Fermented squid side dish

Ojingeojeot 오징어젓

Today I’m pleased to introduce a kind of fermented seafood made with squid to you. Fermented seafood is called jeotgal (젓갈) in Korean. Korea is surrounded by ocean on 3 sides, so you’ll imagine that a variety of fresh fish and seafood dishes are available all year round. My Korean ancestors wanted to enjoy their fresh fish for a long time so they developed a way of preserving fresh fish by fermenting it with salt. Jeotgal is eaten by itself after being seasoned, or its used in kimchi making.


I used to make salty fermented anchovies every year when I lived in Korea. It was very easy to make! I mixed fresh anchovies with a lot of salt and put them into a huge earthenware jar. About 6 months later, the achovy jeot fermented well! I used to use them in my kimchi paste, or I took some from the jar and mixed with seasonings to use as a side dish.

Now that I’m living in the States, such fresh anchovies are not available, but I found I can make ojingeojeot with frozen small squids.

Salty fermented squid called ojingeojeot is a side dish that you can keep it in your fridge for months and months, and enjoy it right until it runs out.


Small squid (fresh or frozen) 1 pound 10 oz (750 grams), 5 Tbs salt, fish sauce, hot pepper flakes, green chili pepper, red chili pepper, ginger, garlic, toasted sesame seeds, toasted sesame oil, mulyeot (either corn syrup or rice syrup)


  1. If you buy frozen small squids, thaw them out in the refrigerator.
  2. Clean the squid:
    • Slice right below the triangle of the torso and cut crosswise.
    • Then put your knife right below eyes,  cut crosswise, and discard the eye part.
    • Slit the torso open lengthwise and remove the innards and the plastic looking bone.
    • Put the cleaned squid flesh into a bowl.
    • Repeat this until all squids are cleaned.


  3. Scrub the squid to remove some any bubbles or foam.
  4. Rinse the squid in cold water a couple of times and drain it.
  5. Mix 1 pound 10 oz (750 grams) of squid with ¼ cup kosher salt. Put it into a glass jar and sprinkle another 1 tbs kosher salt on top (total 5 tbs).
    *tip: For about 150 grams (5 ounces) of squid you’ll need to use 1 tbs kosher salt (or plain salt)
  6. Press it down to minimize exposure to the air. Close the lid and keep it in the refrigerator for 1 month.
  7. 1 month later, wash, rinse, and strain the fermented squid.
  8. Make seasoning paste. In a large bowl mix:
    • ½ cup hot pepper flakes
    • ½ cup corn syrup (or rice syrup)
    • 1 tbs fish sauce
    • 2 chopped green onions
    • 5 cloves of chopped or sliced garlic
    • 1 tbs chopped ginger
    • 2 chopped green chili peppers
    • 2 chopped red chili peppers
    • 2 tbs roasted sesame seeds
    • 1 tbs toasted sesame oil

  9. Dry the squid with a cotton cloth or paper towels.
  10. Chop the squid into small pieces and put them into the red paste and mix well.
  11. Transfer it into a container or jar and keep it in the refrigerator.
  12. Serve with rice as a side dish.

You could add more fish sauce, hot pepper flakes, and green chili peppers if you want. As you saw in the video, I made jeot but I also cooked some squid to eat:

  1. Put some cleaned squid into boiling water, cook for about 20 or 30 seconds and drain.
  2. Serve with dipping sauce or tabasco sauce.

How to make chojang (dipping sauce):
Mix 2 tbs hot pepper paste, 1 tbs vinegar, 1 ts sugar, and 1 clove of minced garlic



  1. freldici France joined 6/20 & has 8 comments

    Maangchi. J’admire et adore votre site mais vous ne répondez plus aux commentaires. … que ce passe-t-il? ???

  2. Marinalo Germany joined 1/19 & has 1 comment

    Helo evlibodi,

    I just made this dish.
    After 1 m fermentation it still smells like a fresh squid. I’m not sure, if 1 m was enough. And it’s still very salty, after washing it several times. And it was bubbling while washing, is it usual?
    I don’t dare to eat it
    But I love maangchis kimchi a lot

    • freldici France joined 6/20 & has 8 comments

      Bonjour. Pareil que vous mais j’ai poursuivi la recette (avec moins de tous ces piments!!!) Et c’est surprenant, bizarre mais finalement très bon sur du riz ou vermicelles BRULANT pour cuire le calamar. Bon appétit ✌

  3. Tran91 Maryland joined 11/18 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi,
    I have a question regarding to this recipe:
    First, can I substitute the octopus for the squid?
    Second, if I chop the octopus or the squid into small pieces when putting the salt in, can I reduce the time for fermentation down to 1 or 2 weeks?
    Thanks a lot, and I look forward to your reply . :D

    • freldici France joined 6/20 & has 8 comments

      Bonsoir. Comme pas de réponse, je me permets ! Pieuvre ou calamar peu importe mais bien décortiquer et nettoyer. Après même si coupé en tout petit c’est 1 mois de fermentation, pas moins! Vous allez voir c’est délicieux

  4. sanne Munich joined 8/14 & has 232 comments

    Well – or rather not:
    Our fishmonger closes this Saturday… :-(

    Are the 750 grams before or after cleaning? I managed to buy some today, already cleaned and skinned (eyes and barks are a minor issue)…

    Bye, Sanne.

  5. Ramon Saipan, Northerm Mariana Island joined 11/17 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,
    Need help on recipe close to the fermented squid, my kids like fry fish but then its just plain,
    something with spicy/nonspicy with vegetables with nice looking red color sauce to it would it possible i you could come up with this??? Hope to hear from you. Thank you very much.


  6. tomonococoro London joined 10/16 & has 1 comment

    Dear Maangchi

    Ever since I found your blog and youtube video I have been a massive fan and so hooked by your recipes!
    I am a Japanese born Korean and have been living in London for over 20 years.
    Although I had no chance to learn how to cook Korean food from my mother my memories and my tongue remember how good my mother’s cooking was and I am so proud of being a Korean having both culture Korean, Japanese and British.
    And I love cooking myself too.

    Anyway… I have a question about this squid dish.
    Should these squid be very fresh ‘Sashimi’ level of quality?
    It is said you could use frozen, which I imagined they are not needed to be ‘Sashimi’ quality as they will be fermented…
    I will try and get as fresh as possible in London, however finding ‘sashimi’ quality may be a little difficult.

    Hope you could kindly get back to me sometime :)

    Thank you.

    • MummylovesSeth Singapore joined 6/16 & has 2 comments

      Hi Maangchi

      I have a question about the fermented squid.
      I live in Singapore, a tropical country.
      I followed the steps to do the fermented squid and would like to check with you is there a minimum time to ferment the squid. I left the squid in the freezer (as it colder of course). Can it be like 2 weeks? I’m so greedy and I can’t wait to eat it!
      Looking forward to hear from you soon!

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