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Category: Seafood

Kimchi Pancake

Kimchi Pancake

One of the most popular Korean dishes is the Kimchi Pancake. Late night snack, savory breakfast, craveable side dish, this kimchi pancake does it all! This is peak Korean comfort food. One bite and you’ll see why, its crispy perfection will have you making this read more

Inarizushi

Inarizushi

We’re going to file Inarizushi under: sushi that’s super easy to make at home. Like these handheld rolls, Inarizushi doesn’t require special equipment or any master chef rolling skills. But you are still rewarded with what many people consider the best part of sushi-the indescribably read more

Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki is the latest Korean culinary import to start trending in the states. In the last week alone I saw Bon Appetit feature a Tteobokki recipe, and even Trader Joe’s rolled out a frozen version. One of the most popular street foods in Korea, Tteokbokki is a cylindrical rice cake cut into little logs and eaten like noodles.  They sort of look like rigatoni, but they are solid. And they have this amazingly fun chewy, bouncy texture. They are naturally gluten free, and they are as versatile as wheat pasta.  You can find them at Asian grocers that have a lot of Korean items, either fresh or frozen. While they can be served with really any kind of pasta sauce, (Bon Appetit used them to replace the noodles in a lasagna!) I make mine in a more traditional Korean style. A little sweet, a little spicy, a little funky, and so much fun to eat!

Tteokbokki Sauce

Tteokobokki don’t have much flavor on their own, so I like to really make a very punchy sauce for them. I tried TJ’s and found it to be a little one note, mostly just cloyingly sweet, and I wanted to avoid that in mine. So I used some dried anchovies, gochujang paste, kocharu flakes, soy sauce, kombu, and a little sugar combine to create a super flavorful and balanced sauce.  I start by prepping the anchovies.

Scoop out the anchovies and kombu and you’ll have about two cups of broth. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients to the broth and whisk to combine.

Finishing the Tteokbokki

As the tteokbokki cooks, the sauce will thicken. It’s important to keep stirring it so that the noodles don’t stick to the bottom.

The sauce should be thick, almost like ketchup. Depending on the size of your noodles, it can take anywhere from 8-15 minutes to finish cooking.

Try these Tteokbokki and see why this Korean favorite is becoming such an international favorite. Take a moment and let me know what you think by rating and commenting on the recipe below, and tagging us in our pics @funkyasiankitchen, we love hearing from you!

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Tteokbokki

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Cuisine: Korean

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 pound tube shaped fresh Korean rice noodles
  • 6 ounces fish cakes
  • 3 scallions, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces, thick pieces cut in half
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Sauce:

  • 3 cups water
  • 8 large dried anchovies (or 10 medium)
  • 4”x6” piece of dried kombu kelp, about the size of your hand 
  • ¼ cup gochujang hot pepper paste
  • ¼ teaspoon Korean chili flakes (kocharu)
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar

Instructions

 Make the sauce:

  1. Remove the head and then intestines of the anchovies by gripping the lower neck. The guts will come out in one hard black piece. Discard the heads and guts.
  2. Combine the water, anchovies, and kelp in a deep skillet or pan (mine was a heavy bottom 3 quart pan). Set the pan over medium high heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  3. Strain out the anchovies and the kelp. Either save them for another use or discard them. You will yield about 2 cups of broth. Add some cold water to make up the difference if you are short.
  4. Add the gochujang, the soy sauce, and sugar to the broth and use a whisk to combine.

For the Noodles:

  1. Cut the fish cakes into small pieces approximately the same size as the noodles you are using. Set aside.
  2. Next add the fish cakes and noodles to the broth. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Cook the noodles for 7 minutes, stirring regularly. As the noodles cook, the sauce will thicken so it is important to stir it regularly to keep it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add the scallions and continue to cook for a couple minutes until the noodles are soft and chewy. Taste one to check and adjust seasoning with salt and ground pepper if needed. Add the sesame oil and stir.
  4. Depending on the thickness of the noodles, the total cooking time may take anywhere from 8-15 minutes. If you see the sauce getting too thick, add a little water. The sauce should be thick, like ketchup when the dish is done.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, transfer the noodles to a plate and serve immediately.

Keywords: topokki, tteokbokki, korean rice cakes, noodles, gochujang, fish cakes,

Braised Cabbage with Seafood

Braised Cabbage with Seafood

Think you’re not a big cabbage fan? Have you ever had it braised until it was silky soft in a flavorful broth packed with tender ocean delicacies? Braised Cabbage with Seafood will change how you view cabbage. It can do so much more than get read more

Singapore Noodles

Singapore Noodles

A big bowl of noodles is always a welcome sight. And Singapore Noodles are loaded with protein and veggies, plus it’s on the table fast. This next level stir fry dish hails from Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong, so no one is exactly sure why read more

Salt Baked Shrimp

Salt Baked Shrimp

Maybe you don’t live someplace where you can dine outside by the docks, enjoying the day’s freshest catch with maybe a fruity cocktail. Well, this Salt Baked Shrimp will help you bring that vibe home. Leaving the head and shells on adds so much flavor and also contributes to that dining al fresco by the ocean feeling. I serve these with a pungent garlicky dip, and it takes just 20 minutes to start devouring these beauties. (Bring some extra napkins to the table!)

