This delicious Gochugaru & Honey Dressing is perfect drizzled over salads and slaws but also over grilled meat and rice. It is so tasty you’ll be finding any excuse to pour it over everything!
homemade dressings are always better than shop bought
I know a lot of us usually opt for buying dressings when we’re doing our weekly shop, but making your own is so simple and they taste so much better!
In most cases, you probably have most of the ingredients in your cupboards already. For this Gochugaru & Honey Dressing you may need to buy a couple of ingredients initially; but then you will be ready to make an incredibly delicious dressing whenever you fancy it.
Homemade dressings don’t include any additives or ingredients that don’t need to be there. By making them yourself, you know exactly what you are using without any life extending additives.
what is gochugaru?
Gochugaru is a Korean chilli powder or flake. The powder version is an essential ingredient in making gochujang and kimchi.
The flake version is used in most other recipes where gochugaru is called for. It is the one you need for this dressing and all of my recipes that I use gochugaru.
Often the packets of gochugaru have a clear window in the packaging so you can see whether it is powder or flakes if you are unsure. However it is more than likely it will say on the packaging which it is.
If you like Korean food I really do recommend buying some as you will find yourself using it in a number of dishes like my Spicy Korean Pork Stew.
where to buy the dressing ingredients
Aside from the gochugaru, you should be able to buy all of the ingredients for this dressing in your usual supermarket.
Personally I prefer to go to an Asian supermarket to buy most of the ingredients because they are usually a little cheaper and you have a bigger selection. However this is definitely not essential.
For the gochugaru, you may either need to go to an Asian supermarket or order it online. Make sure it is the coarse flakes that you buy and not the fine powder.
IS this Gochugaru & honey dressing spicy?
I consider this dressing to be relatively mild, but it could be creeping towards medium.
When I am making this dressing for Mr Curly and I, I tend to add the amount of gochugaru in the recipe below. However if I am making it for myself, I add a little more.
If you are uncertain of how spicy your gochugaru is, always add a little and give it a taste. You can always add more but you can’t take it away.
If you know you like things a little spicier, add as much gochugaru as you like!
how long will this dressing keep for?
This dressing will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.
If you would like to keep it for longer, leave out the garlic and it will keep for a couple of weeks. You can then just add the garlic when you are ready to serve.
I like to make the dressing in a jar so I can just put any I have left straight in the fridge in the jar.
The dressing is likely to separate and the sesame oil will sit in a layer on the top. It will easily come together with a quick shake just before you serve.
how to serve this dressing
You honestly can pour this Korean inspired dressing over anything you like!
It is the perfect dressing for my Crunchy Asian Slaw, or any vegetables really. It would be delicious drizzled over some tenderstem broccoli or green beans.
I also sometimes make this dressing as an alternative to the dressing in my Korean Cucumber Salad. They are similar but this has a lovely added sweetness.
This Gochujang and Honey Dressing would also be delicious drizzled over any grilled meat, fish or tofu. Make a bowl of sticky rice, add your choice of protein and drizzle this dressing all over.
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Gochugaru & Honey Dressing
This delicious Gochugaru & Honey Dressing is perfect drizzled over salads and slaws but also over grilled meat and rice. It is so tasty you'll be finding any excuse to pour it over everything!
- 2 tbsp runny honey
- ¼ tsp gochugaru
- 4 tbsp light soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp caster sugar
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
Add 2 tbsp runny honey, ¼ tsp gochugaru, 4 tbsp light soy sauce, 2 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tsp caster sugar, 1 tsp minced garlic, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp sesame seeds to a jar or jug
Either shake or whisk the dressing until all of the ingredients are combined
Mix the dressing well just before serving
Mix the dressing well just before serving as it will separate.
Store in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Nutritional information is given as a guide only and may vary.