Hot pepper paste

Gochujang 고추장

This fermented staple ingredient adds spiciness and sweetness to many Korean dishes. It’s sometimes labeled as “red pepper paste” in English on the package. Most people buy it in a Korean grocery store, but you can also make your own gochujang at home. Homemade gochujang has a rich complex flavor that’s much deeper than store-bought.

Keep in the fridge after opening.






hot pepper paste


Recipes that use hot pepper paste (gochujang):



  1. aearthr Singapore My profile page joined 1/10
    Posted July 5th, 2016 at 9:33 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi! It’s been a while since I posted here. Recently saw there is a vinegared hot pepper paste in bottle form. Is there any difference with the usual one? Can this vinegared version used for bibimbap too? Thanks in advance!

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  2. zana My profile page joined 8/15
    Posted August 7th, 2015 at 5:38 am | # |

    i just want to know that chili paste mean gochujang sauce in bibimbap right ? it is same ? tqvm

  3. Belizecook Belize My profile page joined 9/14
    Posted September 10th, 2014 at 4:25 pm | # |

    Hi presently in Japan, and want to know what i should ask for if i want to buy hot pepper paste…help please//

  4. Aritosa NORWAY My profile page joined 6/14
    Posted June 5th, 2014 at 2:30 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi! I must say I love your recipes very much^^ I would like to make ddeokbokki but the Asian store in my city only has one type of gochujang, which contains sprite. Is it possible to find gochjang (online) without the ingredient sprite? Also, how do you store gochujang?

    Thanks, and please keep up the lovely videos :)

  5. TheCurlyLady Big apple My profile page joined 2/14
    Posted February 5th, 2014 at 3:47 pm | # |

    Hi I wanted to know if there is any option to get the hot pepper paste -not hot at all?
    I love hot pepper but my man doesn’t .. He can not even tolerate even black pepper .
    I need help!
    And thank you for doing such a great job for all of us :)

  6. Krynauw Otto Pretoria, South Africa My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/13
    Posted November 2nd, 2013 at 5:37 am | # |

    I love the smell of gochujang!!!

  7. danialaswad24 Malaysia My profile page joined 10/13
    Posted October 30th, 2013 at 9:05 am | # |

    do Red Chili Paste are available in Malaysia ???

  8. Ro Sri lanka My profile page joined 6/13
    Posted June 1st, 2013 at 10:04 am | # |

    Hi, I’m from Sri Lanka.. someone please let me know is there any way for me to buy these korean food ingredients in Sri Lanka?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 1st, 2013 at 10:29 am | # |

      I found 2 Korean grocery stores in Sri Lanka through Korean website, but I found only their phone numbers. Please call the stores to ask the address please.
      1. K mart: 2507202
      2. IL-Mi Super (일미슈퍼): 5766434

      • anais mexico My profile page joined 8/13
        Posted August 16th, 2013 at 3:28 pm | # |

        i currently live in Mexico. I dont think i could find certain ingredients here. Is there any website to order from? Just so you know i just found this website and i love it thnkyou.

  9. Rempuii Lunglei My profile page joined 4/13
    Posted April 24th, 2013 at 6:46 pm | # |

    i would really like to try making korean dishes..but i dont know where i can find the ingredients like the hot pepper paste here in India..i checked out the list of grocery stores in India,but they’re all located in New Delhi..Do you know where i can find the above in Bangalore??…would really appreciate it!!

  10. twerpy cleveland, oh My profile page joined 11/11
    Posted October 11th, 2012 at 3:09 pm | # |


    I recently found out that I am allergic to wheat, and my soybean paste and gochujang all have wheat flour in them :((. Do you know of any paste brands that don’t use wheat flour?

    I love all your recipes, and want to be able to continue to eat delicious Korean food!

    Thanks in advance!!!

  11. manda indonesia My profile page joined 10/12
    Posted October 3rd, 2012 at 3:17 am | # |


    can i use this red pepper paste to make kimchi?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted October 12th, 2012 at 8:08 am | # |

      I use hot pepper flakes to make kimchi. But some of my readers used gochujang and they said it was delicious, but i ever tried it myself.

  12. twolonew USA My profile page joined 2/12
    Posted February 2nd, 2012 at 1:42 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi, Which brand is your favorite or would you recommend? Thank you!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 10:45 am | # |

      I don’t have any particular brand that I prefer for hot pepper paste. All brands sold at a Korean grocery store are good. During my Gapshida trip, me and my meetup organizers went to a local grocery store to buy gochujang. No matter which brand I used, in any country, all the dishes turned out great.

  13. Hisoka Malaysia My profile page joined 11/11
    Posted January 15th, 2012 at 10:47 am | # |

    gosh, if in this case the one that i have is inedible!
    my cousin’s ex-housemate was a Korean gal and she left a box of gochujang in the refrigerato. my cousin dunno how to use and she gives it to me, but when i open, it’s black color!!!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted January 16th, 2012 at 12:50 am | # |

      ” when i open, it’s black color!” Get rid of it. : )

      • Sav_sss Canada (near Montreal) My profile page I'm a fan! joined 3/15
        Posted August 15th, 2015 at 11:33 am | # |

        Omg you just answered my question it’s not good if it’s black then!! ahhhh now i know why it didn’t taste good lol Thank you.

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