Tasty, spicy Gochujang shrimp recipe that will easily become a family favourite.
This is a recipe that is intensely flavourful, and the spice is not for the faint of heart, but will keep your taste buds tingling for more. The key ingredient is a wildly popular and trending Korean paste called Gochujang.
Gochujang is a red chili paste made from chili powder and fermented glutinous rice. The paste is both spicy and salty with a touch of sweetness that tones down the heat. The intense flavour from the paste means only a little is needed to add flavour to a dish.
For this recipe the sweetness of the shrimp soaks up the flavour in a way that’s totally different than eating bland seafood. I guarantee once you taste this flavour profile you will never turn back.
It also is a super quick dish to make on a busy week night taking only a few minutes to cook and enjoy.
Pair this shrimp and broth with crusty bread to soak up the goodness of the meal.
TIP: If you don't have any fresh tomatoes on hand, you can substitute in a few spoons of canned tomato sauce in a pinch.
(Makes 4 servings)
1lb shrimp, peeled and veined
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 onion, diced
1/4-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 medium tomato, roughly chopped
1 heaping tablespoon Gochujang paste
1/4 cup water
Additional fresh chili (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
Wash the peeled and veined shrimp, transfer into a bowl, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Using a wok, sauté pan, or deep skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger then sauté until golden brown.
Add the tomato and cook until soften using a little sprinkle of salt to release the juices.
Add the Gochujang paste and water then stir until it incorporates into a smooth sauce. (Optional: add the extra chili at this time if you like a hotter zing!)
Add the shrimp and cook for 3 to 4 minutes turning frequently. Do not overcook. Turn off the heat and immediately serve in bowls with accumulated broth. Serve with toasted crusty bread.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
total calories = 112 | total fat = 4.38g | saturated fat = 0.47g | cholesterol = 80mg | sodium = 624.69mg | net carbohydrates = 8.5g | dietary fibre = 0.47g | sugars = 5.57g | protein = 9.1g