Dried anchovies

Mareun-myeolchi 마른멸치

Dried anchovies are sold sorted by size, and come in a package, plastic bag, or box.


Smaller anchovies are usually served as a snack by toasting them with soy sauce, sugar, and hot pepper paste to make the side dish myeolchibokkeum. Larger myeolchi are used in the stock of many Korean dishes like sundubu-jjigae.

Store in a zipper-lock bag or airtight container in the freezer. Before using larger anchovies, remove the heads and guts (the black innards).

dried anchovies

Personally I like to eat the larger dried anchovies by themselves (after removing the heads and intestines, or course : )). I dip them in hot pepper paste and eat them with rice. Very delicious! The tiny bones of myeolchi contain a lot of calcium and are really good for you.


Medium dried anchovies on the top shelf, and large anchovies on the lower shelf

Tiny little anchovies
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Large dried anchovies



Recipes that use dried anchovies (mareun-myeolchi):



  1. adamchrissy UK joined 6/17
    Posted June 16th, 2017 at 4:19 pm | # |

    Do dried anchovies be cooked or heated before eating them as a snack?
    is it safe to eat them without cooking and what nutrients do they have when eaten this way?

  2. adamchrissy UK joined 6/17
    Posted June 16th, 2017 at 3:42 pm | # |

    Can you eat dried anchovies as they are as a snack or do you need to cook them in some way? What are all the nutritional values of eating dried anchovies as they are?


  3. neithj joined 8/15
    Posted February 22nd, 2016 at 11:04 am | # |

    I have a finned fish allergy (but *not* a shellfish allergy) and would love to be able to make myself small fishless batches of the meals I make for my family. I’d love to know of an alternative that would help flavor dishes like your steamed shishito peppers and stews for my personal serving. With kimchis I substitute jars of the tiny baby shrimp for fish pastes and nobody seems to mind at all :)

    My husband is Korean, I’m not, but my family joins us for large holiday meals as well as random meals when we’re in the mood to cook a little bit more or have special requests. We are in Massachusetts and have a full size Hmart almost an hour from home that I go to but there are some other Asian supermarkets in the area if there are alternatives from other cultures, nowhere near the abundance of food markets that NYC or CA have though! :) Thanks!

  4. xiaomei88 Dallas joined 7/13
    Posted December 15th, 2015 at 10:36 am | # |

    How long can the anchovies be kept in the freezer ?????

    • sanne Munich joined 8/14
      Posted December 15th, 2015 at 12:39 pm | # |

      Indefinitely. ;-)
      Very long; I’ve got the small ones in the fridge and the ones for soup in an air-tight container in the pantry.

      Bye, Sanne.

  5. Vjnoi joined 11/15
    Posted November 18th, 2015 at 3:26 pm | # |

    Bonjour Maangchi !

    I really love your website and recipes, they’re great !
    I wanted to ask you if there could be any vegeterian subsitute for dried anchovies ?
    Have a wonderful day.

  6. DeeFresh21 Texas joined 3/14
    Posted March 10th, 2014 at 6:17 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi !

    My nearby asian market only carries anchovy stock powder (it also contains Bonito). Can this also be used successfully in the recipes you posted?

    I tried making a stock with the powder but was doubtful how much to use so it will equal the anchovies you use.

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