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15 Ways to Use Gochujang Korean Chilli Paste

24/01/2020 (Last Updated: 01/04/2020)

Do you ever find yourself with unusual ingredients you bought for a recipe, but don’t know what to do with them afterwards? Gochujang is one such ingredient. We love using the spicy fermented chilli paste in our Korean Army Stew hotpot and Tteokbokki (Korean rice cake stir fry), but had no idea just how versatile this mouthwatering paste can be! Here’s our bucket list of 15 recipes to use up that little tub of gochujang. 

Image of six recipes that use gochujang (Korean chilli paste).

15 Ways to Use Gochujang Korean Chilli Paste


1. Easy Korean Army Stew | Wandercooks

“Learn how to cook this easy Korean-American hotpot recipe. Korean Army Stew (Budae Jjigae) transforms simple everyday ingredients like spam, noodles, mushroom and veggies into a mouth-watering spicy stew. Budae Jjigae is perfect for sharing and entertaining too – if you have a table top cooker, why not cook it all together with friends!

Korean army stew ingredients simmering in an electric frypan.




2. Easy Korean Beef Bibimbap Recipe | The Forked Spoon

“Easy Korean Beef Bibimbap Recipe made with warm rice topped with thinly sliced Bulgogi Korean beef, mixed vegetables, kimchi, gochujang, and a fried egg. Mix it all together, and the result is a delicious and easy Korean Bibimbap dinner favourite the whole family will love.

Easy Korean Beef Bibimbap Recipe


3. Korean Spicy Chilli Bulgogi | All Ways Delicious

“Spicy Korean chicken is flavoured with gochujang, a fermented red chilli paste that is spicy and full of umami. This Korean chicken recipe is easy to make either on the barbecue grill or in a grill pan on the stovetop.

Korean Spicy Chilli Bulgogi with Gochujang


4. Spicy Beef Soba Noodle Salad | Delightful Plate

“This Spicy Beef Soba Noodle Salad is not only easy to make but also healthy and filling. It features beef, soba noodle, lots of fresh and crisp vegetables and a spicy gochujang dressing.

Spicy Beef Soba Noodle Salad


5. Korean Steamed Chicken Breast | Krumpli

“This chicken breast features a gochujang and honey glaze and is then steamed to ensure a soft and juicy piece of meat.

Korean Steamed Chicken Breast


6. Tteokbokki Recipe – Korean Spicy Rice Cake Stir Fry | Wandercooks

“Tteokbokki is a super popular street food dish in Korea, thanks to a handful of superstar ingredients. This fiery tteokbokki recipe features mouthwatering Korean chilli flakes, gochujang spice paste and dashi stock, smothered over chewy rice cakes.

Bowl of Tteokbokki with boiled eggs, chopsticks and pinch bowls of sesame seeds and Korean chilli flakes.


7. Pressure Cooker Korean Pork Ribs | Supergolden Bakes

“These pressure cooker Korean pork ribs are irresistible and very easy to prepare. Deliciously sticky and finger lickin’ good! This recipe is also suitable for your slow cooker.

Pressure Cooker Korean Pork Ribs


8. Spicy Baked Korean Chicken Wings | Joyous Apron

“These chicken wings are baked not fried yet super crispy, then drizzled with an oh-so-flavourful sauce made with Korean hot pepper paste! So delicious!

Spicy Baked Korean Chicken Wings


9. Vegan Korean Mushroom Bulgogi Bowl | Rachael Hartley Nutrition

“This veggie packed vegan Korean mushroom bulgogi bowl uses meaty portobello mushrooms in lieu of beef! It’s easy for meal prep, and topped with a spicy sriracha mayo sauce!

Vegan Korean Mushroom Bulgogi Bowl


10. Korean Gochujang Ribs | Bacon Is Magic

“Korean gochujang ribs is a spicy twist on a classic favourite. So easy to make as barbecued ribs, in the oven or slow cooker.

Korean Gochujang Ribs


11. Gochujang Bean Balls | Quite Good Food

“Gochujang is the star of the show in this full on, flavour packed, Korean style take on vegan meat balls.

Gochujang Bean Balls


12. Gochujang Hobak Jjigae – Spicy Zucchini Soup | Daily Cooking Quest

“Korean gochujang hobak jjigae is hot pepper paste, zucchini, tofu, shiitake, and onion mingles together in wonderfully aromatic anchovy soup.

Gochujang Hobak Jjigae - Spicy Zucchini Soup


13. Spicy Korean Chicken | Where Is My Spoon

“A spicy Korean chicken recipe: gochujang chicken breast with green onions, a healthy and easy way of enjoying chicken Korean style.

Spicy Korean Chicken in Gochujang Sauce


14. Asparagus with Spicy Gochujang Glaze | Kroll’s Korner

“Spice up your side dishes with these spicy Korean hot pepper green beans!

Asparagus with Spicy Gochujang Glaze


15. Crazy Good Gochujang & Peanut Butter Sandwiches | Quite Good Food

“A ridiculously delicious sandwich combo for the chilli lovers, featuring fiery Korean hot pepper paste and peanut butter.

Crazy Good Gochujang & Peanut Butter Sandwiches

Gochujang FAQs

Where to buy Gochujang?

We buy our gochujang from the Asian supermarket or grocer. If you don’t have one nearby, you can also purchase direct from Amazon.

What does Gochujang taste like?

Gochujang is a also known as Korean Hot Pepper Paste. We’d say it’s around a medium spice and tastes almost more on the tomato side than chilli flavour.

Is Gochujang vegan and vegetarian friendly?

Yes and yes! So smother your tofu, veggies and other amazing ingredients in this sauce – Right. Now!


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So there you have it! These recipes are sure to help you find new and exciting ways to use up the rest of your tub of gochujang paste. All you need to do now is decide: Which recipe will you try first? 

And if you’ve already tried one or more of these tasty dishes, let us know how it turned out in the comments!

15 Ways to Use Gochujang Korean Chilli Paste

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  • Reply
    05/02/2020 at 10:47 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe collection couldn’t come at a better time as I’ve got some of this lovely chilli paste sitting in the fridge and was wondering on how to use it without repeating myself. Now I have so many lovely options, thanks!

    • Reply
      14/02/2020 at 1:07 pm

      Cheers Jo! Glad it could help you too. It’s amazing how versatile a little paste can be!

  • Reply
    05/02/2020 at 10:17 pm

    5 stars
    I absolutely love Gochujang so this is the best round up for me ever! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Reply
      14/02/2020 at 1:07 pm

      Ah yay, glad to have found another fan. Hope you found a new use or two for it!

  • Reply
    Alice | SkinnySpatula
    05/02/2020 at 8:31 pm

    5 stars
    The paste sounds so versatile. I’ve never had it, but I think I’m definitely missing out. Must try!

    • Reply
      14/02/2020 at 1:06 pm

      It really is, because it’s not too hot either, it really lends more flavour to a dish rather than overtaking it with heat and spice, which is awesome!

  • Reply
    05/02/2020 at 5:00 pm

    5 stars
    This is so helpful! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      14/02/2020 at 1:05 pm

      You’re welcome Katie!

  • Reply
    05/02/2020 at 2:15 pm

    5 stars
    I had no idea you could use Korean chilli paste in so many ways! The glazed asparagus is calling my name!

    • Reply
      14/02/2020 at 1:05 pm

      Yesssss, how good does that Asparagus look!

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