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Ssamjang Sauce Recipe

An easy, pungent Korean wrapping and dipping sauce. Spice you your dinner with this Korean staple!

My favorite Korean sauce, perfectly balanced and super spicy but not hot. It's perfect!

One of the first Korean foods I ate was Bulgogi with Ssamjang sauce wrapped in lettuce leaves .  It was AMAZING and I was hooked on Korean food from then on.  It was an explosion of flavor with wonderful texture.  

The succulent and chewy BBQ pork with spicy Ssamjang sauce wrapped in a crunchy lettuce leaf was the jumping off point for learning Korean cooking.  I am still learning, I will always be learning, that’s OK because I will always have something to look forward to and eat some delicious food along the way.

Ssamjang sauce is my favorite Korean sauce, perfectly balanced, super spicy but not hot!

This recipe is for the perfectly balanced Ssamjang sauce.  If you have never cooked Korean food before you will likely have to venture into an Asian grocery store.  If you have a very large supermarket, you may be able to find everything in the Asian aisle.

Ssam means ‘wrap’ and jang means ‘paste’ so Ssamjang means wrapping paste.  That was how I first experienced this wonderful condiment however this sauce is soooooo good you may end up using it for all sorts of fare.  

This sauce is thick so sometimes I thin it out using vinegar and sugar and use it for dipping.  This sauce is very versatile and like most cooking in Korea, individual recipes are handed down through the generations with each family putting their own stamp of originality into it.  

You can even make this hot by adding Gochugaru or red pepper flakes.  It’s entirely up to you.  Do try this condiment, you will be happy you did.

Ssamjang is my favorite Korean sauce. It's perfectly balanced, super spicy but not hot!
Ssamjang is my favorite Korean sauce. It's perfectly balanced, super spicy but not hot!
Ssamjang is my favorite Korean sauce. It's perfectly balanced, super spicy but not hot!

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Ssamjang sauce is my favorite Korean sauce, perfectly balanced, super spicy but not hot!

Ssamjang Sauce Recipe

Yield: 1 cup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A traditional, authentic Korean condiment.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Doenjang Paste (Fermented Soybean Paste)
  • 1 T Gochujang Paste (Korean hot pepper paste)
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup white onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp rice syrup, honey or sugar
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs Mirin (You may use water if you can't find Mirin)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients and keep in fridge for up to one month.
  2. Alternatively you can make a thin dipping sauce by mixing 1 Tbs Ssamjang, 2 Tbs Rice vinegar, 1 Tbs sugar.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 44Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

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