Saeujeot is a conventional Korean condiment made by fermenting salted shrimp. This umami-rich ingredient provides depth to the dish and has a fishy odor and powerful salty style. Discover ways to use it beneath!

What’s Saeujeot?

Saeujeot, Saeujot, or Saeu-jeot (새우젓), also referred to as Korean salted shrimp, is a conventional fermented meals product made by preserving shrimp in salt.

The shrimp used for making saeu-jeot are known as jeot-saeu (젓새우) and so they belong to the genus Acetes. They’re smaller and have thinner shells than bizarre shrimp. It’s stated that the highest quality fermented salted shrimp is made with June-caught shrimp (by the lunar calendar).

Salted shrimp is usually preserved in a big barrel with a layer of salted shrimps within the backside and a layer of salt on high. The barrel is then sealed to maintain out oxygen and matured for a lot of months within the shade at a low temperature.

Throughout the fermentation course of, naturally occurring lactic acid micro organism and enzymes break down proteins within the shrimp and create umami taste compounds.

Fermented shrimp appears pale pink and white, with a clear-ish, milky brine. It has a powerful fishy odor and could be very salty.

How To Use Saeujeot

Saeujeot is most frequently utilized in making kimchi, however it’s additionally an necessary ingredient in plenty of Korean dishes, together with steamed eggs and soups.

Certainly one of its most engaging options is that it gives depth and complexity to your dish with out overpowering different substances. It’s good to notice that saeujeot could be a bit robust and has a excessive salt content material, so you need to take that into consideration when cooking recipes.

Saeujeot in a container with red lid

Recipes Utilizing Saeujeot

Verify the recipes beneath to see how I exploit seaujeot in my cooking.

Saeujeot Substitutes

I believe saeujeot is one in all a sort Korean condiment, and discovering an excellent substitute can be very tough.

That being stated, so long as you’re not after the feel of saeujeot, normally, you should use Korean fish sauce (e.g. anchovy sauce) as an alternative.

I’ve seen some folks use Thai shrimp paste with combined success, however since I haven’t tried it myself, take this info just for what it’s value. I believe a safer substitute is utilizing Korean fish sauce.

In case you are vegan, you may use vegan fish sauce, soy sauce, or pink miso paste relying on the recipe. Clearly, not all of those substances will work for each dish that requires saeujeot. To be extra universally suitable, I believe vegan fish sauce is likely to be higher.

Salted shrimp in a clear container

How Lengthy Does Saeujeot Final?

The shelf lifetime of saeujeot relies on the freshness of the substances and the way it’s saved, however it is going to preserve for a very long time normally.

Saujeot must be saved in an air tight container and within the fridge as quickly as you buy it. Sometimes, it lasts six months to a yr. Nonetheless, at all times verify the expiration date set by the producer.

That being stated, the salted shrimp will proceed to ferment whereas refrigerated, so if you wish to preserve it recent for an extended time frame, you need to retailer it within the freezer. It doesn’t freeze strong because of its excessive salt content material, so that you received’t must defrost it earlier than utilizing it.

When salted shrimp deteriorates, it turns darkish and the meat turns into brittle. The liquid turns into cloudy, and it smells unhealthy.

The place To Purchase Saeujeot

Sometimes, you should buy saeujeot from a Korean grocer, particularly the place there’s a massive Korean inhabitants. That means, not all Korean grocers could have it. Look within the fridge or freezer part.   

Moreover, once you purchase it, search for ones which have a lighter coloration and shrimps that appear complete/unbroken general.


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