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Korean Dried Squid Recipe (마른 오징어채무침)

This was one of my fave side dishes I loved growing up, and Jacob loves this one too! My aunt actually makes it the best, so her version of the recipe or a variation of it has been passed around our family.

While I was spending time at my family’s over my grandma’s near-death experience, it made me realize that I must never take anything for granted. You never know when it will be the last time you see someone. I need to spend quality time with them, tell them I love them (super weird for verbally nonaffectionate Koreans) and hear their stories. I was never big on heirlooms or traditions, but I am starting to see how valuable they are in connecting generations of family.

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I’ve never really felt the need to learn how to make korean food until more recently. This past year, I learned how to make my mom’s kimchi and have been trying my best to learn all the basics of korean cooking. While home, we knocked out several new korean banchan recipes including this one. Thanks for teaching me umma (mom)!

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Korean Dried Squid Recipe // Korean Banchan Recipes // South Korean Food Recipes.Pin

Korean Banchan Recipes | Seasoned Dried & Shredded Squid (마른 오징어채무침):



  1. Mix all the ingredients except the squid in a small bowl to make a paste
  2. In a larger bowl, mix the paste evenly with the dried squid and massage in for approx 3 minutes.
  3. Serve! Refrigerate what’s leftover. You can keep this for a couple weeks.

So simple and can take less than 5 minutes. In case you’re not very familiar with korean food, “banchan” are small korean side dishes. Koreans usually eat rice with a variety of banchan, and they often make them to store in the fridge for many future meals since you are eating smaller amounts of a variety of dishes. You can go here to find a pretty comprehensive list of different banchan.

What are some recipes or traditions you hope to pass down?


This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Tia

    Oo this looks amazing and your pictures! Just found your blog and it’s adorable! xx

  2. Such great pictures (sorry I say it every time but really!). That looks nice and spicy…I’ve never had dried squid before. Sounds interesting, I love getting to try new dishes! I’ll have to look at your kimchi recipe-I love kimchi and have a deviled eggs recipe that I love using it in.

    1. esther julee

      Thank you! :) I appreciate it every time. Does it get tiring to hear me say thank you? :D I feel like if you’re okay with seafood, this one is not one of the dishes you need to have an acquired taste for. Jacob doesn’t really like korean food and he likes this.

  3. Hsiao-Ting

    Mmm looks so good! Now you can feed me when you come to visit :) Yea – I wish my family had tradition to pass down … When I was at the Tower of London, it’s amazing to see the history and tradition of the coronation of the British monarchy not changed much over hundred of years. David actually started a tradition couple of years ago where around Christmas break they have a “family tournament” and whoever wins gets their name on the family plaque. Very cute. We’re hoping to continue that tradition :) Plus I need to learn all my parents’ cooking!! I hope my kids will like my cooking …

    1. esther julee

      Hmm.. we might just have to settle for Japanese. We don’t really have a good korean grocery store near us either.. so we’ll probably be making these once in a blue moon. I miss having Hmarts down the street!

      You should learn all your parents’ cooking. I haven’t really ever given much thought to traditions until more recently. Maybe I can pass down that cookbook you guys made me :)

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