Gamja Jorim (Braised Potatoes)

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Which potatoes to use

Any variety of potatoes works for this dish. However, less starch ones such as white or Yukon gold hold up their shape better. Red, fingerling, and new potatoes are all good for this dish. You can leave the skins on if you want. If using starchy potatoes such as Russet potatoes, rinse and soak them in water for a few minutes after cutting them into cubes. This process removes some starch.

I also find the cooking time varies quite a bit depending on the potatoes. So, watch it not to overcook the potatoes.


Gamja jorim can be made simply with just potatoes. I typically use a carrot, onion, and some green pepper or chili peppers for colors. You can use other vegetables of your choice such as red/orange bell pepper, scallions, and mushrooms. I sometimes, also throw in a few whole garlic cloves.

For the seasonings, you can also add some gochujang (Korean red chili pepper paste) and/or gochugaru (Korean red chili pepper flakes) if you like to add a little heat to the dish. Simply swap out 1 tablespoon of soy sauce with 1 tablespoon of gochujang. You can add gochugaru to your taste without altering the recipe.

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  • ▢1.5 pounds potatoes (about 3 medium size)
  • ▢1 carrot (about 3 ounces) See note 1
  • ▢2 to 3 green chili peppers (or 1/2 green bell pepper)
  • ▢1/4 medium onion
  • ▢1 tablespoon cooking oil

Braising liquid:

  • ▢3 tablespoons soy sauce (or 2 T soy sauce and 1 T gochujang) See note 2
  • ▢1 tablespoon sugar
  • ▢1 tablespoon rice wine (or mirin) You can omit it if unavailable
  • ▢1 tablespoon corn syrup (or oilgodang) Or use 1 tablespoon more sugar
  • ▢1 teaspoon  minced garlic
  • ▢pinch black pepper
  • ▢3/4 cup water
  • ▢1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ▢1/2 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds


  • Peel and cut potatoes into about 1-inch cubes. Cut the carrot, peppers, and onion into big chunks.DSC2980 640x427 - Gamja Jorim (Korean Braised Potatoes)
  • In a small bowl, combine all the braising liquid ingredients except the sesame oil and seeds. Stir well.DSC2984 640x427 - Gamja Jorim (Korean Braised Potatoes)
  • In a non-stick pan (or a small pot), sauté the potatoes in cooking oil over medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes, stirring occasionally so the potatoes don’t stick to the pan.
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  • Add the sauce mix and bring it to a boil over high heat. Drop the carrot pieces in. Cover, and reduce the heat to medium and cook until the potatoes are almost cooked through (about 5 to 6 minutes, depending on the type or size of potatoes). The potatoes should be firm and not mushy.
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  • Stir in the green peppers and onion, and continue to boil (uncover this time) until the sauce is reduced and slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. The potatoes will continue to soak up the sauce even after being cooked. Stir in the sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
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1. This dish can be made simply with just potatoes. The other vegetables in this recipe are only guidelines. You can use other vegetables of your choice such as red/orange bell pepper, scallions, garlic cloves, and mushrooms. 

2. If using gochugaru (Korean chili pepper flakes) to add a spicy kick, you don’t need to change anything in the recipe. Try 1 to 3 teaspoons to your taste.

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