Learn about ssamjang sauce. What is it and how to use it.
Ssamjang (쌈장, Korean spicy dipping sauce) is a thick and spicy paste used as a dipping sauce when you make a wrap. This typically involves Korean grilled BBQ on a lettuce, perilla or steamed cabbage leaf.
You simply dab a small amount of sauce with a pair of chopsticks on to a lettuce leaf or piece of meat. Or you can dip the meat into the sauce.
Typical ingredients for Korean ssamjang include, Korean soybean paste (Doenjang, 된장), Korean chili paste (Gochujang, 고추장), minced garlic, minced onion, chopped green onion and sesame oil.
If you want to make this sauce from scratch, check my ssamjang recipe. Also, if you need more Korean BBQ related sauce ideas, check my Korean BBQ dipping sauce recipe.
I don’t normally buy a big container for ssamjang sauce, because I only use a small amount of it each time. Below are some pictures of Korean ssamjang varieties available at a Korean grocery store.