Sweet & sour seaweed salad

Miyeok-muchim 미역무침

Today I’m going to recommend you make this easy, chilly, healthy delicious recipe called miyeok-muchim or Korean sweet & sour seaweed salad. I don’t make this dish all the time, but on hot summer days I especially crave it. I always have dried seaweed in my pantry, so it’s pretty easy to put this salad together when I want to have it. There are all kinds of delicious things you can make with miyeok by the way, seaweed soup especially! If you don’t have a local Korean grocery store near you, it’s also available on Amazon.

The sweet, sour, tangy sauce in this dish mixed with the soft but crispy seaweed makes it irresistible and very refreshing. It really has the taste of the sea! It’s a perfect companion to grilled beef, so I love to make it when I have a BBQ. : ) It’s also a kind of mitbanchan, something you can keep in the fridge for up to a week, and keep eating it on the side for all kinds of meals during that time.


Let me know if you try it out! I’m sure you’ll love it!

miyeok-naengchae (미역냉채, 미역무침, Korean seaweed salad)


  • 1 ounce (30 grams) dried seaweed (miyeok)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or sugar)
  • 1 ounce onion (30 grams), sliced thinly
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 6-7 ice cubes (or 1 cup of shaved ice)
  • salt (optional)cheongjeongwon-miyeok



  1. Soak the miyeok in cold water 30 minutes to 1 hour until it fully expands.Seaweed (Miyeok: 미역)
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add some salt (optional) and blanch the miyeok for 30 seconds, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.seaweed (miyeok: 미역)
  3. Strain and rinse in cold running water until the miyeok is nice and cold.
  4. Cut it into bite size pieces.seaweed salad (miyeok-muchim)-cut
  5. Combine garlic, onion, soy sauce, vinegar, and honey in a bowl. Add the miyeok and mix well.seaweed salad (miyeok-muchim:미역무침: 미역냉채)
  6. Serve right away with rice or store it in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 1 week. Right before serving, add some shaved ice or ice cubes if you want it extra cold. seaweed salad (miyeok-muchim:미역냉채, 미역무침)

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  1. Chacholeri DC My profile page joined 8/16
    Posted August 16th, 2016 at 11:45 am | # |

    I looove this salad. I will definitely try this recipe.

    Could you tell me where to get your ice shaver? I want it mostly for when I make bibim-naengmyeon.

    Thanks for this recipe.

  2. SpicyFoodLover USA My profile page joined 4/16
    Posted April 2nd, 2016 at 2:07 pm | # |

    Hi, Maangchi,

    Love your recipes. Do you think I can use this kind of seaweed as shown in the picture to make this dish? If not, any suggestions to use the seaweed (it is a bit different from other seaweeds that I am used to). Thank you!

    See full size image

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