Galchi recipe

Galchi, also known as cutlassfish or hairtail, is a popular fish in Korean cuisine. With its distinct elongated body and mild, slightly sweet flavor, galchi is highly regarded for its delicate meat that flakes beautifully when cooked.

This recipe presents a delightful way to prepare galchi, highlighting its natural flavors while complementing it with a flavorful marinade and a simple cooking method.

Whether you’re a seasoned fan of Korean cuisine or just looking to explore new flavors, this galchi recipe is sure to satisfy your culinary curiosity.


  • 2 galchi (cutlassfish) fillets
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onions (scallions)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable oil, for grilling
  • Lime or lemon wedges, for serving
galchi recipe
galchi recipe


Prepare the Marinade:

In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, minced ginger, minced garlic, honey or brown sugar, toasted sesame seeds, chopped green onions, and a dash of black pepper. Mix well to form a uniform marinade.

Marinate the Galchi:

Place the galchi fillets in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade over the fish, ensuring it coats both sides. Gently massage the marinade into the fish to ensure even coverage.

Cover the dish or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse into the fish.

Preheat the Grill:

Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Lightly grease the grill grates with vegetable oil to prevent sticking.

Grill the Galchi:

Once the grill is hot, carefully place the marinated galchi fillets on the grates. Grill for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.


Transfer the grilled galchi fillets to serving plates. Garnish with additional chopped green onions and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.

Serve the grilled galchi with lime or lemon wedges on the side. The citrusy touch adds a refreshing contrast to the savory flavors of the dish.

Serving Idea:

Accompany the grilled galchi with a bowl of steamed white rice or a bed of mixed greens for a well-balanced meal.

Serve it with traditional Korean side dishes like kimchi, pickled vegetables, or lightly blanched spinach.

For a more substantial feast, pair the galchi with other Korean dishes like bulgogi (marinated grilled beef), japchae (stir-fried glass noodles with vegetables), and a variety of banchan (small side dishes).

Enjoy the succulent and flavorful grilled galchi as a delightful introduction to the unique world of Korean cuisine!