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. Anne_22 SriLanka joined 1/15 & has 1 comment

    Hi maangchi. I love ur resipies :)

  2. Idaaha Malaysia joined 11/14 & has 1 comment

    I’m gonna try to make it :D

  3. micha los ángeles joined 7/13 & has 1 comment

    What type of pan is best for frying fish. Higher heat. Thanks

  4. sreyes6 California joined 12/12 & has 2 comments

    I made this for my family a few days ago. They LOVED it!!!! I was so happy to see my little girls and husband enjoy the recipe on my first try the sauce was perfect and the recipe was so easy to follow. Thank you!!!!

  5. Sali joined 6/12 & has 12 comments

    Oohh, this looks similar to one of my favorite foods, herring steaks. Instead of fish fillets we use whole small Atlantic herrings, which are cleaned and then spread out flat like a steak. The bones are so small that they melt during cooking. Now I can try a Korean version of my favorite food, oh happy day! :)

  6. jwhit US joined 6/11 & has 3 comments

    I made this tonight with Talapia because I couldn’t find any cod, but my boys liked it! I also did the battered zucchini slices, the potato side dish and rice, of course. We also tasted spice kimchi for the first time. I think we will try the not-so-spicy and work our way up. ; >

  7. BlueCrush Seattle joined 3/11 & has 4 comments

    Thanks for this recipe. I had cod fillets in my freezer with no idea what to do with them. I really enjoy salmon and tilapia, I am trying to eat more fish now-a-days than chicken and beef. Great recipe. I really enjoyed it and it was low calorie too!

  8. docpark US joined 5/10 & has 17 comments

    Link to picture of batch of jeon I just made. Keep up the good work! I make a very simple version, using garlic salt, flour and eggs.

  9. oksipak California joined 1/11 & has 72 comments

    Made this tonight and it was so good! It’s colorful, tasty, and fresh (our friends gave us fresh-caught cod).

  10. Brigitte Montreal,Canada joined 1/10 & has 29 comments

    I tried this today qith a potato sidedish and it was delicious!Take it from a person who doesn’t really like cooked fish(I love sushi lol).

  11. BxlSprout Brussels, Belgium joined 5/10 & has 46 comments

    Hi Maangchi, I just made this at midnight for my Belgian husband’s doshirak tomorrow. I’ve been vegetarian since 1986 but this smells so good I could practically eat it myself :) Thanks for showing me how to cook fish with confidence for my husband, it will make him happy :)

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

      “..this smells so good I could practically eat it myself” aww, funny!
      Don’t give up your vegetarianism! I’m wondering what your husband’s coworkers think of the lunchbox you prepared!

      • BxlSprout Brussels, Belgium joined 5/10 & has 46 comments

        He called to say ‘it’s delicious, you prepared it perfectly’ and I said I got it from your site :) My husband was trained as a chef and just like a French chef, he doesn’t compliment food unless it’s really good. Kamsa hamnida Maangchi!

        Alas, we won’t know what his coworkers said because he ate it outside in the park. There was a radish salad which he finds too aromatic for the office, and kongnamul which everyone loves.

  12. Mom of Twins& has 1 comment

    Cooked this tonight with cod….oh my goodness it was good! The spouse (who LOVES Korean food) and the twins (who don’t like spicy food in any way, shape, or form) devoured it in minutes!!! I made it with spicy tofu batons (dry tofu sticks rehydrated and sauteed with chiles) and green beans with garlic. Yum!! Everyone cleaned their plates and my husband made a lunch portion for work, so everyone was
    VERY happy with our dinner.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, from a mom who has twins who don’t eat anything different (but who devoured their jeon)!

  13. I love your videos and the way you make Korean cooking look so easy. Korean food is my absolute favorite and I have been making it for my kids. They love this jeon. Do you have a video for pajeon seafood pancake? I would love to make it.

  14. yummy! my mom makes that often. :)

  15. I follow your recipes to make dinner for my boyfriend and he loves it! The first time I made this, the cod fillets came out really good. However, the second time did not come out so good. I think the reason was the fillets were too thick so it was hard to cook them completely. So my question is how do you get such thin slices? I’ve tried slicing them into thinner pieces without success. Thanks for reading!

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