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gochujang sauce boiling in a pot and dripping off of a spoon
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Gochujang Sauce - Korean Red Pepper Paste Sauce

This gochujang sauce is sweet, spicy, savory, and tangy! It's perfect as a Korean fried chicken sauce (also called yangnyeom sauce) or as a glaze to brush on protein! Gochujang is a fermented Korean red pepper paste made with Korean peppers, soybeans, and other spices. Try this sauce to enjoy the flavor of gochujang!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Dips, Glazes, Sauces
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Servings: 4
Calories: 134kcal



  • Add all the ingredients to a sauce pan and set it over medium high heat.
    adding soy sauce to a pot with gochujang and sugar
  • Stir the sauce occasionally and wait for it to come to a rolling boil with lots of bubbling. The sugar content in this sauce allows it to easily burn so keep an eye on it. This should take about 2 minutes.
    gochujang sauce boiling in a pot
  • Once the sauce comes to a boil, test that it is properly reduced and thickened up. Drizzle a small amount onto a plate and let it cool. If it's too thin, let it boil more. If it's too thick, add a teaspoon more water at a time and turn off the heat.
    Once cooled taste the sauce and adjust for seasoning if needed. Makes slightly over 1 cup of sauce.
    gochujang sauce dripping off a spoon


  1. Storage: Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  2. Reheating: The sauce will thicken up once cooled. Microwave it while covered for 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each time, until it's warmed through. Or heat it over low heat in a saucepan. You may need to add a bit of water if it's too thick. 
  3. Ketchup: When using this as a Korean fried chicken sauce, some variations include ketchup, which gives this sauce a sweeter, more tangy flavor. If desired, feel free to add 1 Tablespoon of ketchup along with the other ingredients. 


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 929mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg