Spicy stir-fried fish cakes

Eomuk-bokkeum 어묵볶음

Today I’m going to show you how to make one of the most popular Korean lunchbox side dishes: spicy stirfried fish cakes, or eomuk-bokkeum in Korean. It’s sweet, spicy, chewy, and salty, which means it goes perfectly with rice: the blandness of the rice offsets the bolder flavors of eomuk-bokkeum, and the spicy fish cakes add life to white rice.

All Korean kids love this dish. When my children were young, they loved it when I put it in their dosirak. They never got tired of eomuk-bokkeum!


You can make this recipe with fish cakes bought from the store, or from fish cakes you make at home, either way will be delicious. And for a nonspicy version, skip the spicy stuff – hot pepper paste and green chili peppers – and add 1 tablespoon soy sauce.

Let me know if you make this dish, especially if you make it with your homemade fish cakes. I want to hear how it turns out!




  1. Heat up a frying pan over medium high heat. Add 2 teaspoons vegetable oil and the sliced fish cakes. Stir them with a wooden spoon for a few minutes until light golden brown.
    fishcakes (어묵)
  2. Add onion, carrot, garlic, and  green chili pepper, and keep stirring for a few minutes until the onion looks a little translucent.
  3. Turn the heat down to low. Push the fishcakes and vegetables to the edge of the pan with a wooden spoon to clear out a spot in the middle of the pan.eomuk (fishcakes): 어묵볶음
  4. Add 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, hot pepper paste, and rice syrup to the center of the pan. Mix well for a few seconds, and then mix in the fishcakes and the vegetables from the edges of the pan.eomukbokkeum (어묵볶음)eomuk (fishcakes): 어묵볶음eomuk (fishcakes): 어묵볶음
  5. Remove it from the heat. Add green onion, sesame oil, and sprinkle some sesame seeds over top.
  6. Serve with rice.



  1. John in Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana joined 12/16
    Posted January 7th, 2017 at 7:42 pm | # |

    This is so delicious. I love this recipe. I made this today for the 2nd time. I love the sweetness and spiciness and you are so right when you say it goes perfectly with rice. I add some fish sauce to make it salty to my own taste – and mirin because I like it to be a little juicier…Anaheim peppers (mild green chillis) are perfect in this.

  2. Dangokon Singapore joined 1/16
    Posted January 29th, 2016 at 6:15 am | # |

    Hi maangchi, may i request a recipe for a non spicy 어묵볶음? It is my favourite dish XD

  3. KwonC Los Angeles joined 6/14
    Posted June 2nd, 2014 at 10:31 pm | # |

    I tried making this today, and it turned out great! This is one of my fav side dishes, so I know I will be making this often. It was so easy to make. Thanks, Maangchi!

  4. sherrysfu Los Angeles, CA joined 2/11
    Posted May 13th, 2014 at 12:10 am | # |

    I love your recipes!
    Can you make gopchang bokkeum (곱창 볶음) next time?
    Or even soondae bokkeum (순대 볶음)?

    I would love to learn how to make that.

    Thank you!! :):)

  5. rmjs77 Canada joined 8/12
    Posted August 10th, 2012 at 2:39 pm | # |

    Who thinks Maangchi is a Korean cooking genius?????
    Whoot Whoot! I just finished eating a delicious bowl of ponytail kimchi, rice and Uhmook Bokkeum, and it was so delicious that I want to have it for dinner tonight as well! Yum!
    I do have a question, however: in many of your recipes/videos, including this one, you use a long curly green chili pepper. Is this a hot chili or a sweet chili, because there are so many hundreds of varieties of peppers, I want to make sure I get the flavour right? I bought one this morning that looks identical to the ones you use and after cooking the meal I popped a piece in my mouth and almost screamed: HOT!!!
    Otherwise, thanks for another amazing recipe.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 11th, 2012 at 11:23 am | # |

      Hello Ryan, the green chili peppers that I use are usually hot and spicy. : )

  6. Mal23 Auckland, New Zealand joined 2/12
    Posted July 16th, 2012 at 4:31 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    i love these at korean restaurants but have never made it myself. I made it lastnight for dinner and it was so so so good. AMAZING! I love your passion and love for food!!! YUM!!!!

  7. pongwoody florida joined 12/11
    Posted December 24th, 2011 at 12:06 pm | # |

    thank u so much…i llike this menu…..

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