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Korean spicy gochujang noodles, also known as gochujang noodles, are a savory, spicy, and sweet noodle recipe popular in Korea but gaining fans all over the world. Packed full of veggies, this recipe is easy to make, cooks up in less than 15 minutes, and features a rainbow of wholesome vegetables. Whether you are looking for an easy meal or a weekend treat your family will love, you will want to make these noodles.

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Spicy Korean Gochujang Noodles  

Spicy Korean noodles or gochujang noodles are a popular Korean dish and our new favorite go to noodle recipe. It is spicy and savory, but also sweet with a hint of sourness.

We make our gochujang noodles in the Instant Pot. This makes it super easy, but we also provide you with instructions on making on the stove top. 

When we make this spicy Korean noodle recipe, we pack it full of veggies. But if you want to add your own, you easily can! You can also easily add in some additional protein, like tofu or beans.

What is Gochujang?

Gochujang, known in English as “red chili paste,” is a sweet, savory, and spicy fermented condiment. It is popular in Korea and Korean cooking.

It is made from glutinous rice and other ingredients that are fermented. The sweetness comes from the starch of the cooked rice. Fermentation adds a bit of a sour flavor and sweetness.

Ingredients to make Spicy Korean Gochujang noodles

When you want to make spicy Korean noodles, you will need the following ingredients for the spicy sauce:

  • Gochujang sauce - You may be able to find this at a local Asian food store or online.
  • Soy sauce - You could sub in tamari as a gluten-free option when you make Korean spicy noodles.
  • Rice vinegar - You could use white wine vinegar in a pinch.
  • Brown sugar - This gives it a richer flavor and browner color.
  • Peanut butter - You will want to use creamy peanut butter.

For the rest of the noodles, you will need:

  • Sesame oil - This gives some flavor, but you could sub in a different oil if you prefer.
  • Aromatics - For added flavor, you’ll need to add ginger, garlic minced, and onions.
  • Bell peppers - You can use your favorite color or colors.
  • Mushrooms - You can use your preferred type of mushroom.
  • Baby spinach - This adds some healthy greens to the noodles.
  • Carrot - You could get pre-cut or cut them into matchsticks yourself.
  • Broth - If you prefer, you can use water.
  • Barilla spaghetti - We use angel hair when we make this easy recipe. 
  • Garnish - You’ll need scallions and sesame seeds.

How to make Gochujang Noodles in Instant Pot

When you want to make spicy noodles Korean style in the Instant Pot, you will want to follow these simple instructions:

  1. First, heat oil in the Instant Pot on saute mode
  2. In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the sauce as the oil heats.
  3. Next, add the ginger, garlic, onions, the sauce, and the broth or water to the Instant Pot and then give it a stir.
  4. Once mixed, break the spaghetti into half and add it in a criss cross pattern like a bird’s nest to the inner pot. Lightly immerse the spaghetti into the liquid using a spoon or spatula. 
  5. Next add the layer of veggies (except for spinach) and close the lid.
  6. When the valve is set to sealing, pressure cook for 3 minutes followed by a natural pressure release. After 5 minutes, release all the pressure, add the spinach, and then gently stir the noodles. 
  7. Finally, garnish with scallions and sesame seeds before serving them hot.

How to make spicy Korean noodles on stove top

If you don’t have the Instant Pot, you can make Korean spicy noodles on the stove top. To do this, follow these instructions:

  1. First, heat the oil in a medium pot. As the oil heats, bring a pot of water to a boil and then cook the noodles according to the package instructions. When they are done, set them aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the sauce as the oil heats.
  3. Next, add the ginger, garlic, and onions to the oil and saute for about 1 to 3 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. Once fragrant, add in all the remaining veggies except for the spinach and saute for about 5 minutes or until they start to cook some. 
  5. Next, add the sauce to the veggies and allow it to cook down some.
  6. Once the sauce has started to reduce, add in the cooked noodles and spinach. 
  7. Finish cooking the sauce until it reaches your desired level of thickness.
  8. Finally, garnish with scallions and sesame seeds before serving them hot.

Pro Tips to make the best spicy Korean noodles

Korena noodles are even easier to make when you follow these simple tips and tricks for success:

  • Don’t over cook the noodles. They will get mushy. 
  • Also, don’t stir the noodles once you put them in the Instant Pot. Just lightly push them into the liquid.
  • Add additional veggies or protein sources to give the Korean spicy noodles some extra flavor and nutrients.

FAQs

What do Gochujang Noodles taste like?

Gochujang noodles have a balanced spicy, sweet, and somewhat tangy flavor to them. When you make them you can increase your levels of heat or sweetness with added peppers or sugar.

How to store Korean Noodles

If you make too much, you can store Gochujang noodles in an air tight container in the fridge for about 3 to 5 days. You can reheat it in the microwave or gently over medium-low heat on the stove top in a pot.

