Ssamjang (condiment for Korean lettuce wrap)

Ssamjang is a condiment used to add the final flavor punch to the Korean Ssam or lettuce wrap. Korean ssam usually contains 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.
Course seasoning
Cuisine Korean
Keyword bbq, doenjang, gochujang, sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 67kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 2 T Korean soybean paste (된장 Dwenjang)
  • 1 T Korean chili bean paste (고추장 Gochujang)
  • 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 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.


Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.5mg