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. Laurennn London 1 commentjoined 2/17
    Posted February 22nd, 2017 at 2:12 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi, I’ve just bought some red pepper paste but it tastes awful, it says brown rice red pepper paste on the package, did I buy the right gochujang or does the others taste the same?

  2. aearthr Singapore 4 commentsjoined 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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  3. zana 1 commentjoined 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

    • Maangchi New York City 11,163 commentsjoined 8/08
      Posted August 7th, 2015 at 2:42 pm | # |

      yes, this hot pepper paste is used in bibimbap. Good luck!

  4. Belizecook Belize 1 commentjoined 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//

    • Maangchi New York City 11,163 commentsjoined 8/08
      Posted September 11th, 2014 at 3:58 pm | # |

      Find a Korean grocery store and ask for “Gochujang”, please.

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