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 Wide scale use of Joseon ganjang has been somewhat superseded cheaper factory-made Japanese style soy sauce, called waeganjang.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.

  16 comments for “Most Commonly Used Korean Sauces

  1. debbie smith
    January 31, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    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

  2. admin
    January 31, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    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 🙂

  3. JM
    April 8, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Hi I would llike to know gow to make a DUk in the recipee for DUK PPOKI

  4. HANz'
    June 7, 2011 at 12:22 am

    may i noe where i can purchase most of these sauces in s’pore? thx 🙂

    • admin
      June 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      There should be some Korean grocery stores. Why don’t you Google them?

  5. November 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    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

  6. admin
    November 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Hi Smile,

    The 2nd one should be Ssam-Jang, you can find the recipe here at
    The first one, was it served with deep fried chicken or bbq chicken?

  7. Katie
    January 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    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


  8. admin
    January 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Katie,

    is this sauce for lettuce wrap?
    If it is, it should be Ssam-Jang, here is the recipe


  9. Laleh
    February 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

    What about fish souce?

    • admin
      February 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Fish sauce is not a Korean sauce. It is more for south east Asian dishes.

  10. Becky
    March 15, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    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.

    • admin
      March 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm

      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?

  11. March 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

    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 🙂

    • admin
      March 30, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      That is a tough one. I have never made it, but I will find a recipe and post it here in a couple of days.

  12. admin
    April 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I found this chili paste recipe. Hope this helps!

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