Home » Snacks » Sotteok Sotteok (Rice Cake and Sausage Skewers)

Sotteok Sotteok (Rice Cake and Sausage Skewers)

Treat yourself to Sotteok Sotteok (or Sotteok), a mouthwatering Korean street food that pairs chewy rice cakes with savory mini sausages. The smoky flavor and enticing texture of these skewers are sure to please your taste buds.

What’s more, it’s coated in a delicious and addictive blend of spicy, sweet, and tangy sauce, you’ll soon find these impossible to stop eating!

Sotteok skewers placed neatly on a stainless steel plate.

What is Sotteok Sotteok

Have you ever heard of ‘Tteokkochi‘? It’s a Korean dish that features skewered rice cakes slathered in a spicy, tangy sauce. Now, let’s take that concept and give it a unique twist with Sotteok Sotteok.

Sotteok Sotteok (소떡소떡) is a popular Korean street snack. Its name is a playful combination of “so” (short for “sausage”) and “tteok” (from the Korean rice cakes known as garae-tteok).

So imagine this: skewered mini cocktail sausages nestled between chewy rice cakes. The sausages add a smoky flavor and juicy texture to the mix, creating a balance of flavors that is simply irresistible. The skewers are then grilled or pan-fried to perfection.

But that’s not all! Each skewer is brushed or dipped in a unique, sweet, and tangy sauce for an added kick. This sauce is a spicy blend based on gochujang, a Korean red chili paste, that adds depth and a zesty spiciness to every bite. Some vendors even offer additional condiments such as mustard and mayonnaise, providing an extra layer of complex flavor.

Finally, the skewer is sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds. This adds a hint of nuttiness and aroma that completes the dish. Can you almost taste it?

While some might refer to it by its shortened name, ‘Sotteok’, most Koreans fondly call it ‘Sotteok Sotteok’. Isn’t ‘Sotteok Sotteok’ just more fun to say anyway?

Where to Get So Tteok So Tteok

You’ll typically stumble upon sotteok sotteok at bustling street food stalls, traditional markets, or even highway rest stops in Korea. 

You might also spot it as an appetizer or a snack item on the menu at some trendy Korean bunsik restaurants.

But good news! This Korean delight isn’t just a roadside marvel. It’s super easy and quick to whip up right in your own kitchen. Why not give this a try this weekend?

Holding two Sotteok skewers in one hand against a black background.

My Best Cooking Tips

Tteok – For garaetteok (cylinder shaped Korean rice cake), it’s best to use fresh or refrigerated rice cakes. Frozen rice cakes may not work as well because they tend to develop a split texture in the freezer.

If you’re using refrigerated rice cakes, which often have a hard texture, be sure to soften them first by parboiling, as I demonstrated in step 1 of my recipe below. This step is crucial to ensure that the skewers can easily pass through the rice cakes.

Sealed Korean rice cake package

Size – For even cooking and a visually appealing presentation, it’s best to pair rice cakes and sausages with similar lengths and thicknesses. Finding the matching size could be challenging, but the results are worth it. I was very pleased when I found mini rice cakes that matched my mini cabana sausages perfectly – the outcome was fantastic!

Two white bowls filled with Korean rice cakes and mini sausages

Skewers – This recipe is designed with 12cm/4.7 inch skewers in mind, so the quantity of ingredients reflects this.

If you choose to use longer skewers, you’ll need to increase the amount of rice cakes and cocktail sausages per skewer to adequately fill them. However, be aware that longer skewers may not fit as easily into your frying pan or grill, which could make the cooking process more challenging.

If you still decide to use longer skewers, don’t hesitate to double up on your ingredients, including the sauce, to ensure there’s enough to go around.

A large plate piled with sausage and rice cake skewers

Variation – Cheese Sotteok is a variation of traditional Sotteok Sotteok, where cheese is incorporated into the skewer for added flavor and texture. This can be done by placing a piece of cheese between the rice cake and sausage layers or even using cheese-filled sausages or rice cakes. I know, such a clever invention!

As the skewers are cooked, the cheese melts and creates a gooey, delicious twist to the dish. 

Sotteok skewers are neatly piled on a white rectangular plate. In the background, there's a pot of green plants and a bowl of extra Sotteok sauce.

Other Korean Rice Cake Recipes You Might Like

Did you know there’s a whole world of delicious Korean rice cake recipes just waiting to be discovered? 

Take a look at the ones I’ve shared below and get ready to fall in love with the delicious flavors. Whether you’re a spicy food lover or prefer creamy savory dishes, I’ve got some recipes that are bound to impress you!

Holding one Sotteok skewer in one hand, with more Sotteok skewers visible on a plate in the background.

Ingredients for Sotteok Sotteok

Main 

  • 48 pieces Korean rice cake (garaetteok) (342g / 12 ounces)
  • 32 pieces cocktail sausage (230g / 8.1 ounces)
  • Some cooking oil (I used canola oil)

Sotteok Sotteok Sauce

  • 1/3 cup raw sugar (or brown)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce, regular
  • 1/2 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)

Garnish (Optional)

  • toasted sesame seeds or other crushed nuts of your choice
  • American mustard sauce
  • mayonnaise

* 1 Tbsp = 15ml, 1 cup = 250ml

** If you want to learn more about Korean ingredients, check out my comprehensive list of Korean ingredients.

How to Make Sotteok Sotteok

1. Blanch the rice cakes in boiling water for 1-2 minutes to soften them. Then, drain the water and rinse the rice cakes under cold tap water. Set aside. (If your rice cakes are fresh, soft, and the skewer can pass through them without any problems, you can skip this step.)

Collage image of blanching rice cakes, then rinsing them under cold water.

2. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan, stirring continuously until the sugar dissolves completely and the sauce thickens. This should take approximately 5 minutes. Be sure to keep stirring to prevent the sauce from burning. Set aside.

Boiling the sotteok sotteok sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and stirring with a red silicone spatula.

3. Thread the rice cakes and sausages onto the skewers, alternating them in a pattern. For a well-balanced size, aim for three rice cakes and two sausages per skewer, assuming you’re using a 12cm (or 4.7-inch) long skewer.

Threading the rice cake and the mini sausages onto wooden skewers.

4. Heat the oil in a shallow pan until it reaches boiling point. Gently place the skewers into the hot oil and fry them for about one minute on each side to ensure even cooking. Fry the skewers in batches to prevent overcrowding in the pan. If you prefer not to deep-fry, you can also pan-grill the skewers using less oil. Using tongs, carefully remove the fried skewers from the pan and set them aside on a paper towel. Continue this process until all the skewers have been cooked.

Deep frying the sotteok sotteok skewers in a stainless steel skillet.

5. Dip the cooked skewers into the sauce, generously coat both sides evenly by brushing the sauce onto them.

Holding the sotteok skewers in one hand, then basting them with sotteok sauce using a yellow silicone brush.

6. Optionally, garnish with your preferred nuts or seeds, drizzle with the sauce, and serve immediately.

Sotteok skewers placed neatly on a stainless steel plate.

Love Korean food? Browse even more delicious ideas from my collection of easy Korean recipes. Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to stay updated on new recipes, what the MKK community is cooking, and K-Dramas!

Holding one Sotteok skewer in one hand, with more Sotteok skewers visible on a plate in the background.

Sotteok Sotteok (Rice Cake and Sausage Skewers)

This Sotteok Sotteok recipe showcases a signature Korean street snack of skewered, pan-fried rice cakes and mini sausages. These are brushed with a special sweet and tangy sauce, making it an irresistible treat!
4 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate Save
Course: Appetizer, Snacks
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: rice cake and sausage skewers, sotteok, sotteok sotteok
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16 mini skewers
Calories: 47kcal
Author: Sue | My Korean Kitchen

Ingredients

MAIN 

  • 48 pieces Korean rice cake (garaetteok), (342g / 12 ounces)
  • 32 pieces cocktail sausage (230g / 8.1 ounces)
  • Some cooking oil (I used canola oil)

SAUCE

  • 1/3 cup raw sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce , regular
  • 1/2 Tbsp gochujang (Korean chili paste)

GARNISH (OPTIONAL)

  • toasted sesame seeds or other crushed nuts
  • American mustard sauce
  • mayonnaise

Instructions

  • Blanch the rice cakes in boiling water for 1-2 minutes to soften them. Then, drain the water and rinse the rice cakes under cold tap water. Set aside. (If your rice cakes are fresh, soft, and the skewer can pass through them without any problems, you can skip this step.)
  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a saucepan, stirring continuously until the sugar dissolves completely and the sauce thickens. This should take approximately 5 minutes. Be sure to keep stirring to prevent the sauce from burning. Set aside.
  • Thread the rice cakes and sausages onto the skewers, alternating them in a pattern. For a well-balanced size, aim for three rice cakes and two sausages per skewer, assuming you’re using a 12cm (or 4.7-inch) long skewer.
  • Heat the oil in a shallow pan until it reaches boiling point. Gently place the skewers into the hot oil and fry them for about one minute on each side to ensure even cooking. Fry the skewers in batches to prevent overcrowding in the pan.
    If you prefer not to deep-fry, you can also pan-grill the skewers using less oil. Using tongs, carefully remove the fried skewers from the pan and set them aside on a paper towel. Continue this process until all the skewers have been cooked.
  • Dip the cooked skewers into the sauce, generously coat both sides evenly by brushing the sauce onto them.
  • Optionally, garnish with your preferred nuts or seeds, drizzle with the sauce, and serve immediately.

Notes

  • 1 Tbsp = 15ml, 1 cup = 250ml
  • If you want to learn more about Korean ingredients, check out my comprehensive list of Korean ingredients.

 

Nutrition Info (per serving)

Serving: 1skewer | Calories: 47kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 186mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Tried this recipe?I love hearing how you went with my recipes! Rate this recipe with a comment below and tag me on Instagram @MyKoreanKitchen.

Written by: Sue

Last Updated:

Photo of author
Welcome to my Korean kitchen! I’m so happy that you're here. I am Sue, the creator behind My Korean Kitchen (since 2006). I love good food and simplifying recipes. Here you will find my best and family approved recipes. Thanks for stopping by!

NEVER MISS A NEW RECIPE

Join 20,000+ other Korean food lovers! Get the latest recipes from My Korean Kitchen delivered to your email inbox. It's free!

I will only send you emails related to My Korean Kitchen. Unsubscribe at any time.

Copyright: Unless otherwise noted, all photography and content on this site is the intellectual property of Sue Pressey of My Korean Kitchen. Please do not copy and/or paste full recipes and images to any social media channels or websites without my prior written consent. This is strictly prohibited. You may however, use a single image and a summary of my article in your own words, provided that proper attribution is given to myself and an appropriate link back to my original recipe. Thank you.

Disclosure: My Korean Kitchen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
Rate This Recipe With Your Comment




1 Comment
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

NEVER MISS A NEW RECIPE

Join 20,000+ other Korean food lovers!

Get the latest recipes from My Korean Kitchen delivered to your email inbox. It's free!

Connect

NEVER MISS A NEW RECIPE

Join 20,000+ other Korean food lovers! Get the latest recipes from

My Korean Kitchen delivered to your email inbox. It's free!