Banchan feature: Stir-fry fish cakes


Banchan feature: Stir-fry fish cakes



Stir-fry fish cakes or eomuk bokkeum is one of the most common side dishes being served in most Korean BBQ meals because it is very tasty and easy to prepare. The coastal city of Busan in South Korea is one of the best suppliers of fish cakes in the world, although one can find sheets of them in almost all Korean supermarkets. Note that it is always better for the fish cakes to be sliced thinly so that the spices and sauces can easily penetrate into the cakes. You can also blanch the fish cakes if you prefer to further soften their texture and take away the excess oil.

We know that you’ve always wanted to make your own version of eomuk bokkeum, so today we are featuring a very simple stir-fry fish cake recipe that you can follow and even tweak according to your taste.

Serves 2 people

Preparation time: 10 min


  • 2 fish cake sheets
  • 1 red chilli pepper
  • 1 Cheongyang pepper
  • ½ onion

Sauce and marinade ingredients

  • Soy sauce – 1 tablespoon
  • Plum extract – 1teaspoon
  • Sesame oil – 1teaspoon
  • Chopped garlic – 1teaspoon
  • Sesame seeds
  • Black pepper


  1. Cut the fish cake sheets into strips.
  2. Thinly slice the onion.
  3. Diagonally slice the red chilli pepper and cheongyang chilli peppers.
  4. In a bowl, combine 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tsp of plum extract, 1 tsp of sesame oil, and 1 tsp of chopped garlic to create the marinade
  5. Put a bit of cooking oil in a pan and fry the onions.
  6. When the onions turn transparent, add the fish cake strips and chilli peppers and fry altogether.
  7. When the fish cake strips start browning, add the sauce mix and continue to fry until the sauce reduces down.
  8. When the sauce has almost completely reduced, add a smattering of sesame seeds and black pepper to taste. Mix once to ensure everything is evenly distributed.

There you have it! If you have created your own versions of stir-fry fish cakes in the past, then please let us know the details in the comments section below. As always, Korean BBQ Online is here to address your Korean BBQ needs. Spread the word!