Korean cooking ingredients

A directory of ingredients commonly used in Korean cooking. You can find them in Korean grocery stores in your area, or on Amazon.

Pastes (3 ingredients)

Fermented pastes are the foundation of many dishes in Korean cuisine. Rich, deep, and savory, they are are much thicker than sauces and incredibly distinctive, satisfying, and delicious.

Noodles & Rice Cakes (8 ingredients)

Korean noodles and rice cakes are made from some form of dough, but the cakes are not baked like you might expect. When used in other dishes, rice cakes can also be called "rice noodles."

Also: Rice cake for patbingsu (Patbingsu-tteok) | Sliced rice cake (Tteokgukyong-tteok) | Starch noodles (Dangmyeon) | Thin wheat flour noodles (Somyeon) | Tube-shaped rice cake (Garaetteok) | See all Noodles & Rice Cakes

Mountain Vegetables (8 ingredients)

Korea is a mountainous country, and has a long history of foraging herbs, plants, and vegetables that traditionally grow naturally in the mountains.

Also: Gardenia fruits (Chija) | Lamb’s quarters (Myeongaju-namul) | Mugwort (Ssuk) | Mugwort powder (Ssukgaru) | Ramps (Sanmaneul) | See all Mountain Vegetables

Mushrooms (5 ingredients)

Koreans love mushrooms, which are often foraged in the wild and can be used as a meat substitute in many Korean dishes.

Also: White mushrooms (Yangsongi-beoseot) | Wood ear mushrooms (Mogi-beoseot) | See all Mushrooms

Roots (3 ingredients)

The part of a plant that's underground, including rhizomes.

Meats & Bones (5 ingredients)

Korean cuisine uses meat in moderation, and always with vegetables.

Also: Ox bones | Pork belly (Samgyeopsal) | See all Meats & Bones

Seasonings & Condiments (9 ingredients)

Seasonings improve flavour by adding salt, and condiments are used to complement dishes. Both can be added at the table by the diner, or used in cooking by the chef.

Also: Oyster sauce | Salted fermented shrimp (Saeujeot) | Sea salt (Badasogeum) | Soup soy sauce (Gukganjang) | Soy sauce (Ganjang) | Soybean paste (Doenjang) | See all Seasonings & Condiments

Spices (7 ingredients)

Many Korean dishes are well-known for their spiciness, which almost always comes from some form of chili pepper.

Also: Hot pepper powder (Gochujangyong gochugaru) | Red chili peppers (Hong-gochu) | Shredded red pepper (Silgochu) | Wasabi powder (Gochu-naengee) | See all Spices

Sweeteners (3 ingredients)

Sweeteners traditionally came from fruits and syrups, rather than granulated sugar.

Tofu (3 ingredients)

Tofu is bean curd pressed into soft white blocks. It's been used in Korean cooking for more than a thousand years.

    Dairy (1 ingredients)

    Using dairy products as ingredients is a relatively recent technique in Korean cuisine.

    Yeasts (2 ingredients)

    Technically a Fungi, in Korean cuisine yeasts are traditionally used in baking, cooking, and making alcohol.