This stir-fried tiny anchovy side is another Korean side-dish that was requested a lot from my viewers. Since the main ingredient, dried tiny anchovies, is not that common in the Western world, I am very surprise that people asked me about it. Wow! How did people find out about this dish? I assume that they saw it in Korean dramas or on Korean TV programs since it is a very common daily side-dish for Korean meals. I have my own secret recipe to make this side-dish extra delicious, and that’s what I’m going to share with you today. Are you excited? Okay, let’s get started.
Yield: 2 Cups
Short Korean Lesson
- Chaek (책) = Book
- DokSeo (독서) = Reading a Book
- 2 Cups Dried Tiny Anchovies
- ½ Cup Green Onions
- ¼ Generous Cup Garlic
- ¼ Cup Fresh Red Hot Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Corn Syrup or Honey
- 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- 1½ Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 2 tsp Sesame Seeds
Prepare 2 cups of dried tiny anchovies. You can find them at a Korean or an Asian grocery store. For this recipe, I want you to use these tiny ones – not the normal-sized anchovies. I think these tiny anchovies have a less fishy taste and have a better texture, when eating them.
Finely chop ½ cup of green onions. Then finely slice ¼ generous cup each of garlic cloves and fresh red hot peppers.
Put the dried anchovies in a heated nonstick pan without any oil. Fry them for about 2 minutes on medium. Occasionally stir them. By doing so, you can evaporate the terrible fish smell of the anchovies into your house and make a delicious side-dish.
In 2 minutes, the dried anchovies will get lightly golden brown. Quickly reduce the temperature to medium-low.
Add all the seasoning ingredients, except for the sesame seeds: 2 Tbsp rice syrup or corn syrup, 2 Tbsp cooking oil, 1½ Tbsp soy sauce, and 1 Tbsp Sugar. Mix everything well.
And then, add the garlic and the red hot peppers into the pan.
Stir-fry for about 3 minutes on medium-low.
After 3 minutes, add the chopped green onions and fry for another 2 minutes.
After 2 minutes, turn off the heat and sprinkle about 2 tsp of sesame seeds on top of everything.
Isn’t it amazing to make such a delicious food this easy and fast? Put them in a glass container and you can enjoy them for several weeks. We finished them all in just a few days because they are so very delicious. hehe Try them someday soon. 🙂