soy glazed anchovies with peppers

Myeolchi Bokkeum (Soy Maple Glazed Anchovies)

Myeolchi Bokkeum is a classic Korean side dish that is made from small dried anchovies. It is sweet and salty and delicious.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Korean
Keyword banchan, dried seafood, lunchbox, sweet and savory
KoreanCategory Bokkeum(볶음)
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 139 kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 1 Cup small dried anchovies for stir fry (볶음 bokkeum)
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 piece ginger slice (1/4 in thick)
  • 2 shishito/green chili peppers (optional)

for the glaze

  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sake or rice wine
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or rice syrup
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • sesame seeds


  1. Try to buy good quality dried anchovies (마른 멸치 maleun myulchi or myeolchi). They should not be too dry (it should still be somewhat soft and not hard). If the anchovies are really dry it means it's too old. The best way to judge the quality is to taste them - they should be still soft, chewy and taste not too salty but meaty and even a bit sweet. See my post for more info and pics on best kind of myeolchi to use.
  2. Prepare the glaze - in a bowl, add soy sauce, sugar, sake, water, and sesame seeds. Set aside. Cut shishito peppers into bite size pieces.
  3. On medium high heat and brown ginger in oil (2 min or so) until brown. The essence of ginger will get infused into the oil which will take away any fishy smell from the anchovies.
  4. Add dried anchovies and sliced peppers to the hot ginger oil and saute for 3-4 minutes until they are slightly browned. This step is very important. Make sure you sauté enough until the anchovies are well browned before going to the next step.
  5. Lower heat and add soy sauce glaze to pan. Stir for about 2 min. until anchovies are evenly glazed with the sauce. Drizzle maple syrup and stir for another 1 - 2 min until anchovies are well coated and has a sheen to them. Turn off heat. Finish by drizzling some sesame oil.
Nutrition Facts
Myeolchi Bokkeum (Soy Maple Glazed Anchovies)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 852mg37%
Potassium 121mg3%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Vitamin C 47.9mg58%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.