Korean Braised Spicy Black Cod with Daikon and Stone Pot Rice

Recipe Courtesy of Esther Kang

Spicy braised cod is my absolute favorite Korean dish. Pickled daikon is a staple Korean side, which I garnished on top to contrast the buttery flavor and texture of the black cod. I usually eat Korean cod when I just want to eat something I know will be completely satisfying. It is what I chose to eat with my husband to celebrate the completion of my three-day bar exam.


  • 4-5 bone-in black cod steaks (fillets can be substituted if bone-in can't be found)
  • 1-2 daikon radishes (2 1/2" diameter), peeled and cut into 1/2" cylinders
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 8 stems green onion, 3 sliced into long strips, 3 finely sliced on the bias, and 2 chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, grated or minced
  • 1/2-3/4 tablespoon, Korean chili flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Korean chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Korean corn syrup
  • 2-4 tablespoons sake or soju
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup Korean rice cake, tube shape*
  • 1/4 cup enoki mushroom, cleaned*
  • 1 bunch chrysanthemum*
  • sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 1/4 cup short grain rice


  1. Peel and slice daikon. Chop onions, garlic and jalepeno. Grate ginger. Slice and chop green onions.

  2. Place daikon cylinders into a large saute pan, creating one flat layer of daikon.

  3. Place cod steaks on top of the daikon.

  4. Assemble sauce by mixing onion, chopped green onion, garlic, ginger, jalapeno, Korean chili flakes, Korean chili paste, fish sauce, soy sauce, water and Korean corn syrup. Season as necessary with salt and pepper.

  5. Pour sauce over cod and radishes. Top with sliced green onions and cover pan. Bring to a boil.

  6. Add sake/soju and reduce heat to medium low for 20 minutes. Add rice cakes.

  7. Plate on a dish, layering daikon, rice cake and then cod. Top with sliced green onions, enoki mushrooms, chrysanthemum greens and toasted sesame seeds.

Optional, highly recommended

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Korean Braised Spicy Black Cod with Daikon and Stone Pot Rice