Gul Muchim – Seasoned / Marinated Raw Oysters

In Korea oysters, or gul (굴), have a long history.  There is evidence of oyster consumption in Korea dating back to at least 8,000 years ago. Gul Muchim is one of the most popular ways to prepare oysters.


12 ounces shelled oysters

2 large leeks

1/4 Asian (Nashi) pear (about 4 ounces)

2 red chile peppers

Salt Water Wash

1 tablespoon salt

2 cups water

Seasoning Mix

2 tablespoons pure red chile powder

2 cloves garlic

1/8 onion

1/2 ounce ginger

2 ounces white radish (substitute one red radish)

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

1/2 teaspoon honey


Mix salt water wash.

Add oysters to salt water and gently wash.

Drain oysters and discard water.

Seasoning Mix

In a mortar, combine garlic, onion, ginger and radish.

Pulp into a coarse paste with pestle.

Or place in a blender with just enough water to blend into a coarse paste.

Transfer to a mixing bowl, add chile powder, honey, and rice vinegar, and mix well.


Cut the leeks in half lengthwise, then each half into thirds.

Cut the resulting sections into about 1 1/2 inch lengths.

Cut the pear into very thin strips about 1/4 inch wide by 1 1/2 inches in length.

Slice the peppers in half from top to bottom, then slice into thin “threads” also from top to bottom.


Gently mix oysters and vegetables.

Add seasoning mix and toss gently.

Serve chilled.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Serving size: About 3 ounces.

Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.

Amount Per Serving

Calories 94.89

Calories From Fat (20%) 18.92

Calories From Protein (38%) 36.29

Calories From Carbohydrates (42%) 39.67

Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0

% Daily Value

Total Fat 2.11g 3%

Saturated Fat 0.45g 2%

Monounsaturated Fat 0.34g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.83g

Trans Fatty Acids 0g

Cholesterol 42.53mg 14%

Sodium 97.57mg 4%

Potassium 238.79mg 7%

Total Carbohydrates 10.15g 3%

Fiber 0.9g 4%

Sugar 2.39g

Sugar Alcohols 0g

Net Carbohydrates 9.25g

Protein 8.75g 18%

Vitamin A 685.21IU 14%

Vitamin C 26.45mg 44%

Calcium 25.72mg 3%

Iron 4.55mg 25%

Vitamin E 0.65mg 7%

Vitamin D 0IU

Thiamin 0.08mg 5%

Riboflavin 0.21mg 12%

Niacin 1.81mg 9%

Vitamin B6 0.17mg 9%

Folate 26.08mcg 7%

Vitamin B12 12.25mcg 204%

Pantothenic Acid 0.46mg 5%

Vitamin K 10.69mcg 13%

Phosphorus 120.36mg 12%

Magnesium 30.12mg 8%

Zinc 14.22mg 95%

Copper 1.2mg 60%

Manganese 0.67mg 34%

Selenium 65.96mcg 94%

Alcohol 0g

Caffeine 0mg

Water 69.91g 0%

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