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Korean Fish and Seafood Dishes

Since Korea is a peninsula, it should be no surprise that Korean cuisine includes a lot of seafood. Koreans love their fish, especially cooked and served whole, and also eat shellfish, squid, octopus, and almost everything else under the sea.

Sauteed Seasoned Squid
This salt and pepper squid is an easy, delicious main seafood dish that takes less than 10 minutes to get onto the table.

Korean No-Fail Fish Dishes
Korea is a peninsula so fish and seafood are an important part of the national diet. These simple fish recipes are delicious, healthy and easy to make.

Shrimp and Linguine Salad with Spicy Korean Dressing
Bright and fresh, this shrimp salad is packed with vegetables and topped with a spicy-sweet dressing. You can increase the amount of pasta and shrimp if you want to serve this as a full meal.

Seared Scallops with Citrus Soy Sauce
Seared scallops are always a delicious choice when you want to make a special meal for someone but you don't have a lot of time to prepare. As long you get the freshest scallops you can find and make sure not to overcook them, you'll be enjoying your main course in less than fifteen minutes.

Halibut Teriyaki Recipe
Teriyaki is a Japanese way of cooking, but Korea was under Japanese rule for 35 years until the end of World War II. So there are numerous Japanese dishes in Korean cooking that are traditionally Japanese or a Koreanized version of the original Japanese dish.

Korean Pan-Fried Whole Fish Recipe
Eating the whole fish is common in Korea, whether it's cut up and made into a stew or fried on the stove. Cooking fish this way makes the fish crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. It's traditional to cook yellow croaker (yellow corvina) this way, but I've substituted grouper and striped bass with good results. Just try to...

Oyster Rice Recipe (Gul Bap)
This is an easy recipe for Korean oyster rice (gul bap), which makes the most of the sweet, meaty, ocean-y flavor of good oysters. Served with a spicy soy dipping sauce, this Korean rice dish is tasty and comforting.

Grilled Squid Recipe (Ojinguh Gui)
You can find this grilled squid at food stalls in Korean markets, but it's also easy to make at home. It's really hard to mess up this recipe if you use good-quality squid. Fresh is best, but you can even use good-quality frozen.

Korean Spicy Fish Stew (Mae Un Tang)
This Korean fish stew is a little bit spicy and sweet and has dozens of different fish and vegetable variations.

Korean Tuna Croquettes Recipe (Chamchi Jun)
These Korean tuna croquettes (or tuna pancakes or patties) are delicious when eaten hot, but they are also a popular snack or lunchbox food and can be eaten room temperature.

Steamed Skate Fish Recipe (Hong Uh Jim)
All about skate fish with culinary information and backgrounds. Also an easy Korean recipe for steamed skate fish.

Braised Fish (Saeng Sun Jim) Recipe
Koreans love fish and the art of braising, and this recipe brings the two together. This is an easy and adaptable recipe: you can use striped bass, cod, halibut, red snapper, and other firm-fleshed fish in this recipe.

Korean Pickled Squid Recipe (Ojinguh Jut)
This spicy Korean pickled squid (ojinguh jut) packs a lot of flavor, so it's the perfect accompaniment to a traditional Korean meal with rice and soup or stew.

Korean Mixed Rice with Sashimi (Hwe Dub Bap) Recipe
Hwe Dub Bap combines three things that Koreans love: raw seafood, rice, and spicy sauces. This big bowl of sushi-grade raw fish, vegetables, and rice is served with a sweet and spicy sauce on the side, so that everyone can mix it according to their personal spice levels.

Spicy Seafood Salad
This spicy seafood salad features a spicy Korean dressing for both the seafood and the greens. I usually make it with shrimp and squid, but it is also very good with abalone, scallops, tuna, or a mix of different seafoods. The Korean love affair with chili peppers is well known, so it should be no surprise that we even manage to add chili spice to Western-style dishes like tossed salads.

Dried Pollack Soup (Bugo Gook) Recipe
The light but sweet flavor of this soup comes from dried pollack, which is sold in Korean and Asian markets. It is healthy, very easy to make, and costs almost nothing. You can make a big pot of this soup for less than $5.

