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Spice Advice: Gochugaru

Let’s go behind the scenes for the true chilli story of Gochugaru. Though today Gochugaru (GO-choo-GAH-roo, gochu means “chilli pepper” and garu means “powder” in Korean) is an A-list actor in Korean food for its sun-dried smoky sweet fruitiness, red chilli peppers were first introduced to Korea by Portuguese traders from Japan after the Hideyoshi Invasions in the late 16th century. 

You’ll no doubt recognize these vibrant flakes (though sometimes ground into a fine powder) in gochujang (Korean chilli paste), kimchi for their fiery signature red color and mild heat, Korean soups and stews like sundubu jjigae (Korean soft tofu stew), dakgalbi (Korean stir-fried chicken), and Korean cucumber salad. 

Only the best napa cabbage will do and it’s high time you finally make kimchi; the hardest part is the waiting! Sprinkle with abandon on avocado toast or garlicky white bean mash. Assemble some quick gochujang with that tub of miso in the back of your fridge, scramble a couple eggs, and fry up that leftover takeout white rice.

Looking for more Gochugaru inspo? Check out our Gochugaru Rice Bowl recipe!


  • Hey there, thanks for the great questions! If you click on the bold “Gochugaru” text listed in the first sentence up top, it will lead you right to the product page with the current listed price! Also, if you scroll on down that product page – there are several recipe results with clickable links to view. Or you can also search “Gochugaru” in the top left corner of our website, and then click on “View All” under ‘Posts’, to view further recipe results and tasty inspiration! For example, we have the Gochugaru Rice Bowl, Crispy Garlic Chilli Oil, and Gochugaru Pici Piccanti. These chilli flakes are also ideal for simply sprinkling on as a finishing touch, for that added kick & flavourful flair!

    Spicewalla Team on
  • How much is it? And are there recipes that use it?

    M on

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