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Spicy Gochujang Mayo Recipe

Spicy gochujang mayo is a condiment our family has became obsessed with recently. The basic version of the sauce requires only 2 ingredients! The sauce will add mild tanginess and rich umami with a bit of kick to your favorite french fries, tuna patties, and so much more. Try it! You will be hooked as well.

close up photo of spicy gochujang mayo and spicy sriracha mayo served with chips

What’s in Spicy Gochujang Mayo

In its simplest form of spicy gochujang mayo, you only needs 2 ingredients – mayonnaise and gochujang (Korean chili paste). But if you want to add a bit more complexity in flavor or tone down the creaminess of the mayonnaise, you can do so by adding a bit of lime (or lemon) juice. It adds a nice subtle zing to the sauce while diluting the creaminess of the mayonnaise.

Also, you can add a bit of salt and black peppers to make the taste even more complex. But at the end of the day, the most vital ingredients are mayonnaise and gochujang!

What If You Don’t Have Gochujang

If this is you, you can use sriracha sauce instead. I never recommend sriracha sauce as a universal substitute for gochujang, but in this recipe it works. In fact, the whole spicy mayo concept was fueled by sriracha sauce and mayonnaise. 

The Magic Ratio

In my mind, there’s no true magic ratio when it comes to sauce, as everyone’s taste preference is different.

But based on my trial and error, my family’s sweet spot seats at 2 Tbsp mayonnaise to 1/2 tsp ~ 1 tsp gochujang or sriracha sauce. This is where I find all ingredients are in harmony, as in nothing tastes overly salty, spicy or tangy. But you can certainly tone it up or down to accommodate your taste buds.

The more gochujang you add, the more pungent (& spicy) the sauce will become. So I suggest you make small incremental changes (1/4 tsp – 1/2 tsp range) gradually until it meets your satisfaction in your experiment.

spicy mayo served with panko crumbed tuna patty

How to Make Spicy Gochujang Mayo

Quite simply, combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and whisk well until the sauce turns an evenly tangerine (orange) color. 

How to Serve 

Feel free to serve the spicy mayo sauce on anything and everything; Where you want to add extra rich umami taste with a bit of spice kick.

But I find that this sauce especially goes well with deep fried or air fried dishes such as panko crumbed tuna patties, chicken schnitzel, french fries, sweet potato fries, fish taco and burgers.

Also, it goes well as a spicy creamy dressing on green salads!

How to Store

Serve the spicy gochujang mayo immediately after making it or transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate until needed. It should be good for up to a week. Just give is a good stir before use.

spicy gochujang mayo and spicy sriracha mayo served with fries

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayonaise (I mainly use Hellmann’s brand, but Japanese Kewpie mayo works well too.)
  • 1 – 2 tsp gochujang (Korean chili paste) or sriracha sauce
  • (optional) fine sea salt to taste
  • (optional) ground black peppers to taste
  • (optional) 1/2 tsp lime juice or lemon juice (use only with regular mayo, not  Kewpie mayo)

Steps

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and whisk well until the sauce turns an evenly tangerine (orange) color.
  2. Serve as a dipping sauce, spread, or dressing sauce (e.g. with tuna patties, schnitzel, french fries or salad). 

Spicy gochujang mayo sauce on fries

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close up photo of spicy gochujang mayo and spicy sriracha mayo served with chips

Spicy Gochujang Mayo

Quick & Easy Spicy Gochujang Mayo Recipe.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Side dishes
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: gochujang mayo, spicy mayo
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 97kcal
Author: Sue

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 - 2 tsp gochujang (Korean chili paste) or sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice or lemon juice (optional)
  • fine sea salt to taste (optional)
  • ground black peppers to taste (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and whisk well until the sauce turns and evenly tangerine (orange) color.
  • Serve as a dipping sauce, spread, or dressing sauce (e.g. with tuna patties, schnitzel, french fries or salad). 

Notes

  • For mayonnaise, I mainly use Hellmann's brand, but Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise works well too.
  • If adding optional lime or lemon juice, use it only with regular mayonnaise, not  Kewpie mayonnaise. I find that Kewpie mayonnaise is slightly tangier than regular mayonnaise.
  • You're welcomed to adjust the gochujang quantity to suit your taste. The more gochujang you add, the more pungent and spicy the sauce will become. So I suggest you make a small incremental changes (1/4 tsp - 1/2 tsp range) gradually until it meets your satisfaction.

Nutrition

Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 89mg | Sugar: 1g

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: July 24, 2020
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8 thoughts on “Spicy Gochujang Mayo Recipe”

  1. I like gochujang on its own as a condiment, but damn! This is fantastic! Creamy and spicy at the same time. My new dip of choice with karaage.

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  2. Sue’s gochujang mayonaise sauce is fantastic as a base for coleslaw. Great way to use up red or green cabbage, radishes, green onions, carrots, bell peppers, kimchi, chives or any vegetable. Slice thin or grate, mix with Sue’s mayo as a topping for anything. Great on sandwiches, hotdogs and grilled salmon. ❤️

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    • I’m so pleased to hear you enjoyed it! Yes, this sauce perfectly goes well with thinly sliced cabbage – green or red. 🙂 Thanks for your feedback.

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  3. Goodness. Now I’m going to have to make food just so I can dip it in this mayo! It sounds wonderful. When I catered I always made up my own mayos and mustards, but I’ve never made one with gochujang ! Thanks!

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  4. I am going to try this as an alternative to Hollandaise sauce on two artichokes in the fridge. Got to be healthier than a stick of butter and three egg yokes!

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  5. “OMG!! YUMM!!!!!! I love Gochujang Mayo! It goes with almost EVERYTHING!
    Thanks so much for this recipe… good reminder for me to get some mayo and make this for the weekend!

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