Crunchy squid threads

Ojingeo-silchae-bokkeum 오징어실채볶음

Today I’m going to introduce you to a very easy but incredibly addictive side dish. If you love anything a little salty like the sea a little and stinky like squid, you’ll fall in love with ojingeo-silchae-bokkeum (오징어실채볶음), or crunchy squid threads. It’s tastes sweet, crunchy, and a little salty, and once you start eating it, it’s hard to stop!

It’s a very popular side dish for children’s lunch boxes in Korea, and it’s also a great drinking snack, and goes well with beer. As I mention in the video, it was considered a rare treat when I was growing up, and I couldn’t get enough of it. Now I can have it any time I like, and I always get tons of compliments on this simple dish when I serve it to guests.


It’s so simple to make! But so tasty and addicting.

If you have a large Korean store in your area, you might have seen crunchy squid threads sold on the shelf, pre-made and prepackaged. It’s pretty good, but kind of expensive for a frugal cook like me and you. : ) Besides, we can make it better! Instead, buy some dried squid threads and make your own in 5 minutes!

Enjoy the recipe! Let me know if you make it!


  • ½ pound (226 grams) dried squid threads (ojingeo-silchae), cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons white or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds



  1. Heat up a large pan over medium heat. Add the vegetable oil and garlic and stir fry until fragrant.fried garlic
  2. Add the squid threads and mix and stir with a wooden spoon and a pair of tongs for a few minutes, until the squid turns a little crunchy and shiny all over.ojingeochae-bokkeum pan fry
  3. Add the soy sauce and sugar and keep mixing and stirring until the sugar is melted and the squid turns a little curly.crunchy squid threads
  4. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
  5. Serve as a side dish for rice or with beer. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Stir-fried dried squid threads (ojingeo-silchae-bokkeum: 오징어실채볶음)


One Comment:

  1. Vickinags Honolulu My profile page joined 11/16
    Posted November 26th, 2016 at 11:02 pm | # |

    Hi! Love your recipes!
    Can cuttle fish threads be substituted for squid threads?
    Haven’t been able to find squid threads in Honolulu but found cuttle fish threads in Las Vegas.
    Didn’t realize it should be squid until I got home.

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