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How to Grill Eel Perfectly Every Time!

How to Grill Eel (Unagi) Perfectly Every Time

The Delight of Fresh Eel

Eating fresh raw eel from local stores can indeed be a rewarding experience, offering a taste of the local aquatic bounty. However, grilling raw eel is a very delicate process that demands careful attention to detail to preserve its subtle flavors and textures.

How to Properly Grill Raw Eel

  • Preheat the Grill: Set your grill to a medium heat to ensure the eel cooks evenly, a crucial step to prevent the delicate skin from tearing and overcooking the surface before the inside is thoroughly cooked.
  • Apply Marinade: Generously brush marinade on both sides and sear for about a minute more on each side. Flip carefully to avoid burning the marinade and tearing the eel.
  • Handle with Care: Gently place the eel on the grill. Its skin, a cherished delicacy, requires careful handling.

It’s hard to come across an eel of this size in the U.S.

Choosing the Right Eel: Sunchang Meju-fed Eel  (메주먹인 순창 장어)

While raw or live eel can be found in the U.S., the species available here do not compare in taste and flavor to the Anguilla japonica, a species native to East Asia and known as Unagi in Korean cuisine. Our "Sunchang Meju-fed Eel,"(메주먹인 순창 장어) available through our Korean online grocery store, is a superior product fed on a special diet of Meju, enhancing both flavor and nutritional value. This premium eel is not only more flavorful but also robust, making it ideal for grilling without the worry of tearing.

Why "Sunchang Meju-fed Eel" is the Best Choice for Authentic Korean Food

"Sunchang Meju-fed Eel" is not just any eel; it’s a testament to the quality and authenticity of Korean food. These eels are specially bred and prepared to meet the high standards of authentic Korean cuisine:

  • Quality and Taste: Fed a special diet of Meju, these eels are plumper, more succulent, and carry a depth of flavor that stands out.
  • Sustainable and Responsible: Our eels are responsibly sourced, aligning with our commitment to sustainability and ethical practices.
  • Easy to Grill: With their high fat content and robust texture, these eels are easier to handle on the grill, ensuring a perfect cook every time.


Korean Eel being grilled on charcoal

Grilling Japonica eel from Kevin's Choice on charcoal.

Grilling "Sunchang Meju-fed Eel"

  1. Prepare the Eel: Our eels come ready to cook, pre-cleaned, and prepared.
  2. Marinate: Enhance the rich taste with a marinade of soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and ginger for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Heat Your Grill: Maintain a medium heat to ensure the eel cooks evenly and the skin crisps beautifully.
  4. Grill to Perfection: Grill each side for about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Final Glaze: In the last minute of grilling, apply a final brush of marinade to achieve a glossy, flavorful finish.

Choosing our "Sunchang Meju-fed Eel" (메주먹인 순창 장어) not only elevates your grilling experience but also ensures you are enjoying one of the finest delicacies in authentic Korean food. Available through our Korean online grocery store, this eel is unmatched in quality, making any other choice simply not worth the effort.

Unagi Don made with Sunchang Meju-fed Eel

Check out the recipe of Unagi Don, made with our Sunchang Meju-fed Eel!

Also read more about the Eel and its culture!

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