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.

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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.

Ingredients

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, sesame seeds, sesame oil, mulyeot (either corn syrup or rice syrup)

Directions

  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.

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  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 salt. Put it into a glass jar and sprinkle another 1 tbs 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 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

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169 Comments:

  1. chipbui Melbourne Australia joined 9/13 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,
    Can i use this recipe for octopus, too? and can you do a video to how to make sannakji. because i just love it. thank you!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,676 comments

      haha! You love live octopus? You don’t need the recipe because you are not going to cook it and eat it live! Actually I love live octopus. Chop up the live octopus and put some garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, and chopped green onion. Oh add lots of roasted sesame seeds.
      Problem is that I can’t find real fresh octopus here.

      “Can i use this recipe for octopus, too?”, yes you can. Good luck with making delicious fermented octopus!

  2. LisaL USA joined 9/09 & has 19 comments

    Fermented squid is one of my fav side dishes. I absolutely LOVE the chewy texture of it and how salty it is.
    Question…. can you substitute something else for the corn or rice syrup? Maybe honey? Or leave that ingredient out?

    • LisaL USA joined 9/09 & has 19 comments

      Woops…. looks like I’ve already asked this question a while ago LOL.
      If I ever get my butt to the market, I’ll buy some squid and make my own. See if honey works :)

  3. ang gelo Philippines joined 2/13 & has 6 comments

    Hi maangchi,
    I wonder if it is possible to make ojingojeot using blanched squid instead of the salted one? Also, is it possible to use blanched squid to make kimchi?

  4. MeeAe Colorado joined 2/13 & has 11 comments

    I just finished mixing with the paste. It tastes great, but its very chewy. Is this normal?

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,676 comments

      It sounds like your ojingeojeot turned out great! It should be chewy rather than mushy. Enjoy it! : )

      • MeeAe Colorado joined 2/13 & has 11 comments

        I was so scared to try this and I’m loving this by now already. I’m going to start fermenting my next batch so ill never be out! Haha! Thank you Maangchi for a (scary) and great recipe. My bf thinks I’m crazy :)

        • lidyaprayogo Indonesia joined 7/14 & has 1 comment

          im confused with the container.
          is it okay to do it with the tupperware (kind of plastic ware) ?
          it seems like urs turn out great. After a couple of hours, does the salt seems left at the bottom.of the container cos my salt tht ive mixed is just staying at the bottom of the container after.i left it for couple of hours…
          thank you

  5. Charmaine Singapore joined 6/11 & has 18 comments

    Hi maangchi ! After a month of waiting , I finally made it yesterday ! I made two batch, one with squid and another with cuttlefish. Both taste great. It is a good combination of saltiness and spiciness with a little sweetness. Will be looking forward to making more batches soon !

  6. Cutemom Indonesia joined 3/13 & has 79 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    I tried this dish but found the squid too fishy to eat as side dish so I put it into my kimchi. I use the same process for anchovies. Should I take off the head or leave it on. It’s been fermenting for 2 weeks now and when I checked on it, it still smell fresh not fishy at all. Can I season it with the same paste for the squid?

  7. Mochisushigirl Texas joined 2/13 & has 2 comments

    After one month of fermentation, is it safe to rinse the squid repeatedly until most of the saltiness is gone before I season it? Thank you

  8. Mochisushigirl Texas joined 2/13 & has 2 comments

    Hi,
    I bought raw frozen squid 3 months ago and it’s still in my freezer. Is it still safe to defrost today to make ojingeojeot? Thank you so much for the advice. I love u!

  9. Tanyatang Houston joined 1/13 & has 2 comments

    HI Maangchi,, Thank you for sharing this recipe, loved this dish.i have a question,After one month , then mix the salted squid with the paste and transfer it into a container and keep it in the refrigerator, how long i can keep in the refrigerator? Thank you so much for this recipe.

  10. n4rit4 Montclair, NJ joined 11/12 & has 10 comments

    Maangchi Eonni, my Ojingeojeot is fermenting today and I will have 1 month to open it again. Found the recipe this morning, went out to A&P and got them prepared before dinner time and prepared some dubujangajji for tomorrow’s lunch. And I also made myself a kimchijeon for dinner ^__^

    고맙슴니다 언니!

  11. northstar Hawaii joined 11/12 & has 2 comments

    Hello! I am so happy to have found this recipe!! I went out and purchased squid today to start. Question: I rinsed several time – maybe more – and it bubbled like crazy. And after I believed I got rid of all bubbles it bubbled again when I mixed with salt… Will my squid be ok or should I start all over again tomorrow? I didn’t see any bubbles in your video and I am freaking out about it… I really don’t want to wait a month only to find out that it is no good because I didn’t get the bubbles out…

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,676 comments

      Yes, it will be ok. Keep it in the fridge for 1 month and take it out and rinse it again. “1 month later, wash, rinse, and strain the fermented squid.”
      It will turn out delicious.

  12. Petrus59 Sydney, Australia joined 9/12 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi, do you think I could replace the pepper flakes with hot pepper paste instead?

  13. Myla Park Manila Philippines joined 10/12 & has 1 comment

    I envy everyone who already made this recipe, I gotta go to market tomorrow morning to buy SMALL SQUIDS, my husband love it very much so do I…
    But, I still have to wait for one month to surprise him.
    OMG can’t wait to start :’)
    I always wanted this recipe a long time ago, and this is the reason why I enrolled at Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (Hansik) unfortunately they don’t include this in menu
    now I know co’z it took a month to finish it…hehe
    Thanks for posting this recipe Maangchi <3 <3 <3
    I owe you a lot in every recipe I learned from u without any cost :')

  14. tpdullum Northwest Washington State joined 8/12 & has 7 comments

    Wow! I’ve been cooking Korean recipes for almost 20 years. Your ojingeojeot recipe has shot up to onㄷ of my top 5 recipes. This is great stuff. I have to ration it to my international students (community college) because they love it so much. I used to buy ojingeojeot from a popular Korean market but it’s nothing like this.
    I’ve been buying two 3 pound boxes of California squid. I may have to make bigger batches and share with my students’ Korean friends. I’m already sharing kimchi.

    감사합니다

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,676 comments

      “I’ve been buying two 3 pound boxes of California squid” : )
      I’m so surprised at the amount! It will take some time to clean all of them.The small squid is the best for making ojingeojeot! Good luck with your Korean cooking.

      • tpdullum Northwest Washington State joined 8/12 & has 7 comments

        One of my students likes to work in the kitchen so we clean the squid together. It goes pretty fast once we get going. We set up right next to the sink and scrape everything direclty into the garbage disposal.

        PS. I didn’t take offense but I’m a guy. ;)

        • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 11,676 comments

          oh, sorry! : ) What made me think you are a lady. I should make my own ojingeojeot soon. yummy!

          • tpdullum Northwest Washington State joined 8/12 & has 7 comments

            I’m still so thankful for your 오징어젓 Ojingeojeot recipe. My Hong Kong student and I cleaned and salted 12 pounds of squid today. We ended up with 7 pounds. We still have a quart of the finished recipe in the fridge but I’ve given out samples and our friends want more. I’ve always liked recipes from Jeollado. Is this typical of that region? Thank you for sharing this wonderful dish.

            I was in Gwangju last year in October. The food was amazing. Even when I was eating at the bus station the banchan were more plentiful than in Seoul. I hope to get back there during my next trip to South Korea.

  15. annievo06 Jacksonville, Florida joined 7/12 & has 1 comment

    Can I use shrimp for this dish? Thank you!

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