Stir-fried Korean fish cake is a staple side dish in Korea call ‘eomuk bokkeum’. It goes well with steamed rice.

Korean spicy stir-fried fish cakes

Have you tried the Korean fish cake called ‘Eomuk’?

If you been Korea, you should seen ‘skewered fish cake with broth’ from the street vendors.

Eomuk is a very popular food in Korea.

It is not like the Western fish cake.

It’s made of white fish pure and some starch and frying.

Usually it used as an ingredient in cooking. Similar with Chinese fish cakes.

This stir fried fish cakes dish is one of the staple side dishes in Korea.

Specially lunch box because it is still taste good when get cold and no liquid.

When I was school girl, my mom used to make stir- fried fish cakes a lots for my lunch boxes.

Sometimes without Korean chili powders, sometimes add various types of ‘Kimchi’.

This recipe is my mom’s recipe, I enjoyed when I was child. Yum~.

Korean fish cake

Stir- fried Korean fish cake

Normally Korean use the flat square fish cakes in this dish. But if you have different form of fish cakes in your hand, slice them to bite sizes.

You can not found ‘Korean fish cakes’ , than you can replace with Chinese fish cakes or Japanese fish cake ‘satsuma Age’

Those are mostly manufactured these days, that’s why quick blanch with hot boiled water.

If fish cakes are in the hot water too long, those are going too soft. So make sure fish cakes placed in a colander and pour hot water and drained same time.

Korean fish cakes are already cooked, add other ingredients first which need cook longer.

If you are not a big fan of the spicy foods, skipping chili powder or fresh chili. It still taste good.

You don’t want to with the steamed rice? Then that’s fine.

Add a lots of vegetables like broccoli, cauliflowers, zucchinis… ect. Just make sure cut bite size and cooking time difference.

Soy sauce stir-fried fishcake

Instructions in video.


240 g Fishcake

1/2 capsicum

1/2 onion

1 tbsp minced garlic

1/4 tsp black pepper

3 tbsp Dark soy sauce

3 tbsp corn syrup

1 tbsp cooking wine

2 tbsp cooking oil

2 tsp roasted sesame seeds

Stir-fried Korean fish cake recipe

Stir-fried Korean fish cake recipe

This is a staple side dish in Korea called 'eomuk bokkeum'. It goes well with steamed rice.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Korean
Servings 8 people
Calories 132 kcal


  • 240 g Fish cakes * (see note)
  • ½ Onion
  • ½ Carrot
  • ½ Capsicum
  • 1 Chili (option)
  • 1 cup Sliced mushrooms ** (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons Chopped spring onion
  • 1 tablespoons Minced garlic
  • tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoons cooking wine or water
  • 1~2 tablespoons Korean red chili powder *** (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • ¼ teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Roasted sesame seed



  • Slice onion, carrot, capsicum, chili, mushrooms, Set aside.
    Stir-fried Korean fish cake recipe

fish cakes

  • Slice fish cakes and place in a colander.
    Pour hot boiled water over the fish cakes and drain completely.
    Stir-fried Korean fish cake recipe


  • Mix the soy sauce, corn syrup, Korean chili powder. Set aside.
    Stir-fried Korean fish cake recipe


  • Heat a heavy pan or pot over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add oil and the sauce mixture. Bring to boil about 1 minute.
    Stir-fried Korean fish cake recipe
  • Add the vegetables stir well to cover the sauce, cook for about 30 seconds and reduce heat to low heat.
    Stir-fried Korean fish cake recipe
  • Add the fish cakes and minced garlic, stir well about 1 minute.
    Stir-fried Korean fish cake recipe
  • Remove from the heat, add black pepper and sesame seed and serve with steamed rice.
    Stir-fried Korean fish cake recipe



* You can use Chinese fish cakes or Japanese fish cake. If the fish cake is big pieces, slice to a bite size.
** You can use any kinds of mushroom or you can skip.
*** You can skipping it if you don’t like spicy.

Phoebe Chung

Welcome to my blog, I'm Phoebe Chung, a food blogger and a lovely wife. I live in Hong Kong with my hubby and two lovely dogs. Loves exploring the world, sharing new recipes and spending time with my family.

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