March 15, 2010

Korean breaded cod filets ("daegujeon") and potato salad with soy sauce (“gamja jorim”)

This potato salad was so delicious and almost addictive with great depth of flavor and most importantly even better the next day (warm or cold, you decide)

The cod fish was the perfect accompaniment...that's right to me potatoes are always more than just a side, rather they are the star of the show, hm I mean meal :)

Gamja jorim:

Recipe adapted from Maangchi ( with a couple of exclusions / additions - excl. corn syrup and inc. chili flakes for an extra kick)
2-3 medium sized potatoes, onion, 2 cloves garlic, soy sauce, 1 tbs sugar, half cup of water, chili flakes

  1. Peel the potatoes, wash, and cut them into 1 inch dice and make 2 cups.
  2. Rinse the potato using colander in running water to remove starch.
  3. Cut half onion into bite sized pieces.
  4. Heat the pan and add 1-2 tbs olive oil and pour the potato into the pan.
  5. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic and sauté it until the potato look a little translucent, then add the onion and keep stirring it.
  6. Add half cup of water into the pan, 2 tbs – 2½ tbs soy sauce (depends on your taste), 1 tbs of sugar, 1 tbs of corn syrup and mix it and simmer it over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the liquid is evaporated.Tip: Keep checking and stirring not to burn it and to cook evenly, if it needs more water, add some.
  7. When the potato is cooked, turn off the stove and add 1 tbs of sesame oil and sprinkle a pinch of sesame seeds.


Recipe courtesy of Maangchi

Cod filets (400 grams), flour, olive oil, garlic, salt, ground black pepper, eggs, a red chili pepper, soy sauce, vinegar
  1. You can use fresh or frozen cod. If it’s frozen, thaw it out in the refrigerator.
  2. Rinse the filets in cold water and gently dry them using a paper towel or cotton cloth
  3. Slice it thinly and put it in a bowl.
  4. Sprinkle 1 ts of salt, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and 1 pinch of black pepper into the bowl of cod slices and gently mix it up by hand.
  5. Pour 1 cup of flour into the bowl with the cod, and mix it quickly  with your hand so that the cod is lightly breaded. [ I recommend following Maangchi's video and dipping each cod piece in flour individually or "piece by piece")
  6. Beat 2 eggs in a small bowl and add a pinch of salt.
  7. Add 1 chopped green onion and red chili pepper into the beaten eggs.
  8. Heat a pan on the stove over medium high heat.
  9. Add 1 tbs of olive oil or vegetable oil to the pan.
  10. Piece by piece, dip your breaded cod into the beaten eggs, and then place the pieces onto the heated pan.
  11. Lower the heat to medium and cook it.
  12. Turn it over using a spatula or spoon.
  13. Add more oil if needed.
  14. * Dipping sauce: Mix 2 tbs of soy sauce and 1 or 2 tbs of vinegar


  1. Marulka, what other fish can be used instead of cod? For example will talapia or red snapper be OK?

  2. Yes but according to SM cod is best

    Be sure to watch Maangchi's video and eat the fish with the dipping sauce