The medium heat of Gochugaru chile (less than 10,000 on the Scoville “spiciness” scale) is just right for a wide range of recipes. Gochugaru is a must-have for Korean cuisine, including homemade kimchi, the famous Korean fermented cabbage dish. The chile is also a welcome addition to meaty chilis and stews, stir fry, and BBQ dishes.
The fruity smokiness of Gochugaru chiles is reminiscent of the heat and flavor of the Syrian Aleppo Pepper. Use Gochugaru in any dish where you’d normally include red pepper flakes or ground Cayenne — even in sauces, on vegetables or to homemade pickles!