Paleo Korean Gochujang Salmon

Paleo Korean Gochujang Salmon

I have the perfect recipe if you love Korean cuisine or want to try Korean food. This Paleo Korean Gochujang Salmon is not only Paleo and Whole 30 friendly but also gluten- and soy-free! This recipe takes about 20 minutes total to make. This salmon is like a BBQ upgrade with a bit of Korean spice.

Gochujang Sauce

Gochujang is a fundamental ingredient in Korean barbecue. This thick, spicy paste is made from red chile pepper flakes, sticky rice, fermented soybeans, and salt, which makes any pre-made Gochujang sauce non-Paleo or Whole 30 friendly.

Fortunately, with a few substitutes, you can still enjoy this Korean staple and stay with your Whole 30 or Paleo diet. Some store-bought gochujang paste may still be Whole 30-compliant, so check your labels.

To make your own gochujang paste, you will need dates, gochugaru (Korean red pepper powder), Coconut aminos (soy substitute), Apple cider vinegar, onion and garlic powders, and tomato paste. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend.

Once you have your paste, mix together honey, the paste, coconut aminos, toasted sesame oil, and fresh ginger in a bowl and whisk together. It adds a sweet, tangy, and spicy flavor to the salmon.

Paleo Korean Gochujang Salmon

Rice Substitute

If you want to serve this with rice, be my guest. Just know that rice is a grain and will not comply with your Whole 30 or Paleo diet. If you do use rice, use jasmine or Basmati rice. Quinoa and cauliflower rice are Whole 30 substitutes you can use to stay in compliance.

What to Serve With It

You can make this into a bowl if you want and add whatever toppings you wish. I chose cucumbers and avocado. Bell peppers are a great choice as well. However, bell peppers are nightshade vegetables and not compliant with an Autoimmune Diet. Some people may have sensitivities to nightshades, so proceed with caution if you don’t know if have a sensitivity to nightshades. If you make it, comment below and let me know how it was.

Paleo Korean Gochujang Salmon

Serving Size:
4 people
Cook time: 10 minutes
Prep time: 10 minutes

For Gochujang Glaze

  • 1 tbsp of Paleo Gochujang (can use store-bought, but check sugar content)
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 tbsp of Coconut Aminos, or other soy alternative
  • 1 tsp of toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp of grated ginger

For Salmon

  • 1 (6 oz) wild-caught salmon
  • 1 cup cucumber, pealed and diced
  • 1/2 cup of cauliflower rice, cooked
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Sesame seeds, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 360 degrees
  2. Remove skin and cube salmon
  3. Mix gochujang, honey, Coconut Aminos, sesame oil, and ginger in a bowl and whisk together.
  4. Put cubed salmon and mix together
  5. Place salmon on baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes
  6. While salmon is cooking, cook rice and prepare cucumber and avocado.
  7. Put rice on a plate with salmon, cucumbers, and avocado and top with sesame seeds.
  8. Enjoy!
About Michael
About Michael

Michael is a functional health coach and sports nutritionist based in Austin, Texas. He has a master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas and advanced certification in sports nutrition from the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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