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Gamja Jorim Recipe (Korean Braised Potatoes)

by Emily
Korean braised potatoes (gamja jorim) in a bowl. Green onions top the potatoes. A chopstick sits on the bowl.

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Are you looking for a quick and easy Korean side dish recipe? If so, try making gamja jorim a.k.a. Korean braised sweet potatoes! These deliciously sweet and savory potatoes are so yummy you will soon be craving to eat more. I enjoy these potatoes as a side dish for both a packed lunch and a full Korean dinner! 

What Is Gamja Jorim?

In English, we can translate ‘gamja jorim’ (감자조림) to ‘Korean braised potatoes.’ ‘Gamja’ (감자) means potato. The term ‘jorim’ (조림) refers to a dish made by simmering ingredients (such as vegetables, meat, fish, seafood, or tofu) in broth until the liquid reduces. In other words, this is the term for braised dishes. 

A closeup side shot of Korean braised potatoes (gamja jorim). These potatoes sit in a bowl. A pair of chopsticks sit on the side of the bowl.

Gamja Jorim Ingredient List:

Below, I list the ingredients used to make this recipe. I also linked any informative articles on my site connected to these ingredients:

Korean Braised Potatoes (Gamja Jorim) Tips & Tricks: 

Here, I list some helpful tips & tricks to help you make this easy Korean braised potato side dish recipe. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or email me at [email protected]! I hope these tips help! 

  • First, I recommend washing your potatoes with cold water. Remove the ‘eyes’ off your potatoes if they have started to grow. ‘Eyes’ refer to the sprouts of new potatoes. 
  • Next, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add your potatoes and cook until soft (you should be able to pierce a fork through the potato). Approximately 10 minutes. 
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add oil and pan-fry your potato for 5-10 minutes until the skin is golden brown. Then, pour in your pre-made sauce and simmer until it thickens. Stir frequently to evenly coat the potatoes and to keep the sauce from burning.
  • Finally, turn off the heat, transfer the potatoes to a dish, and garnish. Serve while still hot. 

Korean Braised Potatoes (Gamja Jorim) Frequently Asked Questions:

Now that we learned about some tips & tricks, I want to answer some questions you may have about this recipe! If I do not answer your question, feel free to leave a comment in the section below or email me at [email protected].

An overhead photo of Korean braised potatoes in a bowl. The potatoes are topped with a garnish of green onions and sesame seeds.

Does This Recipe Contain Major Allergens? (Gluten, Soy, Etc.)

Before listing all of the major allergens, I want to state that all of my recipes are naturally gluten-free. On this blog, I only use and recommend gluten-free ingredients and brands. That being said, I list gluten as a potential allergen when necessary– this is because many Korean ingredients (such as soy sauce, gochujang, and doenjang) contain gluten unless you specifically buy gluten-free versions. Not only is this true for gluten, but it is true for other major allergens as well. As such, I always list allergy substitutions in the next section of my post. 

This recipe does not contain 6 of the 9 major allergens. It does not contain: 

  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Crustacean Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Milk (Dairy)
  • Tree Nuts

This recipe does contain 3 of the 9 major allergens. It can contain:

  • Wheat (Gluten)
  • Soybean
  • Sesame 

Allergy Substitutions or Omissions: 

For those with celiac disease, gluten allergy, and/or wheat allergy: 

To make this recipe gluten and wheat-free, switch out regular soy sauce for a gluten-free tamari or coconut aminos

For those with a soy allergy: 

When making this recipe, look for a soy-free alternative to soy sauce. My favorite soy-free alternative is coconut aminos

For those with a sesame allergy:

If you have a sesame allergy, you can omit the toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds from this recipe. Both are not necessary and the dish will still taste delicious without them! 

An overhead photo of Korean braised potatoes (gamja jorim) in a bowl. The potatoes are topped with a garnish of green onions and sesame seeds.

Is This Recipe Vegetarian or Vegan?

Excitingly, this recipe is naturally vegetarian! Unfortunately, I use honey for this recipe, so it is not vegan. To make this gamja jorim recipe vegan, switch out the honey for another type of cooking syrup such as corn or rice syrup. 

Where Can I Buy the Ingredients for This Recipe?

Thankfully, for this recipe, you can buy all the necessary ingredients at your local well-stocked grocery store. You can also buy your ingredients at your local Korean or Asian market.  

How Should I Store Leftover Gamja Jorim?

To store leftover gamja jorim, start by placing it into an airtight container. Then, store the container in your refrigerator. I recommend eating this dish within 3 to 5 days.  

I Hope You Enjoyed Learning How to Make This Korean Braised Potato Recipe (Gamja Jorim)!

In the end, I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this Korean braised potato recipe. If so, let me know in the comment section! 

If you would like to read more about cooking, you can find recipes as well as further Korean ingredient articles on my blog. I listed some of our favorite Carving A Journey recipes below! For reference, many recipes are influenced by my family’s blended Korean and Southern heritage.

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Gamja Jorim Recipe (Korean Braised Potatoes)

Recipe by Emily
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Course: Side DishCuisine: KoreanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1.5 Ibs New Potatoes

  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil

  • 1/2 TBSP Sesame Seeds

  • 1 TSP Sesame Oil

  • 1 Green Onion, Thinly Sliced

  • Braising Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce, Gluten-Free Tamari, or Coconut Aminos

  • 2 TBSP Neutral Flavored Honey

  • 1 TBSP Mirim

  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced

  • 1/2 Cup Water


  • Combine all of your sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add your potatoes. Then, cover and cook until tender on medium-low heat (about 10-15 minutes). Drain and set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the oil. Then pan-fry your potatoes for about 5 minutes until golden brown.
  • Turn down the temperature to medium-low (to safely pour in your sauce so it does not splash when added to the oil). Pour in your pre-made sauce. After pouring in the sauce, turn the temperature back up and bring it to a boil.
  • Finally, turn the temperature back down and let the sauce simmer until thickened. Stir frequently to evenly coat the potatoes and to keep the sauce from burning at the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the sauce has cooked down, turn off the heat. Then mix in the sesame oil and sesame seeds. Garnish with green onions and serve immediately!

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