Tteokbokki- Spicy Rice Cakes

Tteokbokki is the ultimate Korean snack food- and a favorite for kids and adults alike. You can find it at street food markets or make your own with this easy recipe.


1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

1 Onion, finely diced

1 Carrot, cubed or thinly sliced

2 Pounds rice cake sticks, pre-soaked in tepid water (Tteokbokki tteok)

1 Tablespoon Korean chili paste (Gochujang)

1 Tablespoon Sesame oil

1 Tablespoon Soy sauce

1 Tablespoon Sugar

2 Fish Cakes cut into strips/triangles

2 Green Onions, chopped

Toasted sesame seeds (optional)



  • In a large skillet heat the vegatables and saute the onions and carrots.
  • Drain the rice cakes, and add to the onions and carrots. Mix chile paste, soy sauce, sesame oil and sugar. Add it to the skillet. Stir once.
  • After stirring add the fish cakes.
  • Stir fry for 5 minutes untill the rice cakes are tender. If the mixture becomes to thick, add a little water (1 tablespoon at a time).
  • Add the green onions and cook for 2-3 minutes without stirring.
  • Serve with toasted sesame seeds.

Hot tip: Koreans put anything from Ramen and hard boiled eggs to mushrooms in Tteokbokki. When adding raw ingredients add with the carrots and onions. When adding already cooked items like boiled eggs, add with the green onions at the end stage of cooking.



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