One of the little known seasonal treats living in south Florida is having fresh shrimp in the winter. From late December until early February, these delicious briny shrimp are available in limited quantities. Mostly sold at local seafood markets or through commercial fishermen, these shrimp have a sweetness and amazing flavor that just cannot be matched by the frozen IQF shrimp that we all know and love. Thankfully, I’ve also seen fresh farm raised fresh shrimp at my local Costco. And if you live near a well stocked Asian market, they often sell live and fresh seafood as well. So be on the lookout, because these Salt Baked Shrimp are simple and amazing. Let’s get started.

salt baked shrimp ingredients

Salt Baked Shrimp Dipping Sauce

This dipping sauce has a lot going for it, and I will be using it for more dishes. (would be great with Sriracha Honey Wings) It has the bright zing of fresh squeezed lime juice, slight richness from the mayo, a pop of umami funk from the fish sauce, a little Thai chili and minced garlic for heat and some sugar to round it out. It’s like a clingy Nuoc Cham; you’re gonna love it.

 

Give everything a good whisk, and set aside until ready to use.

Use The Whole Shrimp!

Keeping the heads and shells on keeps the delicate meat tender and helps prevent it from overcooking. It also adds tons of flavor!  It is essential however that you devein them. These are fairly large shrimp, and the vein can be really gritty. Don’t worry, it’s really simple to do. And by deveining them, we will also be making them super easy to peel when it’s time to eat.

I use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut through the back of the shrimp. Make a shallow snip down the center and follow it though to the tail. You could also use a knife to do the same. When it comes to deveining, I use a toothpick to help pull out the sandy intestine but then use my fingers to gently pull it out. You could also scrape it out with the tip of the knife or clean it out under running water.

Two Ways to Salt Bake Shrimp

The salt here serves a couple purposes-it provides a buffer for the delicate shrimp from the hot pan, and of course it seasons the shrimp as well. This is not the time for your fancy, expensive sea salts. We want really coarse salt here, like Diamond’s or Morton’s coarse kosher salt.

This recipe calls for a lot of salt but you don’t have to throw it out when you’re done. You can save it and use it where you think a little shrimpy flavor would be welcome-kind of like fish sauce. A soup, a stew, a seafood dish, or even stir fries would work. Just make sure to store the salt in the fridge between uses.

I have made this shrimp using both my stovetop and the oven, and I give you directions for both on the recipe card. Whichever method you choose, you will first preheat the salt.

And now the salt baked shrimp are ready to serve!  I like to bring them to the table in the pan. They look so striking against the salt:

feature slat baked shrimp

And as promised, they are very easy to peel. The shells slide right off. And now eat with gusto. We slurp the heads but that just might be my thing!

To really complete your seashore dining experience, serve these with:

Let me know what you think of these Salt Baked Shrimp. Leave a comment and rate the recipe below, and tag us in your pics @funkyasiankitchen, we love hearing from you!

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Salt Baked Shrimp

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: serves 2 1x
  • Category: small plates
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Ingredients

Scale
  • 12 large head on shrimp (with the head on mine were 9/14 size)
  • 1 ½ cups kosher salt or coarse sea salt

Dipping sauce:

  • 4 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 2 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 thai bird chili, minced

Instructions

Make the dipping sauce: 

  1. Cut the limes in half and juice them.
  2. Combine the lime juice, mayonnaise, minced garlic, fish sauce, sugar, cilantro, and chili.
  3. Whisk to combine and set aside.

Prepare the shrimp:

  1. With a pair of kitchen scissors, right below the head, snip a shallow cut down the center of the shrimp, until you come to the tail. Set aside and continue cutting the rest of the shrimp.
  2. Use your fingers or a toothpick to pull out the intestines and grit from the back of the shrimp.
  3. Dry the shrimp off with some paper towels and set aside.

Stove Top Technique:

  1. Wrap a heavy shallow pan (mine is a staub 12” cast iron skillet that is 2.5 inches deep) with aluminum foil.
  2. Pour the salt in the pan. Cover with a lid and heat over medium high heat for 5 minutes until you hear the salt popping. 
  3. Take the lid off and lay the shrimp flat in the pan.
  4. Again cover the pan with the lid and reduce the heat to medium. Cook the shrimp for 4-5 minutes. The bottom part should be a bright orange but the top will still look a little raw. Flip the shrimp over, cover with the lid, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Serve the shrimp in the pan or transfer to a plate and serve immediately with the dipping sauce on the side.

Oven Technique:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 and move the oven shelf to the center rack. Pour the salt onto a foil wrapped baking sheet (Mine is a quarter size) and shake gently to spread the salt. 
  2. Put the tray into the oven and heat it for 8-10 minutes. The salt will start to turn a light golden color.
  3. Carefully place the shrimp onto the salt in one layer. Put the tray back into the oven and roast for 7-9 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. Serve the shrimp on the baking sheet or transfer to a plate with the dipping sauce on the side.

Notes

*The salt can be saved and used for cooking other dishes. I use it for things that have seafood in it or where it wouldn’t be weird to have a slight shrimp flavor. Store the salt in the fridge or freezer.

Keywords: shrimp, salt baked, seafood, shellfish, appetizers, small plates