Ssam Jang - An Essential Korean Condiment

Ssamjang is a common Korean condiment served with many types of grilled, boiled, or stir fried meats. There are many different variations ranging from sweet and mild to salty and very hot, from a thin almost liquid paste to a thick almost solid paste. This is a basic version to get you started. Feel free to adjust quantities and ingredients until you arrive at the taste and texture you like best.


2 tablespoons doenjang (Korean soybean paste)
1/2 cup gochujang (Korean chili paste) **
1 each fresh red chili pepper
1 each fresh green chili pepper
4 cloves garlic
2 each green/spring onion
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
water as needed

1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon rice wine

Asian chives for green onions
Shallots for green onions
Green or young garlic (similar in appearance to green onions)
coarse ground black pepper

Meal Suggestion
Any Korean grilled or stir fried meat dish like Bulgogi
4 bunches red leaf lettuce (or other large leaf vegetable)
"sticky" rice
6 cloves garlic
5 fresh jalapeño peppers


Finely chop (mince) the garlic, chili peppers, and green onion.
In a small mixing bowl, add all Ssam jang ingredients and mix well.
Add a small amount of water if needed to maintain a mixable paste.
Cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
Refrigerate until use.

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1/4 of a recipe (9.9 ounces).
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 316.21
Calories From Fat (12%) 39.34
Calories From Protein (9%) 28.13
Calories From Carbohydrates (79%) 248.74
Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4.53g 7%
Saturated Fat 0.74g 4%
Monounsaturated Fat 1.64g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.75g
Trans Fatty Acids 0.02g
Cholesterol 17.02mg 6%
Sodium 1862.37mg 78%
Potassium 392.6mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 65.9g 22%
Fiber 2.98g 12%
Sugar 55.99g
Net Carbohydrates 62.92g
Protein 7.72g 15%
Vitamin A 438.24IU 9%
Vitamin C 53.82mg 90%
Calcium 44.74mg 4%
Iron 1.88mg 10%
Vitamin E 0.45mg 5%
Vitamin D 0IU 0%
Thiamin 0.08mg 5%
Riboflavin 0.16mg 9%
Niacin 2.61mg 13%
Vitamin B6 0.39mg 20%
Folate 29.7mcg 7%
Vitamin B12 0.07mcg 1%
Pantothenic Acid 0.51mg 5%
Vitamin K 28.66mcg 36%
Phosphorus 113.12mg 11%
Magnesium 37.38mg 9%
Zinc 0.81mg 5%
Copper 0.15mg 8%
Manganese 0.4mg 20%
Selenium 4.31mcg 6%
Alcohol 0g
Caffeine 0mg
Water 193.27g 0%


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