Jjim, Jorim & Bokeum – Braised Dishes, Glazed Dishes and Stir-fried Dishes


Saengseon Jjim -Braised Fish

The Korean cuisine is healthy because it tends to use braising and simmering rather than deep-frying or grilling. This well dissolve extra fat in the ingredient and minimize the total fat content. Brasing, simmering over low heat for a long time, and stir-frying with a minimal amount of oil, allow one to add vegetable and spices and bring out the flavors of ingredient.

Jjim is a Korean cuisine term referring to dishes made by steaming or boiling meat, chicken, fish, or shellfish which have been marinated in a sauce or soup. The cooking technique originally referred to dishes cooked in a siru (earthenware steamer mainly used for making tteok) by steaming. However, the name jjim has now come to imply a finished dish with a steamed appearance. The cooking method for most jjim dishes nowadays has changed to boiling the ingredients in broth and reducing the liquid. Pressure cookers are popular for making jjim as well.

Proteins galbibeef shank or rump, chicken, fish, or shellfish are usually the main ingredients. The ingredients are marinated in a sauce, then put to a boil with a small amount of water. The liquid is then reduced. Various vegetables and other ingredients are added for enhanced flavor.

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