Vegan Gochujang Ramen

A vegan Korean-inspired Gochujang ramen. Extraordinarily umami and spicy — not for the faint hearted.

Spicy Korean stews (like sundubu jjigae) and Japanese ramen are the dishes I want the most on a cold winter day. So I asked — why not both? This is precisely that: a mix of both. Complemented by springy ramen noodles is a spicy broth that’s got a savory, umami depth from gochujang (much like miso in ramen), as well as a pronounced nutty flavor from toasted sesame oil. Quite the perfect bowl of Korean-stye ramen.

Well-fermented vegan kimchi is my go-to topping for this ramen. Its sourness really helps cut through that spicy, rich broth.

Vegan Gochujang Ramen

4 from 10 votes
Recipe by George L. Course: DinnerCuisine: KoreanDifficulty: Medium


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A comforting bowl of vegan spicy Gochujang ramen inspired by bold Korean flavors — perfect for the cold days.


  • 350 grams ramen noodles

  • Ramen Broth
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 1 shallot, finely minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons gochujang

  • 1 tablespoon gochugaru (red pepper powder)

  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

  • 1 tablespoon mirin

  • 2 cups vegetable stock

  • Toppings
  • Vegan Kimchi

  • 1 scallion, sliced diagonally

  • 50 grams enoki mushrooms, pan-seared


  • Prepare the Ramen Broth. First, mince the shallots and garlic. In a medium-sized pot, heat sesame oil on medium heat and lightly brown the shallots and garlic (around 4 minutes). Add the sesame seeds, gochujang, gochugaru, ginger powder, white pepper, and maple syrup. Keep stirring and lightly caramelize (be careful not to burn!), around 2 minutes. Deglaze the pot with the rice wine, followed by vegetable stock. Cover the pot and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Prepare Additional Toppings. While the ramen broth is cooking, prepare the toppings. For the enoki mushrooms, I sear them on high heat in a cast iron pan until both sides are brown and caramelized.
  • Prepare the ramen noodles. When 20 minutes is almost up, cook the ramen noodles according to package directions. Assemble the bowl and enjoy warm.

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2 months ago

omg this ramen was so good! It was spicy, so i had to add another cup of broth, but it was balanced and my whole family enjoyed it!