Seasoned cuttlefish is called JinmiChae or OJingEoChae in Korean. It is a shredded, seasoned, and dried squid. Koreans like to eat it just plain as a snack, as a side with roasted peanuts and beer, or as a side dish after cooking it. A long time ago, I showed you how to make a very popular Korean side dish made with seasoned cuttle fish called “OJingEoChae Bokkeum.” Today, I will make seasoned cuttlefish jeon. The seasoned cuttlefish is salty, savory, and has a nice chewy texture. Once you try this jeon, you will love it. Plus, when you have leftover vegetables in your refrigerator, this can be a great way to clean up those leftovers. 🙂 Your kids do not like to eat vegetables? Sneak the healthy vegetables into this jeon, and then your kids will start to enjoy their vegetables. Try it someday. 🙂
Yield: 12 Pieces
Short Korean Lesson
- SonTop (손톱) = Fingernail
- BalTop (발톱) = Toenail
- 1 Generous Cup Seasoned Cuttlefish (3 oz)
- ¼ Cup Flour
- 2 Large Eggs
- ¼ Cup Onion
- ¼ Cup Zucchini
- 2 Tbsp Perilla Leaves
- 2 Tbsp Green Onion
- 2 Tbsp Carrot
- 1 Tbsp Red Hot Pepper
- ¼ tsp Salt
- Some Cooking Oil
Obtain the vegetable ingredients: ¼ cup onion, ¼ cup zucchini, 2 Tbsp perilla leaves, 2 Tbsp green onion, 2 Tbsp carrot, and 1 Tbsp red hot pepper. Depending on your tastes, you can use other blends of vegetables.
Finely chop all the vegetable ingredients.
Obtain about 1 generous cup of seasoned cuttlefish. You can buy it at a Korean or Asian grocery store. They are usually in the freezer or refrigerator section.
Soak it in water for a minute. This helps to make it soft, yet still chewy. Do not soak it too long, or it will lose its flavor.
1 minute later, drain it.
Cut it into small pieces. ¼-inch pieces can be a good size.
Add the cuttlefish, all the chopped vegetables, ¼ cup flour, 2 large eggs, and ¼ tsp of salt into a mixing bowl. I used Sempio’s vegetable pancake mix for this recipe, however you can just use normal flour if you don’t have any. Sempio’s vegetable pancake mix is a premium grade of wheat flour and it has ready–mixed seasonings containing the right amount of onions, garlic, and pepper powder. This pancake mix make your jeon more flavorful.
Mix everything well.
Add about 1 Tbsp of cooking oil in a heated nonstick pan. Scoop a spoonful of the jeon mixture with a spoon and place it on the pan. Form the jeon into a circle with 2 spoons.
You can make about 12 pieces of delicious cuttlefish jeon with this recipe.
Fry the jeon for about 4-5 minutes on medium-high. Fry one side for about 2 minutes, flip it over, and then fry for another 2 minutes, or until both sides of the jeon get nicely golden brown.
Oh, this is so delicious. My son and I can finish it in no time. 🙂 Unlike other types of jeon, this has enough seasoning in it, so you do not need any dipping sauce. This can be a good appetizer, pot lock dish, snack, or side for a lunch box. Enjoy!