Soybean sprout side dish

Kongnamul-muchim 콩나물무침

Kongnamul-muchim is one of the most common Korean side dishes, and it’s included in almost every meal. It’s very popular among Koreans, and they never seem to get tired of it. It’s very economical and also good for you.

The soybean sprouts used in this video were grown at home, but you can also buy a package of soybean sprouts at a Korean grocery store.



  1. Place soybean sprouts in a pot. Add the salt and ½ cup of water and cover. Bring to a boil over medium high heat for 10 minutes. Drain.
  2. Put the cooked soybean sprouts in a mixing bowl. Add garlic, hot pepper flakes, green onion, fish sauce, sesame seeds, and sesame oil and mix by hand.
  3. Transfer to a serving plate.
  4. Serve as a side dish to rice.

homegrown soybean sprouts

soybean sprouts


Kongnamulmuchim made with homegrown soybean sprouts


Kongnamulmuchim made with store-sold soybean sprouts


Kongnamulppuribokkeum (stir-fried soybean sprout roots)


kongnamul roots


  1. Heat up a pan. Add olive oil and the soybean sprout roots and stir fry for a minute.soybean sprouts roots
  2. Add garlic, soy sauce, and honey (or rice syrup) and stir it with a wooden spoon for 1 minute.soybean sprouts
  3. Drizzle a few drops of sesame oil, sesame seeds, and chopped green onion.
  4. Serve as a side dish to rice.

stir-fried soybean sprouts

stir-fried soybean sprouts


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  1. Kreyopresny My profile page joined 5/15
    Posted May 14th, 2015 at 10:21 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, Love the site! I’ve been cooking lots of your recipes since I left Korea. My question is on using canned beans sprouts. I can’t seem to find any fresh sprouts here in Prague, but they have canned ones really cheap. I was wondering how I should change the recipe to work with this. I think they’re already pretty watery in the can, so do I even need to boil them? Or can I just drain them and add the toppings?

  2. Sav_sss Canada (near Montreal) My profile page joined 3/15
    Posted April 30th, 2015 at 7:40 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    The stir-fried soybean sprout roots Looks really really tasty to me but i’m wondering can we buy soybean sprouts roots or you have to take it out yourself??? and can i just take normal soybean sprouts and i don’t know .. tear them in half or something lol?

  3. sanne Munich My profile page joined 8/14
    Posted August 28th, 2014 at 4:18 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    Today, we had samgyeopsal-gui with kongnamul-muchim as one of the side-dishes.

    I had some left-over rice (about two cups) in my rice-cooker and just put the washed and drained soybean-sprouts in there, together with all the other ingredients (mixed in a blender), less water and just a pinch of salt and cooked the sprouts until just done. Delicious!

    The other side-dishes were buchu kimchi, yeolmu kimchi, putbaechu kimchi, some fried fish, kkaennip, ssamchang (we like the one for hoe best) and lots of fresh garlic. All self-made, of course.

    Boy, are we full now! Baega bulloyo! ;-D

    Bye, sanne.

  4. Lilibet Los Angeles, CA My profile page joined 6/12
    Posted June 1st, 2012 at 12:09 am | # |

    Did you mean boil for 15 seconds instead of 15 minutes? 15 mins. seems like a long time.

  5. redpantsnoshoes Fairfax VA My profile page joined 12/11
    Posted December 20th, 2011 at 8:42 pm | # |

    Maangchi I’ve made your kongnamul recipe several times and people say my soybean sprouts are overcooked. I am told they should be crunchy. Is this just a variation in preference for the texture of the soybean sprouts? You mention in your recipe to boil the soybean sprouts for 15 minutes, which makes them very soft. How long would you recommend for ‘crunchy’ sprouts? Would I use the same amount of salt and water in the pot as well? Thank you.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted December 22nd, 2011 at 5:56 pm | # |

      Maybe your stove heat must be stronger than mine. If yours tastes overcooked, cook for a shorter amount of time.

    • Aumcqueen Perth My profile page joined 4/12
      Posted April 30th, 2012 at 8:49 am | # |

      Annyeonghaseyo maangchi! im new here but ive been seen you many times before.. :)
      I made this 10 minutes ago! But i found my bean sprout just need to cook for 5 minutes on boiled water to make it crunchy.. :) but thanks for all ur recipe! Love it!Korean food a bit expensive here so ur recipe very helpful!

    • Samimation United States My profile page joined 9/13
      Posted September 14th, 2013 at 10:05 pm | # |

      If you have store bought sprouts you only need to cook them for 2-3 minutes

  6. aucmitch Indiana My profile page joined 11/11
    Posted November 30th, 2011 at 6:22 pm | # |

    Looks so yummy~ how long can I keep this in the fridge? I was thinking of making a big batch and eating it throughout the week. :)

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted November 30th, 2011 at 9:28 pm | # |

      I would finish eating my Kongnamul muchim in a few days because it will go bad easily even in the fridge.

      • Chit Philippines My profile page joined 3/13
        Posted November 29th, 2014 at 8:57 pm | # |

        Hi Maangchi…why will this spoil fast? Yet kimchi keeps a long time in the ref.? And this one is cooked! Thanks!

  7. stephng UK My profile page joined 11/11
    Posted November 20th, 2011 at 7:23 pm | # |

    OMG!!!I’m a student who study aboard in the UK, and just can’t tell how happy I am to find you on Youtube. I miss the Korean food I had in Hong Kong
    Love your videos, love your passion! please keep it up. and perhaps I will make this the coming week if the ingredients are available in this tiny town. hahahahah
    thanks a lot! thanks for sharingg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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