go·​chu·​jang ˈgō-ˈchü-ˈjäŋ How to pronounce gochujang (audio)
: a spicy paste used in Korean cuisine that is made from red chili peppers, glutinous rice, and fermented soybeans
With Ms. Kim's encouragement, I made a version of her Korean bouillabaisse by sautéing kimchi with gochujang, soy sauce and fish sauce, then adding stock and a mix of shrimp, scallops and mussels. The gochujang added flavor and served as a thickener.Jane Black
Korean supermarkets, like H Mart in Manhattan, carry not only all manner of foods—like gochujang, three-layered pork belly, and Korean snacks—but also a range of practical (affordable) kitchen and home goods.Lauren Ro

Examples of gochujang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The book takes one through pantry staples like gochujang and ferments like kimchi, all the way through to bibimbap, Molinaro’s many takes on tofu, and tteokbokki arrabbiata. Alicia Kennedy, Vogue, 17 Jan. 2024 This recipe was tested using the Korean chile paste gochujang in one version, miso in another. Ian Knauer, WSJ, 4 Jan. 2024 Their fried chicken sandwich is especially tasty served with a gochujang glaze and cabbage slaw. Rana Good, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 There’s gochujang on the burger and lemongrass and galangal in the avocado toast, summoning sun, earth and pine. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2023 The Icy Spicy also includes a thick layer of gochujang, to be stirred in; the Icy, which contains more broth, comes with pink vinegar (left over from pickling radishes) and hot mustard, for adding a subtler kick. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2023 Serve with extra lime wedges and remaining gochujang butter on the side. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2023 Firm, smoky ribs are painted with sweet and savory gochujang glaze. Robert F. Moss, Southern Living, 12 Sep. 2023 Stir together garlic, butter and gochujang in a small bowl until combined. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 19 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Korean kojujang, from koju "red pepper" + chang "paste made from soybean and other ingredients" (borrowed from a Middle Chinese antecedent of Beijing Chinese jiàng "soybean paste")

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gochujang was in 1966

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“Gochujang.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gochujang. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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