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.
To get that beautiful rich red color, 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.
Ready to make? See our homemade kimchi paste being made…
Homemade Kimchi Paste
- 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.