Fish cakes

Eomuk 어묵

These are processed fish cakes made from pureed fish pieces shaped into cakes. The best quality fish cakes have a high fish content. Some brands contain MSG, so always check the ingredients on the back of the package to see what you’re getting. To be totally sure, you can make fish cakes at home using only the ingredients you want.

Some people call these “fish loaves” or “fish sausages,” and in Japan they call them kamaboko. Koreans sometimes call them odeng (오뎅) which is a loan word from the Japanese oden (おでん).  In China they call the round ones “fish balls.”





fish cakes

fish cakes


Recipes that use fish cakes (eomuk):



  1. 1sweet2t Connecticut joined 6/11
    Posted June 14th, 2012 at 11:18 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! My name is Dianne and i really wanted to try to make my own fish cakes. I found a recipe to make homemade fish cakes but I would like to know if you think this recipe might good.

    – Ingredients for 4 portions of Eomuk –

    White-flesh Fish(frozen pollack, or pollack, or white croakers(corbina), etc) 300g, a squid, (potato) starch(2/3 cup), salt, sugar, cooking wine, cooking oil for frying it

    – Recipe –

    1. Wash white croakers and squids clean, be dry them, cut them off properly, and grind them in a blender.

    2. Put them into the big bowl and knead them mixing with starch, salt, sugar, cooking wine, etc.

    3. Spoon the kneaded pastes by ones(a spoonful) into 175~180℃ oil until they

    • iChayBYG US joined 8/12
      Posted March 24th, 2014 at 1:51 pm | # |

      I’ve been looking for a recipe to make these! I can’t find these in the Phoenix area so I decided to make them but couldn’t find the recipe :) What do you mean when you say you cut them off properly? And how much salt, sugar, cooking wine, and starch does it call for?

  2. krysanthe philippines joined 11/11
    Posted November 29th, 2011 at 3:07 am | # |

    I bought fish cakes in skewers. can i use it in the recipe uhmook bukkeum?

  3. empresslilo28 Los Angeles joined 2/10
    Posted August 2nd, 2010 at 9:11 pm | # |

    i bought some pre-fried fish cakes of the same brand cause they looked good but i have no idea how to cook them, they are of the same brand as in the one in the pic but the fish cakes are in rows with a stick(skewer) in the middle, what can i do with them, sorry for long question,lol

  4. kira joined 7/10
    Posted July 6th, 2010 at 3:25 am | # |

    Hi, Maangchi! Do you ever cook with the thin, flat fish cakes? Where can I find those? Are they refrigerated, frozen, or dried?

    Thank you!!!

    • kira joined 7/10
      Posted July 8th, 2010 at 9:46 pm | # |

      Update: Nevermind! I found them in the frozen section at the Korean market! Thanks, anyway!

      • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
        Posted July 9th, 2010 at 8:57 am | # |

        nice, you find it. Good luck with making delicious fish cake side dish!

  5. Zia
    Posted May 5th, 2009 at 6:41 am | # |

    ..yum yum!!..

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