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Gochujang Mayo Recipe

by Emily
Gochujang mayo in a small bowl. The bowl sits on a yellow tray next to a bucket of fries.

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Do you like Korean flavors? If so, try making this gochujang mayo sauce! This fusion sauce is the perfect condiment to spread on burgers, hotdogs, fish tacos, and sandwiches. I also recommend it as a dipping sauce for fries, roasted vegetables, and more! No matter how you use it, this sauce will add a delicious umami layer (and Korean flair) to your dish. 

Let’s learn all about this recipe below! 

What Is Gochujang Mayo?

Gochujang mayo is a fusion condiment made using some of South Korea’s most popular ingredients: gochujang and toasted sesame oil. While not a long-established cultural Korean recipe, this sauce gives a heavy nod toward traditional flavors.

Gochujang (고추장), known as Korean red pepper paste in English, is a complex fermented sauce made from gochugaru (red pepper powder), glutinous rice, salt, and other ingredients. This fermented paste is the base of many of Korea’s most popular recipes (such as kimchi jjigae, bibimbap, and more!). Learn more about this ingredient via my recipe article on the subject. 

Chamgireum (참기름), otherwise known as toasted sesame oil, is an ingredient used as a finishing flavor in much of Korean cooking. It is used at the very end of cooking soups, stews, stir-fried dishes, and more. In South Korea, people also use this ingredient to brush onto kimbap or as a dipping sauce for barbecue. 

By making a mayonnaise-based dipping sauce with these ingredients, you get a distinctly Korean-flavored sauce that works wonderfully on sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, and more! I hope you enjoy this at home!

Gochujang mayo in a small bowl. The bowl sits on a yellow tray next to a bucket of fries.

Gochujang Mayo Ingredients List:

Below, I list the ingredients used to make this recipe. I also linked any informative articles on my site connected to these ingredients:

Gochujang Mayo Tips & Tricks: 

Here, I list some helpful tips & tricks to help you make this quick and easy Korean gochujang mayo recipe. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or email me at [email protected]! I hope these tips help! 

  • If you cannot handle spice well, I recommend starting with 1 teaspoon of gochujang. Korean gochujang, otherwise known as fermented red pepper paste, has a deeply rich and spicy flavor. While absolutely delicious, many people find this to be a bit spicy until they get used to the flavor. 
  • If you want more spice: I recommend adding gochugaru to the gochujang mayo. This adds the spice without adding more of the fermented flavor.
  • I recommend using Hellmann’s mayonnaise. In my opinion, it is the best-tasting mayonnaise for this sauce. Duke’s and Kewpie also adds extra delicious tanginess! If you use one of those, slowly add the lime juice to the sauce. You don’t want it too tangy!
  • How to Make Gochujang Mayo: Excitingly, the recipe is quick and simple. You just need to add all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until fully blended!
  • You can serve this gochujang mayo recipe with a bunch of different dishes, especially when doing some summer grilling. As I stated above, this sauce is the perfect condiment to spread on burgers, hotdogs, fish tacos, and sandwiches. I also recommend it as a dipping sauce for fries and grilled vegetables!
A closeup of gochujang mayo in a small bowl. The bowl sits on a yellow tray next to a bucket of fries.

Gochujang Mayo Frequently Asked Questions: 

Now that we learned about some tips & tricks, I want to answer some questions you may have about this recipe! If I do not answer your question, feel free to leave a comment in the section below or email me at [email protected].

Does This Recipe Contain Major Allergens? (Gluten, Soy, Etc.)

Before listing all of the major allergens, I want to state that all of my recipes are naturally gluten-free. On this blog, I only use and recommend gluten-free ingredients and brands. That being said, I list gluten as a potential allergen when necessary– this is because many Korean ingredients (such as soy sauce, gochujang, and doenjang) contain gluten unless you specifically buy gluten-free versions. Not only is this true for gluten, but it is true for other major allergens as well. As such, I always list allergy substitutions in the next section of my post. 

This recipe does not contain 5 of the 9 major allergens. It does not contain: 

  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Crustacean Shellfish
  • Milk (Dairy)
  • Tree Nuts

This recipe does contain 4 of the 9 major allergens. It can contain:

  • Wheat (Gluten)
  • Soybean
  • Sesame
  • Eggs

Allergy Substitutions or Omissions: 

For those with celiac disease, gluten allergy, and/or wheat allergy: 

To make this recipe gluten and wheat-free, switch out a gluten-containing gochujang brand for a brand that uses gluten-free ingredients.

For those with a soy allergy: 

When making this recipe, look for a soy-free gochujang brand. While soy is not the main ingredient of gochujang, many brands contain soy as an ingredient. 

For those with a sesame allergy: 

If you have a sesame allergy, try using perilla oil instead! This Korean finishing oil has a similar flavor to sesame without being as potent. Before using this oil, check that you will not react to this ingredient, as perilla oil is also a pressed seed-based oil.

You can also use walnut oil as a substitute. While they have similar flavor profiles, walnut oil is much more potent. For that reason, use less if you plan on using walnut oil!

For those with an egg allergy: 

If you have an egg allergy, I recommend switching out the regular mayonnaise with a vegan alternative. You can also replace it with an aioli made the traditional way (using garlic and olive oil)!

A delicious gochujang-based sauce in a small bowl. The bowl sits on a yellow tray next to a bucket of fries.

Is This Dish Vegetarian or Vegan?   

Excitingly, my recipe for gochujang mayo does not contain any meat. Therefore, it is naturally vegetarian! 

That being said, most mayonnaise brands contain eggs as one of the main ingredients. Typically, you make mayonnaise using egg and oil as the base ingredients. To make this recipe vegan, substitute the regular mayonnaise with a vegan brand alternative OR you can use aioli instead. Aioli is traditionally made using garlic and oil!  

How Do You Store Leftovers?

To store the leftovers, pour the sauce into an airtight container. Then, place it into the refrigerator. You can store this gochujang mayo sauce for up to a week in the fridge! 

I recommend stirring the sauce before serving the sauce again after it has been stored in the refrigerator. That way, the separated ingredients can reincorporate with one another.  

Where Can I Buy the Ingredients?

For the most part, you can find all of these ingredients at your local well-stocked grocery store. To find gochujang and toasted sesame oil, look on the aisle traditionally labeled as the ‘International Foods aisle’. 

If these ingredients are not available at your grocery store, try shopping at your local family-owned Asian market or Asian chain store (such as H-Mart).

Finally, you can buy both products online via stores such as Amazon, H-Mart, Seoul Mills, and more!

Where to Buy Korean Ingredients Online? 

Nowadays, there are many online options to choose from when ordering Korean food online. These websites are not limited to but include:

  • Amazon
  • H-mart
  • Hanpoom
  • Wooltari 
  • Seoul Mills

I Hope You Enjoyed Learning How to Make This Gochujang Mayo Recipe!

In the end, I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this Korean gochujang mayo recipe. If so, let me know in the comment section! 

If you would like to read more about cooking, you can find recipes as well as further Korean ingredient articles on my blog. I listed some of our favorite Carving A Journey recipes below! For reference, many recipes are influenced by my family’s blended Korean and Southern heritage.

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Gochujang Mayo Recipe

Recipe by Emily
5.0 from 1 vote
Course: RecipesCuisine: Korean, AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Cooking time

5

minutes

Ingredients

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Then, whisk until well combined.
  • Serve as a dipping sauce or a condiment!

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