Braised saury

Kkongchi-jorim 꽁치조림

Hi everybody! Today’s recipe is Kkongchi-jorim!  I use a can of kkongchi (saury) instead of fresh kkongchi. Enjoy the recipe and let me know how yours turns out!



for 4 servings
total cooking time: 25 -30 minutes



  1. Make a seasoning paste by combining soy sauce, hot pepper flakes, hot pepper paste, garlic, ginger, sugar, and ¼ cup of water in a small bowl.
  2. Add radish slices to the bottom of a non-stick shallow pot. Add the onion, the canned saury and the liquid in the can, too. Spoon the seasoning paste to the top of the saury.
  3. Bring to a boil with the lid closed over medium high heat for about 8 minutes.
  4. Turn down the heat very low and cook for another 12-15 minutes.
  5. Open the lid and scoop some broth from the bottom of the pot to the top of the fish so the seasoning paste is mixed well with the broth.
  6. Add green onion and chili peppers and cook 2 more minutes.

  7. Serve with rice



  1. RAJASEKARAN india joined 8/16
    Posted August 26th, 2016 at 6:02 am | # |

    I Love You So Much Korean Food

  2. medusagurlyeah Adelaide joined 1/14
    Posted March 21st, 2015 at 5:53 pm | # |

    Magnate, I followed your recipe exactly and the gravy that turned out was so sweet from the flavour of the radish and saury! I ate so much rice with it! But have you tried substituting the Saury with tinned sardines? It’s easier to get tinned sardines instead of saury near my home.

  3. cc taiwan joined 2/14
    Posted February 19th, 2014 at 7:25 pm | # |

    hello, maangchi,
    i am a big fan of yours.
    i have tried many times of this dish, braised saury, and every time, it turned out to be a very big success. thank you very much.
    i was wondering, for this recipe, is it ok to use fresh saury instead of the canned?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 20th, 2014 at 2:08 am | # |

      Yes, you can use fresh saury, too, but it should be cooked longer.

  4. ZenpunK Kauai, Hawaii joined 11/11
    Posted October 15th, 2013 at 12:45 am | # |

    I’m currently on a low carb diet (carb cycling) and this meal is perfect on my low carb days! I just eat it with tofu instead of rice. And if I’m on a high carb day, I eat it with rice like usual. I can’t find canned saury in the store, but mackerel works just as well. Such an easy and tasty dish!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted October 15th, 2013 at 6:37 am | # |

      I’m very happy to hear that you like this recipe. Good luck with your low carb diet plan.

  5. Indonesia-Eats joined 5/10
    Posted May 4th, 2013 at 9:57 pm | # |

    I guess I’m able to make this dish from frozen saury that I found at Asian market. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. babylee Amsterdam joined 3/13
    Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 9:32 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, today I made this dish and already send you a picture of it…next time I will make a picture from my husbands smile while eating….:-) This was really delicious…thank you so much for the recepe! XXX Petra Lee

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 10:15 am | # |

      Hi Petra,
      I’m glad you are enjoying this recipe! “next time I will make a picture from my husbands smile while eating….:-) ” haha, I’m looking forward to seeing the photo!

  7. kpoplover15 minnesota joined 1/13
    Posted January 25th, 2013 at 6:11 am | # |

    hi maangchi ! this sounds delicious ! my only question is , how much red pepper flakes would you add if you werent putting any gochujang in it ? im not a big fan of vinegar ( and gochujang has a vinegar – ish taste to me ) so would it work to just use red pepper flakes ? and i like spicy food but i wouldnt know how much to put in , i would probably end up making it WAY too hot lol !

  8. Vibey Melbourne, Australia joined 4/12
    Posted October 21st, 2012 at 6:42 am | # |

    I really wanted to try this but didn’t feel like going shopping for ingredients, so I ended up using a tin of red salmon for the fish and… potatoes instead of radish! I wish I’d had the radish, but have to say that potatoes are a classic combination with fish and they worked beautifully in this! A little sweet potato rice (three kinds of carbohydrates in one meal, oh my!), and spinach side dish, and it was just the most delicious, satisfying meal.

    Like you say: delicious, easy, cheap, healthy. What more can you ask for?

  9. irisbailar Nashville, TN U.S.A. joined 10/12
    Posted October 20th, 2012 at 4:41 pm | # |

    I loved this recipe. The only thing I will do differently is use the fresh mackerel recipe, because I didn’t like the canned fish. Generally, mackerel is one of my favorite kinds of fish. I just bought some fresh so I’ll be making this again in a few days. I have to give my family a chance to forget the taste first. I couldn’t get enough of the radish and onion. YUM!

  10. Kachie520 Vancouver, Canada joined 6/12
    Posted October 18th, 2012 at 1:49 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi, I made this dish two days ago. It was so tasty, especially the radish, so later, I cooked more radish with the left over sauce!! It’s inexpensive to make and yummy. Oh, I made it with a can of mackerel last time because I couldn’t find Saury, but it was almost the same and delicious. Using canned fish is a great idea, so that you can eat its bones, too. Thank you, Maangchi. Your recipe is always great. :)

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