Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)

I couldn’t get my mind off that nakji gguri I had a while back, so I thought I’d try to make it at home. Nakji (little octopus) was on sale, so I picked up a pack.

Also, this was a good time to use my jar of [amazon_link id="B000NB1NYI" target="_blank" ]Airborne Thyme Honey[/amazon_link], which I received as a gift recently. Love this stuff! Really tastes unique. It’s a New Zealand honey that you can find in the supermarket. A little premium, but it’s real honey–not syrup with honey flavorings.

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Here we go!

Recipe: Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 1 skewer

Calories per serving: 96.2

Fat per serving: 4 g

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Easy broiled octopus dish

Ingredients

  • 6 Small Octopus (Nakji 낙지)
  • 1/2 c [amazon_link id="B002WTE0MQ" target="_blank" ]Gochujang[/amazon_link]
  • 1 tsp [amazon_link id="B004ZI8NBQ" target="_blank" ]Gochugaru[/amazon_link]
  • 5 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh Ginger, minced
  • 1 Onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup Leeks, green and stem chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp [amazon_link id="B00016UX1E" target="_blank" ]Oyster Sauce[/amazon_link]
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp Black PepperGARNISH
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds

Instructions

  1. Rinse the octopi (you can rub them down with salt first) and snip off the heads with scissors, keeping the legs intact.7405185206 d3daa5f32911 Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)
  2. Push out and remove the beaks.7405186852 3da80e5a2411 Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)
  3. Mix all the ingredients and adjust the taste to your liking.7405188024 fea0b5cfa710 Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)7405189986 ba364f94d710 Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)
  4. Get some basic bamboo disposable chopsticks or skewers.7405191100 d39ea274f69 Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)
  5. Attach the end of the chopsticks to the beak hole.7405191572 0643df0f629 Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)
  6. Methodically wrap the octopus around the chopsticks in a spiral. Make it very tight.7405192060 5b278a114b8 Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)7405192732 c0c4c2e6858 Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBDmvnCy-o0[/youtube]
  7. Thoroughly brush the sauce on the octopi.7405194472 8554f6f1327 Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)
  8. Broil or grill for around 3-5 minutes on each side. They're good still partially raw, but you may also like them thoroughly cooked.7405197118 09f1afdfb66 Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)
  9. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.7405199942 a7040bed705 Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)
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