Hobak Gochujang Jjigae (Korean Spicy Zucchini Stew)

Korean spicy zucchini stew
I must tell you this recipe had been in draft form since the end of August. I made this stew quite often this past summer. I had a few zucchini plants in my container garden, so I had a constant supply of fresh zucchinis. The season is over, and we just cleaned out the container garden this weekend (I know it was overdue).
My home-grown zucchinis are gone, but stews and soups are definitely here to stay for fall. If you like rich and pungent Korean stews (jjigae), such as kimchi jjigae and doenjang jjigae, you should add this gochujang jjigae (고추장 찌개) to your repertoire.
Korean spicy zucchini stew
Gochujang (fermented red chili pepper paste) is a condiment that’s spicy, savory, slightly sweet, and pungent. It adds lots of spicy, robust flavors to this simple stew which is made with a few very ordinary ingredients such as zucchini and potatoes. Tofu, mushrooms, onions or radishes would all be great additions to this stew as well.
Korean zucchini
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Hobak Gochujang Jjigae (Korean Spicy Zucchini Stew)

5 from 4 votes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe


  • 1 medium zucchini about 10 ounces
  • 1 medium potato about 8 ounces
  • 1 scallion
  • 1 - 2 green or red chili peppers
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 ounces clam meat fresh or canned
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Korean red chili pepper paste gochujang
  • 1/2 tablespoon Korean soybean paste doenjang
  • 1 tablespoon soup soy sauce gukganjang
  • 2 cups water used to rinse rice ssalddeummul (see note)


  • Cut the zucchini into about 1/2-inch thick bite sizes and the potato into a little thinner pieces as the potato takes longer to cook. Roughly chop the scallion. Thinly slice the peppers.
    Korean spicy zucchini stew
  • Add the water to a small pot. Add the red chili pepper paste, soybean paste, and soup soy sauce. Stir well to dissolve. Bring it to a boil.
    Korean spicy zucchini stew
  • Add the potatoes, zucchini, clam meat, chili peppers and garlic.
    Hobak gochujang jjigae
  • Cook until the potatoes and zucchini become soft, about 10 minutes. Throw in the scallion with 2 minutes remaining. Serve hot with a bowl of rice.
    Hobak gochujang jjigae


The water used to rinse rice is commonly used in Korean stews and soups. Use the water from the second round of rinsing.
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