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Tuna Kimchi Jjigae
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5 from 12 votes

Tuna Kimchi Jjigae - Perfected!


  • 1 Cup of Aged Kimchi (Should taste slightly sour)
  • ¼ Whole Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Gochujang Paste
  • 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 1 Can of Tuna (~150 grams)
  • 2.5 Cups Water (~625 ml)
  • 1 Tablespoon Gochugaru Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon Korean Anchovy Fish Sauce (or substitute with 1T of Soy Sauce)
  • ½ Tablespoon Minced Garlic

Additional Toppings for Kimchi Jjigae

  • ½ Block Firm Tofu (~175 grams)
  • ½ a whole Cheongyang Chili Pepper (optional - can skip)
  • Finger-length piece Spring Onion Stalk
  • Few cracks Black Pepper


Prep Ingredients

  • Chop some well-aged Kimchi. Cut enough to fill 1 cup - and set it aside for later. (Note: Pour any leftover kimchi juice on your cutting board into the cup as well).
  • Dice ¼ a whole onion into thin strips.
  • Cut a finger-length piece of spring onion stalk into thin circles.
  • Optional: Cut ½ a whole Cheongyang Chili Pepper into thin circles. (Substitute with ¼ a whole Jalapeno Pepper.)

Stir-Fry Kimchi

  • Place the chopped Kimchi and sliced onions into a large pot or wok.
  • Add-in Gochujang Paste (1 Tablespoon).
  • Followed by Soy Sauce (1 Tablespoon).
  • Then carefully open a can of tuna. Press the lid against the tuna and add-in only the oil at this point! (We'll add-in the actual tuna chunks at the end.)
  • Place the pot on medium-high heat. Once it starts to sizzle, set a timer for 4 minutes! Stir-fry for 4 minutes - and remember to continuously stir (or else it will burn).

Add Water & Make Kimchi Jjigae

  • After 4 minutes of stir-frying, add in 2.5 cups (~625 ml) of water.
  • Use a wooden spatula and scrape off any bits on the side of the pot into the soup.
  • Now add-in Gochugaru Flakes (1 Tablespoon).
  • Followed by Korean Anchovy Fish Sauce (1 Tablespoon). (Note: You can also substitute the Fish Sauce with 1T of Soy Sauce).
  • Once it comes to a boil, add in Minced Garlic (½ Tablespoon).
  • Then, add-in the by Sliced Chili Peppers as well as a few cracks of Black Pepper.
  • Now let this soup boil away for 2 minutes!
  • After 2 minutes, carefully add the sliced tofu pieces to one side of the pot. Then garnish the other side with the spring onion slices to the other side.
  • Finally scoop the tuna into the middle of the pot.
  • Let everything boil away for a final 1 minute - all the flavors will come together!
  • Bon Appetit - serve with a bowl of hot rice!