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Galchi Jorim (Korean Spicy Braised Beltfish)

  • Author: Seonkyoung Longest
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 1x



  • 8 oz beltfish (hairtail), cut into 4 to 5-inch pieces, washed, scrape outer silver skin and fins are removed

For the Sauce

For the Vegetables

  • 1 lb Korean radish, Moo or daikon (You can substitute to potato)
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 green onion, sliced thinly into diagonal angle
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno, sliced thinly into diagonal angle


  1. Prepare beltfish first. If you are using frozen beltfish or very sensitive about fish smell, soak them in rice wine or white wine for over night. If you are using fresh beltfish, just clean well and wash and set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for sauce and whisk all together. Set aside.
  3. Wash and peel radish and slice into 3/4-inch wide. Then cut into halves, as half moon shape.
  4. Place radish on bottom of wide shallow pot, and pour 3/4 cup cold water. Spread 3 tablespoons of sauce we made earlier on top of radish; cover, bring it to boil then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Flip over radishes, then place sliced onion, prepared beltfish and pour rest of sauce on top of sauce. Increase heat to medium high, bring it to boil and keep boiling for 5 minutes with no lids. Scoop sauce from bottom of pot and pour over fish occasionally.
  6. Now, add green onions and serrano chili right on top. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until fish and vegetables are fully cooked. Scoop sauce from bottom of pot and pour over fish occasionally.
  7. Finally, increase heat to high, remove lid to uncover pot and let it hard boiling for 3 to 5 minutes. Scoop sauce from bottom of pot and pour over fish and move bottom radishes around occasionally.
  8. Remove from heat, garnish with sliced green onion if you wish. Enjoy with warm cooked rice and other side dishes you’d like! I recommend steamed egg and fresh kimchi!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins