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Introducing New Ingredients to Your Diet: Gochujang

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Gochujang is a fermented chili paste that adds sweetness and a subtle heat to many Korean recipes. We’re going to make gochujang from scratch in our Crispy Gochujang Tofu Tiny Kitchen class, but you can also find it at a local Korean market (H-Mart is a great chain) and it’s even becoming easier to find at your local supermarket (even Trader Joe’s has a version!).

This ingredient can spice up so many of your favorite foods, and encourage you to try making new dishes you’ve never tried before! If you’re joining us in class, or if you just have some leftover gochujang in your fridge, here are some of my favorite ways to use it:

Crispy Honey Gochujang Shrimp

These crispy, spicy, sweet shrimp come together in under 30 minutes!

The honey and water in the sauce help nuetralize the heat from the gochujang, resulting in the most perfectly balanced shrimp to enjoy. Find the recipe here.


This popular Korean street food is easy enough to make at home with your homemade gochujang and just a few other ingredients!

Tip: Swap the sugar out for coconut sugar, and use coconut aminos in place of soy sauce for a healthier take on this rice cake dish. Get the recipe!

Gochujang Lentil Stir-Fry

I bet you’ve never had lentils like this before! We highly recommend you use your gochujang paste in a stir fry.

If you need some inspiration, look no further! This recipe is vegan and packed with protein and spice.

Gochujang Caramel Cookies

It might sound crazy, but trust us. These cookies are the real deal.

Transform your gochujang paste into homemade caramel, and blow your family’s minds with the flavor profile! A friend once brought this to my dinner party, and it stole the show.

What type of Asian cuisine are you interested in learning more about / are too intimidated to make at home? Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, something else? Are there any ingredients you’ve been dying to try, but you’re not sure how to cook with them?

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  • Founder of Anja Lee & Company, Anja Lee Catering and Silicon Chef (our company arm of Team-Building Cooking Competitions)
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