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Gochujang Shrimp

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

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