Sautéed sea plant

Miyeokjulgi-bokkeum 미역줄기볶음

Edible sea vegetable or (“sea plant”) miyeok (미역) is a very healthy food that contains high levels of calcium, iodine, vitamins, and other minerals. It is called “wakame” in Japanese, “qundaicai” in Chinese, and “fougère des mer” in French. In Korean cuisine, it’s usually used for soup or salads.

Julgi (줄기)  is “stem” in Korean, so miyeok julgi bokkeum means “sautéed sea plant stems.” Many people like the texture of the miyeok stems because they are chewy and a little crunchy. This side dish is one of the most popular Korean dosirak side dishes.


You can get this main ingredient “miyeok julgi” at a Korean grocery store. It’s usually sold in a package preserved with lots of sea salt.


Miyeok stems (1 pound package), onion, garlic, corn syrup (or sugar, honey), soy sauce, onion, sesame oil, roasted sesame seeds, and artificial crabmeat (optional).


  1. Open a package of miyeok julgi (1 pound) with scissors. Rinse it in cold water a couple of  times until all the salt is gone. Soak it in cold water for 10 minutes.
  2. Boil about 8 cups of water in a pot.
  3. Drain the miyeok julgi and put them into a pot of boiling water.
  4. Blanch them for 20 seconds.
  5. Rinse in cold water, strain, cut them into bite size pieces, and set aside.
  6. Mince 2 cloves of garlic and slice half of a medium-sized onion. Set them aside.
  7. Split 3 sticks of crabmeat lengthwise into threads with your fingers. Cut them into bite size pieces and set aside.
    *tip: sometimes, if some miyeok julgi is not shredded thinly,  split thinly with your fingers
  8. Heat up a pan over medium high heat. Add some vegetable oil.
  9. Add the minced garlic and sliced onion. Stir it with a wooden spoon for 10 seconds, and then add miyeok julgi.
  10. Keep stirring for about 3 minutes.
  11. Add 1 tbs soy sauce, 2 ts corn syrup (mulyeot), and the crabmeat threads. Sautée another minute.
  12. Turn the heat off and add 2 ts of sesame oil.

Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.




  1. jaylivg Houston joined 7/10
    Posted March 3rd, 2012 at 1:28 am | # |

    I bought this earlier at the grocery store !!!! and i loved it !! Wish i knew that you had the recipe .. now i have to wait couple more weeks before heading to korean grocery store LOL and i cant wait to try this recipe , looks so easy and delicious !

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 3rd, 2012 at 9:54 pm | # |

      I’m sure yours will turn out delicious!

  2. Mik1 Australia joined 7/16
    Posted July 19th, 2016 at 4:24 am | # |

    I made this tonight, but it was verrrrry strong in ocean flavor however not too salty. Is it supposed to have a strong ocean smell & taste or do I need to let soak for a longer time?

  3. travisalta joined 2/11
    Posted October 8th, 2012 at 8:13 pm | # |

    Hmmm… I made this last night but the flavor was very, very funky. I used a package of seaweed stems I had bought quite a while ago and left in the fridge. The date was ok, but still it wasn’t very fresh. Would this make a difference? Or maybe I’m just not as accustomed to seaweed flavor as I thought I was?

    • jaekoh Los Angeles, CA joined 11/13
      Posted November 19th, 2013 at 5:12 am | # |

      uh. this is rather really late to be replying to this… i suppose that it could be either. from what i read recently, most food manufacturers don’t have the expiration dates exact down to science. rather, they mostly copy other manufacturers who manufacture same/similar items. I’ve seen expiration dates on my seaweed stems go almost a year. On the other hand, they do taste a bit funky but I’ve had them since i was young. If you didnt get sick, it was probably okay? haha

  4. Rainbow Texas joined 7/12
    Posted July 5th, 2012 at 10:46 pm | # |

    Hello….I love your videos. I visited an Asian Market today and purchased seaweed stems and some other items…Looking forward to making the sauteed seaweed stems. Your pictures and video make it look delicious. :-) I also purchased a bag of dried things and the package is marked Golden Lion, Soup Stock. It contains what looks like dried mushrooms, some thin rice noodles, some black seaweed very thin, dried dates, and some other stuff. It looked so good and interesting that I bought this bag. NOW, what do I do with this? :-) Yes, I am a beginner with these Asian products. Please help? Thank you

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 6th, 2012 at 9:50 am | # |

      I hope your miyeokjulgi bokkeum turns out delicious! I never use soup powder but I think you can use it in the soup or stew.
      If you want, leave your question on the forum with the photo of the soup powder you bought. Maybe some of my other readers give you good answers.

  5. Niiaba California joined 11/11
    Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 9:26 pm | # |

    Delicious! I first had this when I was in Hawaii and couldn’t stop eating it! Now I know how to make it…I am so happy! Thank youuuuuu!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 3rd, 2011 at 9:54 pm | # |

      haha, couldn’t stop eating it? Cute!! You must like healthy food. yum!

  6. Q Maryland, USA joined 10/11
    Posted October 28th, 2011 at 8:50 am | # |

    I could not find a package that had the word “miyeok” on it at my Korean market, so hope that “salted seaplant stems” is close enough. I will try this tonight, and let you know. Part of the fun of cooking from your recipes lies in exploring the markets.

