Homemade Gochujang Paste (Korean Chili Paste)

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I’ve been having fun exploring the flavors of various Asian cuisines. I was on a Chinese food kick for a while, and then switched to Indian, and have dabbled a little in Japanese. Most recently, my family has been enjoying trying Korean food. I’ve got one Korean recipe already on the site: Bulgogi (Korean beef) and I’ve been promising to share some of our new favorites. So here you go!

What Is Gochujang?

Gochujang is a condiment. It’s a red paste made with Korean ground chile peppers and it’s got ALL the flavors. It’s savory, a little bit sweet, and has a nice kick of heat (but not too much!).

Gochujang paste has plenty of uses in Korean cuisine. As far as I know, it’s added to soups and stews, dolloped on top of rice bowls, used as a meat rub, and stirred into stir fry. I also use it in these Korean rice bowls.

I like to make it into a sauce. I sometimes add some honey, sesame oil, and coconut aminos and make it into a wing sauce. Or I’ll mix it into mayo to make a dipping sauce or burger topping. Recipes coming soon!

Just keep in mind that gochujang paste is thick like tomato paste and gochujang sauce is thinner like tomato sauce. So if you find a Korean recipe, pay attention to which ingredient is called for. It’s super easy to make the paste and also easy to make the paste into a sauce, so once you’ve made the paste you’re all set for either scenario!

Step 1: Find some Gochugaru Pepper Flakes

The first and most important ingredient in making gochujang paste is dried ground gochugaru peppers. It’s a product similar in texture to the chili powder used commonly in the U.S., but that’s where the comparison ends.

Gochugaru pepper flakes are a brighter shade of red because they’re not roasted. And don’t be tempted to sub cayenne pepper! Gochugaru is made with different peppers that aren’t nearly as spicy.

If you have an Asian food store near you, you can probably find them there. If not, you can look on Amazon. This is the one that I use.

Step 2: Make Gochujang Paste

First, a disclaimer: I am well aware that this is not how you make traditional gochujang paste. That takes months! I am also aware that these are not the exact ingredients used in making a faster version of gochujang paste. I was going for a product with a similar taste, but ingredients that I’m comfortable feeding my family and usually have on hand.

My gochujang paste recipe is gluten-free and has the sweet, savory, slightly spicy flavors of any gochujang paste at the store.

So, to make my gochujang paste, I blend together white miso, gochugaru flakes, honey or maple syrup, coconut aminos, rice vinegar, and garlic and onion powder. The whole process takes about 2 minutes start to finish. I highly recommend giving this recipe a try, especially if you want to one of my favorite recipes, Korean Gochujang chicken wings!

I also love to add this to my pickled radish recipe for a zesty, nutritious, and definitely not boring condiment.

Homemade Gochujang Paste Recipe

A fast and easy recipe for a sweet, savory, and slightly spicy paste essential to Korean cooking.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Author Katie Wells





  • Place all ingredients in a mini food processor.
  • Pulse until combined.
  • Taste and adjust sweetness as needed by adding more honey/maple syrup.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.


To use, use plain or mix into mayo for a spicy Korean mayo or add additional coconut aminos, sesame oil, and honey to make a sauce.

Do you like Korean food? What’s your favorite?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


6 responses to “Homemade Gochujang Paste (Korean Chili Paste)”

    1. Suzanne Avatar

      Red miso has a bolder, stronger, saltier flavor than white miso. You can definitely substitute it, but I’d start with maybe 1/4 cup instead of 1/2 and taste, adding more until you end up with a flavor you like.

      1. Hayley Michelle Miller Avatar
        Hayley Michelle Miller

        Thank you! I just recently got miso to try and it’s red. Would you recommend having both on hand? I want to try the white eventually but don’t need both in my fridge right now.

        1. Suzanne Avatar

          Unless you’re really into making your recipes authentic, I wouldn’t worry about it. I hate having a gazillion different condiments cluttering in my fridge, so if I know I’m not going to use them too fast, I’d finish the red before trying the white. They do taste different and have different uses, but are both tasty and will both make delicious food.

  1. Heather Avatar

    I’ve looked at those same gochugaru flakes on Amazon. They are from China. I am concerned about the water quality of products from China. I have not been able to find authentic gochugaru from Korea.

    1. HyeMi Jung Avatar
      HyeMi Jung

      hi I am from korea but living in overseas for a long time and you are very right, Be careful gochugaru from China. quality is really bad and a lot of times its not even real. In korea we are very careful to buy Gochugaru Because we dont want to buy from China. Anyway, what I usually do, I blend hot pepper flakes finer and mix with paprika powder. Ratio is hot pepper flakes : paprika = 1:3 since Guchugaru isn’t very spicy because its made with seedless pepper. I make kimchi with this pepper powder and it works great. nobody ever questioned about the flavor or what so ever!! . I also made Guchujan with this powder too! Hope this helps !!

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