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 Airborne Thyme Honey, 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.

Here we go!

Recipe: Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 1 skewer

Calories per serving: 96.2

4 g

Recipe: Octopus on a Stick (Nakji Gguri)

Easy broiled octopus dish


  • 6 Small Octopus (Nakji ??)
  • 1/2 c Gochujang
  • 1 tsp Gochugaru
  • 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 tsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds


  1. Rinse the octopi (you can rub them down with salt first) and snip off the heads with scissors, keeping the legs intact.
  2. Push out and remove the beaks.
  3. Mix all the ingredients and adjust the taste to your liking.
  4. Get some basic bamboo disposable chopsticks or skewers.
  5. Attach the end of the chopsticks to the beak hole.
  6. Methodically wrap the octopus around the chopsticks in a spiral. Make it very tight.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBDmvnCy-o0[/youtube]
  7. Thoroughly brush the sauce on the octopi.
  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.
  9. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.
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