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. ColbyLee24 NSW, Australia joined 11/17
    Posted November 24th, 2017 at 2:18 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, I would like to know If I can use pre packed anchovy stock bag, approximately 10g, would this be sufficient to use in any stock recipe, or will it need more flavour?
    Thank-you Maangchi!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 27th, 2017 at 8:28 am | # |

      I’ve never used one of those bags, but you can probably use it. I’m not sure how much to use. Try it and let me know how it turns out!

      • ColbyLee24 NSW, Australia joined 11/17
        Posted December 1st, 2017 at 1:38 am | # |

        I will have to give it a try :) I am very excited because I am going to my first proper Korean Grocery store in Sydney when I go on holiday!

  2. 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?

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