A container of commercially produced ssamjang
Korean name
Hangul 쌈장
Revised Romanization ssamjang
McCune–Reischauer ssamchang

Ssamjang is a thick, spicy paste used with food wrapped in a leaf in Korean cuisine. The sauce is made of doenjang, gochujang, sesame oil, onion, garlic, green onions, and optionally brown sugar.[1][2][3][4]


Ssamjang is usually eaten with a ssam of grilled meat. One typically puts a leaf of lettuce or perilla on an open hand, places the main components of the meal (grilled meat such as galbi or samgyeopsal, kimchi and other banchan, rice if desired) in bite-size pieces in the center, tops it off with ssamjang, wraps the leaf around the entire contents, and then eats the wrapped ssam.


Ssam means "wrapped" and jang means "paste" or "thick sauce." Together as ssamjang they mean "wrapping sauce."


Besides the standard way of making ssamjang, other ingredients can be added to make special versions.[5] There are also commercially prepacked ssamjang available on the market.[6]

See also


  1. (Korean) Ssamjang at Doosan Encyclopedia
  2. Ssamjang recipe
  3. Ssamjang recipe
  4. Ssamjang recipe
  5. (Korean) Mom's ssamjang, Segye Ilbo, 2010-04-15.Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  6. (Korean) Comparison of ssamjang, Sports Seoul, 2009-03-19. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
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