Korean canned tuna

Chamchi-tongjorim 참치통조림

Canned tuna is an everyday ingredient in Korean cuisine, so most Korean grocery stores will have at least one shelf devoted to yellow cans of Korean oil-packed tuna.

Korean canned tuna

Korean canned tuna is more chunky, meaty, and flavorful than other kinds. It’s usually sold in yellow pull-top cans and comes in a variety of flavors. Some of the flavors are very Korean, like kimchi stew–flavored tuna, or tuna flavored with jjajang sauce (black bean paste), or “DHA tuna” (an omega-3 fatty acid that supposedly aids in brain function).

Boxed sets of tuna are common gifts to family, friends, and coworkers at Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). At this time of year, people often exchange nicely packaged food gifts, such as cases of pears or persimmons, yellow corvina, abalone, beef, and even Spam and tuna combo boxes.

Recipes that use korean canned tuna:

One Comment:

  1. Taleederman Los Angeles joined 3/18 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi! I really love to get Korean hot pepper tuna cans from the H Mart near me, and I usually use them when making your tuna pancake recipe. I was curious, though, how flavored tuna cans are usually served or used in recipes in Korea? Are they usually used to top stews, like in your chamchi kimchi jjigae? Are they just eaten with rice and side dishes? Are they usually used as ingredients?

    Thank you for everything you’ve taught me!

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