Salted fermented shrimp

Saeujeot 새우젓

This salted fermented shrimp is a variety of Korean jeotgal (salted and fermented food) which is a common and versatile ingredient in Korean cuisine.


salted shrimp

Salted shrimp

Recipes that use salted fermented shrimp (saeujeot):



  1. pookieza Thailand My profile page joined 3/16
    Posted March 14th, 2016 at 9:07 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi

    I would like to do homemade Kimchi, but I don’t have salted shrimps.
    What should I do between skip putting salted shrimps,
    adding more salt, or adding more fish sauce.

  2. anna09 Hungary My profile page joined 2/16
    Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 3:43 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    If I’m making kimchi, can I substitute this with thai shrimp paste? Or is adding more fish sauce is better?

    Thank You!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted February 2nd, 2016 at 2:23 pm | # |

      Yes, use a little bit of shrimp paste. It will add more flavor. Or skip it and add more fish sauce.

  3. stage89 singapore My profile page joined 2/15
    Posted March 17th, 2015 at 2:55 am | # |

    Hi maangchi

    I would like to ask in singapore where can I find this Salted fermented shrimp Saeujeot 새우젓?? Cause I want make kimchi

  4. Nimrod Sabah, Malaysia My profile page joined 7/13
    Posted September 4th, 2013 at 1:23 am | # |

    Hiya & Shallom aunty Maangchi :),

    I’ve tried making my first Kimchi and it turns out so good even I’m not master in veges chopping skill..hehe…I always do researches since then, and I really want to modify my next Kimchi that I’ll make around November..(impatient)..:)

    I really want to try to put salted shrimp in my Kimchi. For your information aunty, Saeujeot is called as Cencaluk in Malaysia. The ingredients are the same but we put a little bit rice in it. :)

    I’m happy with it because I can buy this salted shrimp easily and put it into my next Kimchi..Yippie!!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted September 5th, 2013 at 10:35 am | # |

      I’d like to taste the fermented salted shrimp that you mentioned. It will probably be tasty with strong flavor. : )

    • Bebabobo Malaysia My profile page joined 2/16
      Posted January 31st, 2016 at 9:12 pm | # |

      Hello Nimrod, I’m from Malaysia too. Thanks for point it out that Jeotgal is almost the same as cencaluk. I’m happy to hear that. Have you tried making your kimchi using cencaluk.? If it works I plan to use it too. Thanks

  5. KrynauwOtto2 Pretoria, South Africa My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/13
    Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 8:25 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,
    Thank you so much for your nice recipes! I really do appreciate it!
    I was wondering if I add this saeujeot to the kimchi, do I chop it up or do I put it in whole to the paste?
    Thank you!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted September 2nd, 2013 at 3:01 pm | # |

      yes, you can add saeujeong to your kimchi paste. I would chop it up. Good luck with making delicious kimchi!

  6. youneversee Canada My profile page joined 12/11
    Posted December 22nd, 2011 at 12:37 pm | # |

    Hi maangchi,
    how often is this used in Korean cooking? I am going to Korea in February with a friend who is allergic to shrimp and I am a little worried about it, since we don’t speak Korean we won’t be able to ask.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted December 22nd, 2011 at 5:57 pm | # |

      You can add it to your kimchi paste, use it for steamed eggs instead of salt, or use it when you sautee zucchini. It depends on how much you like it.

  7. adohrfarms My profile page joined 1/11
    Posted January 30th, 2011 at 7:03 pm | # |

    My small asian store only had this thai/chinese type of shrimp paste.

    This one is very red and has a layer of oil on top. Is it okay to use for kimchi or is the oil bad? Thank you.

  8. lane My profile page joined 8/10
    Posted August 4th, 2010 at 1:40 am | # |

    How much does a jar cost usually ?

  9. Brian_Montoya Colorado Springs,Colorado My profile page joined 12/09
    Posted July 3rd, 2010 at 2:31 pm | # |

    I recently bought a small jar for kimchi but i noticed that at the market some jars of shrimp had pink shrimp while others had a more yellowish gray tinge (i bought the pink because they looked more appetizing lol). why do they do that? i also saw some jars that had half pink and half grey..

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted July 4th, 2010 at 12:03 am | # |

      You did a good job! I would choose pink one, too. “some jars that had half pink and half grey..” The top part of salty shrimp exposed to the air or sunlight in the jar sometimes becomes brown.

  10. Hyun
    Posted January 1st, 2010 at 7:05 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    How long can you refrigerate shrimp paste without it spoiling?

    I make kimchi maybe once every two months and I’m weary about buying too much.

    I love your website by the way… I’ve looked for something like this for such a long time. You are a pioneer..don’t stop!!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted January 1st, 2010 at 9:37 am | # |

      Happy New Year!
      Salty shrimp never goes bad if you keep it in the refrigerator because it’s fermented food.

  11. Jennifer
    Posted December 26th, 2009 at 12:45 am | # |

    Hey Maangchi (:
    i was wondering I know you use to live in Toronto so i assume you went to P.A.T to shop for korean grocery so i was wondering what aisle 새우젓 would be in? i was looking for it the other day but i couldnt find it

    thank you!

  12. Yeye
    Posted May 28th, 2009 at 4:54 am | # |

    Maangchi, I’m trying to do 계란 찜 but i don’t have a salted shrimp. What can i substitute for it? Can i use fish sauce?

  13. mattlai
    Posted August 13th, 2008 at 12:08 pm | # |

    oh ok, thanks so much!

  14. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted August 13th, 2008 at 7:13 am | # |

    Oh, I should have explained what is this used for. Sorry! Check out my egg side dish where I used it.
    You can use it in kimchi paste, too. 2 or 3 tbs of shrimp sauce (depending on your taste) will be enough for the amount of the kimchi that I made in the video.

  15. mattlai
    Posted August 13th, 2008 at 12:03 am | # |

    hi maangchi
    i wuold like to know what these are used for?
    can you add this to kimchi?
    if so, how much of this would you add following your cabbage kimchi recipe thanks!
    ps, maybe in some time you can post reciped that use this, i would love that.

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