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Korean BBQ Sauce (Vegan & Refined Sugar Free)

  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1.5 cups 1x


This Korean BBQ Sauce is perfectly spicy, sweet, sticky and packed with so much flavour. This sauce requires just 7 ingredients AND it’s naturally sweetened with dates! It’s easy to make and so versatile, you can use it on just about anything! Vegan + Refined Sugar Free (Gluten free option)


Units Scale
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 inch of ginger (2 tsp grated)
  • 3/4 cup dates
  • 1.5 tbsp gochujang*
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp corn starch + 1 tbsp water, mixed


  1. Add all ingredients into a blender except corn starch + water slurry until smooth.
  2. Add the mixture into a sauce pan over medium high heat and allow it to come to a boil.
  3. Once it begins to boil, reduce the temperature down to medium low and add in the corn starch slurry. Whisk quickly until it thickens.
  4. Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool. Transfer into an airtight jar and store in the fridge for up to 10 days.


*chili paste OR Sriracha can be substituted in a pinch.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Korean

Keywords: Korean BBQ Sauce