Korean Tuna Stew (Kimchi Chamchi Jigae)

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 2
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 356.5
  • Total Fat: 17.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 24.7 mg
  • Sodium: 1,840.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 5.8 g
  • Protein: 41.3 g

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A Yankee's attempt at a classic Korean dish. This is a spicy high sodium dish. A Yankee's attempt at a classic Korean dish. This is a spicy high sodium dish.
Number of Servings: 2


    1 can Tuna in water (if vegetarian leave it out)
    1 jar Kimchi (Korean fermented cabbage) 14oz
    1 med-large scallion (green onion) minced
    1 block soft tofu cut into small cubes (optional)
    1 tbsp FRESH Garlic, finely minced or pressed
    1 tbsp FRESH Ginger, finely minced or grated
    1 tbsp Paprika
    1 tbsp Fish Sauce (can be left out if desired)
    1 tsp red pepper flakes or cayenne
    2 tsp Sesame Oil
    2 cups water

    **Substitution: Use Gochujang (Korean Hot Red Pepper Paste) as an option instead of the red pepper flakes. Add as much as desired 1/8 up to 1/4 cup or more depending on how hot you want it.


Prepare all ingredients. I recommend a garlic press for the garlic and a small grater for the fresh ginger (you can keep a small peice of ginger root in the freezer so it keeps and easily grates whenever you need it).

In a pot, deep pan, or crock over medium heat add the oil, garlic, ginger, green onion, spices, and kimchi. Stir for 2 minutes. Add the fish sauce (if using), tuna, tofu (if using) and water. Simmer 20 minutes. Serve immediately. Serves 2.

This dish is pescetarian but can easily be made vegan or vegetarian by not using the fish sauce or tuna. If you are vegetarian or vegan read the label on the kimchi. Some brands use a fish sauce and some don't. I used a brand called "King's Kimchi" which is vegan friendly. You can also make it yourself.

If you do not wat the dish so spicy then buy MILD instead of HOT kimchi, reduce or eliminate the red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper. If you intend to use gochujuang be aware that it is very hot and spicy so add a little at a time until you get the heat index you like.

Adapt the recipe to your own tastes.

Number of Servings: 2

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user AMILEEGIRL.

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