Korean Chorizo recipe (초리조)

Chorizo is a favorite tapas dish all throughout Spain and Mexico.  It’s pretty much just sausage cooked and drenched in a red wine sauce.

The Korean idea of Sausage is completely different from our idea of sausage in the west.  Korean sausages are hotdogs. At least in Korea, though, the hotdogs are pork.  (For the most part).

That being said.  Korean hot dogs (let’s call them Korean sausages) come in every flavor imaginable.  For this recipe you’ll want to find a nice thick garlic (마늘) flavored sausage.  Also, to add a more Korean flavor to the dish i substituted the red wine with the Korean raspberry wine called 복분자 (Bok-boon-ja).  Bok-boon-ja can be very sweet, so stick with your tradition dry red wine if you don’t want them to come out so sweet.

Cook this up as a side dish for one of your Korean meals.  The kids will love it too. see also : Korean Omelette recipe (오무라이스)

Preptime: 5 minutes.
Cook time: 5 minutes.
Yield: 2 people as a side dish.

What you’ll need (필요한 것):

  • a small fry pan
  • a medium fry pan

Ingredients (재료):

  • 400 g uncooked garlic flavored Korean sausage cut into 1 cm chunks (마늘 맛 소세지)**
  • 2 tbl. olive oil or substitute (올리브油)
  • 75 ml Korean raspberry wine (복분자) or red wine (팔간와인)
  • a pinch of thyme (백리향/百里香)
  • freshly ground black pepper (후추)
  • bread or rice for dipping.

Process (만든 방법):

  • add a very small amount of olive oil to the small fry pan and heat until very hot.
  • At the same time add the remainder of the olive oil to the medium fry pan and heat until very hot.
  • When ready add the wine and thyme to the small pan, and the sausage to the medium pan.
  • swirl the pan with the wine in it to dissolve any sediment that there is.  Turn the heat to low and cook gently to thicken the sauce. about 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime fry the “chorizo” on both sides for one minute then.  Reduce the heat and keep hot until the sauce is ready.
  • When both are ready transfer the chorizo to a shallow serving bowl then pour the wine sauce over the top.  Sprinkle the pepper over the top and serve.
  • Once the sausage is gone you can dip your bread or rice into the sauce.  It’s very tasty! see also : Hot Bowl Bibimbap recipe (돌솥비빔밥)


  • If you’re not in Korea and are reading this I would suggest trying to find real chorizo or a kielbasa sausage.
  • The Spanish usually use a spicy chorizo sausage in this recipe so you can either try to find spicy Korean sausage and add a clove of crushed garlic, or use the garlic sausage and add chili pepper powder.
  • Sun-dae (순대) is a bit closer to western sausages than the packaged sausages are, but I’d avoid using sun-dae here.
  • I repeat.  The raspberry wine can be sweet, so stick with a dry red wine if you don’t want something so sweet.

Words to know:

복분자:  Bok-boon-ja.  This is a traditional Korean raspberry wine.  It usually comes is raspberry colored rounded bottle.  It’s said that bok-boon-ja is very good for blood circulation and women’s menstrual cycles (if drunken in moderation, of course!)  It’s very thick and very sweet, best drunken as a dessert wine.

Tags: #Chorizo recipe #Korean Chorizo #korean recipes

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