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Korean Side Dishes (Banchan) including Kimchi

Every Korean meal includes anywhere from 2 to 12 side dishes (banchan). The most important and well-known is kimchi, of which there are 100+ varieties, but there are also hundreds of other types of side dishes from stewed crab to egg custard.

Delicious Korean Salad Recipes
A list of delicious Korean salad recipes- both modern and traditional.

Seasoned Eggplant Side Dish (Gaji Namul) Recipe

Seven Popular Korean Side Dishes
Every Korean meal includes anywhere from 2 to 12 side dishes (banchan). The most important and well-known is kimchi, of which there are 100+ varieties, but there are also hundreds of other types of side dishes from stewed crab to egg custard.

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.

Five Korean Radish Side Dishes
A list of five fabulous Korean radish side dishes.

Spicy Korean Coleslaw Recipe
This is an easy Korean salad that my mother would always make with Western cabbage (yang baechu). While we ate it, she'd usually reminisce about how she used to make this as a replacement for kimchi when she first moved to America. She couldn't always find Korean cabbage or didn't have the storage space, time or materials necessary to make large...

A List of Korean Savory Pancakes
Jun (or jeon, chon) are pancake-like Korean dishes. They can be made from almost anything- meat, seafood, vegetables, and kimchi, and they are either coated with an egg, flour, or combination batter before they are pan-fried. There are even sweet dessert or snack versions of jun.

Sauteed Broccoli Rabe Recipe
One of my favorite bitter greens, broccoli rabe (or rapini), is delicious and easy to prepare with just a few staple Korean ingredients.

Red Radish and Carrot Salad Recipe
This red radish and carrot salad is bright, tasty and easy to make.

Mustard Greens Kimchi

Korean Braised Tofu Recipe
This tofu recipe is a healthy, sweet, spicy, salty, smooth and savory dish that is good for any meal.

Bean Sprout Salad Recipe (Sookju Namul)
One of the most popular side dishes, Sookju Namul (Korean Mung Bean Sprout Salad) can complement almost any Korean meal. It is delicious, fresh, healthy and easy to make.

Scallion Salad (Pa Muchim) Recipe
This fresh Korean scallion side is often served alongside grilled meat and seafood dishes in Korean restaurants. You can add it to your lettuce wraps or just treat it as another side dish or salad.

Shrimp and Linguine Salad with Spicy Korean Dressing
Bright and fresh, this shrimp salad is packed with vegetables and topped with a spicy-sweet dressing. You can increase the amount of pasta and shrimp if you want to serve this as a full meal.

Bok Choy Kimchi

Korean Radish Cube Kimchi (Kaktugi) Recipe
Kaktugi seasonings are almost identical to those in baechu kimchi (which is made from Napa cabbage), but the crunchiness of the radish gives it a snappy texture all its own. It's also good for children or a large family-style meal, since it's a little neater than cabbage kimchi. Kaktugi is easy to prepare and the hands-on time is not long, but...

Garlic Chive Salad (Buchu Muchim) Recipe
This garlic chive salad (buchu muchim) is snappy, spicy, and fresh. It adds pep to any meal, and is an excellent side dish to grilled beef, steamed tofu, and dumpling soup.

Fresh Salad with Garlic and Yogurt Dressing
This vegetable salad has a lot of peppery notes and crunch and is perfect topped with a smooth yogurt and garlic dressing.

Korean Anchovy Side Dish Recipe (Myulchi Bokum)
This Korean anchovy dish (Myeolchi Bokkeum) is easy, satisfying, and nutritious. Full of crunch and calcium, it looks a lot better than it looks.

Korean Kimchi Jun (Kimchi Pancake)
This kimchi pancake recipe is a great use of leftover kimchi and is very easy to make. Kimchi Jun 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 with the addition of other vegetables, meat, or seafood.

Cucumber Recipes that Snap, Crackle, and Pop!
Koreans use vegetables in every conceivable way, and the cucumber shows up to the table as a refreshing cold soup, a kimchi, and in countless sides.

