Most Commonly Used Korean Sauces

Most commonly used korean sauces are soy sauce, sesame oil, bean paste and red pepper paste.
bean-paste.jpgbean paste
Bean paste is a concentrated, savory paste made from soybeans–often mixed with a grain such as rice, barley, or wheat–that is fermented with a yeast mold and then combined with salt and water. The mixture is aged from one month to three years. While it is a good source of protein and carbohydrates, miso is, nonetheless, high in sodium and should be consumed sparingly if you are salt-sensitive.
pepper-paste.jpgred pepper paste
Red pepper paste “Kochujang” is a Korean traditional fermented soybean-rice-red pepper powder paste. It has been reported that capsaicin in red pepper shows antiobestic effect and thus Red pepper paste “Kochujang” may have antiobestic effect. Commercial Red pepper paste “Kochujang” has rather prepared mainly with fermented wheat flour and grains, and red pepper powder.
Pepper is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. Pepper paste is also a good source of Vitamin C, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Iron and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin A and Riboflavin.
soy-sauce.jpgsoy sauce
Korean soy sauce, or Joseon ganjang is a byproduct of the production of doenjang (Korean fermented soybean paste). Joseon ganjang, thin and dark brown in color, is made entirely of soy and brine, and has a saltiness that varies according to the producer. Wide scale use of Joseon ganjang has been somewhat superseded cheaper factory-made Japanese style soy sauce, called waeganjang. However, many Koreans continued to use the soy sauce native to their culture.
sesame-oil.jpgsesame oil
Sesame oil is an organic oil derived from sesames, noted to have the distinctive aroma and taste of its parent seed. It is often used in South Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine as a flavor enhancer, e.g. adding it to instant noodles.


  1. hey…i have been trying to find a recepie for chilli paste since we cannot find it here in my country…it would be a great help if you could help me with it … please 🙂

  2. Hello, I wanted to know what is the name of the sauce they serve after the meat is cook when i go to a kbbq restaurant…its usually served with some small side dishes and very thin flat noodle. This sauce is very light. Thank you.

    1. um… is it a dipping sauce for the meat or is it for veggie wraps? We use a different sauce for a different type of meat.
      Did you have pork, ribs, or just grilled beef?

  3. hi there
    I am a Canadian, living in China and one of mine and my boyfriend’s favourite restaurant is the Korean BBQ across the street from our apartment. We will be moving home in the summer and I have found the marinate recipes for the bbq meat but I have not found the recipe for the dipping sauce that they serve with it. It is a very thick red sauce that have sesame seeds and I think something like black beans in it. I am wondering if you know what it is. Unfortunately our communication skills are good enough to order but not good enough to get the recipe.
    Thank you

  4. Hi,
    i have been in korea before and there are some two sauces i enjoyed and would love to try them out at home,would you mind giving me the recipices.
    1st,This sauce is always served with chicken,its sweet and spiced,very red in color and sticky.when you order for sweet and spiced chicken it comes with it,or sometimes comes as aside sauce.
    2nd,this sauce is always served with barbecue,it looks spiced but its not spiced at all,its thick too,they eat it with some leaves mixed with meat and some garlic.
    I really want to prepare it for my family.thank you

  5. Um.. each restaurant serves their own sauce. I am not quite sure which one your boy friend had, but the most common sauce for Gooey is sesame oil based.
    -Sesame oil 2T, Sault 1T, pepper 1t
    Or you can try a soy sauce based sauce.
    – Sugar 2 T, Minced garlic 1 T, Soy sauce 3T, Sesame oil 1t, ginger juice 1t, wine 1t
    Let me know if this is what you’re looking for 🙂

  6. my boyfriend was in korea years ago and he had a dish that we are trying to find the recipe for, loosely spelled toong sim gooey or something that sounds close. we are looking for the sauce recipe, any help will be appreciated.
    thank you, debbie

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