Seasoned filefish bokkeum is one of the most common side dishes that mothers like to keep it in the refrigerator and serve with each meal. It keeps for several weeks. As you might know, Koreans eat many different kinds of side dishes for each meal; so it is very convenient to have 4 or 5 different side dishes that you can keep and eat for some time, including kimchi. With the same sauce that I use in this recipe, you can use other dried fish such as dried anchovies or dried shrimp instead of filefish. The sauce is spicy and sweet which goes well with the salted and dried fish.
Yield: 2 Cups
Short Korean Lesson
- JwiPo (쥐포) = Seasoned Filefish
- BanChan (반찬) = Side Dishes
- 2 Cups Seasoned Filefish (6 oz)
- 1½ Tbsp Red Pepper Paste
- ½ Tbsp Red Pepper Powder
- 1½ Tbsp Cooking oil
- 1 Tbsp Corn Syrup
- 1 Tbsp Onion
- 1 Tbsp Cooking Wine (or Water)
- ½ Tbsp Sugar
- ½ Tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
- ½ tsp Soy Sauce
Prepare about 2 cups of seasoned filefish. You can buy them precut in small round shapes, or you can buy big pieces and cut them into bite-sized pieces.
Rinse the fish in cold water once and drain the water. This helps to reduce the strong fish smell and clean them.
I like to add some ground onion to the sauce, so grind the onion until you get 1 Tbsp of ground onion.
In a heated pan, fry the fish for about 5 minutes on medium-high until it gets lightly golden brown. Occasionally stir it so that it will not burn.
After 5 minutes, push the fish to the end of the pan to make space to cook the sauce. Quickly add 1½ Tbsp of cooking oil, ½ Tbsp of red pepper powder, and ½ Tbsp of minced garlic. Fry for 10 seconds to get good flavor from the pepper oil and garlic. The pepper powder burns easily, so prepare your ingredients ahead of time.
Add the rest of the ingredients, except the sesame seeds: 1½ Tbsp of red pepper paste, 1½ Tbsp of corn syrup, 1 Tbsp of grind onion, 1 Tbsp of cooking wine (or water), ½ Tbsp of sugar, ½ Tbsp of minced garlic, and ½ tsp of soy sauce. Mix everything together. You can adjust the amount of sweetness or spiciness depending on your tastes.
Mix the sauce with the fish. Fry it for about 5 minutes on medium-high.
Turn off the heat. Sprinkle 1 tsp of sesame seeds on top and mix.
Keep it in the refrigerator and serve it cool whenever you eat your meals. Enjoy! 🙂