Korean Side Dishes – If you’ve ever been to a Korean restaurant or enjoyed traditional Korean cuisine, then you know that their side dishes, known as Banchan, play an essential role in the meal.
From crunchy kimchi to spicy gochujang noodles – no matter what else is on the menu, there are always several sides to choose from.
But why not bring some of Korea’s delicious flavors into your own kitchen? With these easy-to-follow recipes for classic Korean sides, you can easily create some of your favorite dishes at home.
Read on for our picks of the top 20 Korean side dish recipe!
Korean Side Dishes:
1. Mayak Eggs (Korean Marinated Eggs)
Let’s introduce you to a very addictive Korean dish, Mayak Eggs! This delicious recipe is yummy, full of protein and will have you jumping out of bed in the morning.
This side dish recipe starts with soft-boiled eggs that are then marinated overnight in a sweet, salty, and slightly spicy marinade. The result is an intense flavor punch with hints of umami from soy sauce, honey, aromatics, chili and sesame.
Easy to make at home, just follow the tips to make them perfect every time.
Get the Recipe: Mayak Eggs
2. Japchae (Korean Glass Noodle Stir Fry)
Learn how to make this popular Korean side dish with this ultimate Japchae recipe (Korean Glass Noodles Stir Fry.)
Japchae is a unique stir-fry with chewy, slippery sweet potato glass noodles. Add in lots of assorted veggies, tender beef strips and toss in a sweet and savory japchae sauce.
Give this delicious and interesting stir fry a try!
Get the Recipe: Japchae
3. Spicy Noodles
Attention all spice lovers, this Spicy Noodles recipe is just for you!
This noodle dish is totally fiery, delicious and has a perfect balance of hot with a good dose of umami. It’s also a tad bit sweet and happens in just 15 minutes of your time.
It’s a perfect Korean side dish for your quick and lazy lunch or dinner.
Get the Recipe: Spicy Noodles
4. Asian Cucumber Salad
How about a refreshing, crisp, and crunchy salad to cool off this summer? Then try our Asian Cumber Salad, it’s the perfect side dish for your Korean or Thai mains.
This salad, also known as smashed cucumber salad, is smashed before tossing with the dressing! Next, marinate in a sweet, spicy and tangy dressing and serve.
Try this unique Korean salad and enjoy!
Get the Recipe: Asian Cucumber Salad
5. Korean Corn Cheese
Korean Corn Cheese, a popular Korean-American side dish, makes the perfect appetizer for game day, parties or pot lucks.
This creamy delight is baked in a skillet using fresh corn, mayo, sriracha, and mozzarella. The result is a golden brown, gooey, and cheesy dip that is super delicious.
Serve in the skillet with lots of tortilla chips, crostini and enjoy every bite!
6. Gamja Jorim (Korean Braised Potatoes)
Another popular dish from Korean cuisine, Gamja Jorim, is a delicious side dish definitely worth trying.
In this irresistible recipe, baby potatoes are boiled, pan-fried and then simmered in sweet, garlicky, and savory sauce. The result are potatoes with an outstanding sticky glaze on the outside and a perfectly soft texture inside.
Try with your favorite Korean main dishes for a wonderful meal. Enjoy!
7. Spicy Korean Slaw
This simple and quick Spicy Korean Slaw will definitely brighten any of your favorite meals.
This colorful slaw is loaded with napa and purple cabbage, sweet red peppers, shaved carrots and green onions. Toss it all together in a spicy Gochujang ginger dressing for a light and delicious salad.
We’re sure you’ll enjoy this fresh and flavorful Korean side dish at your next summer cookout!
8. Korean Potato Salad
Give your classic American potato salad a Korean makeover with this super easy recipe, Korean Potato Salad.
This creamy, hearty, and savory salad features potatoes, eggs, ham, carrots, cucumber, green onions, and mayo. Mix everything together as per this recipe’s instructions and your Korean side dish is ready to party!
A real crowd-pleaser, so you better make a big bowl!
Kimbap (Korean Seaweed Rice Roll) is a popular contender for your picnics or parties.
Though making kimbap might be a little labor intensive, if you follow the recipe’s steps and tips you can recreate this crowd favorite finger food at home. It’s definitely worth it!
Plus, this recipe’s filling is super customizable and if you like sushi, give this version a try.
10. Pajeon (Korean Scallion Pancakes)
It’s time to try crispy Korean Scallion Pancakes at home with this fantastic recipe, Pajeon.
These savory pancakes are a favorite Korean comfort food made with flour, water, eggs and scallions. They can be served as a main course, side dish or appetizer and can also be made with additional ingredients. And, they need just 15 minutes to get on your table!
Serve crispy hot with the traditional dipping sauce and enjoy.
11. Sigeumchi Namul (Korean Spinach Side Dish)
Sigeumchi Namul ( Korean Spinach Side Dish) is the perfect option when you’re looking for quick and easy side dish.
This simple dish is made by blanching fresh spinach leaves and seasoning them. There are several ways to season this dish and different vegetables that can be used, all of which are included in this recipe.
