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Korean Braised Monkfish - Agujjim

hannaone Jan 5, 2009 04:45 AM

I recently added a search function on my site and one of the most popular searches is for
Agu Jjim or braised monkfish, so I thought I would share the recipe here as well.

아구찜 Braised Monk Fish, Agu Jjim
A popular spicy fish dish from Korea.

Alternate Spellings: Agujjim, Agu Chim, Agwii Jjim, Agwijjim, agwuijjim

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients
18 ounces 아귀/아구 (monkfish fillet)
3 tablespoon Cooking oil
1/2 cup chicken broth or water
1/2 cup 더덕 Deodeok root (bonnet bellflower root/codoropsis root).
1 teaspoon salt
1 lb. soy bean sprouts
2 green or spring onions
2 green Korean chili peppers
2 red Korean chili peppers
4 ounces 고사리 (gosari - fern shoots)
1 tablespoon sesame oil

Thickener
2 tablespoon Cornstarch
4 tablespoon water to mix with cornstarch

Seasoning Mix
3 tablespoon hot chili powder*
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 tablespoon chicken broth
1 teaspoon Sugar
2 tablespoon minced garlic
3 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seed
1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoon rice wine

Directions

Preparation

Deodeok (Bonnet Bellflower Root)
Soak in cold water for two hours then drain.
Cover with water, add 1 teaspoon salt, then swirl for two to three minutes.
Rinse in cold water and drain.

Gossari
Two types of gassari are available in Korean markets, dried or wet packed. If using dried gossari, soak for two to three hours until soft, then rinse in cold running water and drain.
Wet packed, simply rinse in cold running water and drain.
Cut gossari into 1 1/2 inch lengths.

Soy Bean Sprouts
Trim root and seed ends off, leaving only the stem portion.
Rinse in cold water, then drain.
Bring a pot of water to a rapid boil, add bean sprouts, and return to a boil.
Remove from heat, rinse in cold water, and drain.

Spring Onion
Trim root and any discolored leaves.
Cut on a diagonal in 1/2 inch lengths, then rinse in cold water and drain.

Korean Chili Peppers
Remove stem and rinse well in cold water.
Cut in half from top to bottom and remove seeds.
Sliver each pepper half.

Seasoning Mix
Combine all ingredients and mix well

Monkfish
Cube the fillets in bite size pieces.
Place the cubed monkfish into a large bowl, add the seasoning mix, toss well and let stand for five minutes.

Cooking

Place cooking oil into a large, deep, heavy skillet and heat over high heat.
Add seasoned monkfish and stir fry until fish is lightly seared.
Add chicken broth or water and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer about 5 minutes.
Remove fish from skillet.
Add the deodeok to the skillet and cook until semi-tender, about 5 minutes.
Add remaining vegetables and return the fish to the skillet, increase heat to medium high, and return to a boil.
Mix thickener and add to skillet, stirring constantly until thickened.
Add sesame oil, stir twice, and remove from heat.
Serve hot with steamed white rice and ban chan.

Shopping List for 아귀찜/아구찜 (Spicy Braised Monkfish - Agujjim)

18 ounces 아귀/아구 (monkfish fillet)
1/2 cup 더덕 (Deodeok root - bonnet bellflower root/codoropsis root)
1 pound 콩나물 (kongnamul - soy bean sprouts)
4 ounces 고사리 (gosari - fern shoots)
2 빨강 고추 (red chili pepper - gochu)
2 녹색 고추 (green chili pepper - gochu)
참기름 (chamgireum - sesame oil)
고춧가루 (gochutgaru - red chili pepper powder)
간장 (ganjang - soy sauce)
생강 (saenggang - ginger)
참깨 (chamkkae - sesame seeds)

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    link_930 Jan 5, 2009 06:08 AM

    Thanks so much for the recipe! Solid, traditional Korean recipes are hard to come by, so your efforts here are very much appreciated.

    1 Reply
    1. re: link_930
      hannaone Jan 5, 2009 06:50 PM

      Thanks for the encouragement.

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