Easy Paleo Gochujang recipe inspired by Korean gochujang sauce. Looking for a gochujang substitute that’s gluten-free, soy-free, Vegan, Whole30, and great for gochujang chicken, beef, or pork recipe? This Paleo Gochujang recipe will be the perfect substitute to satisfy your cravings !

Paleo Gochujang Korean red chili paste gochujang substitute recipe

Paleo Gochujang (gluten-free, soy-free, Whole30)

Of all of the Asian cuisine cultures, I’m most fascinated by Korean cuisine. My mother’s side of the family came from a providence in China that’s very close to today’s North Korea so naturally I grew up eating many Korean-influenced dishes. From my Paleo Easy Kimchi, Korean Zucchini Sides, to today’s Paleo Gochujang, and Gochujang Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice.

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What is gochujang ?

Gochujang AKA Korean red chili paste is a fermented condiment. It’s sweet, savory, and a little bit spicy. According to Wikipedia, “Gochujang’s primary ingredients are red chili powder, glutinous rice powder, powdered fermented soybeans, and salt.” It is used in many dishes such as bibimbap (Korean rice bowls), in soups, stews, and marinated dishes.

Paleo Gochujang Korean red chili paste gochujang substitute recipe

How to make Easy Paleo Gochujang Sauce

To make Paleo Gochujang you’ll need –

  • Medjool dates, pitted
  • Gochugaru (Korean red pepper powder)
  • Coconut aminos
  • Apple cider vinegar plus water
  • Onion and garlic powder
  • Tomato paste

Blend everything in a small (4-cup) food processor until smooth. My easy Paleo gochujang is gluten-free, soy-free, Whole30 and Vegan friendly.

 Paleo Gochujang Korean red chili paste gochujang substitute recipe
Paleo Gochujang Korean red chili paste gochujang substitute recipe

How does Gochujang taste ?

Gochujang is sweet, savory, and little bit spicy. It has an earthy sweet taste with a hint of heat from the red chilies. It adds depth and extra umami flavor to stews and marinades for meat dishes. Some people compare gochujang to sriracha but sriracha has a much stronger garlic tasty that you won’t find in gochujang.

Gochujang is great for marinated beef, pork, or chicken. I personally also like to use it in my Kimchi cauliflower fried rice (recipe to come later this week), add to scrambled eggs, mix with mayonnaise for gochujang mayonnaise. Seriously try my Paleo gochujang for any dishes you’d like extra umami boost !

Paleo Gochujang Korean red chili paste gochujang substitute recipe

What is gochujang substitute (soy-free, cornstarch-free, no added sugar)

Since soy and miso (and chickpea) paste aren’t Paleo, for Paleo gochujang substitute I use pitted medjool dates to make a paste-like consistency. The dates also add natural sweet flavor to gochujang. Coconut aminos adds a depth of Umami flavor, tomato paste and apple cider vinegar give a small dose of acidity.

This faux version of Paleo Gochujang has a similar flavor profile to the real gochujang however, it will not replicate the flavor complexity of the real version.

If, however, you are looking for a quick, easy, and fuss-free version while also Paleo Whole30 and Vegan, my Paleo Gochujang will be sure to delight !

Paleo Gochujang Korean red chili paste gochujang substitute recipe

So my friends ! Paleo gochujang is –

Naturally sweet
Savory
Hint of spicy
Easy
No cook
No starch
Paleo, Whole30, Vegan, Gluten-free

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Paleo Gochujang Korean red chili paste gochujang substitute recipe
Paleo Gochujang (Korean-inspired Red Chili Paste)
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Easy Paleo Gochujang recipe inspired by Korean gochujang sauce. Looking for a gochujang substitute that’s gluten-free, soy-free, Vegan, Whole30, and great for gochujang chicken, beef, or pork recipe? This Paleo Gochujang recipe will be the perfect substitute to satisfy your cravings ! 

Course: condiments
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Gochujang, Gochujang Substitute, Korean Chili Paste, Paleo Gochujang, Vegan Gochujang
Servings: 4 tablespoons
Calories: 26 kcal
Author: ChihYu
Ingredients
  • 6 medjool dates pitted
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2.5 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 tsp gochugaru korean red pepper chili powder (I use 4 tsp) (alt. 1-1.5 tsp cayenne pepper powder)
  • 2.5 tbsp tomato paste no salt and sugar added
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • Little salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Use your hands to roughly break the pitted dates to smaller pieces. Blend with 3 tbsp water in a small (4-cup) food processor until the dates are finely chopped to small bites.
  2. Add the rest of ingredients. Pulse and toss a few times until smooth (no fruit chunks). You might need to scrape the bowl a few times with a food scraper until the paste is creamy smooth.
  3. Taste and see if you’d like to add more salt, coconut aminos, gochugaru, or vinegar. The flavor profile should be sweet, savory, and slightly spicy. Store in glass jar container in the fridge until ready to use. Best finish in 3 weeks for best flavor.
Nutrition Facts
Paleo Gochujang (Korean-inspired Red Chili Paste)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 26
% Daily Value*
Sodium 231mg 10%
Potassium 131mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 3g
Vitamin A 9%
Vitamin C 2.7%
Calcium 0.7%
Iron 2.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Check out how to use my Paleo Gochujang for easy Paleo Kimchi Cauliflower Fried Rice with Gochujang sauce !

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