Breaded cod fillets

Daegujeon 대구전

In this video, I’ll going to show you how to make “jeon,” a traditional Korean food breaded with flour and eggs. There are many kinds of jeon, but this one is made with cod.


Cod filets (400 grams), flour, olive oil, garlic, kosher salt, ground black pepper, eggs, a red chili pepper, soy sauce, vinegar

  1. You can use fresh or frozen cod. If it’s frozen, thaw it out in the refrigerator.
  2. Rinse the filets in cold water and gently dry them using a paper towel or cotton cloth
  3. Slice it thinly and put it in a bowl.
  4. Sprinkle 1 ts of kosher salt, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and 1 pinch of black pepper into the bowl of cod slices and gently mix it up by hand.
  5. Pour 1 cup of flour into the bowl with the cod, and mix it quickly  with your hand so that the cod is lightly breaded.
  6. Beat 2 eggs in a small bowl and add a pinch of salt.
  7. Add 1 chopped green onion and red chili pepper into the beaten eggs.
  8. Heat a pan on the stove over medium high heat.
  9. Add 1 tbs of olive oil or vegetable oil to the pan.
  10. Piece by piece, dip your breaded cod into the beaten eggs, and then place the pieces onto the heated pan.
  11. Lower the heat to medium and cook it.
  12. Turn it over using a spatula or spoon.
  13. Add more oil if needed.
  14. On a big plate, place green lettuce on the bottom and place the cooked fish on it. Now it’s “jeon”!
  15. Serve it with a dipping sauce of 2 tbs of soy sauce and 1 or 2 tbs of vinegar.


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  1. Elizabeth& has 1 comment

    I consult your blog all the time to help me improve my Korean cooking skills. I tried daegu jeon on Saturday and it was so delicious!! Thanks so much for the info and videos. You’re the best.

  2. This is so far my favorite dish that I have made by following your videos!
    I think cod itself isnt a very tasty fish at all but the cod jeon turned out to be so flavorful and I especially like how you totally taste the garlic in it. This simple recipe turned out surprisingly awesome and you were right, everyone loved it!
    Thank you!!!

  3. Hello Maangchi,

    I make jeon using halibut at midnight last night. I never thought before to fry the fish after flouring and dipping in egg only because I usually dip in breadcrumbs after the egg and then fry. However, egg and flour only was much lighter and used way less oil for frying than if I had also dipped in breadcrumbs. I didn’t add the green onion to the egg but put it in my dipping sauce along with cilantro and more chili. It was very delicious. This was my first Korean recipe and you can be sure I will be making more Korean dishes with your great recipes. Thank you!


    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

      haha, cooking at midnight! : )
      I’m glad to hear that you like this recipe. yes, I agree with you. “…much lighter and used way less oil for frying than if I had also dipped in breadcrumbs..” I would like to try your dipping sauce with cilantro and chili! I love the flavor of cilantro!!!

  4. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    Thank you for letting me know about your successful daegujeon(cod dish) making!

  5. Maanchi,

    thank you so much for your website! i’m a korean american and i’m learning so much about korean cooking!

    the daegu jeon came out great!


  6. Natalie& has 7 comments

    I made this tonight and it turned out great! I didn’t have red chili pepper on hand so I used carrots to give some color. My husband is Caucasian and he loves jeon and so does 18 month-old our daughter. I’m going to take pictures of all the Korean food I’ve made and post them on our blog. I’ll let you know when I’ve done that and hope you visit! Thanks!

  7. Hi
    Thank you for your videos and recipe. I always wanted to learn how to cook korean food.
    I was wondering can you post up a recipe for bo ssam, tang seu yok (the crispy chicken with sweet/sour sauce?) and bi ji gah (?) the (moh jong bean stew…i tried making what my stepmother found on naver and tasted really weird hahaha)

    Thank you!


  8. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments


    I can feel your sense of humour by reading your comment!

    It’s surprising you have already tried to make a few korean dishes from my recipes even though you found my website only last week.

    If you want to show your korean dish that you make to others, send me pictures or give me a link, then I will post it in my blog here.

    Don’t eat too much so that you won’t blame me for gaining weight.
    That’s all my advice for you. : )

  9. Hi Maangchi,

    I made jeon last night with cod and it came out great. I also tried a variation of spicy rice cakes, which were also good. I found your website for the first time on Wednesday and have already tried several items. I spent twice my normal amount in my Korean market and will try a few other dishes this week. If I gain extra weight I am going to hold you responsible:)
    Thank you again for sharing, your warm personailty and love of cooking come out in your videos.


  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    Hi,Mika and Bailey Young Mee

    Happy New Year!
    You are an amaxing mom! I can see that you don’t want your child to lose korean culture.
    More recipes coming!

  11. Hi Maangchi! I love your videos!! This recipe looks so good. I am going to try all of them soon.
    My daughter was adopted from S. Korea and because of that cooking Korean food has become a passion of mine. We also went to Korea this summer for 2 weeks and LOVED it!
    Thank you so much for doing these videos. They are amazing!
    Mika and Bailey Young Mee

  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    Your jeon looks wonderful!
    Actually you can use any materials for this recipe. I am glad you always update me with the pictures of the dishes you make. I hope many people stop by your blog and learn about korean dishes from you. Thanks!

  13. Maangchi
    Today, I made Kimbap for lunch, and I made Jeon at night for supper.

    I used filet of Mahi Mahi.
    It came out very nice.

    Here are the pictures:

    In response to your reply from the ‘Bulgogi Stew’ post, to be honest, I will never cook Korean food that well without your wonderful videos. I am your super fan.
    Again, thank you very much for doing such favor to all of your fans around the world.

  14. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments


    I would cook the whole fish using your oven broiler or a pan.

    If you use a pan, just fry it and put some Korean sauce (the soysauce mixture) on top when you serve it.

    If you use your oven, broil it for about 20 minutes. When the fish is browned, place it on a plate. Then the Korean style sauce is spread on the top of the cooked fish.

    Here is the recipe of the Korean style sauce:

    Mix all the following:

    Soy sauce, minced garlic, chopped green onions, hot pepper powder, sugar, and sesame oil and seeds

  15. I will definitely try this recipe. Do you have any recipes for a whole fish? I have a whole tilapia in the freezer and I want to cook it with korean ingredients, but I don’t have a good recipe. I want to keep the head on it!

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