Homemade Kimchi Paste

A delicious catch-all kimchi paste…

There are many recipes for kimchi – the spicy Korean vegetable side dish. But one thing that’s common through them all: the need for a spicy chili pepper paste. This simple homemade kimchi paste is a terrific catch-all across kimchi recipes, but it can do more than that. Use it, too, as a way to spice up soups and stews. It has a delicious spicy-sweet flavor that works in many tomato-based soups, giving it a little exotic flavor twist.

To get that beautiful rich red color you expect for kimchi, you’ll need Korean red pepper powder (gochujangyong gochugaru). It may be carried in the international section of your local supermarket, but you may need a specialty store. It’s also available online via Amazon if you need to source it.

Looking for other exotic spicy recipes? Homemade kimchi paste is just the beginning. Our spicy recipe index features over 500 recipes, including some unique homemade pastes and powders. For instance, check out this homemade hoisin sauce. Beyond being a tasty eggroll dipper, it’s a perfect way to add an exotic spicy twist to barbecue. Or, for a Japanese steakhouse twist, give this homemade yum yum sauce a try.

homemade kimchi paste

Homemade Kimchi Paste

A delicious catch-all chili paste for kimchi
4 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine Korean
Servings 16 servings
Calories 7 kcal


  • 1/2 cup gochujangyong gochugaru Korean red pepper powder
  • 1/4 cup water + 1 tablespoon extra
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.


Calories: 7kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 430mgPotassium: 10mgSugar: 1gCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg


Keyword Gochugaru
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on August 17, 2019 to include new content. It was originally published on March 13, 2016.
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