Sesame and Ginger Red Salsa

It has been in my head for a few days to try some tex-mex/Korean fusion dishes. This salsa is a great start because it combines elements of Korean cooking in a standard tomato based salsa. This recipe is anything but standard as the flavors are really dynamic and tasty! It takes a little bit longer to prepare as the tomatoes, jalapenos, and tomatillos roast for about 15 minutes. Gochujang is used in this salsa, giving it a nice spicy/smoky flavor. The garlic, ginger, sesame oil and seeds also provide great flavors in this salsa. After roasting everything, the ingredients are strained and thrown in a food processor or blender to puree.

Sesame and Ginger Red Salsa
(makes about 4 cups)
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  • 6 tomatoes (about 1 lb), on the vine, quartered
  • 4 tomatillos (about 1/2 lb), washed and quartered
  • 2 jalapenos, seeds removed and halved
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2-3 tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted and crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Roast the tomatoes, tomatillos and jalapenos on the broil setting, about 10-15 minutes, or until charred.
  2. Place the tomatoes, tomatillos, and jalapenos in a strainer to get rid of the excess liquid. Save the liquid in a bowl in case more is needed for blending.
  3. Place the garlic, ginger, gochujang, sesame oil and seeds, onion, tomatillos, tomatoes and jalapenos in a food processor or blender and puree for several minutes until smooth.  Add more of the reserved liquid if necessary.     

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