Gochujang bean balls.

Gochujang bean balls

Gochujang is the star of the show in this full on, flavour packed, Korean style take on vegan meat balls.
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Course: Snacks and sides
Cuisine: Vegan
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 436kcal


For the bean balls:

  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 red capsicum, very finely chopped, bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp gochujang, check label if gluten free
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce, or tamari if gluten free
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or finely grated

For the glaze:

  • 3 tbsp gochujang, (gluten free if required)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce, or tamari if gluten free
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed or finely grated


For the bean balls:

  • Preheat oven to 220C (430F) fanbake.
  • Mix chia seeds with 3 tbsp of water and set aside for 10 minutes while you're getting everything else organised.
  • Roughly mash black beans (I use a potato masher), then add all remaining ingredients (including soaked chia seeds). Mix thoroughly and ensure everything is evenly distributed.
  • Roll into even sized balls (approximately 1 tbsp per ball) and place on a baking sheet.
  • Brush with a little oil, or spray with cooking oil, and put in the oven to bake.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until browned and firm. Mine took about 23 minutes.

For the glaze:

  • While the bean balls are cooking, make your glaze.
  • Put all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Cook for a few minutes or until glossy and slightly thickened.
  • Set aside until ready to serve.
  • Serve bean balls with a spoonful of glaze on top and toothpicks or cocktail sticks to keep your fingers clean.


  • Adapted from a recipe by Esther from Tiger Burger, published in the May 2016 issue of Cuisine magazine.
  • Standard gochujang includes wheat as an ingredient, but gluten free Wholly Gochujang is available from Amazon.
  • Makes 20 balls.

Nutrition information

Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 63.7g | Protein: 19.1g | Fat: 12.7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fiber: 12.9g
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