Homemade Kimchi Paste

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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
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Gochugaru
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 7kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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

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Nutrition

Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 10mg | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Ilene
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Ilene

Any suggestions to replace fish sauce for vegetarians?

Shivani Sharma
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Shivani Sharma

Try Powdered kelp

Chino Lavares
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Chino Lavares

Use the vegetable stock, kombu kelp extract or the Korean soup soy sauce.

Natasha
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Natasha

How long can the paste be stored?

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