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Simple Korean Bibimbap Sauce Recipe

01/11/2022

Sweet, savoury and SPICY, this easy bibimbap sauce is ready to add a burst of flavour heat to your favourite Korean recipes. Try it with your next bibimbap rice bowl, spicy rice cake skewers and so much more!

A spoon dipping into a bowl of red Korean rice bowl sauce.

Why We Love This

This homemade Korean bibimbap sauce is super easy to make with just 6 ingredients. If you love cooking Korean food, you’re just about guaranteed to have everything on hand and ready to go right when you need it.

We love the spicy kick and subtle sweetness to this sauce, it works so well to bring out the flavours in whatever dish you drizzle it on.

Related: Gochujang Mayo / Gochujang Chicken Burgers

Bright red Korean bibimbap sauce in a small glass dish.

What is Bibimbap Sauce? 

Bibimbap sauce is a condiment made with gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) and other classic Korean seasonings like garlic, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and sugar. 

It’s most often used as a sauce for bibimbap (Korean rice bowls mixed with veggies and meats), however can also be used as a marinade for beef or chicken. 

Note: This bibimbap sauce recipe is similar to our all purpose gochujang sauce, but is made without doenjang (Korean miso) or gochugaru chilli flakes to keep it lighter and less intense.

What You’ll Need

  • Gochujang / Korean Hot Pepper Paste – This fermented Korean chilli paste is spicy, but has more of a well-rounded, sweet tomato flavour rather than just pure chilli heat. (Note: You can buy an extra hot version if you want!). It’s available at Asian groceries, well stocked supermarkets in the international aisle, or online. If you can’t source it, you can make a paste out of regular red chilli flakes mixed with sugar and a dash of soy. (Use 1 tablespoon of chilli flakes for every tablespoon of gochujang required). 
  • Korean plum syrup extract / syrup (매실청 / maesil cheong) – Traditionally this sauce is seasoned with plum extract, however this can be harder to source depending on where you live. If you can’t find it, you can mix together brown sugar and lemon juice as a quick and easy substitute.
  • Rice Wine Vinegar – Can also be labelled as rice vinegar (they’re the same thing). Adds subtle acidity and sweetness to the sauce. Sub with half the amount of any other kind of vinegar. Once mixed, you can then taste and add more if you like. 
  • Other Seasonings – You’ll also need garlic, sesame oil and sugar (sub with honey or maple syrup if you prefer).
Ingredients laid out to make bibimbap sauce.

How to Make Bibimbap Sauce

First, gather your ingredients: See recipe card below for measurements.

  1. In a small dish, add the gochujang, garlic, sugar, plum syrup (or brown sugar and lemon juice), sesame oil and rice wine vinegar.
  2. Mix together until combined. Use straight away over bibimbap bowls, or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks until you’re ready to use it!

Wandercook’s Tips

  • Tweak to Taste – Feel free to taste the sauce and add more of any ingredient to get it just how you like it.
  • Storage – Store bibimbap sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks, or in the freezer for 2-3 months.

FAQs

What else can I use bibimbap sauce for?

This sauce is a great substitute for ssamjang dipping sauce for bulgogi beef lettuce wraps. You can also make some in advance and keep it on hand to use as a quick base for dishes like gochujang pasta, Korean army stew or dakgalbi chicken stir fry

You can also use it as a basting sauce for tteokkochi rice cake skewers, or alongside gamja jeon potato pancakes or haemul pajeon seafood pancakes.

Can I make it non spicy?

You sure can. Just swap the gochujang out for Korean miso paste (doenjang) or Japanese miso paste. The sauce will have a rich umami flavour without the heat.

Is bibimbap sauce vegan?

Yes, this recipe is vegan, as long as the gochujang paste you use is also vegan. Most brands of store bought gochujang are vegan, but check the label if you’re unsure.

Variations

Red gochujang based bibimbap sauce drips off a spoon.

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A spoon dips into a bowl of bibimbap sauce.

Simple Korean Bibimbap Sauce Recipe

Sweet, savoury and SPICY, this easy bibimbap sauce is ready to add a burst of flavour heat to your favourite Korean recipes. Try it with your next bibimbap rice bowl, spicy rice cake skewers and so much more!
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Korean
Servings: 1 Serve
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $5

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a small dish, add the gochujang, garlic, sugar, plum syrup (or brown sugar and lemon juice), sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. Mix together until combined.
    2 tbsp Korean hot pepper paste / gochujang, 1 tbsp garlic, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp plum syrup, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • Use straight away over bibimbap bowls, or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2-3 weeks until you're ready to use it!

Video

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Recipe Notes

  • Tweak to Taste – Feel free to taste the sauce and add more of any ingredient to get it just how you like it.
  • Storage – Store bibimbap sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 weeks, or in the freezer for 2-3 months.
  • Make it Extra Spicy – Add 1 tsp gochugaru chilli flakes (to start – add more if you know you like it really spicy).
  • Make it Funky – Add extra umami flavour with the addition of soy sauce, Korean miso paste (doenjang) or Japanese miso paste.
  • Add Savouriness – Add toasted sesame seeds or gomashio sesame salt (whole or ground) to taste. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Simple Korean Bibimbap Sauce Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
134
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Sodium
 
3113
mg
135
%
Potassium
 
204
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
24
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.3
g
1
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
64
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
21
mg
2
%
Iron
 
0.4
mg
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Simple Korean Bibimbap Sauce Recipe

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