Gamja Bokkeum (Stir-fried potatoes)


A fast, healthy alternative to chips.

When I was a student, stir-fried potatoes used to frequently be in my lunch box. This is a popular side dish in Korea being an inexpensive and healthy complement to rice as a staple. This dish is always accompanied with a bowl of rice in Korea.

In England we often eat chips when we are drinking beer so why not to change
to a healthier version which has almost no oil in comparison.

This “Gamja Bokkeum” (stir-fried potatoes) hasn’t got a strong spicy flavour
like other Korean dishes so you can have this with your children or simply add sliced beef, pork or chicken to make it main meal.

Tip. Soak the sliced potatoes into water (120 ml) with a pinch of salt and leave them for 10 minutes then rinse them and dry them with a kitchen towel beforehand

Slice all the vegetables (2 potatoes, carrots, onions, spring onions and grated or sliced garlic).
Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a frying pan and add the sliced potatoes and stir fry them for 2 minutes on a high heat.

Then turn down the heat to medium and continue to stir fry for another 1-2 minutes

Add the carrots, and onions then stir fry for a further 1-2 minutes on a medium heat.

Sprinkle a pinch of salt, the white ground pepper, sugar, sesame seeds and lastly add spring onions and stir fry for another minute.

Preparation time: Less than 10 minutes

Cooking time: Less than 10 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients For the stir fry

  • 2 medium size potatoes, sliced them like French fry
  • 30g  sliced carrot
  • 20 g  sliced onion
  • 1 sliced spring onion.
  • 1-2  tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp grated garlic or 2 sliced garlic cloves
  • 1/3 tsp ground white pepper
  • ½ tsp white sugar
  • A pinch of salt

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