Sauerkraut Gochugaru Dip

Sauerkraut and gochugaru? A little odd sounding but this spicy, tangy dip is delicious! Especially with the BEST vegan fried chicken. Gochugaru are Korean red pepper flakes. They’re spicy but not deadly hot. My first instinct was to blend in kimchi for a fresh tasting Korean-inspired salsa but I didn’t have any on hand. Note to self: make more homemade vegan kimchi. But sauerkraut, being fermented cabbage, was able to slip in as a pretty good alternative that’s easy to find in regular grocery stores. Everything worked out perfectly in the end. The lesson? Don’t give up; use what you have!

Video tutorial for the BEST vegan fried chicken (with sauerkraut gochugaru dip)


I always love a cooling dip to counter the heat that builds up from dunking vegan fried chicken in this thick red sauce over and over again. If you do too, try my “instant” yogurt-y dill dip that also uses sauerkraut. Two birds, one jar.

Sauerkraut Gochugaru Dip

Sauerkraut Gochugaru Dip
International ingredients come together to make this fresh, spicy, tangy dip perfect for setting off the crunch of the best vegan fried chicken. Or make this as a topping for your favourite grain bowls or grilled veggies. Either way, all you'll need is the ingredients, a few minutes, and a blender.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 1/4 cup sauerkraut (and a couple tablespoons of the juice)
  2. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)*
  4. 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  5. 1 teaspoon gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
  6. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  1. Blend until smooth. Add more sauerkraut juice if necessary to help everything blend. Use right away or store in the fridge for up to a week.
  1. *to make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free tamari, skip the gochujang and use gluten-free sriracha instead.
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  • Billy

    This looks so delicious! I’ve never tried making something like this before at home but I’m definitely going to give it a try the next time I head to the grocery store! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Maureen Longlade

    I’m making the fried chicken right now. But I’m wondering if Thai red curry paste would work instead of thegochujang

  • Sam Becker

    Just made this as the dipping sauce for the vegan fried chicken and was blown away by how well the two paired. I added a tablespoon of vegan cream cheese for a creamier experience.

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