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Carrot from a veggie platter being dipped in ssamjang

Ssamjang (Korean Dipping Sauce)

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  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Stirring
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Diet: Vegetarian


You’re gonna love the sweet heat and savory earthiness in this easy ssamjang recipe! Use it as a Korean BBQ sauce – or as a unique dip for your vegetable tray.


  • 1/2 cup Korean fermented soybean paste (doenjang)
  • 3 tablespoons Korean hot pepper paste (gochujang)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. 
  2. Serve with lettuce leaves, rice, or as a sauce for meats, seafood, or vegetables.


Make it less spicy by using less gochujang.

Make it sweeter by adding 1 tablespoon honey.

To toast sesame seeds, place them in a pan over low heat and shake the pan for 1-2 minutes until the seeds turn golden brown. Make sure to keep an eye on them as they can burn quickly!


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 45
  • Sugar: 3.3g
  • Sodium: 70.6mg
  • Fat: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0.6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.4g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Protein: 1.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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