Korean Spicy Tuna Recipe!
I shared this recipe 2014 but the recipe card has gone and the YouTube video quality is quite bad… so decided to update the recipe! ☺️
This is one of my favorite dish from my mom and I’ve never had anything like this anywhere… You can’t find Korean spicy tuna like this at Korean restaurants, not even in Korea. It is my mom’s secret easy recipe when she feels lazy and doesn’t have much of ingredients to cook for the family.
She usually cook this for breakfast, because it’s super easy to fix – I can probably do with my eyes close! (not really, don’t try that! lol)
When my mom makes this for breakfast, whole entire family wakes up by the smell & just gathered around in the kitchen/dining area without my mom try so hard to wake everybody up. The best kind of breakfast!! This also fantastic with fried egg. You must eat this spicy tuna with freshly cooked warm rice & fried egg!!
Omg, looking at beauty of this dish makes me drool all over again… 🤤🤤🤤
Are we ready to start? Don’t surprise how fast & easy this recipe is though… Alight, let’s get started!!
First, we need to chop 3 Serranos or 4 jalapeños. If they are too spicy for your taste, mix with green bell pepper or use only green bell pepper.
Also small dice 1/2 of large onion, 6 cloves garlic and 1 bundle of green onions.
Garlic is not shown in the pictures above, because now I have 4 cups of chopped garlic in my refrigerator and freezer. 😅 I bought a huge bag of garlic the other week because that’s only garlic looked fresh. So grind in a blender and 1/3 of them is in the freezer, 1/3 of them are in my refrigerator for everyday use and last 1/3 of them are in oil to use for stir fry.
Combine 4 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp fish sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 2 tbsp sesame seeds, 3 tbsp gochugaru, Korean red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp sugar, pinch of black pepper and 3 tbsp water. Mix well until sugar has dissolved, set aside.
For this Korean spicy tuna recipe, you can use any tuna you have in your kitchen. My mom and I always use this Korean tuna in oil, we’ve never used other canned tuna for this recipe before so this is only canned tuna I will recommend. ☺️
The one I’m using is 18oz/500g – it’s the large canned tuna. You can find them at local Korean groceries or online. But online I was able to find only the small cans.
In a large ttukbaegi, Korean clay pot or thick bottom pot; add tuna, chopped jalapeño, garlic, onion and green onions. Pour the sauce mixture on top and cover.
Ttukbaegi is Korean clay pot that we use daily home cooking for stew, soup and steam. If you don’t have one, you can use similar size thick bottom pot or dutch oven.
Place on a stove, bring it to boil over medium high heat then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
Open the lid to check if it’s cooking well and not burning the bottom when it starts to boil.
Meanwhile, make some fried egg to serve with spicy tuna! They are SO GOOD together!!
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It’s done! Super simple and easy!!
You can serve this spicy tuna with warm cooked rice, fried egg, kimchi and other side dishes you would love to enjoy together. But in my opinion, it doesn’t need whole lot of side dishes!
Korean Spicy Tuna
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
For the Sauce
- 4 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 3 tbsp gochugaru, Korean red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp sugar
- pinch of black pepper
For the Tuna & Veggies
- 2 cans of 18oz/500g tuna in oil
- 4 jalapeno, 3 serrano or 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1 bundle of green onions, chopped
- Combine all ingredients for sauce plus 3 tbsp water. Mix well until sugar has dissolved, set aside.
- In a large ttukbaegi, Korean clay pot or thick bottom pot; add tuna, chopped jalapeño, garlic, onion and green onions. Pour sauce on top and cover. Place on a stove, bring it to boil over medium high heat then reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. It’s done! Super simple and easy!!
- You can serve this spicy tuna with warm cooked rice, fried egg, kimchi and other side dishes you would love to enjoy together. But in my opinion, it doesn’t need whole lot of side dishes! Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
My household has been eating this spicy tuna recipe for years since Seonkyoung first shared it and we love it! It’s a staple. We use green bell pepper in it to sub for the spicy pepper. An egg and alvacado are a must for us over rice. Just such a great recipe. Thank you Seonkyoung and your gracious Mom for sharing this with us!
