Fish jun is a simple Korean way to make fish that is flour and egg battered. For how simple this recipe is, people mess it up. They don’t know that you have to follow a few simple steps to get it to come out right.
What is Fish Jun?
Jun is a Korean recipe to make food in which something is “flour and egg battered”. It’s light and delicately crispy. It’s simple and delicious. Jun is actually a word in Korean that means “Flour, Egg battered, and pan fried.” You have probably guessed by now, that the recipe for Fish Jun is simply a fish fried with an outer egg wrapper. But wait, you need to know a couple things before diving in.
How Do You Make Fish Jun?
Fish Jun is an easy Korean Recipe that anyone can make. There are basically two tricks that I do to make this recipe taste great. The first trick is how I season my fish, I actually use a spice that is totally not Korean, but it tastes great. Next you need to know how to get the flour and egg to stick. My family asks me often how I make the fish jun taste so great, I kind of smile, and say with my love. But I am going to reveal my secret here.
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Gather the ingredients for making fish jun. Then read the tricks found here.
Slice the fish at a diagonal bias to create pieces that are about (1 1/2 x 2inch) or (3.5 x 5cm).
Repeat this process to slice all the fish to this size.
Lay the fish out on a the cutting board for seasoning.
Season the fish with salt, black pepper, and Old Bay seasoning.
Liberally coat each piece of fish with flour, shaking off excess.
Let the fish rest five to ten minutes with the coat of flour.
While the fish is resting whip the eggs in a mixing bowl.
While the fish is resting preheat the griddle on medium-low heat.
Generously coat the griddle with canola oil.
Start to transfer the fish to the egg wash in batches. Let the fish sit in the egg wash for three to five minutes.
Transfer all the fish from the egg wash to the griddle, and put the next batch of fish in the egg wash. When the first batch turns golden brown on one side, flip the fish over to the other side. Then transfer the next batch from the egg wash to the griddle. Repeat this process until all the fish are cooked.
When fish is golden brown on both sides transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 294Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Total Carbohydrates 11g4%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The oil listed in the ingredients section of the recipe is the amount of oil that is expected to be absorbed by the fish during the pan frying. It is there for the nutrition calculation, and not intended as the amount that you will need to pan fry the fish. Please use a heart healthy oil for making fish jun.
Chef Tips: Making Great Fish Jun
Use a skillet that is made for pan frying. Pan frying is much like deep frying except that with pan frying you use only enough oil to immerse the food half way. In pan frying you cook food on one side then flip the food over and cook the other side. This is different then deep frying where you fry the food completely immersed. With pan frying you want to dedicate a heavy cast iron pan for frying food, so it becomes seasoned properly for frying.
Cast Iron frying pans become seasoned over time to the type of food you cook in them. For this reason you want to dedicate a cast iron pan for the type of food you cook. For instance, frying pans used to fry potatoes, rice, or pasta build up starch and get "seasoned" over time for cooking starches, making the pan not stick to starches. In the same manner, pans used to fry fats, oils, and meat get "seasoned" for cooking fats, oils, and meat, making the pan not stick for fats, oils, and meats. If you mix the two, everything will almost always stick, leaving you frustrated with food always sticking.
The type of cooking pan that I recommend most for pan frying is a heavy cast iron pan. The heaviness of the pan absorbs and traps heat, keeping the oil a constant temperature while cooking. Once the cast iron pan is seasoned it wont stick to fats, oils, and meats making it a very useful tool in your kitchen.