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Appetizers (32 recipes)

A Korean meal doesn't usually have an appetizer as Western meals do. Side dishes may come out first, but are considered part of the main meal, not as a prelude. These dishes, however, could be used as appetizers in a Western meal.

Also: Fried squid | Breaded cod fillets | Vegetable pancake | Green onion pancake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Dumplings | Hot and spicy rice cake | Potato pancakes | Squash pancakes | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Kimchi pancake | Seasoned acorn jelly | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | See all appetizer recipes

Main dishes (57 recipes)

Traditionally the main dish of any Korean meal is rice, which is supported by soup and banchan. However, in Korean restaurants these dishes are often presented to customers as main dishes.

Also: Cold noodles in chilled broth | Steamed pork buns | Seasoned raw beef | Spicy raw fish soup | Abalone and rice porridge | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Butternut squash porridge | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Grilled pork belly | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Doenjang pork skewers | Chicken and rice porridge | Mapa tofu | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | See all main dish recipes

Side dishes "Banchan" (82 recipes)

Banchan are side dishes served at a Korean meal. They are not just decoration or appetizers: they're considered to be the meal, along with soup and rice.

Also: Braised mackerel with radish | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Seasoned dried anchovies | Young summer radish water kimchi | Aster scaber side dish | Perilla leaf kimchi | Rolled omelette sidedish | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Broccoli pickles | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Spicy Braised Chicken | Cubed radish kimchi | See all banchan recipes

Soups (25 recipes)

Korean soup, or guk is an essential element of Korean food culture. Many Koreans feel that along with rice, kimchi, and banchan, no meal is complete without it.

Also: Mugwort soup | Soybean sprout soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Spicy fish soup | Young summer radish water kimchi | Dried pollock soup | Kimchi soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Beef and radish soup | Fish cake soup | Seaplant salad | Seaplant soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Spicy raw fish soup | See all soup recipes

Stews (9 recipes)

A thick stew, or jjigae, served communally, piping hot, and in an earthenware bowl, is for many the epitome of comfort food.

Also: Braised saury | Barbecued beef stew | Soft tofu stew | Spicy fish soup | Ground-soybeans stew | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables

Types of Kimchi (15 recipes)

Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish made of seasoned vegetables and salt. Koreans eat it at nearly every meal. It can be fresh, like a salad, or it can be fermented. While the most popular variety is spicy kimchi made of cabbage, there are hundreds of different types of kimchi made of different vegetables, and not all of them spicy. Kimchi is also a main ingredient in other Korean dishes.

Also: Kimchi fried rice | Kimchi stew | Radish water kimchi | Kimchi pancake | White Kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Kimchi soup | Young summer radish water kimchiSee all kimchi recipes

BBQ (8 recipes)

The Korean method of grilling beef, pork, chicken, or other types of meat, usually usually involves having a grill right on (or sometimes in) the table, where people can talk, cook, and eat at the same time. Usually the meat is in small pieces, and are wrapped into bite-sized lettuce leaf packages (ssam) with garlic, vegetables, seasoning sauce, salt, and/or sesame oil.

Also: Barbecued beef stew | Doenjang pork skewers | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Spicy pork BBQ | Grilled pork belly

Noodles (14 recipes)

Korea has a long history of noodle making and eating. Korean noodles, called "guksu" or "myeon" are everyday food, but also frequently served on birthdays and weddings. Traditionally a long noodle symbolizes a long life, so serving it to someone on their birthday expresses your desire that they live long and happily.

Also: Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Korean ramen | Spicy raw fish soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Soy milk noodle soup | Spicy whelks with noodles | Spicy mixed noodles | Hand-torn noodle soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Cold spicy mixed noodles

Pancakes (11 recipes)

The Korean word "jeon" is often translated as "pancakes," but jeon are not just a breakfast food, they're eaten at all meals as side dishes, or as snacks. At their simplest they're food coated in flour and egg and then pan-fried with a bit of oil. Some incorporate vegetables, meat, and fish into a batter which is pan-fried with a bit of oil. Hoddeok is not jeon, but it's closer to the western idea of a pancake.

Also: Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Potato pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Squash pancakes | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Green onion pancake | Vegetable pancake

Porridges (5 recipes)

Korean porridge or juk, is made by slow-boiling rice or some other grain, in water, often with other ingredients as well. Porridge has long been an essential part of the Korean diet, and because it's so easy on the system, it's great for people recovering from illness or surgery.

Also: Black sesame seeds porridge | Abalone and rice porridge

Rice cakes (11 recipes)

Rice cake, called tteok is a much-loved traditional dish with many many variations. No festival day, anniversary, or celebrations is complete without them. They are very chewy, and may be an acquired taste, but once you get hooked you'll crave them all the time.