  7. JamieF New Zealand joined 1/11
    Posted March 14th, 2011 at 12:27 am | # |

    Maangchi – your little blooper at the beginning was very funny and nice to see. You should make a video of bloopers – it would be so much fun for all your fans! :)

  8. mokpochica Michigan joined 1/09
    Posted February 27th, 2011 at 11:52 pm | # |

    Yum! I found some miyuk in the fridge today and told my husband that I would try making this dish. (He has always made it in the past.) Everyone loved it and my husband asked me how I made it about 3 times…I think he was taking mental notes. I’d better be careful because I don’t think that he is going to cook much at all if I keep serving him better versions of the foods he usually makes. ;)

  9. kwakwa Singapore joined 12/10
    Posted December 4th, 2010 at 9:10 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    Can we store this banchan in the fridge and for how long?


    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 4th, 2010 at 10:00 pm | # |

      Yes, you can keep this in the fridge for 3-4 days.

  10. paulamyka philippines joined 10/10
    Posted October 20th, 2010 at 6:24 am | # |

    kamsahamnida seonsaengnim,,or can i call you unnie,,I i ate this food last july in a korean restaurant, well it was actually the sidedish, our main order was 삼겹살 , seafood pancake, chapchae, bibimbap and bulgogi, since im not really a meat lover i tried eating the bibimbap but i didn’t find it delicious(mat opso) since there was too many rice, and few veggies, then i i saw this side dish at first glance i knew it was seaweed, i tried it and i was like wow, this taste like pork skin( without cholesterol) and i had like 4 servings of it,
    thanks now i can make some of this at home

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted October 20th, 2010 at 10:00 am | # |

      “.. this taste like pork skin( without cholesterol) and i had like 4 servings of it,” haha! Now you know how to make this. Great!

      • paulamyka philippines joined 10/10
        Posted November 11th, 2010 at 11:27 am | # |

        yep yep,,thanks for making this recipe available online,,this and bibimbap is my ultimate diet food..u can eat more and lose more..hehehe,,happy pepero day

  11. MCSEman Egypt joined 9/10
    Posted September 20th, 2010 at 10:58 pm | # |

    Dear Maangchi,
    I tried this recipe because you advices me, do you remember?
    Check my reply in (Spicy fish soup recipe) to remember :)

    I followed your steps and make this nice dish.
    I like it, but I added some lemon and ground black pepper.

    This is the final dish photo:
    You can upload it to your flickr page.

    Now, I planned to try Grilled Mackerel, this kind of fish is popular here in Egypt and all people know it, but I ate it before by different way.

    Thanks dear for your effort.

  12. some1unknown australia joined 12/09
    Posted June 1st, 2010 at 12:49 am | # |

    heya thanks for the new video.
    i always like the sea.
    well anyways could you use this in kimbap?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 2nd, 2010 at 12:49 am | # |

      hmm, for kimbap filling? I have never thought about it! : )

    • KillDeer Hamilton, Ontario joined 9/10
      Posted January 3rd, 2012 at 3:30 pm | # |

      Oh wow good idea! miyeok kimbap is something I will try soon!

  13. yieroo joined 3/10
    Posted May 30th, 2010 at 11:01 pm | # |

    love your recipes…:)
    Can I make a request?
    Could you please do a video for Kalbi tang?
    thank u

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 2nd, 2010 at 12:49 am | # |

      Yes, galbitang is one of my future video recipes. Thank you!

  14. myji incheon, south korea joined 5/10
    Posted May 24th, 2010 at 5:12 am | # |

    i hope to learn more recipes for vegetable side dishes / fish or seafoods recipes / and any kinds of soups, so that i can really do my duties in cooking a korean food for my korean husband……

    by the way, i want to know how to cook the daktoritang….pls. help me…hope to see it here next time…… thanks a lot and i love this site so much….

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 24th, 2010 at 11:09 am | # |

      thanks! dakdoritang (or dakbokkeumtang) recipe will be posted in the future. Not next time though. : ) Thank you very much for your interest in my recipes.

  15. myji incheon, south korea joined 5/10
    Posted May 24th, 2010 at 4:56 am | # |

    hmmm, i was so glad to knew this site…. it’s really helpful to those people who really likes cooking and mostly to those people whose married to a korean man/woman like me…..

  16. powerplantop Louisiana joined 6/09
    Posted May 22nd, 2010 at 9:29 pm | # |

    To bad Pakistan now blocks YT. Guess I have to wait until I go back to Dubai to watch.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 24th, 2010 at 11:11 am | # |

      oh, you are still in Pakitan! Keep updating what you eat or see there if you can. Take care!

  17. korea4me South Korea joined 10/09
    Posted May 22nd, 2010 at 12:15 am | # |

    That looks really tasty, Mangchi. And I like your laugh at the beginning of the video. ^__^

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 23rd, 2010 at 12:50 pm | # |

      hoho, you caught it! : ) I know you will like this side dish!

  18. NoOtherNamesWereLeft Denmark joined 4/10
    Posted May 21st, 2010 at 10:02 am | # |

    HI Maangchi, thanks for the new recipie, I’m so happy your’e doing something with sea weeds!!
    Can I use dried wakame for this recipie, or does it have to be the salted type? I’ve only seen dried wakame here in Denmark, and never the one you used. Thanks in advance!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 21st, 2010 at 10:39 am | # |

      hmm, I would make salads with miyeok, but it’s up to you.
      If you make it, let me know how it turns out.
      Even though miyeok stems are mixed with salt, it won’t be salty at all if you follow the direction.

      My miyeok salads (called miyeok muchim) recipe is here:

  19. Libelle Germany joined 10/09
    Posted May 21st, 2010 at 7:28 am | # |

    I loooove all things “sea plant” (like miyuk, kim and dashima) and always saw this in the freezer section at the store and wished I knew how to make it….and now I do! Kamsahamnida, Maangchi unnie! ^^

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 21st, 2010 at 10:41 am | # |

      You love healthful food! Good for you!


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