Homemade Kimchi Paste

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There are many recipes for kimchi – the spicy Korean vegetable side dish. But one thing that’s common through them all: the need for a spicy chili pepper paste. This simple homemade kimchi paste is a terrific catch-all across kimchi recipes, but it can do more than that. Use it, too, as a way to spice up soups and stews. It has a delicious spicy-sweet flavor that works in many tomato-based soups, giving it a little exotic flavor twist.

homemade kimchi paste

To get that beautiful rich red color you expect for kimchi, you’ll need Korean red pepper powder (gochujangyong gochugaru). It may be carried in the international section of your local supermarket, but you may need a specialty store. It’s also available online via Amazon (affiliate link) if you need to source it.

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homemade kimchi paste

Homemade Kimchi Paste

A delicious catch-all chili paste for kimchi
4.19 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine Korean
Servings 16 servings
Calories 7 kcal



  • In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well.


Calories: 7kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 430mgPotassium: 10mgSugar: 1gCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Gochugaru
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on May 7, 2022 to include new content.
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How long can the paste be stored?


Any suggestions to replace fish sauce for vegetarians?