Timber 2 Table - Crunchy Korean-Style Fried Quail

Try this method the next time you cook quail. You'll love the crispy, spicy goodness

Crunchy Korean-Style Fried Quail

45 Min

Prep Time

20 Min

Cook Time





Korean-style fried chicken is spicy, crispy, and super flavorful. The spice comes from gochujang chile paste, available at large markets or online, and the crunch comes from the cornstarch coating.

This same cooking method works well for quail. Skin on is best for extra flavor and crispiness, but skinned quail breasts will work, too, and cook faster than whole birds.

Serve this dish for a main-course dinner, or as an appetizer.

This cooking method — call it KFQ — is perfect for whole quail or breast meat.


6 to 8 whole quail, skin on, or 8 to 10 skinned quail breasts

1 small yellow onion, grated

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons salt, plus more for the coating mixture

1 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for coating

4 tablespoons Korean chile paste (gochujang)

2 tablespoons tomato ketchup

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, plus more for garnish

1 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Oil for deep frying

Cooking Instructions

Combine the grated onion, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the quail and toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

Gochujang is a chile paste that will give your fried quail a spicy, flavorful base.

In a separate bowl, mix the chile paste, ketchup, lemon juice, brown sugar, and sesame seeds. Drop the quail, one at a time, into the bowl and use your fingers to rub the seasoned paste into the quail skin. Set aside and repeat until all quail are coated.

Coat all of the quail with the seasoned paste.

Mix the cornstarch and flour. Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a large cast-iron skillet. Dredge the quail in the cornstarch-flour mixture, coating well.

Toss the seasoned quail in the cornstarch-flour mixture.

Place the quail, 3 to 4 at a time, in the hot oil. Fry 8 to 10 minutes, turning a time or two, to brown and crisp the quail.

Pan-fry the quail, turning gently, for 8 to 10 minutes.

Sprinkle on a few additional sesame seeds just before serving.