Gamja bokum (Korean stir fried potatoes)

Gamja bokum (Korean stir fried potatoes) |

For those who feel that fried chicken and potatoes are an inseparable pair, know that in Asian cooking, chicken and potatoes, just as tasty and just as succulent, can be enjoyed without any deep frying involved.

This banchan (side dish) of stir fried potatoes and peppers is a wonderful accompaniment for buldak (spicy Korean fried chicken). Based on a recipe from Heart, Mind and Seoul.

Recipe: Gamja bokum (Korean stir fried potatoes)


  • 3 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and cut into strips (a la French fries)
  • 2 tbsps. of vegetable oil
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cored, and cut into thin strips
  • 1 onion or 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 4 tbsps. of reserved marinade from the buldak recipe (or substitute soy sauce plus 1 tbsp. of sugar)


  1. Soak the cut potatoes in sater with 1 tbsp. of salt. Leave for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a wok or frying pan.
  3. Drain the potatoes and pat dry with a kitchen towel.
  4. Add the potatoes to the hot oil. Cook, stirring, for about three minutes.
  5. Gamja bokum (Korean stir fried potatoes)
  6. Add the pepper strips. Stir fry until the edges of the potato strips start to turn light brown.
  7. Gamja bokum (Korean stir fried potatoes)
  8. Add the sliced onion and garlic. Stir fry for another minute.
  9. Gamja bokum (Korean stir fried potatoes)
  10. Pour in the sauce (and sugar if using plain soy sauce) and continue cooking until the potatoes are done but still crisp.
  11. Gamja bokum (Korean stir fried potatoes)
  12. Transfer to a serving plate, sprinkle with sliced scallions and serve with buldak.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 3


  1. Deborah says

    This is a great idea. I have spent a lot of time in Korea and we have tons of exceptional Korean restaurants here in Toronto. This potato recipe is a keeper for me. Hubby loves potatoes, in any way, shape or form. These go with fish, meat, or just on their own. Super yum …

  2. says

    My son and I both love this recipe! I really enjoyed the combination of soy sauce with potatoes and just a hint of sweetness.