Nakji-bokkeum is a stir-fried dish made from chopped octopus. Koreans believe that nakji-bokkeum helps to increase stamina. It is believed to be one of the spiciest dish in Korea and is usually eaten with shellfish soup to reduce its spiciness.
Nakji-bokkeum should ideally be made with fresh octopus but frozen octopus can also be used. If frozen octopus is used, it should be thoroughly thawed and the water completely drained out to prevent the meal from being watery and bland.
A marinade is made with onions, gochujang, soy sauce, garlic, salt and sugar. The octopus s chopped and added to the marinade along with carrots and green onions. Spices such as black pepper, sesame oil, sesame seeds and shrimp fish sauce are used in the dish. Maltose syrup can also be added. Glass noodles can be added to the dish.
Squid, baby octopus and shrimps can be used instead of octopus. Serve with rice to make a full meal.