Godeungeo Jorim (Korean Braised Mackerel with Radish)


Godeungeo (mackerel) has a very special place in my heart, having eaten it every which way imaginable - pan-fried, grilled, braised, canned, and smoked during my days in Seoul. Serve with rice and other side dishes.

close up view of Godeungeo Jorim (Korean Braised Mackerel with Radish) garnished with green onions in a bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
4 servings


  • 1 red chile pepper, seeded and minced (Optional)

  • 1 green chile pepper, seeded and minced (Optional)

  • 2 tablespoons cooking wine

  • 2 tablespoons gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)

  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean chile paste)

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh ginger

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 daikon radish, halved lengthwise and sliced into 1/2-inch thick pieces

  • 2 whole mackerel - gutted, cleaned, and cut into 3-inch pieces

  • 2 green onions, sliced on the bias into 1/2-inch pieces


  1. Combine red chile pepper, green chile pepper, cooking wine, gochugaru, gochujang, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger in a small bowl; mix well to make sauce.

  2. Place water and daikon radish in a large pot. Bring to a boil; cook until radish is tender, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir mackerel pieces into the pot. Pour sauce over the mackerel. Cook over high heat, occasionally spooning sauce over mackerel but not stirring the mixture, until cooking liquid has reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.

  4. Garnish mackerel with green onions.

Cook's Note:

Substitute mirin (Japanese rice wine) for the cooking wine if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

178 Calories
8g Fat
14g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 178
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 776mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 79mg 394%
Calcium 58mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 615mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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