This Korean fermented soybean paste (doenjang) dip is so easy to make and goes great with veggies. We love pairing this dip with fresh cucumbers and mild/sweet peppers!
Our easy fermented soybean paste (doenjang) veggie dip recipe
This is seriously the easiest recipe. However, we weren’t sure if a lot of people knew about this delicious veggie dip option, so we decided we had to share it on our website. It is salty, savory, and full of umami flavor! That’s why we pair neutral-tasting veggies with it, such as cucumbers and mild/sweet peppers.
You only need two ingredients to make this Korean veggie dip recipe. Then you’ll just need some veggies to go with it. We highly recommend fresh cucumbers and mild/sweet peppers. Having cucumbers and mild/sweet peppers is pretty common in Korea. Once you see just how easy this is, and how delicious it is, you’ll understand why it is so common in Korea.
What is Korean fermented soybean paste (doenjang)?
Soybean paste, also known as doenjang, is a fermented bean paste composed completely of soybeans and brine. It is also a byproduct of the manufacturing of soup soy sauce. Doenjang is a staple of Korean cuisine, and it can be found in every Korean home all year. After months of fermentation and maturing, it develops a deep, rich flavor.
Doenjang is used for so many dishes! Purchasing a tub of doenjang for your home will allow you to create tons of different dishes. Doenjang is a common stew and soup base. It is also widely used in marinades and dipping sauces.
What does doenjang taste like?
Doenjang, like other fermented soybean pastes, is delicious and umami-rich. Doenjang is one of the most potent-smelling fermented products: it’s comparable to miso but darker, pungent, earthier, saltier, and wheat-free. If you’re new to trying doenjang, the flavor profile is very strong and salty on its own. However, if you’re willing to give it a try, we think you’ll see why it is a staple ingredient in all Korean households.
Key ingredients used in this Korean doenjang dip recipe
Korean fermented soybean paste (doenjang) – The main ingredient. There is no substitute and you must have this. Honestly, we think everyone should have a tub of doenjang in their home, but we might be a little biased. If you need a gluten-free option, then make sure you choose one that is in fact gluten-free. There are some that are not gluten-free.
Sesame oil – This gives the doenjang a bit of a subtle nuttiness flavor profile. I think it helps to balance the salty, funky doenjang just a tad bit. We would not suggest substituting this out for anything else.
Veggies to dip – We highly recommend fresh cucumbers and any mild/sweet peppers. Typically you’d see cucumber spears and peppers as the vegetables of choice in Korea to go alongside this kind of dip.
Where can I find doenjang?
While some Koreans continue to make doenjang at home, many Koreans, like us, prefer to purchase it from a Korean supermarket since it is more convenient. There are a variety of doenjang choices online as well.
A healthy gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian snack option
This is a great snack option for anyone who is vegan or vegetarian. It is an easy recipe, and literally takes no time to make. Delicious and nutritious!
This recipe is also gluten-free! Just make sure you choose fermented soybean paste (doenjang) that is in fact gluten-free, like this one. There are some doenjang options that are not gluten-free.
Veggies for dipping:
- Cucumbers, cut into spears
- Mild peppers of your choice (banana peppers, green chili peppers, etc.), whole
- Mix the fermented soybean paste and ½ Tbsp sesame oil together until well combined.
- Just before serving pour the other ½ Tbsp sesame oil on top of the doenjang dip.
- Serve with cucumbers and mild peppers as the perfect snack, or to go alongside a full meal! Enjoy!
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