Korean Deep Fried Shrimp (Saewoo Twigim)
Korean deep fried shrimp is easy to make and has a thin and extra crispy batter. Korean deep frying mix, which can be found in many Asian grocery stores, is a mix of flours and seasonings that make frying simple. These deep fried shrimp (saewoo twigim) can be made in 15 minutes but are so delicious that I like to serve them as one of the main dishes for dinner guests or special occasion meals.

Korean Anchovy Side Dish Recipe (Myulchi Bokum)
This Korean anchovy dish (Myeolchi Bokkeum) is easy, satisfying, and nutritious. Full of crunch and calcium, it looks a lot better than it looks.

Korean-Style Spicy Linguine with Clam Sauce Recipe
A Korean-style spicy linguine with clam sauce recipe.

Korean Pan-Fried Fish (Saeng Sun Jun)
Almost any white fish works well in this recipe, and the thin coating of egg and flour make it easy to eat and prepare. Good with spicy dipping sauces or just soy sauce, kids and even meat-eaters love this sauteed fish.

Spicy Korean Soft Tofu Stew (Soondubuchigae)
Soondubuchigae is a spicy Korean stew that manages to be both hearty and healthy at the same time.

Fresh Spring Rolls with Spicy Korean Dipping Sauce
These spring rolls are made with perilla leaves and kochujang (chili pepper paste), two common Korean ingredients. I first made these rolls because I had all the ingredients for SE Asian spring rolls except for the herbs (Thai basil, mint, cilantro). I had Italian basil, but I also had a bunch of fresh perilla leaves from the garden. Since perilla is in the mint family, I just knew it would work.

Korean Bean Paste Stew (Daenjang Chigae)
This thick, fragrant stew is a Korean comfort food especially popular in the cold winter months. Daenjang chigae is wonderfully hearty and can be made with fish or shrimp and almost any vegetables you have on hand.

Broiled Salmon With Soy Honey Glaze
This delicious broiled salmon is easy to prepare and impressive looking for dinner guests if you use either salmon steaks or a side of salmon. Good for Korean meals and also with American sides or salads, it's a very versatile recipe which is also wonderful on the grill.

Seafood Salad with Pine Nut Mustard Dressing
Koreans love seafood, and this fresh salad (haemul salad) showcases a great combination of flavors and textures with shrimp, squid, crispy cucumbers, Asian pear, mango, and radishes.

Broiled Mackerel (Godenguh Gui)
Koreans love broiled fish that is either cooked whole or sliced in half and cooked until the skin is crisp and sizzling. Broiling is a easy and mess-free way to make almost any type of fish, and a side dish portion is easily done in the toaster oven on the broil setting. I usually ask the people at the fish counter to remove the spine, head, and tail so that I'm left with two halves of the mackerel with the skin on.

Spicy Stir-Fried Octopus Nakji Bokkum

Korean Anchovy Stock
This fish-based broth is the traditional base for Korean soups and stews. Although meat broth has become more popular in recent years, this anchovy soup stock is still a staple in Korean cooking. It doesn't have a strong fish odor, but adds a deep and savory element when used in cooking Korean soups and stews.

Spicy Korean-Chinese Seafood Soup (Jjampong)
Champong (or Jjampong) is one of the most popular Chinese-Korean dishes made and enjoyed all over Korea. Chinese restaurants in Korea (and in Koreatowns all over the world) don't have lo mein or kung pao chicken; the most popular choices are usually jajangmyun (black bean noodles) or jjampong.

Korean Mixed Rice with Sashimi (Hwe Dub Bap) Recipe
Hwe Dub Bap combines three things that Koreans love: raw seafood, rice, and spicy sauces. This big bowl of sushi-grade raw fish, vegetables, and rice is served with a spicy-sweet sauce on the side, so that everyone can mix it to their personal spice levels.

Jellyfish Salad - Haepari Naengchae Recipe
This jellyfish salad is a fresh, delicious, and pretty impressive salad that is easy to make at home. It's colorful, full of different textures, and has a nice bite from the mustard dressing.

Spicy Grilled Eel (Jang Uh Gui)

Avocado Salad with Shrimp, Brown Rice, and Scallions
This one-dish lunch or dinner is easy, healthy, and delicious with avocado, shrimp, brown rice, lemon, and scallions.

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