Korean Pancake Wrap (Milssam) Recipe
Milssam is a Korean appetizer or side dish that is an easier version of Gujeolpan (traditional Korean nine section dish). Beautiful and colorful, these pancake wraps are a delicious combination of chewy and crunchy.

Korean Quick Pickled Cucumber Recipe
These quick pickles are a snappy side dish that are ready in just twenty minutes.

Cucumber Kimchi (Oi Sobaegi) Recipe - Recipe for Oi Sobaegi
It's hard to keep this stuffed cucumber kimchi (or kimchee) on the table or in the fridge, because it's so popular with Koreans of all ages. Full of snap, crackle, and layers of flavor, oi sobaegi can also be eaten the day you make it.

Korean Pickled Garlic (Manul Changachi) Recipe
Manul Changachi (Korean pickled garlic) is crunchy, salty, and a little bit spicy. It's not the flashiest banchan (side dish), but it can get addictive. I like garlic in almost any form, but if you are new to popping whole cloves of garlic in your mouth, then it's best to start with the youngest garlic cloves for pickling.

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.

Korean Salad Recipe with Apples, Nuts, and Frozen Grapes
This green salad has a Korean dressing that is tart and slightly spicy, and the apples, nuts, and frozen grapes give different flavors and textures to every bite.

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.

Korean Pickled Squid Recipe (Ojinguh Jut)
This spicy Korean pickled squid (ojinguh jut) packs a lot of flavor, so it's the perfect accompaniment to a traditional Korean meal with rice and soup or stew.

Spicy Pickled Squid (Ojinguh Jut)
This spicy Korean pickled squid (ojinguh jut) packs a lot of flavor, so it's the perfect accompaniment to a traditional Korean meal with rice and soup or stew.

Korean Potato Salad Recipe
Potato salad is popular in Korea, which surprises many non-Asians, and it's either included in meals as a side dish or makes a meal as a sandwich filling. Unlike Western versions it includes fruit, vegetables, and sometimes ham, and doesn't have a vinegary component. I usually omit the ham if I'm using it as banchan (side dish) but include it if I'm expecting to use the salad for lunch or picnic sandwiches.

Step by Step Photo Instructions for Korean Rolled Omelette (Gaeran Mari)
Step by Step instructions on making Korean rolled omelette (Gaeran Mari). Once you get the hang of making this dish, you can whip up a few different versions in less than 10 minutes.

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 and an easy addition to a bento lunch or a Korean dinner.

Steamed Egg Recipe (Gaeran Tchim)
This quick and easy steamed egg dish (gaeran jim) can be made in the microwave or on the stove. Koreans eat eggs at any meal of the day, so this steamed egg recipe is an easy side dish for morning, noon, and night.

Korean White Radish Kimchi (Dongchimi)
A summer kimchi that is vinegary rather than spicy, dongchimi falls into the “white” or “water” category of kimchi. Although dongchimi requires a few days of brining, it is very simple to make and lasts for a long time in the refrigerator. With a tart, refreshing flavor, this white water kimchi (mool kimchi) is popular in the hot months as both a side dish and a cold soup.

Spicy Seafood Salad
This spicy seafood salad features a spicy Korean dressing for both the seafood and the greens. I usually make it with shrimp and squid, but it is also very good with abalone, scallops, tuna, or a mix of different seafoods. The Korean love affair with chili peppers is well known, so it should be no surprise that we even manage to add chili spice to Western-style dishes like tossed salads.

Easy Steamed Tofu with Dipping Sauce
This easy steamed tofu can be made in the microwave or on the stovetop. Healthy, versatile, and good with any number of Asian dipping sauces, dubu tchim (steamed tofu) is a classic Korean dish that is good in any season.

Korean Seasoned Spinach (Sigumchi Namul)
This sesame seasoned spinach salad is a light Korean side dish that can also be used in other Korean main dishes like chapchae (stir fried noodles), kimbap (sushi rolls), and bibimbap (rice with mixed vegetables).

