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Gochujang Eomuk Bokkeum, Spicy fishcake

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30 min

Gochujang eomuk bokkeum is a Korean school lunchbox favorite. It's a delicious combination of sweet, spicy, chewy and salty that pairs well with rice. Eomuk (fish cake) also called odeng, is processed pureed fish in various shapes and sizes. It's widely popular in Korean street food cuisine, especially eomuk soup. You can find eomuk in the frozen food section of Asian markets. This stir-fried dish is quick and easy to prepare and will soon be a staple in your home.

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Main ingredients

5 ozFishcake, Eomuk or Odeng 어묵(오뎅) (retangular sheet, can use other shapes)
¼ Onion (Medium) 양파
Cheongyang Chili Pepper 청양고추 (or green chili pepper or green pepper)
2 tbsVegetable Oil 식용유

For seasoning sauce

1 tbsGochujang (Hot Pepper Paste) 고추장
1 tbsSoy Sauce (regular) 왜간장
1½ tspMul Yeot / Malt (Maltose) Syrup 물엿 (optional, add maple syrup or more sugar)
2 tspSugar 설탕
1 tbsCheongju, Korean Rice Wine 청주 (or soju or white wine, optional)
½ tspGarlic (minced) 다진 마늘
1 tbsChopped Green Onion 다진파
1 tbsSesame Oil 참기름
1 tspSesame Seeds 깨
pinch Black Pepper 후추
Ingredient amounts in the recipe instructions are for the default serving size.
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Ingredient amounts in the recipe summary are for the default serving size.

1. Prepare vegetables

Wash and slice the onion. Wash and cut chungyang chilli pepper diagonally.

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  • wash
  • slice

Chungyang chilli pepper

  • wash
  • cut diagonally

2. Prepare fishcake

Cut fishcake into squares (1”X1” or 2.5 cmX2.5cm).

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Cut fishcake


3. Mix seasoning ingredients

Mix1 tablespoon of gochujang (hot pepper paste), 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, ½ tablespoon of malt syrup, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon of rice wine, ½ teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of chopped green onion and a pinch of black pepper) in a bowl.

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  • 1 tbs gochujang
  • 1tbs soy sauce
  • ½ tbs malt syrup
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbs rice wine
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbs chopped green onion
  • pinch black pepper

4. Stir-fry fish cake

Coat a frying pan with 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil and preheat on high heat for 1 minute. Add the fish cake and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned.

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  • 2tbs vegetable oil
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  • fish cake

Stir-fry image: clock.png 2 min

5. Add vegetables

Add the vegetables to the pan and stir-fry on high heat for 3 minutes. (If you are cooking a large amount, you will have to cook for a longer time.) If things start to stick to the pan, add more vegetable oil.

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  • vegetables


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6. Add seasoning

Add the seasoning sauce to the pan and stir-fry on low heat for 3-5 minutes.

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  • seasoning sauce

Stir-fry Low Heat image: lowheat.png image: clock.png 3 min

7. Finish off

Turn off the heat. Add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds and mix well.

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Turn off heat


  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds


8. Serve

Serve on a side dish plate. Enjoy!

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