I grew up in a town where fishing is a major business in Korea. I love all kinds of seafood, especially fish. Koreans do love their fish. One of the easy ways to prepare is by broiling them.

Here is one simple recipe that I would like to share with you. It is called "yangnyum Sangsun guwi (양념 생선구이)". It is basically broiled fish with the special Korean style sweet chili sauce. You will love the sauce, guys! It is mildly spicy with some sweetness. If you have a Korean chili bean paste and chili flakes, the sauce can be made very quickly by combining all.

The choice of the fish is up to you. I recommend the fish with firm meat, such as red snapper, mackerel, mackerel pike, grouper, rock fish, and even the one I use in this post, the anchovy! Yes, it is a giant anchovy. They call it Anchoa here in Argentina, where I currently live. It belongs to the family of Anchovy but happened to be very large. It tastes similar to mackerel pike, which I love. Any firm fish would work fine on the recipe. You can even use salmon if you wish.

So here is the anchoa, the anchovy~! Make sure they are well cleaned and trimmed. If you want to know how to select the fresh fish and how to clean them well before you broil, please go to this post on my blog. You will even find some good tips about how to get rid of the fish odor on your hand.

I scored the fish and let it sit on top of greased rack. You will want to line a baking sheet with a piece of foil so that you it can catch the drippings. I also recommend to brush some oil over the fish so that it won't stick to the rack when you need to turn.

Sprinkle so sea salt on top, both sides. Pop it in to a hot broiler. The space between the broiler heating element and the fish should be about 4-5 inches.

Broil for 8-10 minutes per each side, then flip and broil another 8-10 minutes or until the fish looks nicely broiled.

Meanwhile, chop some green onion, garlic, and a small piece of ginger.

Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. This sweet chili sauce will be served with the fish. So good!

Now the fish is perfectly broiled. Transfer to a serving plate.

Drizzle the sweet chili sauce over the fish and sprinkle more green onion and thinly sliced ginger as a garnish. Serve with rice and other side dishes you like. 

What do you think? Is this simple enough for you to try? If you like fish, this is a great way to enjoy Korean flavor. Hope you like it.

~ Holly

Broiled Fish with Korean Sweet Chili Sauce

Serves 2


  • 1 whole fish cleaned, such as red snapper, mackerel, mackerel pike, grouper 
  • a few pinches salt
For the sweet chili sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons Korean chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon Korean soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Korean chili flakes
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice or rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced ginger
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. Preheat the broiler on high.
  2. Clean the fish inside out and wipe out the moisture. Brush the fish with some oil and give a few slits on both side with a knife. Sprinkle some sea salt.
  3. Place a cookie rack or broiler rack over the baking pan lined with foil. Place the fish on top. Place the pan under the broiler so that the fish will be 4-5 inch below the heat source. Broil for 8-10 minutes or until they are nicely grilled. Flip to the other side and broil another 8-10 minutes
  4. In a small bowl combine all the sauce ingredients and mix well.
  5. When the fish is done, spread the sauce over the fish and sprinkle more chopped green onion and thinly sliced ginger on top as a garnish. Serve hot with rice.

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