Korean Chili Flakes

Korean Chili Flakes
Korean Chili Flakes
Korean Chili Flakes Korean Chili Flakes
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Korean Chili Flakes, capsicum annuum, are also called Korean red pepper flakes, Gochugaru flakes, or pepper flakes.

What are Korean Chili Flakes

Korean Chili Flakes, also known as Gochugaru (pronounced “Go-chu-ga-ru”), are one of the essential ingredients in Korean cooking. These are a coarsely ground Korean chile that is similar to Crushed Red Pepper Flakes in texture. The peppers are sun-dried, then de-seeded and chopped to a size between flakes and powder. Korean Chili Flakes are used as a condiment and typically found at Korean restaurants. Gochugaru is a must-have spice in the kitchen as it is an essential element for making Gochujang paste, Kimchi, Oi Muchim (spicy cucumber salad), soups and stews.

History of Korean Chiles

While today we associate Korean food with spiciness and vibrant, bright chile flavors, this was not always the case. Korean cuisine did not begin to get spicy until early in the 1600s, when red chile peppers were introduced to Korea from Japan, The first mention of chile peppers in Korea is found in the Collected Essays of Jibong, an encyclopedia published in 1614. Since then, there have been thousands of dishes made with chiles. It was very quickly after chiles were introduced that gochujang was invented. Gochujang is a condiment made with finer ground Korean chiles.

Korean chile flakes are most notably an ingredient in kimchi, which is arguably one of the most widely recognized Korean foods in the United States and also internationally. Some of the surge of interest in Korean food in the United States can be attributed to the Korean home chef Maangchi (pronounced MAHNG-chee) who has been posting cooking videos to her website and YouTube channel since 2007. Maangchi uses Korean Chile Flakes in many of her recipes.

Korean Chili Flake Cultivation

As with most other chiles, the chiles used to make gochugaru require a lot of sunlight and plenty of water. These chile plants grow to be about 8 to 12 inches tall and require about 1 to 3 feet between plants to grow to their full potential. Soils should be light and loamy, with good drainage. Plants prefer to be watered in the morning, as any excess moisture can evaporate throughout the day. When watered at night, the soils may become water-logged and encourage root rot. Chiles do not do well in damp or extremely wet environments and prefer direct sunlight. They can grow in partially shaded areas, but they may be smaller in size. These chiles start off green and mature into a beautifully red pod. Once harvested the chiles are sun dried, washed, de-seeded, and milled.

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Are Korean Chili Flakes Hot

These are considered a mild heat chile coming in at 1,000 - 2,500 SHU (Scoville Heat Units).

What Does Korean Chili Flakes Taste Like

Sweet, fruity, and somewhat spicy.

What is the Difference Between Korean Red Pepper Flakes and Regular Red Pepper Flakes

Korean Chile Flakes are not the same thing as the red pepper flakes you would find on your local pizza parlor’s tables. Korean Chili Flakes have no seeds and is fruity in flavor. Regular red pepper flakes are flecked with seeds and have a spicier, drier, earthier flavor to them.

How do You Use Korean Chili Flakes

Korean Chile Flakes are a crucial ingredient in Korean cuisine, particularly in the well-known and well-loved side dish, kimchi. Kimchi gets much of its color and its flavor from these chile flakes. This is such a key ingredient to this dish that substituting it for another chile flake is a pretty surefire way to sap the signature flavor right out of the dish. If you want it to be authentic when you are making kimchi for the first time, you need Korean Chile Flakes.

Use our Korean Chili Flakes to make standard Korean fare, like spicy Gochujang paste, which you can then mix into sauces to pour over steak or tacos, or toss on Korean Chicken Wings. One of our favorite recipes using Korean Chile Flakes is Bibimbap. These flakes are a great addition wherever you would like to add a bit of spice. While they are able to withstand a long cooking time, they really shine when added near the end of cooking so their full heat and flavor expresses. Try them sprinkled on an omelet or over scrambled eggs. Mix them in with rice. Toss over pasta; their fruity depth would be great in hearty pasta like orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe.

What Can I Substitute for Korean Chili Flakes

There is truly no chile flake that matches the precise flavor of Korean Chili Flakes, but you can use cayenne as a substitute if you are really in a pinch. Cayenne is used in Korean cooking so it isn’t too much of a flavor disparity to the cuisine. Cayenne Powder does not have the same heat level however, as it is typically much hotter (30,000 – 40,000 SHU) than Korean Chile Flakes (1,000 – 2,500 SHU). If you want something with a similar heat, try Crushed Maras Pepper (1,000 – 2,500 SHU). They will not have the same flavor profile, but they do contribute an equal amount of heat to the finished dish.


IngredientsKorean Red Pepper
Also CalledKorean red pepper flakes, Gochugaru flakes, or pepper flakes
Recommended UsesUsed in kimchi, gochujang paste, eggs, ramen, rice, or pasta
Flavor ProfileSweet, fruity, and somewhat spicy
Scoville Heat Units1,000-2,500
Botanical NameCapsicum annuum
How To StoreAirtight container in a cool, dark place
Shelf Life6-12 months
Country of OriginChina
Dietary PreferencesGluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving


% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g



Total Carbohydrate1.6g1%

Dietary Fiber0.7g3%

Total Sugars0.0g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g


Vitamin D0mcg0%




*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.6 out of 5
23 total ratings.

Ralph M. (Verified buyer) 11/29/2021
Great product fast service and Great product fast service and shipping Thank you!’

MICHAEL H. (Verified buyer) 05/03/2021
I use these flakes to I use these flakes to custom blend my brand of Korean Style Rub... My customers are living it. Thanks Spices Inc.

Larry G. (Verified buyer) 04/12/2021
I used these Korean Chili I used these Korean Chili Flakes in a Chili Oil recipe for use in stir fry dishes. These chili flakes have a wonderful flavor and are mild, and not too hot, and leave you with a mildly satisfying lingering heat that does not overpower your dish. I also tossed them into a beer batter fish recipe for some extra kick, and they fit the bill there too. These will not disappoint.

Lynnette M. (Verified buyer) 03/23/2021
Smoky and subtle Tasty chili flakes! I’ve been using them to replace my regular boring chili flakes. These have a wonderful smoky flavor with just a touch of heat.

Chandra T. (Verified buyer) 01/18/2021
Love this so much for Love this so much for my cucumber kimchi! Also use it for my sesame seed chicken. Second time buying it, and will be back for more :)

Steve B. (Verified buyer) 12/24/2020
Heat is just right! Heat is just right!

Charles K. (Verified buyer) 11/28/2020
Authentic, just as I remember Authentic, just as I remember from my time in Korea in the 80’s. Perfect blend of smoky mild heat.

Johanna S. (Verified buyer) 05/16/2020
Unique Add In Tried this for the first time with pasta. Loved it. Used it in my Asian quick soup recipe and the results were A1.

Victoria W. (Verified buyer) 04/30/2020
Use this weekly for Kimchi The very best. Can always count on quality. After a few years of ordering now? Always satisfied. Well packaged and superbly labeled. Ingredients clearly marked on the reusable label and with suggestions for use.

Daniel N. (Verified buyer) 11/22/2019
Korean Chili Flakes Make Me Happy I put Spices Inc Korean Chili Flakes on everything I eat. Morning oatmeal. Eggs. Chicken soup. Fish soup. Salad. Bean soup. Sometimes, a few flakes in my bourbon. Also great in homemade kimchi. I haven't tried them in my coffee yet. Tomorrow morning.
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