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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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
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.
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)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||7%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||4%|
|Total Carbohydrate 28g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||6%|
|Total Sugars 15g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||20%|
|*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.|