I have been having so much fun working through the large tub of gochujang I purchased a while ago, adding it to whatever I eat and seeing how much flavor it adds to my meals. My latest experiment was gochujang tuna salad. This makes a unique, spicy tuna salad, which is great for making sandwiches or wraps or even stuffing into crunchy vegetables.
What is GOCHUJANG?
Gochujang, a Korean chile paste, is made with rice, fermented soybeans and chile peppers. It reminds me a lot of the spicy version of miso. Gochujang is a rising trend in the U.S. due to its unique sweet-salty/spicy and UMAMI flavors. A tub or tube of gochujang can be found in most grocery stores’ international aisle. (I used this), but if you want to get creative, make your own homemade Gochujang.
Scroll down to the step-by-step photos section below the recipe for images of gochujang.
HOW TO SERVE GOCHUJANG TUNA SALAD
This tuna salad is similar to most tuna salads. You can make it into a wrap or sandwich, add some vegetables or crackers, or even put it in lettuce cups with some shredded carrots.
THESE OTHER TUNA SLAVE FLAVORS ARE COMING SOON!
Do you love to spice up your tuna salad? These are some other ways to jazz up your tuna salad:
- Tuna and White Bean Salad
- Sesame Tuna Salad
- Sweet and Spicy Tuna Salad
- Classic Tuna Salad
KOREAN CANNED TUNA
In Korea, there is a canned tuna called gochu chamcha. Its direct translation is ‘chili tuna,’ which is essentially a spicy canned tuna. However, it’s not just spicy. It has a slightly sweet and tangy flavor and is often mixed with small portions of vegetables.
This tuna is a popular side dish in Korea. For one thing, you can easily buy a can from a Korean grocery store. And it looks like this (below picture) – red and spicy. Although, the below item is an extra spicy one. I used to take this canned tuna to school in my school lunch bag back in the day.
Recently, spicy tuna became my new favorite go-to dish because it’s so easy and quick to make. I can quickly prepare the main meal either with rice or pasta, all in under 10 mins. You will be amazed!
Also, it is easy and quick to make, and it is loaded with well-balanced sweetness, tanginess and spiciness. And, did I mention that it is very versatile?
I can already see more applications for it such as making spicy tuna rolls with seaweed and spicy tuna sandwiches etc. ❤
When I try those, I will link them up in this post so that you can find them easily.
Anyway, I hope you give this a try soon and let us know how you prefer serving it!
HOW TO MAKE SPICY TUNA
1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Once heated, add the cooking oil and the tuna. Stir quickly.
2. Add the vegetables and the spicy tuna sauce and mix them well so that everything is coated with the sauce. (If you make the spicy tuna sauce from option 2 to serve over rice or pasta, only add half of the sauce and use the remainder later – over rice/pasta.) Add the sesame seeds. Remove from the heat you’re.
GOCHUJANG TUNNA SALAD
This simple, delicious gochujang tuna salad will add some umami heat to your lunch.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise ($0you’re Tbsp gochujang ($0.23)
- 1 12oz. 1 12oz.
- Two sliced green onions ($0.20).
- Mix the mayonnaise with gochujang until it is smooth.
- Add the tuna to the gochujang sauce mixture and the sliced green onion. Mix the tuna with the mayonnaise until it is well combined. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until you are ready to eat.
Serving: 0.5 Cup Calories: 184.1 Kilocalories: 3.83 G Protein: 17.28g Fat: 11.18g Sodium: 498.58mg Fiber: 0.43g