Hot pepper paste

Gochujang 고추장

This fermented staple ingredient adds spiciness, color, 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 in Korea it was traditionally homemade (my recipe is here). Homemade gochujang has a rich complex flavor that’s much deeper than store-bought.

Keep in the fridge after opening and use within 3 months. The top of the paste may become darker or dry out, but it’s still edible.





hot pepper paste

Recipes that use hot pepper paste (gochujang):


  1. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    Sorry, I can’t show you how to make hot pepper paste and bean paste for some reasons. First of all I don’t have tools such as a huge earthen pot and other ingredients here in New York, and I don’t have space for the pot and don’t have time to check on it everyday for 1 month. To make bean paste, it takes months and months.
    However, I will keep it in mind.

    Check this out

  2. hi!
    my name is luke, im so happy to see your website, its very informative and delicious could you please post a video on how to make gochujang and doenjang paste thanks and happy cooking! take care! :)

  3. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    I’m sorry to hear that you can’t find a korean grocery near you. If you are living in a big city, I’m sure you will find it though. I know many koreans are living in Malaysia. How about hot pepper flakes? I think it’s also not available if hot pepper paste is not available there. All I can say is that you should check out some Korean communities and ask them about this ingredient. You must feel frustrated and I’m sorry I can’t give you any good solution at the moment.

  4. I’m in Malaysia, I don’t think hot pepper paste is available here, what’s the ingredient inside, can I make the paste by myself? Any other solutions?


  5. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    Yes, you can keep hot pepper paste for months until it’s gone in the refrigerator.

  6. do you have to refrigerate it after you open the box? how long does it keep? thanks!

  7. Thanks, I checked out the recipe again just now.


  8. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    Yes, the green container must be mixture of hotpepper paste and bean paste. Did you see my grilled beef video? I think I made it there. Check out the video, and you will see how I eat it and make it. Oh, it’s called “ssam jang”. Of course making your own ssam jang is better and its taste is much better than the green container.

  9. Hi Maangchi, this red pepper paste package is red and the soybean paste is brown. I bought the green one and understand it’s a mix of the two paste, am I correct? Is it true that it’s unnecessary to buy this green one as one can just mix the above two paste together? I actually don’t know how to use it or what to cook it with, will u teach me please.


  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    Hi, anonymous,
    Yes, you can add hot pepper paste in doenjang jjigae. But don’t forget to use bean paste (doen jang).

  11. Hi maangchi,
    can i use the hot pepper paste to cook the spicy tofu soup? Will it taste the same?

  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    hi,confused, : )
    Yes, hot pepper flakes and hot pepper paste are different.
    You need hot pepper flakes or powder to make kimchi. NO hot pepper paste.
    Check it out my ingredient blog to find out the difference between those 2 ingredients.

  13. Hello! Is the hot pepper paste the same as the powder you use in your Kimchi video? Or are those two different ingredients?

  14. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    You could use other brands.
    Thanks, you are the first commenter here. : ) I made
    this ingredient blog for those who have no idea what the ingredients look like. I went to my favorite grocery store and took all these pictures.

  15. Wow. Thanks for all of the pictures. Does it have to be these brands or could they be other brands?

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