KOREAN SPICY TUNA

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Discover the wonders of spicy tuna made in the Korean style and learn about its preparation. The process of making it is really simple; it has a considerable amount of flavor, and it is highly adaptable! This is the perfect solution for a meal on a weeknight when you are extremely busy.

Regarding the recipe that I am going to share with you today, I couldn’t be more excited. which is due to the fact that I am well aware of the benefits that will result from it!

Tuna in cans, originating from Korea
In Korea, there is a canned tuna that is commonly referred to as gochu chamchi, which can also be spelled as 고추 참치. To put it simply, it is canned tuna that has been seasoned with chili. Its literal definition is “chili tuna,” and in essence, it is canned tuna. On the other hand, it is not very spicy. Prior to consumption, it is commonly mixed with a tiny quantity of vegetables, and its flavor is described as being slightly sweet and tangy. Additionally, it is frequently drunk by itself.

KOREAN SPICY TUNA
KOREAN SPICY TUNA

There is a lot of demand for this tuna dish that is offered as a side dish in Korea. Take, for example, the fact that a can can be purchased at a grocery store in Korea with relatively little effort. Moreover, as can be seen in the image that follows, it gives off the impression of being red and hot. On the other hand, the thing that is going to be discussed is one that is highly popular. In the past, I would pack this tuna in a can and bring it to school in the lunch bag that I had with me. I would bring it when I went to school. Nevertheless, as of late, spicy tuna has become my personal favorite go-to dish due to the fact that it is so easy to create and takes such little time to do so. My ability to quickly prepare a complete supper, which may consist of either rice or pasta and which can be finished in fewer than ten minutes, is made possible by this. Be prepared to have your mind blown!

To add insult to injury, not only is it easy and quick to cook, but it is also loaded with a combination of sweetness, tanginess, and spice that is well balanced. Do you remember that I mentioned that it can be used in a broad variety of contexts?

I can already see other applications for it, such as the preparation of spicy tuna rolls with seaweed and spicy tuna sandwiches, amongst other possibilities. I can also imagine more applications for it. In the event that I decide to give things a try, I will include a link to them on this page so that you may easily find them.

Regardless of the circumstances, I sincerely hope that you will give this a try very soon and let us know the specific manner in which you prefer to serve it.

INGREDIENTS FOR KOREAN SPICY TUNA, SERVES 2 TO 4

Main

  • 185 g / 6.5 ounces canned tuna, oil or water drained
  • 50 g / 1.7 ounces mixed vegetables – sweet corn, baby peas, capsicum / bell peppers or carrots, cut into small pieces as necessary (you can use frozen or tinned ones too.)
  • 20 g / 0.7 ounces onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil – I used rice bran oil
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds to garnish
KOREAN SPICY TUNA
KOREAN SPICY TUNA

Spicy Tuna Sauce

Option 1) Use this sauce if you’re making Korean spicy tuna as a side dish.

  • 1 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato sauce / ketchup
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey

Option 2) Use this sauce if you want the extra spiciness or if you’re going to serve it over pasta or rice.

  • 2 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce / ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp honey

*1 Tbsp = 15 ml

** If you want to learn more about Korean ingredients, check my 30 essential Korean ingredients list.

HOW TO MAKE SPICY TUNA

1. Heat up a skillet over medium high heat. Once heated, add the cooking oil and the tuna. Stir quickly.

2. Add the vegetables and the spicy tuna sauce and mix them well so that everything is coated with the sauce. (If you make the spicy tuna sauce from option 2 to serve over rice or pasta, only add half of the sauce and use the remainder later – over rice / pasta.) Add the sesame seeds. Remove from the heat. Serve.

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

1) Serve the spicy tuna with steamed rice and with other Korean side dishes.

2) Serve the spicy tuna over steamed rice and add the remaining sauce. With this extra sauce, you can make a simple tuna bibimbap. Just mix it all well!

3) Serve the spicy tuna with some cooked spaghetti. (Thin spaghetti such as angel hair pasta works well.) Add the remaining sauce, a dash of sesame oil (optional) and chopped green onion (optional) then mix well.

Ingredients
MAIN
  • 185 g canned tuna (6.5 ounces), oil or water drained
  • 50 g mixed vegetables (1.7 ounces), sweet corn, baby peas, capsicum / bell peppers or carrots, cut into small pieces as necessary (you can use frozen or tinned ones too.)
  • 20 g onion (0.7 ounces), diced
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil , I used rice bran oil
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds to garnish
Spicy Tuna Sauce: Option 1) Use this sauce if you’re making Korean spicy tuna as a side dish.
KOREAN SPICY TUNA
KOREAN SPICY TUNA
  • 1 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato sauce / ketchup
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey
Spicy Tuna Sauce: Option 2) Use this sauce if you want the extra spiciness or if you’re going to serve it over pasta or rice.
  • 2 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce / ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Instructions

  • Heat up a skillet over medium high heat. Once heated, add the cooking oil and the tuna. Stir quickly.
  • Add the vegetables and the spicy tuna sauce and mix them well so that everything is coated with the sauce. (If you make the spicy tuna sauce from option 2 to serve over rice or pasta, only add half of the sauce and use the remainder later – over rice / pasta.) Add the sesame seeds. Remove from the heat. Serve with rice or spaghetti.

Notes

Refer to the above post for serving suggestions.

FAQ:

What is Korean spicy tuna?

The popular meal known as Korean spicy tuna is prepared by combining tuna that has been canned with a spicy sauce that is commonly prepared using Korean chili paste (gochujang), soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and several other seasonings together.

What type of canned tuna should I use?

For creating Korean spicy tuna, you can use any kind of canned tuna, including chunky light tuna or albacore tuna. One option is to use chunky, light tuna. When it comes to flavor, some individuals prefer to use tuna that has been packed in water, while others prefer tuna that has been packed in oil.

Can I use fresh tuna instead of canned tuna?

Despite the fact that canned tuna is frequently utilized due to its ease and low cost, fresh tuna is an option that can be considered if someone so desires. Simply prepare the fresh tuna by cooking it and then shredding it before combining it with the ingredients for the spicy sauce.

Is Korean spicy tuna served hot or cold?

Both hot and cold versions of Korean spicy tuna are available for consumption, depending on personal choice. As a side dish, it is commonly known as banchan, and it is typically served either at room temperature or slightly cold.

What can I serve with Korean spicy tuna?

Korean spicy tuna is a versatile dish that may be prepared in a number of different ways. As either a main dish or a side dish, it is typically consumed with rice that has been steamed. It is also possible to use it as a topping for salads, as a filler for sushi rolls, wraps, and sandwiches, and as a sauce for salads.

Is Korean spicy tuna gluten-free?

All of the fundamental components that go into making Korean spicy tuna, including canned tuna, gochujang, soy sauce, and sesame oil, are made without the presence of gluten. Furthermore, it is of the utmost importance to check the labels of pre-made sauces and condiments to ensure that they do not include gluten components.

Can I adjust the spiciness of Korean spicy tuna?

It is true that the level of spiciness in Korean spicy tuna may be altered to suit your individual preferences in terms of flavor. In order to adjust the level of heat, you can adjust the amount of Korean chili paste (gochujang) and Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru) that you utilize.

How long does Korean spicy tuna last in the refrigerator?

It is possible to keep Korean spicy tuna in the refrigerator for up to three to four days if it is stored in an airtight container. Ensure that it is properly sealed at all times in order to preserve its freshness.

 

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