Korean Glazed Cod With Pear Salsa

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For this month’s Secret Recipe Club (SRC for short) I was paired up with a Korean cooking blog called Koreafornian Cooking “Korean Cooking With Californian Spirit”, which is owned and operated by Tammy Quackenbush.  If you haven’t yet been to Tammy’s site, let me encourage you to do so.  Tammy has a wealth of information on her site not only limited to fabulous Korean recipes. At Koreafornian Cooking, you can find everything from travel, nutrition, culture and cuisine.  A one stop shop 🙂

At first I was a little intimidated going through Tammy’s site looking for recipes I thought I would be successful in recreating.  Having never before cooked (and hardly ever eaten) Korean cuisine, I wasn’t very sure about the flavor profiles of all the different ingredients involved.

After awhile, I settled on her recipe for Doenjang-Glazed Cod that she turned into Doenjang-Glazed Fish Tacos With Shingo Pear Salsa.  This recipe seemed like as good a place as any to start my foray into Korean cooking.  Tammy’s original recipe called for many ingredients I was familiar with, and some I was not.  After my trip to the grocery store, I was soon anxious to learn and experiment with the tastes of Korea.  Thank you Tammy for the recipe and for helping to make my first Korean “inspired” dish a success.

I changed things up a little from Tammy’s original recipe due to my inability in finding some of the specific Korean ingredients and also to accommodate a lower calorie lifestyle we’ve been trying to adhere to.

I opted to forgo the taco aspect (saving this for another time) and served my glazed cod with the pear salsa simply spooned over top.  A simple side dish of brown rice and peas added the finishing touch to this delicious and colorful Korean “inspired” dinner. (I sincerely doubt it’s Korean authenticity after I was finished with it) LOL!

Korean Glazed Cod with Pear Salsa Recipe


2 Pears, chopped (I used Bartlett Pears)
**Tammy’s recipe called for Korean Shingo Pears which I could not find**
3-4 teaspoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce
2-3 teaspoons cilantro paste
2 tablespoons orange bell pepper, diced
2 tablespoons red onion, diced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ginger paste
1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

-In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until the cod is ready to be served.


3 pounds Alaskan cod (I made enough for lots of leftovers, you can adjust your quantity as needed)
1 cup Korean fermented soybean paste (I used a brand called ssamjang that I found in the International aisle of the super market)
1/2 cup mirin
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon cilantro chopped
salt and pepper

-Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
-Lay out the fish on a foil lined baking sheet.
-Season the fillets with salt and pepper.
-In a medium size bowl, whisk the soy bean paste, mirin, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, coriander, garlic and cilantro.
-Liberally brush the glaze over the fish fillets.

-Bake the fish for approximately 20-22 minutes or until cooked through and flaky.
-To serve spoon the pear salsa over the top of the glazed fish and enjoy!

There is a subtle sweetness to this glazed fish along with an earthy spiciness that the soybean paste glaze provides. Combine that with the cool and bright flavors of the pear salsa and you have a feast for your taste buds as well as your eyes!

I really enjoyed this dish and so did my husband!  Thanks again Tammy!!!

Until we eat again,



  1. This looks super yummy. I love Tammy's blog and all of the tasty Korean dishes she shares! Great pic and the cod looks AMAZING!

  2. I've never had or cooked Korean food before..this looks great and I think I have all the ingredients for my first attempt at Korean food…Great pic!

  3. I don't really like fish, but this dish sounds so amazing that I would probably eat it! Great job! 🙂

  4. I had this blog last month. So good, right?? So many interesting dishes on her blog. Loved it. And this recipe that you prepared sounds amazing! Great job!

  5. I'm so glad that you tried out this recipe. Ssamjang and Doenjang are different condiments though.

    Doenjang is truly the Korean equivalent of miso but deeper and more robust. It's also a by product of soysauce production so it has a similar salt/umami profile to it.

    Ssamjang, on the other hand, is a combination of gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) fermented soybean powder, garlic, onions and (sometimes) sugar.

    Ssamjang is the go-to Korean sauce for Korean BBQ. Next time you make some bulgogi or kalbi, make sure to serve it with pieces of medium-sized leaf lettuce to wrap the bundles of meat. You smear a little ssamjang on the leaf, add the meat and roll it into a mini-burrito and pop it in your mouth. It's awesome.

  6. How sophisticated! It must taste amazing!(visiting from Group D)

  7. This is so interesting! So many ingredients I'd never dreamt of!
    Congratulations, your dish looks delicious!

  8. I'm a huge fan of Korean food – love that pear salsa! Great pick for SRC.

  9. That pear salsa looks wonderful and I find it really interesting that you pared it with cod. What an adventurous cook you are Renee!

  10. wow! i have to say i'd also maybe be a bit intimidated by such great and different from what i'm used to cuisine. you've done great at both the dish and stepping out side your comfort zone. 🙂

    happy src reveal day!

  11. wow, this sounds amazing! what a wonderful combination of flavors + textures. yum!

  12. That sounds good. I love fish.

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