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Korean No-Fail Fish Dishes


Korea is a peninsula so fish and seafood are an important part of the national diet. Korean cooking includes almost every type of fish preparation; Koreans dry, braise, fry, steam and stew their fish. They also eat the freshest fish raw.

These simple Korean fish recipes are delicious, healthy and easy to make.

1. Mixed Rice with Sashimi (Hwe Dub Bap) Recipe

Hwe Dub Bap
Naomi Imatome Yun
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. Like many Korean dishes, you can change the fish and vegetables you use to your own mood, personal taste, and the contents of your fridge. I usually like to use tuna, yellowtail, and red snapper, but I know some people really like salmon in their hwe dub bap.

2. Pan-Fried Fish (Saeng Sun Jun) Recipe

The thin coating of egg and flour on these pan-fried fish fillets make them easy to eat and prepare. Good with spicy dipping sauces or just soy sauce, kids and even serious meat-eaters love this sauteed fish.

3. Steamed Skate Fish Recipe (Hong Uh Jim)

Skate wings are tender and mild, and this easy Korean recipe is a foolproof way to make a delicious skate fish meal.

4. Halibut Teriyaki

Teriyaki is a Japanese way of cooking, but Korea was under Japanese rule for 35 years until the end of World War II. Because of these years, there are numerous Japanese dishes in Korean cuisine that are either traditionally Japanese or a Korean version of the original. This fish teriyaki is delicious, simple and easy when made with halibut, but you can also substitute striped bass or salmon.

5. 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 an 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.

6. Broiled or Grilled 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. For grilled salmon, prepare as directed and grill for about 5 minutes per side.

7. Anchovy Side Dish Recipe (Myulchi Bokum)

Myulchi Bokum (Sauteed Anchovies)
Todd Lapin, Telstar Logistics
This Korean anchovy dish (Myeolchi Bokkeum) is easy, satisfying, and nutritious. Full of crunch and calcium, it tastes a lot better than it looks.

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