Quick And Easy: Korean Sweet Soy-Glazed Potatoes (Gamja Bokkeum) Recipe

Posted on

Korean Sweet Soy-Glazed Potatoes (Gamja Bokkeum) Recipe

If your side dish recipe rotation is feeling a little tired, then this take on gamja bokkeum, a Korean stir-fried potato banchan, is just what you need to get out of that rut.

A simple glazed potato banchan you won’t be able to stop making, or eating.

  • Serves 2 to 4 as a large side dish, or 4 to 6 as a banchan
  • 10 minutes

  • 20 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) soy sauce (see note)
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) water
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) fish sauce
  • 1 medium clove garlic (5g), finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil
  • 10 ounces (285g) small Yukon Gold potatoes, rinsed and halved (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon (6g) toasted sesame seeds


  1. 1.

    In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, water, sugar, fish sauce, and garlic until sugar is dissolved, about 30 seconds. Set aside.

  2. 2.

    Pour oil into a 3-quart saucier or saucepan. Add potatoes, arranging them cut-side down in a single layer. Set saucier over medium-high heat and cook, uncovered, until potatoes are light golden-brown on cut-side, 5 to 6 minutes.

  3. 3.

    Lower heat to medium-low, add soy sauce mixture and stir to combine with potatoes. Cover saucier with a lid, and cook until potatoes are completely tender and offer no resistance when pierced with a cake tester or paring knife, about 10 minutes.

  4. 4.

    Remove lid and increase heat to high. Cook, uncovered, stirring constantly with a heat-resistant rubber spatula, until liquid has reduced and thickened to a sticky caramel consistency that fully glazes the potatoes, 1 to 2 minutes.

  5. 5.

    Remove from heat, and transfer potatoes to serving bowl. Drizzle with sesame oil, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve.