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Vegan Gamja Jorim (Korean Braised Potatoes)

Vegan Gamja Jorim, a popular Korean dish of potatoes braised in a sweet and savoury sauce. Perfect served as a banchan (side-dish)

Gamja Jorim (Korean Braised Potatoes)

A popular Korean side dish, potatoes braised in a sweet soy sauce.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Lighter Bite, Side Dish
Cuisine Korean


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 500 g baby potatoes
  • 1 large onion cut into small wedges
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds*


  • Scrub the potatoes, keeping the skins on, then cut any large ones in half so they are roughly all the same size.
  • Heat a large pan over medium high heat, add the 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, when hot add the potatoes.
  • Fry the potatoes, turning regularly, until they are browned on all sides, around 30 minutes.
  • Add the red onion and continue to cook until slightly translucent, around 1 minutes.
  • Now add the 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar, 2 tablepoons agave syrup and ½ cup of water. Braise the potatoes until most of the liquid has cooked off and you are left with a dark sticky sauce. This will take around 20 minutes.
  • Add the sesame oil and sesame seeds, stir to coat the potatoes then remove from the heat.


*If you don’t have toasted sesame seeds you can toast sesame seeds in a dry pan until they are lightly golden brown.
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