Korean Fried Fish Fillet Recipe (Seng Sun Jeon 생선전): Egg On The Outside?!

Here is a quick and easy Korean fried fish recipe to make at home. The dish is a simply prepared serving of fish that goes well with spicy Korean food. It is normally served as an appetizer or side dish, but can also make wonderful entree with vegetables. You can prepare the fish mixture ahead and fry it just before serving.
Seng Sun in Korean means fish and Jeon refers to any lightly battered and pan-fried meat or fish. I added some garlic powder in the flour to add a little extra flavor. I never thought before to fry the fish after flouring and dipping in egg, only because I usually dip in breadcrumbs after the egg and then fry. However, the egg and flour only batter is a much lighter version of the traditional breadcrumbs batter, it also needs way less oil for frying.

Serving: 2
Estimated Cost: $8
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 lb fresh cod fillet (or any other white fish), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large egg
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Cut the fish into small pieces, approx 1"x3" sizes. Season with salt and pepper. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix the 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 tsp salt and garlic powder. Put into a zipper sealed plastic bag. Put the fish pieces into the bag, shake them around to coat with flour.
  3. Blend the egg ½ tsp salt with a fork. Dip each of the flour coated pieces into the egg pieces.
  4. Heat a frying pan, and cover with 2-3 tbsp of oil. When the oil is hot, add enough fish pieces to cover the pan. Fry for 20-30 sec, or until the edges turn brown, lower the heat and turn it over with a spatula and cook for 1 more minute. Add more oil if needed.
  5. Arrange on a plate and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. (This fish is wonderful with Ketchup, BBQ sauce or hot sauce.)
  6. To make a fast Korean style dipping sauce, mix 1 tbs of soy sauce and 1/2 tbs vinegar in a bowl.
Husband Says: "Egg on the OUTSIDE!? What is this insanity! Its good is what it is. Definitely a different take on fried fish. Carmen's really been into experimenting with fish batter lately. Egg on the outside, pork rind, oat bran, etc.. This is probably my favorite of her mad scientist batter experiments! Cue evil laugh. Nailed it!
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August 8, 2012 at 1:52 AM delete

I like this style of fried fish. Less oil absorbed! Nicely fried and will go well with any kind of dipping sauce1 Yummy!

August 8, 2012 at 6:52 AM delete

Simple and easy yet very appetizing dish !

August 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM delete

Looks very yummy. I would just pair it with a fresh salad. It is just so tasty as it is.

August 19, 2012 at 6:50 PM delete

So sorry, Carmen! I thought I commented already...or was it the last fish recipe?...so bad with my commenting, glad that I caught up with yet another yummy crisp on the outside and delicious moist on the inside. Actually, this is the way I love my white fish...fried, simple, with only coated with flour. Salt, pepper, and garlic powder; and don't forget the fresh lemon juice, nice crisp fries, old fashioned coleslaw, and ice cold beer! OK...I've made myself craving this, now!

August 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM delete

Yummy, this fish looks very tasty Carmen ~ Thanks for posting!!

July 30, 2013 at 4:55 AM delete

Elisabeth what about the egg on the outside ??????