Hey friends! I’ll make this quick, but while I was in Asia visiting my family, I decided to turn the healthy, gluten-free gochujang that my dad makes for me into a recipe. Now you too can enjoy the beautiful, spicy, delicious Korean sauce that is gochujang but in a healthier, gluten-free friendly way.

Often, gochujang is made with a little bit of wheat to help the sauce/paste firm up, and one of the number one ingredients is usually sugar. When I say sugar, I mean corn syrup, white refined sugar–the not so great stuff. In addition, there is usually a good amount of low quality, highly processed oil in the mix to help with the texture and allow the sauce to stay smooth while living on a shelf for months up to a year.

This recipe for healthy, gluten-free gochujang is not only healthy and gluten-free as the name would suggest, but also vegan, oil free and refined sugar free. It’s easy to make, and only requires mixing ingredients in a bowl. If you’re unfamiliar with this spicy Korean sauce, you can think of it like hot sauce, but with a uniquely Korean flavour. It’s used in a lot of cooking in Korean cuisine, like stews, spicy sauces, and to season Bibimbap, one of my favourite Korean dishes.

The ingredients needed are quite specific and contribute to the Korean flavour, so I wouldn’t recommend substituting anything. You can find all of these ingredients at a Korean market, and most Asian markets if there’s one near you. If not, most of them can be sourced online as well, and I’ll link each ingredient online in the recipe card below as well!

P.S. I had my dad hand model for me, and had to use a bit of a different style of photography and editing, since I didn’t have my usual equipment on hand. Let me know what you all think! Personally, I think my dad nailed the hand modeling.


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Healthy Gluten-Free Gochujang (vegan, oil free, refined sugar free)

  • Author: Remy
  • Total Time: 5 minutes


A healthy, gluten-free friendly gochujang recipe, so you can enjoy this deliciously spicy Korean sauce.


  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup gochugaru (Korean pepper powder)
  • 1/3 cup doenjang paste (fermented Korean soybean paste)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, or date syrup
  • 2 tbsp rice wine (sake also works)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp rice flour (for thickening)


  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add additional water or rice flour as needed to achieve desired texture. It should be in between a sauce and  paste.


If you’d like to, you can play around with the ingredient ratios to achieve the flavour you like, but remember that this paste is usually used as a base to create sauces by adding even more ingredients!

  • Prep Time: 5 mins

Keywords: sauce, korean, gochujang, spicy, oil free, gluten free, healthy

Love & spice,



Filed under: Eat, Gluten Free, Oil Free, Sauces and Dressings

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BY Remy • June 18, 2019

Healthy Gluten-Free Gochujang (vegan, oil free, refined sugar free)

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  1. Emma says:
    how long is this good for and what is the best way to store it?
  2. Jennifer Kim says:
    just wondering do you happen to have a healthy recipe for Samjang too!?!?

  3. shan says:
    Is the rice wine / sake absolutely needed? I have neither at home. Maybe another alcohol? Can’t wait to try this. Thank you!

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