Dried and shredded pollock

Bugeochae 북어채

Pollock (sometimes spelled pollack) is a variety of white fish similar to cod. You can eat it fresh, but Koreans also dry it out for later use. The best is dried by sea breezes in the sun. When it’s completely dried, the fish is very hard, like a stick of wood. In the old days, it had to be pounded to soften it before it could be shredded, but these days most dried pollock sold in Korean grocery stores is shredded and ready to use.


There’s no need to wash it, but if the strips are too long, cut them into bite-size pieces. Store in an airtight container or zipper-lock bag in the freezer for up to 6 months.

dried pollack

dried pollack



Recipes that use dried shredded pollock (bugeochae):



  1. TaraSHEawase Oklahoma joined 4/16
    Posted April 1st, 2016 at 8:25 pm | # |

    I watched a recent episode of Oh! My Baby where the Ra twins eat dried pollock without any cooking. I found some dried pollock at a local Asian market and was very excited to try it for myself. However, it says that it must be cleaned and cooked. I’m attaching a file of the packaging. Is this something that I need to clean and cook, or can I eat it like I’ve seen on those shows? How do I clean something like this? Thank you for your help!

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    • TaraSHEawase Oklahoma joined 4/16
      Posted April 1st, 2016 at 8:26 pm | # |

      The front of the package…

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted April 4th, 2016 at 6:36 pm | # |

      It’s already cleaned. You can eat it right from the package or grill it slightly and eat it. You don’t have to wash it but it depends on what kind of dish you make. If you want to grill it with seasoning sauce, you will have to soak it in cold water to make the fish a little softer before cooking.
      Separate the flesh part from the bones and shred it with your fingers and make soup. https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/bugeoguk

  2. Kittynancy Singapore joined 7/11
    Posted July 29th, 2011 at 1:49 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, I am wondering whether I can eat the dried shredded pollock as snacks? cause I have watched a lot korean dramas in which some people ate some kind of dried fish when they drink. I am not sure whether the dried fish they ate is dried pollocks or not. However,I would like to know whether the dried shredded pollock can just eat like that without cooking it.And aslo I have seen the soul market at my place selling whole piece dried pollocks. How should I shred it by myself?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 29th, 2011 at 8:48 am | # |

      yes, you can eat it as snacks. Dip it in hot pepper paste, yummy!

      • Kittynancy Singapore joined 7/11
        Posted July 30th, 2011 at 9:59 am | # |

        Thanks a lot! Maangchi! that is definitely a good news to me..yummy!

  3. Casey New Jersey joined 4/10
    Posted August 15th, 2010 at 10:00 pm | # |

    Can you tell me how long this stays fresh once the bag is opened? I made the soup awhile ago and I am wondering if the rest of the fish is still OK to eat.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 15th, 2010 at 10:10 pm | # |

      Dried pollock should be kept in the freezer.

      • Casey New Jersey joined 4/10
        Posted August 21st, 2010 at 7:30 pm | # |

        Oh no, now I have to throw out half a bag :(
        At least I bought the smallest package. Oh well, I know for next time. Thank you.

  4. Starscream East Bay, CA joined 6/10
    Posted June 11th, 2010 at 2:36 pm | # |

    At Ranch 99 they have a fish that looks just like this, but it’s labeled “Stock Fish”. Will this substitute for Pollack? Thanks!!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 13th, 2010 at 9:29 am | # |

      I looked up the word “stockfish” in the dictionary on the internet for you.
      Stock fish: any fish cured by being split and hung in the open air to dry without salt, as cod, haddock, etc

      If you want to make dried pollock soup with my recipe, you can try it out but I can’t guarantee the result.

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