You Would Never Guess This Familiar Flavor is GochujangMain Course / April 29, 2023
This oil makes it so easy to enjoy the flavors of the East!
I’m not sure how you say ‘Cinco de Mayo’ in Korean, but you may have to learn! Once you try these easy shrimp tacos made with Gochujang infused oil, you’ll want to start creating more Asian-fusion dishes of your own. Gochujang, a dark red paste, is one of the back bones of Korean cooking; an unmistakable flavor that lends an exciting heat and intense boldness. It is genius to use this flavor as an oil so when Olive This! asked me to create a recipe for them using this ingredient, I jumped at the chance. A quick taste on the tongue and it was instantly familiar. Warm, dark, and savory it spoke at once to me.
Tacos? I wondered? Yes, tacos! I could tell they would be wonderful on shrimp and would respond to being garnished with some lime juice and become perfect with the sweet crunch of cashews. Serve these with flour or corn tortillas and some cold Cerveza for a colorful and exciting main course.
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Traditional Gochujang is made from a type of dried chili flake called Gochugaru that is fermented with other ingredients. It has a deep, complex umami quality that is distinct and bold. If I could share the aroma with you, it would be instantly recognizable. And this oil makes it so versatile!
A couple of tips. Experiment with flour or corn tortillas. I’m a fiend for corn but it does offer an additional sweet taste that flour will not. Flour tortillas would be more neutral. And the second tip is do NOT be shy with the lime juice at the end. It SERIOUSLY wakes up the entire meal!