Ssamjang (Korean Barbecue Dipping Sauce) Recipe

Korean ssamjang combines the savory funk of doenjang with the sweet heat of gochujang for the perfect grilled meat dipping sauce.

A small bowl of Ssamjang, and someone spooning ssamjang onto a lettuce leaf.

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Why It Works

  • An essential component for Korean barbecue, ssamjang is a simple, stir-together dipping sauce that balances its salty, sweet, spicy, bitter, and savory ingredients.
  • Fresh garlic and scallions provide an allium bite that cuts through the savory richness of the doenjang and gochujang in the sauce.

Ssamjang is an essential component of Korean barbecue. It's a simple, no-cook, stir-together dipping sauce that combines the savory funk of doenjang (fermented Korean soybean paste) with the sweet heat of gochujang. Toasted sesame oil and seeds provide subtle roasted bitter notes, while fresh garlic and scallions wake everything up with a little allium bite. Spread ssamjang on leaves and lettuces before wrapping them around bites of grilled meat, seafood, and even vegetables.

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Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Active: 2 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 4 servings
Makes: 1/2 cup

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup (60g; 60ml) doenjang (Korean fermented soybean paste)

  • 2 tablespoons (30g; 30ml) gochujang (Korean chili paste)

  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) Korean rice syrup (see note)

  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) toasted sesame oil

  • 2 scallions (40g), thinly sliced

  • 2 large cloves garlic (10g), minced

  • 2 teaspoons (4g) toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together doenjang, gochujang, rice syrup, sesame oil, scallions, garlic, and sesame seeds until well-combined. Serve, or transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

Honey or corn syrup can be substituted for Korean rice syrup.

Make-Ahead and Storage

Ssamjang can be refrigerated for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
165 Calories
5g Fat
28g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 165
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1103mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 92mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)