This spicy Korean Stir-fried Fish Cake (Eomuk Bokkeum or Odeng Bokkeum) recipe is so incredibly easy to make. Learn how to make this popular spicy Korean fish cake side dish (banchan, 반찬) with our simple recipe.
Stir-fried fish cake is a very popular side dish in Korea. Korean fish cakes are called eomuk (어묵) or odeng (오뎅). Whenever I take my friends or family to a Korean restaurant, the fish cake side dish is usually one of the favorites for almost everyone. Korean fish cake is not very expensive and easy to make, which is why a lot of restaurants will serve this as a complimentary side dish.
Today, we are sharing with you the spicy version. There is also a non-spicy version if you or your loved ones need or prefer a recipe that is not spicy. Personally, I like both versions. I’m just a happy camper if there is at least fish cake on the table. Here is our recipe of the non-spicy version of stir-fried fish cakes.
Key features and tips
We usually make a batch of these fish cakes and eat them within 2-3 days. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can find fish cakes in the frozen aisle of your local Korean or Asian grocery store/market.
This recipe is easily customizable as far as the spice level. If you really want to kick it up a notch and you love spicy food, you can add in a bit more Korean red chili pepper powder than what we have suggested. We have provided the ingredient amounts that are a comfortable heat level as far as spiciness. Although, with that said we are able to personally tolerate spicy foods with ease since we eat it all the time. If you need something that’s more mild but still has a little bit of spice, feel free to start with half of the amount of Korean red chili pepper powder.
What ingredients will I need to make this Korean Spicy Stir-fried Fish Cake (Eomuk Bokkeum or Odeng Bokkeum) recipe?
- Korean fish cake sheets
- Yellow onion
- Jalapeno peppers
- Green onion
- Olive oil
- Korean red chili pepper powder (gochugaru)
- Soy sauce
- Black pepper
- Dasida beef flavor soup stock powder
- Fish sauce
Let’s make this popular Korean side dish recipe
Step 1: Prep the ingredients
Go ahead and cut up everything so they’re ready to go in the frying pan. Stir-frying goes quick, so you want everything ready to go.
Step 2: Make the spicy sauce
First, let’s mix the sauce together so that it is ready to go. Mix all of the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
Step 3: Heat up a pan & start stir-frying the onions
Place a medium-sized pan on medium-high heat. One the pan is hot and ready, add in olive oil and then the yellow onions. Start stir-frying the onion for about 2 minutes.
Step 4: Add in the other ingredients
Next, add in the fish cake, jalapeno peppers and minced garlic to the frying pan. Continue to stir fry for another 2-3 minutes.
Step 5: Add the spicy sauce
Next, add in the sauce you made earlier to the frying pan. Continue to stir fry for about another 2 minutes.
Step 6: Enjoy!
We usually make a big batch and pull them out of the fridge during mealtimes to use as a side dish. That way we have these fish cakes ready to go whenever we make the main meal components such as a soup of some sort and, of course, freshly steamed rice. You could even just make some rice and have a variety of side dishes as your meal. We also do this too if we are crunched on time and need a simple meal quickly because we usually have several side dishes ready to go at any given time.
Need more side dish recipes?
- Korean Seasoned Spinach Side Dish (Sigeumchi-namul)
- Easy Asian Pan-Fried Zucchini
- Korean Winter Kimchi
- Korean Spicy Stir-Fried Eggplant
- Spicy Korean Cucumber Salad
For the spicy sauce:
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