This simple Gochujang-inspired fermented hot sauce only takes 10 minutes to prepare. It’s a deliciously umami hot sauce, loaded with spicy, sweet, and savory flavors. You can use this sauce with any dish that needs a little heat!
What is Gochujang?
Gochujang is Korean red chili paste. It’s a type of thick hot sauce with funky, sweet, umami flavors. Gochujang sauce is a fermented Korean chili paste made from glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, red chili pepper flakes, and salt. There are a lot of varieties of Gochujang, made with different types of peppers.
What Does Gochujang taste like?
Gochujang’s flavor comes from the fermentation process. I think it’s the most flavorful hot sauce around. It’s a blend of sweet, earthy, sour savory, and spicy flavors. This hot sauce has a strong, full-bodied flavor. You can use gochujang sauce anywhere you’d use other hot sauces. I like to put this savory, spicy sauce on rice bowls, on tofu, on fish, and in ramen.
Quick Fermented Vegan Version
Normally, to make gochujang we have to ferment it for quite a while. That is why I decided to experiment with this quick fermented version. So this is not a true Korean Gochujang recipe, but the flavor is very similar. I chose to incorporate fermented kimchi brine and apple cider vinegar for a full fermented flavor. This probably my favorite spicy fermentation project to date. I incorporated the following ingredients:
Homemade Gochujang Sauce
With the ingredients I used in this recipe, the sauce only needs to ferment in the fridge for 48 hours. All the fermented flavor and flavor developing microbes come from the miso paste, kimchi brine, and apple cider vinegar. So, we do not need a long fermentation process to develop the flavor. This process is similar to my process of wild heirloom culturing vegetables.
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Quick Fermented Garlic and Maple Gochujang Sauce
This simple Gochujang-inspired fermented hot sauce only takes 10 minutes to prepare. It’s a deliciously umami hot sauce, loaded with spicy and savory flavors. You can use this sauce with any dish that needs a little heat!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 24 Servings 1x
- Category: Sauce
- Method: Fermentation
- Cuisine: Korean
- Diet: Vegan
- 3 Tablespoons Miso Paste
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1/3 Cup Korean Chili Flakes (Gochugaru)
- 2 Tablespoons Tamari
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- 1/4 Cup Sauerkraut or Kimchi Brine
- 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- In a food processor, combine all of the ingredients.
- Blend until smooth.
- Transfer to a jar and secure the lid.
- Allow to culture in the fridge for 48 hours, then enjoy!
Keywords: Gochujang, vegan, hot sauce, spicy, fermented