Easy Korean Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes)

Tteokbokki is a yummy Korean street food. It has Korean rice cakes, fish cakes, soup stock, and spicy Korean chili paste called gochujang in the recipe!

Why I Adore Tteokbokki

Korean Tteokbokki is more than just a dish—it’s an experience. The chewiness of the rice cakes combined with the intense heat of the spicy sauce creates a symphony of flavors that’s both satisfying and invigorating. What’s more, it’s a quick and easy recipe, making it accessible to anyone who desires a taste of Korea without a lengthy cooking process.

Also, My husband loves this dish! Whenever I make Tteokbokki with Korean rice cakes, fish cakes, and that delicious spicy kick from gochujang, his face lights up. It’s become one of his favorite meals, and I can tell by how quickly he finishes his plate every time. The combination of flavors and textures hits the spot for him, making it a go-to recipe in our home.

How To Make Korean TTEOKBOKKI

Ingredients

For the Tteokbokki:

  • 2 cups rice cakes
  • 1 cup sliced fish cakes
  • 2 boiled eggs, halved
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (for garnish)

For the Spicy Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
  • 2 cups water

Recipe Directions

Step 1: Prepare the Ingredients

Start by gathering all the ingredients for the Tteokbokki and the Spicy Sauce. This will streamline the cooking process and make your experience in the kitchen more enjoyable.

Step 2: Boil the Rice Cakes

In a pot of boiling water, cook the rice cakes until they become soft and chewy, usually taking around 10 minutes. Once done, drain and set aside.

Step 3: Create the Spicy Sauce

In another pot, combine all the ingredients for the Spicy Sauce. Stir well and bring it to a gentle boil. Allow the sauce to simmer until it thickens, creating a luscious, spicy blend.

Step 4: Combine and Cook

Add the boiled rice cakes, sliced fish cakes, and halved eggs to the spicy sauce. Stir the ingredients together until the rice cakes are evenly coated in the sauce. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes to let the flavors meld.

Step 5: Garnish and Serve

Sprinkle chopped green onions and sesame seeds over the Tteokbokki for a burst of freshness and nuttiness. Plate it up and get ready to savor the fiery goodness!

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • Medium-sized pot
  • Wooden spoon for stirring
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Plates for serving

Notes

  • Feel free to experiment with proteins. Shrimp, beef, or tofu can be delightful additions to this versatile dish.
  • Adjust the spice level according to your preference. For an extra kick, increase the amount of gochugaru or add a dash of your favorite hot sauce.

FAQs

Can I make Tteokbokki in advance?

While it’s best enjoyed fresh, you can prepare the components ahead of time and assemble them when ready to serve.

Is Tteokbokki gluten-free?

Yes, the rice cakes used in this recipe are typically gluten-free. Always check the labels of store-bought products to be sure.

Can I freeze Tteokbokki?

A: It’s not recommended to freeze Tteokbokki, as the texture of the rice cakes may change upon thawing.

Conclusion

There you have it—the key to unlocking the spicy delight of Korean Tteokbokki. Revel in the bold flavors, experiment with variations, and most importantly, savor every moment in the kitchen. If this recipe has ignited your culinary curiosity, don’t keep it to yourself—share it with friends and family. Subscribe to the blog for more exciting culinary journeys, and stay tuned for the next delectable discovery!

TTEOKBOKKI (SPICY RICE CAKES)

Recipe by Wasian CookeryCourse: Main, SnacksCuisine: KoreanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal
Total time

1

hour 

10

minutes

Tteokbokki is more than just a dish—it’s an experience.

Ingredients

  • For the Tteokbokki:
  • 2 cups rice cakes

  • 1 cup sliced fish cakes

  • 2 boiled eggs, halved

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds (for garnish)

  • For the Spicy Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)

  • 2 cups water

Directions

  • Prepare the Ingredients
  • Start by gathering all the ingredients for the Tteokbokki and the Spicy Sauce. This will streamline the cooking process and make your experience in the kitchen more enjoyable.
  • Boil the Rice Cakes
  • In a pot of boiling water, cook the rice cakes until they become soft and chewy, usually taking around 10 minutes. Once done, drain and set aside.
  • Create the Spicy Sauce
  • In another pot, combine all the ingredients for the Spicy Sauce. Stir well and bring it to a gentle boil. Allow the sauce to simmer until it thickens, creating a luscious, spicy blend.
  • Combine and Cook
  • Add the boiled rice cakes, sliced fish cakes, and halved eggs to the spicy sauce. Stir the ingredients together until the rice cakes are evenly coated in the sauce. Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes to let the flavors meld.
  • Garnish and Serve
  • Sprinkle chopped green onions and sesame seeds over the Tteokbokki for a burst of freshness and nuttiness. Plate it up and get ready to savor the fiery goodness!

Notes

  • Adjust the spice level according to your preference. For an extra kick, increase the amount of gochugaru or add a dash of your favorite hot sauce.
  • Feel free to experiment with proteins. Shrimp, beef, or tofu can be delightful additions to this versatile dish.
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