Variations  

You can easily make variations by adding in more veggies and sources of protein. Chickpeas, edamame, soy, and other vegan protein sources can go well with the noodles, but you can also add just about any veggie you like.

What noodles are best for Korean spicy gochujang noodles? 

When you make this Korean spicy noodles recipe,  you can use any noodles you like, such as soba, rice, udon, and even ramen. But this recipe is tested with barilla spaghetti thin noodles, so cooking times may vary if you use different varieties..

How to serve Gochujang Noodles

You don’t need anything special to store these noodles. A simple bowl or plate to serve them on. You can serve them with your favorite side if you like or as a meal by themselves with an added vegan or vegetarian source of protein.

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spicy korean noodles

Spicy Korean Gochujang Noodles

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Korean spicy Gochujang noodles, also known as gochujang noodles, are a savory, spicy, and sweet noodle recipe popular in Korea but gaining fans all over the world. Packed full of veggies, this recipe is easy to make, cooks up in less than 15 minutes, and features a rainbow of wholesome vegetables. Whether you are looking for an easy meal or a weekend treat your family will love, you will want to make these noodles.

Ingredients

  • sesame oil 2 tbsp
  • ginger minced 1 tsp
  • garlic minced 1 tsp
  • bell peppers ½ cup , julienne
  • sliced mushrooms ¼ cup
  • baby spinach ¼ cup
  • carrot cut into matchsticks ½ cup
  • sliced onions ¼ cup
  • broth / water 2 cups
  • barilla spaghetti no 3 8 oz.

For the sauce

  • gochujang sauce ¼ cup
  • soy sauce 2 tbsp
  • rice vinegar 1 tsp
  • brown sugar 2 tbsp
  • peanut butter creamy 2 tbsp

Garnish

  • Chopped scallions
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

Instant Pot Spicy Korean Gochujang Noodles

  1. First, heat oil in the Instant Pot on saute mode
  2. In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the sauce as the oil heats.
  3. Next, add the ginger, garlic, onions, the sauce, and the broth or water to the Instant Pot and then give it a stir.
  4. Once mixed, break the spaghetti into half and add it in a criss cross pattern like a bird’s nest to the inner pot. Lightly immerse the spaghetti into the liquid using a spoon or spatula. 
  5. Next add the layer of veggies (except for spinach) and close the lid.
  6. When the valve is set to sealing, pressure cook for 3 minutes followed by a natural pressure release. After 5 minutes, release all the pressure, add the spinach, and then gently stir the noodles. 
  7. Finally, garnish with scallions and sesame seeds before serving them hot.

How to make spicy Korean noodles on stove top

If you don’t have the Instant Pot, you can make Korean spicy noodles on the stove top. To do this, follow these instructions:

  1. First, heat the oil in a medium pot. As the oil heats, bring a pot of water to a boil and then cook the noodles according to the package instructions. When they are done, set them aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the sauce as the oil heats.
  3. Next, add the ginger, garlic, and onions to the oil and saute for about 1 to 3 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. Once fragrant, add in all the remaining veggies except for the spinach and saute for about 5 minutes or until they start to cook some. 
  5. Next, add the sauce to the veggies and allow it to cook down some.
  6. Once the sauce has started to reduce, add in the cooked noodles and spinach. 
  7. Finish cooking the sauce until it reaches your desired level of thickness.
  8. Finally, garnish with scallions and sesame seeds before serving them hot.

Notes

Pro Tips to make the best spicy Korean noodles

Korean noodles are even easier to make when you follow these simple tips and tricks for success:

  • Don’t over cook the noodles. They will get mushy. 
  • Also, don’t stir the noodles once you put them in the Instant Pot. Just lightly push them into the liquid.
  • Add additional veggies or protein sources to give the Korean spicy noodles some extra flavor and nutrients.
Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 504Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 2mgSodium 100mgCarbohydrates 74gFiber 6gSugar 15gProtein 16g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. We are not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on TheBellyRulesTheMind.net should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate. Even though we try to provide accurate nutritional information to the best of our ability, these figures should still be considered estimates.

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Jon

Saturday 12th of November 2022

Looks great. How can that dish be only 100mg of sodium per serving? Is that a typo?

MBaker

Saturday 5th of November 2022

Absolutely delicious! I doubled the recipe in my instant pot and it worked perfectly. Added baby corn, but followed the recipe to a T otherwise. A bit spicy for me, but others loved the spice (I have a very low spice tolerance). Thanks for a great recipe! I'm happy to have found your site.

Myra

Friday 4th of November 2022

Can this be doubled in the instant pot? THANKS!

Soniya Saluja

Sunday 6th of November 2022

Hey Myra, of course ! The recipe can be double easily.

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