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Korean Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Korean Barbecue Sauce Recipe is a flavor game changer. Spiced with Gochujang, this sticky and spicy barbecue sauce is versatile enough to pair with any grilled meat or used to season stir fry, lettuce wraps and soups. Quick, easy and can be made ahead!

Korean Barbecue Sauce Recipe spiced with Gochujang, this sticky and spicy barbecue sauce is versatile enough to pair with any grilled meat or used to season stir fry, lettuce wraps and soups. Quick, easy and can be made ahead!

Let me introduce you to one of my new favorite sauces. It only takes a few minutes to make and has such a unique flavor profile from the Gochujang that I am sorry I waited until now to start making it. I love Tamari and even though it is not considered interchangeable, I find that I am regularly substituting it into recipes that traditionally call for soy sauce.

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Korean Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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  • I always say this, but the best results start with quality ingredients, so use the best you can afford.
  • Use fresh, minced garlic. Garlic is an integral component of this sauce recipe and some flavor may be lost if fresh is not used.
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Korean Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Tools and Essential Ingredients to make this Korean Barbecue Sauce recipe:

  • Gochujang – one of the backbone ingredients of Korean cooking.  This red chili paste is a savory, sweet, and spicy fermented condiment made from chili powder, glutinous rice, fermented soybean powder, barley malt powder, and salt. It gets that hint of sweetness from the starch of the cooked rice.
  • Tamari – thicker, complex and more mellow than soy sauce, Tamari is a by-product of miso production. It is the liquid that is extracted from the fermented miso paste. It’s interesting that even though they are so similar,  soy sauce is a product of China and Tamari is a product of Japan.
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Korean Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Korean Barbecue Sauce Recipe is a flavor game changer. Spiced with Gochujang, this sticky and spicy sauce is versatile enough to pair with any grilled meat, and be used to season fried rice, stir fry, lettuce wraps and soups.
Course Sauce
Cuisine Korean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 40kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup Tamari, or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Gochujang paste
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic, about 6 cloves
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Stir brown sugar,  Tamari,  rice wine vinegar, Gochujang paste, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, honey and black pepper together in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Whisk cornstarch and water together in a small bowl until the cornstarch dissolves. Pour the cornstarch slurry into the boiling Tamari mixture. Continue to stir the sauce.
  • Reduce the heat to low and cook until the sauce thickens, about 3 – 4 minutes.
  • Use immediately or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 40kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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Korean Barbecue Sauce Recipe is a flavor game changer. Spiced with Gochujang, this sticky and spicy barbecue sauce is versatile enough to pair with any grilled meat or used to season stir fry, lettuce wraps and soups. Quick, easy and can be made ahead!

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Lauren – I love it that you adjusted the recipe to use what you have on hand! That Hello Fresh meal sounds yummy, especially the pork meatballs, a personal favorite of mine. Thanks for the rating and I’m so happy you liked it😘.

  2. Lauren Fischetti

    5 stars
    This was so delicious! I actually used the sauce to re-create a Hello Fresh meal (Bulgogi pork meatballs with zucchini, carrots, and rice) and it worked out perfectly. The sauce was delicious and it went well with everything. I reduced the amount of Gochujang because my family is wimpy, and I used apple cider vinegar because I didn’t have rice wine vinegar. I’ll definitely be making this again!!

  3. Hi Lisa, You could use Thai chili paste or in a pinch, mix up a teaspoon of red pepper flakes, a tablespoon of soy sauce (to moisten) and a 1/2 teaspoon or so of sugar for sweetness. You could also order online, https://amzn.to/2VdJVHJ . I like to buy it in the tube so it doesn’t dry out. Let me know if these work for you.

  4. Lisa Lindstrom

    This looks so amazing. Yum! Where do you find Gochujang paste? Is there a substitute you can use if that’s not available in my grocery store?

  5. Happy to hear that! Nice idea with the cornstarch for a glaze.. I am going to give that a try. Thanks for the comment and rating!

  6. Turned out excellent! I used more corn starch because I wanted to use as a glaze for spare ribs.
    Thank you!

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