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Simple Tteokbokki (duck bo key) 떡볶이 (Korean Spicy Rice Cakes)

Koala Mama Koala Mama  Follow Jul 15, 2023 · 1 min read
Simple Tteokbokki (<i>duck bo key</i>) 떡볶이 (Korean Spicy Rice Cakes)
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Do you like that mix of sweet-spice and savory? Try this easy-to-make Korean household dish. Not Korean? Me neither. Bring the Heat!

Baby hand reaching for Korean rice cake
Sweet-spicy rice cake enjoyed by littles!


  • 2 cups water 
  • ¼ cup hot red pepper paste (Gochujang 고추장) 
  • 2 cups Tteokbokki rice cakes


  • ¼ Sliced sweet onion 
  • 2 tablespoons Sugar (will help cut the spice) 
  • 2 Green onions cut into 1 inch chunks 
  • 1 cup Fish cakes 


  1. Add 2 cups of water and ¼ cup hot red pepper paste to a medium saucepan. 
  2. Stir until ¼ cup red pepper paste has dissolved. 
  3. Add in 2 cups rice cakes and optional items (sweet onion,  fish cakes, green onions) 
  4. Let simmer for about 15-20 mins or until rice cakes are tender and liquid starts to thicken. If rice cakes are still tough, add more water to simmer longer. 

As a mixed family, I am first to admit this is not a traditional Tteokbokki, but it is simply delicious for western palates! We love spice, and this is a perfect addition to our family dinners.

Tteokbokki (Korean spicy rice cakes) cooking in a saucepan
Tteokbokki is a sweet-spicy Korean rice cake


This dish does not refrigerate and keep well because the rice cake will dry out.

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