Also: Rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Mugwort rice cake | Rice cake soup | Rice cake | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Rainbow rice cake

Lunchbox items "Dosirak" (17 recipes)

Dosirak (also "dosirak") are Korean packed lunchboxes, usually made at home, but sometimes store-bought. They are similar to Japanese bento or Indian tiffin, and are usually made with a few different vegetable and meat side dishes, some kimchi, and a serving of rice.

Also: Green chili pepper pancake | Fried rice | Pollock pancake | Seaweed rice rolls | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Roasted seaweed sheets | Tuna pancake | Broccoli pickles | Steamed shishito peppers | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheetsSee all dosirak recipes

Drinks (5 recipes)

Koreans have long made punches, teas, and alcoholic beverages at home, using the fruits, grains, and herbs at hand to give them flavor and variety.

Also: Ginseng jujube tea | Soju Watermelon Cocktail

Desserts (26 recipes)

Traditionally, Korean meals don't usually have desserts served at the end. The sweet things in this category are meant to be served on special occasions, by themselves as refreshments, or with tea.

Also: Rice cake | Baked sweet pastry | Rice cake | Chestnut cookies | Black sesame seeds porridge | Ginseng jujube tea | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Candied sweet potato | Sweet red bean jelly | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Mugwort rice cake | Sweet red bean soup | Sugar candy | Ginger cookies | See all dessert recipes

Vegetarian (74 recipes)

Korean cuisine consists of many vegetarian or vegetable-centric recipes that use seasonal, locally sourced vegetables, often foraged.

Also: Seasoned seaweed | Soybean sprout side dish | Cucumber pickles | Chestnut cookies | Broccoli pickles | Fried Gochujang | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Roasted seaweed sheets | Ginger cookies | Rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Potato & mushroom side dish | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Perilla leaves in soy sauce | See all vegetarian recipes

Spicy Recipes (62 recipes)

Chili peppers were first introduced to Korea in the 16th century, and from there there was no looking back: Koreans love a good spicy dish and use chili peppers in a number of dishes, most famously in many kinds of kimchi.

Also: Spicy stir-fried pork | Soft tofu stew | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Fried Gochujang | Cubed radish kimchi | Spicy pork BBQ | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Steamed shishito peppers | Cold eggplant side dish | Beef short ribs soup | Fried rice | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Korean ramen | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | See all spicy recipes

Nonspicy Recipes (108 recipes)

Not all Korean dishes are crazy-hot spicy! Korean cuisine uses a wide range of condiments and seasonings, among them soy sauce, doenjang, sugar, black peppers, vinegar, garlic, and a panapoly of mountain herbs too.

Also: Candied sweet potato | Breaded cod fillets | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Baked sweet pastry | Dessert punch with persimmon, cinnamon, and ginger | Barbecued beef stew | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Rice cake soup | Steamed egg side dish | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Pollock pancake | Mugwort soup | Pine nut porridge | Rice cake | See all non spicy recipes

Beef dishes (22 recipes)

Beef has traditionally been expensive in Korea, so beef dishes almost always use the ingredient in moderation, often mixed with (or wrapped in) vegetables.

Also: Spicy radish and beef soup | Rice cake soup | Salty beef side dish | Korean beef BBQ | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Seaplant soup | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Ox-bone soup | Beef short ribs | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Grilled beef | Fried Gochujang | See all beef recipes

Pork & porkbones dishes (11 recipes)

For a long time, eating pork was discouraged in Korea, so most uses of the ingredient are relatively recent. Koreans made up for lost time, however, with some truly delicious and iconic pork dishes.

Also: Dumplings | Kimchi stew | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Spicy pork BBQ | Doenjang pork skewers | Steamed pork buns | Ground-soybeans stew

Seafood dishes (39 recipes)

Most of Korea is a small peninsula, so Korean cuisine has a wealth of seafood dishes, prepared in many different ways: boiled, braised, roasted, grilled, dried, fermented, and raw.

Also: Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Spicy fish soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Braised saury | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Fermented squid side dish | Fermented soybean paste stew | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Pollock pancake | Sautéed sea plant | Seaplant soup | Seaplant salad | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Soybean sprout soup | See all seafood recipes

Staple ingredients (4 recipes)

Some ingredients used in other recipes are traditionally made at home instead of store bought. The quality of homemade is almost always better.

Also: Soybean sprouts

Non-Korean recipes (12 recipes)

These delicious recipes are not natively or traditionally Korean. They're ethic recipes taught to Maangchi by some of her readers, or Korean fusion experiments.

Also: Steamed chicken rice | Broccoli salad | Strawberry Milkshake | Paua fritters, taro chips, and soft tofu dill cream sauce | Collard greens side dishes | Filipino stewed chicken in coconut cream and vinegar | Fish head Mee Hoon | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Tuna Sandwich