Easy Homemade Gochujang Recipe That’s Almost Instant!

Homemade gochujang recipe that allows you to have a ready-to-eat gochujang in just a couple hours!
Course seasoning
Cuisine Korean
Keyword chili paste, easy, fermented
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4 cups
Calories 301 kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 2 C Korean gochukaru for gochujang (fine chili powder for gochujang) ??????
  • 1.5 C meju powder (fermented soybean powder)
  • 1/2 C sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 C Sea Salt (Trader Joe's)
  • 1 C rice syrup (jocheong)
  • 3.5 C water
  • 1 Tbs green plum syrup (maesil cheong) – optional


  1. In a pot (preferable flat bottomed and uniform sides), mix water and sweet rice flour. Mix it well with a whisk. Bring to boil, stirring often to prevent any lumps from forming and to make a paste. (much like sweet rice paste for kimchi)
  2. When it starts to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 min. or so until it is fully thickened to a paste. Stirring often to avoid lumps.
  3. Add 1 cup rice syrup to sweet rice flour paste and mix. You can add more if you want a sweeter gochujang.
  4. Turn off heat and let it cool.Cooling time will be different based on your room temperature but for me it took about 2 hrs to cool the rice paste + rice syrup mixture from 3.
  5. Add meju powder, chili powder and salt to cooled rice syrup liquid.
  6. Add meju powder, chili powder and salt to cooled rice syrup liquid.
  7. Use a whisk and mix everything well until there are almost no lumps.

Recipe Notes

Add couple Tbs of soju or sake if it feels too thick. Store in fridge to extend its shelf life. Let your gochujang mature a little more for 2-3 days in the fridge or at cool temperature before using it for even more flavor.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Gochujang Recipe That’s Almost Instant!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301
% Daily Value*
Sodium 731mg32%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 80g27%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.