Stir Fried Korean Noodles (Chapchae)
Chapchae is one of the most popular noodle dishes in Korea, and also seems to be the one that Westerners like best. Although it can be eaten as a one-dish meal, Koreans usually eat this with a table of other dishes where it acts as a large side or one of the featured main dishes.

Korean Soy Braised Beef and Peppers (Changjorim)
This salty soy braised beef is a sensational Korean side dish. The meat becomes tender and well-flavored from long simmering and the chilies give the meat a spicy kick. For less heat, remove the seeds from the peppers before cooking or cut down the amount of peppers you are using. I like my changjorim to be on the salty and spicy side, but I have had sweeter versions that were delicious as well. If you prefer the sweet version, add more sugar and only a couple peppers to your pot.

Seaweed and Cucumber Salad Recipe
Crisp cucumbers and flavorful seaweed make for a healthy, refreshing side salad. This is called sunomono in Japanese and miyuk muchim in Korean.

Spicy Pickled Cabbage (Baechu Kimchi)
This pickled and fermented Napa cabbage is the most popular and recognizable form of kimchi. Baechu kimchi is not only good as a side dish to almost every Korean meal, but it is also the foundation for soups, stews, stir fries, and rice dishes.

Korean Sweet Black Beans (Kongjaban)
A sweet and nutty side dish, these seasoned black beans are a delicious and protein-filled complement to any Korean meal.

Korean Quick Pickled Radish Recipe
This quick radish pickle recipe is ready in twenty minutes, and the sweet and salty flavor makes it the perfect side dish. Use small daikon radishes for the best crunch, and with just three more ingredients you'll have a really snappy salad or condiment.

Recipe for Korean Kaenip Kimchi - Seasoned Korean Perilla Lea…
Kaenip kimchi is one of my favorite summertime side dishes since we always grew kaenip in our garden at home. Kkaenip (kkaennip, Korean perilla leaves) translates from the Korean as “sesame leaf” but it’s actually a misnomer because it is not related to the sesame plant. This kaenip kimchi recipe is easy, ready to eat in a few hours, and perks up any Korean meal.

Korean Seasoned Radish Strips (Moo Saeng Chae) Recipe
Moo Saeng Chae is a fresh Korean radish salad that goes well with savory stews and well-seasoned sauteed dishes.

Korean Pickled Cucumber (Oi Jee) Recipe
These crisp Korean cucumber pickles are delicious and easy to make. To serve, slice the pickles and serve plain or garnish with scallions or chives. You can also adjust the salt level by rinsing the pickle slices with water or letting them sit in a bowl of water.

Tofu and Sauteed Kimchi (Dubu Kimchi) Recipe
Dubu Kimchi is a popular anju (Korean drinking snack) and a delicious, easy way to use leftover or older kimchi. The vibrant flavors of the sauteed kimchi are mellowed by the soft, delicate texture of the plain tofu.

Recipe for Korean Tofu and Meat Patties (Wanja Jun)
Wanja Jun belong to the Korean group of food called jun-ya, any vegetables, meat, or seafood that are covered in flour and egg and pan-fried. These Korean mini hamburger patties (wanja jun) have many names in both Korean and English- you can call them meat fritters, kogi jun, beef patties, dhon jeon, and the list goes on. Whatever you call...

Sweet Potato Tempura
Sweet potato tempura is one of my favorites, and when it's perfectly cooked, it's not oily or heavy. It doesn't seem anything like fast food, even though it is deep-fried.

Summery Cold Tofu Salad
This is an easy, delicious tofu salad recipe that you can make in less than 10 minutes. It uses a whole package of tofu, so it's a good healthy lunch for two.

Avocado Salad with Shrimp, Brown Rice, and Scallions
This one-dish lunch or dinner is easy, healthy, and delicious with avocado, shrimp, brown rice, lemon, and scallions.

Sriracha Kimchi Recipe
This is a great idea adapted from the Sriracha cookbook. By using the chili from the Sriracha, you omit some work from the traditional baechu kimchi.

Quick and Easy Soy Sauced Potatoes Recipe
This is a quick and easy recipe for stir fried potatoes in an awesome sauce. You can also use red or green bell peppers if you don't want any spice.

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