Quick and Easy
These Korean meal ideas are not full recipes, just guidelines to throw together some ultra-fast meals. I hope you can use these in a pinch, and also use some of the ideas to be creative with the contents of your own fridge and pantry.
Korean Rolled Egg Omelette (Gaeran Mari) Recipe
This Korean rolled egg omelette (Gaeran Mari) recipe is as easy as any American omelette, but looks beautiful on the table and an easy side dish for any meal. Healthy, delicious, and full of protein, Gaeran mari is a complete breakfast, a good snack, and an easy addition to a bento lunch or a Korean dinner.
Spicy Korean Rice Cakes (Duk Boki) Recipe
This Korean dish of cylindrical rice cakes (duk) covered in a thick, spicy sauce is a popular street food in Korea. It is also eaten as a casual meal at home or as a drinking snack. If you don't have time to soak the rice cakes beforehand, you can still make this full-meal dish in less than 30 minutes.
Korean Pan-Fried Whole Fish Recipe
Eating the whole fish is common in Korea, whether it's cut up and made into a stew or fried on the stove. Cooking fish this way makes the fish crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. It's traditional to cook yellow croaker (yellow corvina) this way, but I've substituted grouper and striped bass with good results. Just try to...
Chicken and Poached Egg Soup
This homey, tasty chicken soup is good on any day of the year. Enjoy it with or without a good splash of kochukaru (Korean chili pepper powder).
Korean Pan Fried Fish Recipe
An easy and delicious recipe for egg-battered white fish.
Korean Sesame Candies (Kang Jung)
These Korean sesame candy (or cookies) are easy, quick and gluten-free. They are as easy to make as Rice Krispie Treats and have the same no-bake, few ingredient simplicity.
Sauteed Seasoned Squid
This salt and pepper squid is an easy, delicious main seafood dish that takes less than 10 minutes to get onto the table.
This ramp (wild onion, wild leek) salad has a garlic-y, slightly spicy flavor...
This ramp (wild onion, wild leek) salad has a garlic-y, slightly spicy flavor that makes it a perfect spring or summer banchan.
Korean Fried Zucchini (Hobak Jun) Recipe
A delicious and healthy Korean side dish, Hobak Jun (or Jeon) is easy to prepare and goes well with almost every Korean meal. The zucchini is coated in a thin batter of flour and egg, sauteed on both sides, and served with soy sauce for dipping.
Anytime Noodles with Stir-Fried Vegetables
This simple noodle and vegetable dish is an easy way to disguise leftover vegetables (and even leftover chicken or meat) into a tasty meal. I like to use rice noodles in this recipe, but you can also use buckwheat noodles (memil gooksu, soba), cellophane noodles (sweet potato noodles, dangmyun) or even linguine or fettucine.
Korean Ginger Chicken Recipe
It only takes five ingredients to make this flavor-soaked ginger chicken, which tastes fantastic whether made on the grill or stir-fried in a pan.
Halibut Teriyaki Recipe
Teriyaki is a Japanese way of cooking, but Korea was under Japanese rule for 35 years until the end of World War II. So there are numerous Japanese dishes in Korean cooking that are traditionally Japanese or a Koreanized version of the original Japanese dish.
Korean Deep Fried Shrimp (Saewoo Twigim)
Korean deep fried shrimp is easy to make and has a thin and extra crispy batter. Korean deep frying mix, which can be found in many Asian grocery stores, is a mix of flours and seasonings that make frying simple. These deep fried shrimp (saewoo twigim) can be made in 15 minutes but are so delicious that I like to serve them as one of the main dishes for dinner guests or special occasion meals.
Steamed Egg Recipe (Gaeran Jim)
This quick and easy steamed egg dish (gaeran jim) can be made in the microwave or on the stove. Koreans enjoy eggs at any meal of the day, so this steamed egg recipe is an easy side dish for morning, noon, and night.
Top 5 Time-saving Tips for Korean Cooking
These cooking preparation tips are short cuts for cooking Korean food. A list that works for both experienced cooks and beginners, these tips will help you save time in the kitchen. Although Korean meals look labor intensive with all the side dishes, there are many things you can do to make your life easier.
Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokumbap)
Kimchi Fried Rice is humble food that is mostly enjoyed at home, but you might also see it in some casual Korean eateries. At home, it's a great way to use leftover kimchi that's a bit past its prime. Quick, easy, and cheap to make, kimchi bokumbap is simple Korean homecooking at its best.
Cold Sesame Noodles
This is my easy recipe for Chinese sesame noodles, and it's simple to make with Korean pantry essentials that I almost always have at home.
Broiled Salmon With Soy Honey Glaze
Even if you adjust this recipe to cook a whole side of salmon for a larger meal or a dinner party, this broiled salmon dish will stay take no more than twenty minutes.
Korean Scallion Pancake (Pa Jun)
This Korean scallion pancake recipe is easy to make and is always a big crowd-pleaser. It works as a hearty snack, an appetizer, or a side dish to a Korean or Asian meal. As with most Korean recipes and dishes, you can tweak it to your own tastes.
Seared Scallops with Citrus Soy Sauce
Seared scallops are always a delicious choice when you want to make a special meal for someone but you don't have a lot of time to prepare. As long you get the freshest scallops you can find and make sure not to overcook them, you'll be enjoying your main course in less than fifteen minutes.
Korean Soy Bean Sprout Rice (Kongnamulbab)
Koreans like to eat rice cooked with different beans and mixed with vegetables, but kongnamulbab is a personal favorite of mine. We only had it at special meals growing up, so I still get excited to eat it, whether it's being served to me or I've made it with leftover sprouts.
Shaved Ice Dessert with Sweet Beans Recipe (Patbingsu)
This icy, cool summer dessert is perfect for those hot and humid summer nights. Now Korean cafes create complex shaved ice concoctions, but start with this basic patbingsu (or patbingsoo) recipe and add on at home.
Korean Cold Cucumber Soup (Oi Naengguk)
Crisp, refreshing, and icy cold, Korean cold cucumber soup is the perfect accompaniment to a meal during a hot summer day. Sometimes also called oi naengchae, this iced cucumber soup is best when made with crispy fresh cucumbers.
Korean Egg Sandwich
Traditionally, Korean people ate rice, a few side dishes, and a bowl of soup or stew for breakfast. Now people in Korea sometimes eat cereal, pastries, or egg sandwiches for breakfast, similar to people in the West. This Korean breakfast sandwich, sold by street vendors in cities, is commonly called tost-u (toast) or gaeran tost-u (egg toast). It's not that different from an American egg sandwich, but the addition of cabbage and a sweet dusting of brown sugar are tasty Korean additions.
Korean Bean Sprout Soup
Korean bean sprout soup, which is both cheap and easy to make, has a light and refreshing flavor. Healthy, full of vitamin C, and low in calories, it's also supposed to be good for hangovers. Add a splash of red pepper flakes (kochukaru) and it's great for colds as well.
Spicy Kimchi Stew (Kimchichigae)
This spicy kimchi stew is served bubbling hot and makes good use of leftover or older kimchi. Fiery hot, hearty, and full of flavor, kimchichigae is great for cold winter days but Koreans can eat it anytime, anywhere.
Spicy Braised Chicken and Potatoes (Taktoritang)
This Korean chicken stew is simple and easy to make with very little hands-on time. Simmering makes the chicken incredibly tender and the sauce has a spicy kick. This isn't a dish you'd normally order in a restaurant, but it is Korean home cooking at its best. Serve it over white rice with an extra scoop of sauce for an easy and comforting meal.
Korean Seasoned Spinach
This seasoned spinach "salad" is a light Korean side dish that can be made in minutes.
Curried Chicken Tenders with Spicy Dipping Sauce
This baked chicken tenders recipe features mild curry breading and a spicy S & B curry dipping sauce. A different take on chicken katsu.
Easy Rice Cooker Kimchi (or Kimchee) Rice
This is savory kimchi rice (or kimchee, gimchee) recipe, but you can cook everything in the rice cooker for an easy, multi-tasking meal.
Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe: Korean Mat Tang (Madang)
These candied sweet potatoes are a sweet treat and a snack all kids (and adults) love. You can also deep fry this, which is the traditional way, but I like to steam and then pan fry these for a healthier version.