Ssam Jang (쌈장)


Ssamjang is a condiment used to add the final flavor punch to the Korean Ssam which is rice, a kind of protein(bulgogi, grilled pork belly, kkongchi jorim and more) wrapped in lettuce or any vegetable leaf that is big enough to make a wrap.

Here’s what you need:



  • 2 T Korean soybean paste (된장 Dwenjang)
  • 1 T Korean chili bean paste (고추장 Gochoojang)
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped garlic (garlic powder is OK)
  • 1 T fresh chopped green onion
  • 1 T roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 T mayonnaise (this is to lessen the saltiness and also add a creamier taste but is not a traditional ingredient. you can also add some crushed up firm tofu instead if you want a more lighter taste)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


Mix all of the above ingredients together in a bowl.

Ssamjang ingredients

Ssamjang ingredients

Ssamjang mixed

Ssamjang mixed

Ssamjang can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks due to the high salt content of the bean pastes. And since usually only a small amount is consumed each time, store the remaining sauce and use it later.

Other ideas – just cut up some fresh carrots, cucumbers and even green chili peppers and serve with ssamjang. It can be a great side dish to any meat dish.

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7 thoughts on “Ssam Jang (쌈장)

  1. My first harvest! | Korean Food at Home April 24, 2011 at 12:31 am Reply

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  2. [...] cabbage is the hearts of the Korean cabbage. You can save it and eat separately as ssam with some ssamjang. The heart of a cabbage has a much sweeter taste and has almost no bitterness. It tastes great with [...]

  3. [...] Jang (Spicy Soy Bean Sauce for Lettuce Wraps)- check my previous posting for Ssam Jang recipe. You can also buy Pulmuone brand Ssamjang in case you don’t want to make it [...]

  4. [...] pork bulgogi with some rice, fresh vegetable side dishes or with some ssam and ssamjang and you can have a really deliciously hearty, quick and easy meal. It’s also a great dish to [...]

  5. Moriah Walters July 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm Reply

    감사합니다! My mom loves this stuff!! We just didn’t know the name & when I told her you posted the recipe ah~ you should have seen her face.

    • JinJoo July 2, 2012 at 11:30 pm Reply

      I am so glad that you found it! Thanks so much for letting me know!!

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