Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. This week we're featuring recipes that use gochujang.
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Several years ago, food trend expert Dana McCauley wrote a piece for us wondering if Gochujang was going to be the next Sriracha. She was right! This Korean chili paste has come on like gangbusters in North America of late and it's easy to understand why.
Gochujang isn't just spicy chili peppers. It's also made with fermented soy beans, salt and sticky, glutinous rice that gives it a spicy, sweet and salty flavour profile. It's also made with a type of pepper that's specific to Korea, all of which combines for a beautiful depth of flavour that can add so much to your cooking!
With its increasing popularity you can now buy gochujang in most grocery stores with an Asian foods section as well as most Asian markets or grocers. And if that fails, try Amazon - they have lots of different varieties to choose from! Here's a few well known ones to try:
Now you've got your container of gochujang, it's time to use it! And we've got over 20 recipes that use gochujang just waiting for you to make them. They're all full of so much flavour with that delicious hint of umami that gochujang brings to dishes! Enjoy!
Over 20 Ways To Use Gochujang In Your Cooking
1. Creamy Gochujang Noodles
These creamy, spicy Gochujang Noodles from How to Make Dinner make a perfect, easy dinner for one and are a great introduction to using gochujang in your cooking.
2. Spicy Korean Pork Bulgogi
This is an easy Spicy Korean Pork Bulgogi recipe from Pups With Chopsticks. Thin slices of pork belly are cooked up with a sweet gochujang paste for a dish you can serve with rice or in lettuce wraps or even tacos!
3. Slow Cooker Korean Pulled Pork Sliders
Fire up your slow cooker and make the most of the flavour depth of gochujang to make these sweet, salty and spicy Slow Cooker Korean Pulled Pork Sliders from My Kitchen Love. Serve them with a side of quick pickles for a tasty, family friendly dinner.
4. Maple Gochujang Roasted Brussels Sprouts
5. Vegan Gochujang Tofu & Kimchi Tacos with Sunbutter Sauce
These Gochujang Tofu and Kimchi Tacos with Sunbutter Sauce from Up Beet Kitchen are bursting with sweet, salty, and spicy flavours. And they're packed with protein, for a satisfying vegan meal!
6. Korean Meatballs
A trip to Ryoji in Toronto inspired the recipe for these Korean Meatballs from Kravings Food Adventures. She made hers in an air fryer with no oil but gives instructions for frying as well!
7. Gochujang Butter Popcorn
Spice up your popcorn by making Spicy Gochujang Butter Popcorn with Domestic Dreamboat. Once again that umami flavour of gochujang makes this popcorn spicy, with a hint of sweetness. It's a great snack idea.
8. Spicy Peanut Chickpea Curry
For a budge friendly, vegan dish that will warm you right through, try Carmy's Spicy Peanut Chickpea Curry dish. It will fill you up with its comforting goodness.
9. Dak Galbi (Korean Spicy Chicken Stir Fry)
Dak Galbi (or Korean Spicy Chicken Stir Fry) from Christie at Home is a spicy, savory, smokey dish that is so full of flavour and packed with chicken, cabbage, carrots, onions and Korean rice cakes.
10. Gochujang Ribs
Up the ante with your ribs with these Gochujang Ribs from Bacon is Magic. They're a spicy twist on a favourite and you can make the in the oven or the slow cooker. They're great for a party!
11. Paneer Gochujang Pockets
Korean food meets Indian food with these Paneer Gochujang Pockets from Cooking Sutra. They make a great party appetizer or finger food your guests can eat standing up and with their hands!
12. Vegan Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
More Recipes That Use Gochujang
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