We are making this Korean staple in the microwave, but traditionally it is made in a Korean hot stone bowl called Ttukbaegi (뚝배기). Using the microwave just speeds up the overall time and still produces great results.
There are so many other additions you could put into your own steamed egg. We are sharing a simple and basic recipe that is fairly common. You could always experiment with adding different vegetables.
What goes with Korean Steamed Egg
Usually, this is a side dish and is eaten with a bowl of steamed rice. This is the way we usually love eating Korean Steamed Egg. Kids love this! I remember eating this steamed egg recipe with rice as a kid and was always happy and satisfied.
If you are staying away from carbohydrates, then eating this steamed egg as a side or main meal without steamed rice is great also. Think silky and savory egg option for breakfast with a side of quick sauteed greens! We also have a Korean Spicy Seafood Soup where we use this steamed egg in the soup instead of soft tofu for a protein-packed and soy-free option.
Eggs are an amazing source of nutrients. One large egg contains Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Phosphorus, Selenium, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc. Eggs also raise good cholesterol which has been seen to be linked to lower levels of many different diseases. You can learn more about all the great benefits of eggs here.
We hope you enjoy this Korean Steamed Egg (Gyeran Jjim) recipe!
Need more recipes?
- Asian-style Poke Salad (Sallet) Rice with Spicy Sauce
- Korean Spicy Seafood Soup
- Korean Winter Kimchi
- Easy Homemade Egg Drop Soup
- Break the eggs into a deep medium-sized microwave-safe bowl and whisk well.
- Add the fish sauce, brined/salted shrimp, sesame oil, salt, and black pepper into the bowl and mix well into the eggs.
- Add in cold water and mix well into the eggs. You’ll notice that the egg mixture is very loose and liquidy. This is good! This helps to give the eggs a silky texture, instead of a firm and spongy texture.
- Cover the bowl with wax paper. Wrap the bowl up well, as this helps to create a steaming effect for the eggs.
- Microwave the covered egg mixture for 3-4 minutes (depending on the power of your microwave). If you see any egg mixture liquid in the bowl after the first 3-4 minutes, keep microwaving in 1-minute increments until the egg mixture liquid is no longer present and is solid and silky. *Having a bit of clear liquid is normal. That is just some of the water. Just make sure the egg is cooked.
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