So jazz up your spinach, Korean style, and make this nutritious and delicious dish at home.
12. Korean Steam Eggplant
Another traditional Korean side dish that you can whip up in under 10 minutes is Korean Steam Eggplant (Gaji Namul).
This incredibly delicious dish is easy, healthy and a great way to enjoy budget-friendly eggplants. And, as with most Korean side dishes, the seasoning or sauce is the star. The seasoning can vary but often contains red peppers, red pepper paste, sesame oil, sesame seeds, soy sauce and garlic.
Just follow the easy recipe and get some authentic Korean flavors at home. Enjoy.
13. Korean Chicken Wings
Hands down, this Korean Chicken Wings dish is easier, healthier and more delicious than your fried version.
In this simple recipe, you rub your wings with an easy spice rub, bake and then toss with a mesmerizing sweet, spicy, and savory sauce. It is definitely finger-licking good!
Try this fantastic recipe at your next tailgating party and watch the wings disappear!
14. Korean Bean Sprout Salad
It’s time to try Korea’s staple side dish, Korean Bean Sprout Salad!
You really can’t go wrong with this salad. It’s super tasty and easy to make using soybean sprouts, garlic, sesame oil, salt, soy sauce, green onions, sesame seeds, and chili pepper flakes.
Enjoy with your favorite Korean or Asian main dishes.
Learn how to make this authentic and popular Korean staple, Kimchi, at home with this excellent recipe.
Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish that is made with fermented cabbage and is served with most Korean meals. It’s not only tasty but it also has the many health benefits of fermented foods..
Try this Korean favorite side dish and enjoy with your favorite Asian mains.
Another addicting and authentic Korean street food recipe for you to try is Tteokbokki, also known as Spicy Rice Cakes!
This no-fuss recipe is super easy to make. Made with Korean rice cakes, fish cakes, soup stock and chili paste, you’ll love the amazing texture, sauce and umami flavors of this ultimate dish.
So give this most popular Korean street food a try!
17. Korean Radish Salad
Meet your new favorite, spicy Korean Radish Salad. It’s an absolute flavor bomb and super easy to make at home.
This popular Korean side dish doesn’t require any cooking. Just slice the radishes, mix with salt, scallion, garlic, ginger, gochugaru, sugar and sesame seeds. Give the salad a good toss and serve.
We know you’ll love this peppery and spicy flavored salad. Enjoy!
18. Korean Zucchini Side Dish
Korean Zucchini Side Dish is a simple stir fry that is light, healthy and simple to make.
This delicious dish needs just a handful of ingredients: zucchini, salt, garlic, green onions, avocado oil and sesame seeds. A quick stir fry and you can either serve it chilled or at room temperature.
Try this naturally vegan dish that is full of healthy minerals and nutrients. It’s a win-win recipe for your Korean recipe collection.
19. Gosari Namul (Fiddlehead Ferns Side Dish)
Gosari Namul is one of the most popular Korean side dishes and is made especially during festivals and holidays.
This dish is made with an edible immature fiddlehead fern that has deep earthy flavors with a meaty texture. It’s seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil and sesame seeds and is often served with bibimbap
If you’re looking for an interesting side dish with warm and earthy tastes, give this dish a try!
20. Korean Tuna Pancakes (Chamchijeon)
Korean Tuna Pancakes, also known as Chamchijeon, are a savory, satisfying Korean side dish that are quick (15 minutes) and easy to make.
These pancakes are full of delicious flavors and are made using simple pantry ingredients. Serve over hot rice or add to your burgers or sandwiches for lunch or dinner. They also make great appetizers and kids will love them in their lunch boxes.
Frequently Asked Questions
While some recipes may require specialized Korean ingredients, many can be substituted with items you can find at your local supermarket.
Most definitely! Just tone down the spice levels or pick non-spicy options. Your kids will love the colors and flavors!
Kimchi, Japchae, and Spicy Cucumber Salad are great starting points. They offer a balanced introduction to the core flavors of Korean cuisine.
Banchan are served in small bowls and are shared among everyone at the table. Feel free to replenish as you go!
Absolutely! Many Korean side dishes are naturally plant-based or can be easily modified.
For a well-rounded Bulgogi meal, pairing it with Kimchi offers a spicy, tangy counterbalance, while Steamed White Rice acts as a neutral base that soaks up the savory marinade. These sides create a harmonious feast that’s absolutely irresistible!
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- Mayak Eggs (Korean Marinated Eggs)
- Japchae (Korean Glass Noodle Stir Fry)
- Spicy Noodles
- Korean Corn Cheese
- Gamja Jorim (Korean Braised Potatoes)
- Spicy Korean Slaw
- Korean Potato Salad
- Pajeon (Korean Scallion Pancakes)
- Sigeumchi Namul (Korean Spinach Side Dish)
- Korean Steam Eggplant
- Asian Cucumber Salad
- Korean Chicken Wings
- Korean Bean Sprout Salad
- Korean Radish Salad
- Korean Zucchini Side Dish
- Gosari Namul (Fiddlehead Ferns Side Dish)
- Korean Tuna Pancakes (Chamchijeon)
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