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Ssamjang aka Ssam Sauce

The sauce that makes Korean BBQ so tasty. 
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: BBQ, condiment, Dinner
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Ssam Sauce, Ssamjang
Servings: 2 generous portions
Author: The Subversive Table | Lis Lam


  • 1/4 cup Doenjang Korean fermented soy bean paste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp Mirin or rice wine
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar you can substitute with white vinegar
  • 1 tsp Gochujang Korean fermented chile paste
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and mix well.
  • Transfer to a small serving dish and garnish with an additional drizzle of of sesame oil and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. You can also add thin slices of raw garlic and jalapeno, if desired.
    small bowl of ssamjang
  • Serve with Korean BBQ: lettuce wraps, green onions, grilled meat, and rice.  Enjoy!
    hands making a lettuce wrap for Korean bbq


Make this recipe once and then adjust according to your preference.  Some people like it with more Gochujang, others with more vinegar or more sugar.  Experiment and see what you like best!