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What’s that hint of sweet, tangy, savory spiciness we taste? Is it red pepper? Is it chile powder? Is it cumin? Nope, nope and nope. That’s just our favorite Korean gochujang, which adds incredible layers of complex flavor to any dish. Here, five surprising ways to use it (that aren’t just bulgogi).

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Creamy Gochujang Zoodles

Gochujang sauce > marinara.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Katsu Bites with Chipotle-Gochujang Sauce

The trendiest appetizer you could possibly whip up. 

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Pineapple Korean Chicken Thighs

Irresistibly sweet and savory. 

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Korean-Style Popcorn Cauliflower

Lightly fried and tossed in a sticky gochujang-honey sauce (yum).

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Slow-Cooker Korean Short Rib Tacos

Juicy, tender and flavorful. 

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