vegetables. Serve with cold vermicelli noodles.
18

Spicy Korean Snail Salad with Vermicelli Noodles

Delicious spicy Korean style sea snail salad is made with canned sea snail and vegetables. Serve with cold vermicelli noodles.
Rice Cakes are on skewers and glazed with sauce made with Korean chili paste (gochujang).
19

Rice Cake Skewers, Tteok Kkochi (떡꼬치)

These Rice cake skewers (Ttoek-kkochi) are another variation of popular Korean street food. The rice cakes are pan-fried on skewers and glazed with a delicious sauce made with gochujang.
Red Snapper is broiled and top with Korean Chili Sauce
20

Broiled Red Snapper with Korean Chili Sauce

Broiled red snapper is a popular Korean fish recipe. It's topped with Korean chili sauce made with gochujang. So delicious!
Spicy Korean pork tacos on a plate.
21

Spicy Korean Pork Taco with Soy Lime Vinaigrette

Enjoy the perfect fusion of Korean and Mexican flavors in our Spicy Korean pork taco made with gochujang. Drizzled with a zesty soy-lime vinaigrette for a mouthwatering twist!

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Korean chicken bulgogi, dak bulgogi, made with gochujang

21 Recipes with Gochujang: Chicken Bulgogi

Chicken bulgogi is a simple and fast Korean BBQ chicken dish made with gochujang. You can grill, broil, or pan-fry this slightly sweet and savory chicken.
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Ingredients

Equipment

Instructions 

  • Out a piece of plastic wrap over chicken thighs and pound with a meat hammer to stretch and tenderize; set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together gochujang, gochugaru (if using), soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, corn syrup, rice wine, sesame oil, and pepper. Add the chicken thighs and toss together to coat evenly. Let the chicken rest on a room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to broil; place an oven shelving to 5-6 inch below the heat source. Grease a cooling rack with a spray oil and place on top of a large baking pan (half sheet size) lined with foil.
  • Spread the chicken pieces on the rack without overlapping. Broil 4-5 minute or until the surface is slightly charred. Turn the chicken to the other side and broil for another 4-5 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. Keep an eye on the chicken so that you don't char them too much.
  • Cut the chicken thighs into a bite size chunks and place in a serving dish. Garnish with thinly sliced perilla leaves and toasted sesame seeds. Serve hot with rice.
Calories: 633kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 39g, Fat: 44g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g, Monounsaturated Fat: 18g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 221mg, Sodium: 607mg, Potassium: 630mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 1001IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 3mg
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