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absolutely delicious! only thing i did different was add a 3rd can of tuna.
absolutely delicious! only thing i did differently was add a 3rd can of tuna. i would of eaten the whole pot had my stomach allowed!
question: how much of a taste difference would it be if i tried regular american tuna next time?
So I heard from my fans that using water based canned tuna also taste delicious, but I do recommend using oil based tuna. American tuna would not change the taste much as long as you use oil base. Hope this helped (:
We subbed red canned salmon wild caught. Came out nicely. Not sure it’s going to a frequent fish for us but it was good.
Thank you so much for your website and YouTube videos. Do you currently have a restaurant anywhere? My second question has to do with the amount of tuna in this recipe. Is it 2 500 gram cans of tuna, or is it 2 cans of tuna totaling 500 grams??
Thank you very much,
It was 2 cans totally up to 500gs, and no I do not have a restaurant at the moment. But thank you so much for your support!
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Should the recipe read “2 cans of 8oz/250g tuna in oil”?
Thank god I read the comments before starting to cook! The recipe reads as 2 cans of 500g tuna totalling 1000g. Very confusing!
Love, love, LOVE this! I made a couple of adjustments per my preference.
That is what cooking is all about! Making a recipes your own! Glad I could help out!
Yum! I used American can tuna in water because that’s all I had, and it was tasty!
Thank you for letting me know! I wasn’t sure how it would turn out with water base tuna since I haven’t tried. Thank you!
Delicious! Spicy, hearty and flavorful. And the fried egg was the perfect partner. Thank you!
Thank you for trying!
Could you half the recipe
Yes you can! If you just use exactly half of each ingredient.
This has become a comfort food. LOVE IT. I’m loving your recipes! And this is perfect because I was just wondering what should I do with my cans of tuna.., then I saw this and decided to go for it.
OMG I made this tonight and it was soooooo good! I used green bell peppers as I wasn’t sure how spicy it would be but I will add fresh chilli next time. I have made a few of your recipes and they have always been winners! Thanks and I look forward to trying many more 🙂
Yum! Do you have a link to the clay pot you used in the video or any other commonly used kitchen items?
A delicious spicy meal that’s easy to whip up. It’s really salty and packs a lot of flavor so make sure to make plenty of rice. I usually halve the recipe if it’s just me.
This looks soo delicious and I cannot wait to try yet another recipe of yours. I do have just one question: Would it be possible to substitute the gochugaru with gochujang? If so, what would be the exact measurement for using gochujang paste? it’s just so hard to find gochugaru 🙁
I wouldn’t recommend using gochujang as a substitute, I would instead use something like ground cayenne pepper or other kinds of pepper flakes. Hope this helped!
Costco used to carry this in cans!! But now they don’t. I’m going to try this recipe, but mix it into mac and cheese, add corn, and lessen the sugar a bit. Will report back! Kind of like the american tuna casserole, but on steroids haha thank you for the recipe. Very excited about having spicy tuna in the comfort of my own home 🙂
This was fantastic! I happened to have everything in my small kitchen already which is a HUGE plus. Super savoury, super healthy, super flavour. Thank you!
This is sooo delicious! I added a splash of 매실원액 (Korean plum extract) which is super tasty too.
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OBSESSED WITH THIS !!! I have never made one of her recipes that wasn’t amazing to be honest, but this was so quick, delicious and really interesting flavours! Never used these Korean chilli flakes before and they have such a great flavour. I am desperate for Seonkyoung to bring out a cook book, even if it’s all the recipes she’s already made, just so that I can buy one for everyone I know (including myself) . The best!
I love this recipe because of how easy it is to sub ingredients and still get a delicious result! I’m on a carb and fat restricted fast for a day and all I had to do was use regular American tuna, use monk fruit sugar instead of actual sugar, exclude any oils, added sliced perilla leaves and served over cauliflower rice and it was STILL DELICIOUS! Even if I had to create a bastardized version of it haha 😂.
We’re we supposed to use the oil in the can? Or drain it? I used salmon because I didn’t have tuna and I used 2 14 oz cans I think I got it wrong no juice 😔! Im gonna have to start again. ( but it tastes 😌
Yes you were supposed to use oil in the can! Trust me it will be worth it! If you enjoyed the recipe please leave a rating! ❤️