Recipes

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Side dishes "Banchan" (106 recipes)

Banchan often translated as "side dishes" are an essential part of any Korean meal. They are not just decoration or appetizers: they are the meal, along with soup and rice.

Also: Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Soybean paste based dipping sauce for raw fish | Radish water kimchi | Collard greens side dishes | Kimchi pancake | Spicy radish and beef soup | Fermented squid side dish | Tuna pancake | Broccoli pickles | Dried pollock soup | Ponytail kimchi | Mung bean sprout side dish | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Squid soup | See all side dish recipes

Soups (27 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: Beef and radish soup | Rice cake soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Spicy fish soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Mugwort soup | Fish cake soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Dried pollock soup | Kimchi soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Clam stew | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | See all soup recipes

Types of Kimchi (11 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 many other Korean dishes.

Also: Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | White Kimchi | Radish water kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi

Rice (14 recipes)

Rice is at the center of every Korean meal, with very few exceptions. These recipes express the variety and beauty of the most important grain in Korean cuisine.

Also: Lobster seaweed rice rolls | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Sweet pumpkin rice | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Sweet potato rice | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Beef and vegetable porridge | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Fried rice

Preserved side dishes "Mitbanchan" (20 recipes)

Korean mitbanchan are essential side dishes that are well-preserved and kept on hand in large batches. The most well-known example is kimchi. With a few of these on hand, you can quickly make a delicious, nutritious meal by serving a few portions on small dishes with fresh rice.

Also: Fried Gochujang | Perilla leaf pickles | Roasted seaweed sheets | Broccoli pickles | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Tofu pickles | Napa cabbage kimchi | Fermented squid side dish | Seasoned seaweed | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Green chili pepper pickles | Salty beef side dish | See all mitbanchan recipes

Noodles (15 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: Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Dumpling wrappers | Braised chicken with vegetables | Soy milk noodle soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Spicy mixed noodles | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Hand-torn noodle soup | Spicy whelks with noodles | Spicy raw fish soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Korean ramenSee all noodle recipes

Pancakes (16 recipes)

The Korean word "jeon" is often translated as "pancake," 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: Potato pancakes | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Pollock pancake | Squash pancakes | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Ramp pancakes | Vegetable pancake | Green onion pancake | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Breaded cod fillets | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Kale PancakesSee all pancake recipes

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: Beef and vegetable porridge | Abalone and rice porridgeBlack sesame seeds porridge

BBQ (9 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: Spicy pork BBQ | Doenjang pork skewers | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Grilled pork belly | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables

Rice cakes (11 recipes)

Rice cake, called tteok in Korean, 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: White steamed rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Mugwort rice cake | Rice cake | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Rainbow rice cake

Easy recipes (66 recipes)

If you're new to Korean cooking, these simple, delicious Korean recipes are the easiest ones I know.

Also: Green chili pepper pickles | Seasoned raw beef | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Chestnut cookies | Mixed green salad | Tuna pancake | Kale Pancakes | Soybean sprout side dish | Squash pancakes | Raw fish platter | Rolled omelette sidedish | Ginger cookies | Tofu pickles | Broccoli pickles | See all easy recipes

Lunchbox items "Dosirak" (24 recipes)

Dosirak (also spelled "doshirak") 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: Roasted seaweed sheets | Lobster seaweed rice rolls | Kimchi pancake | Steamed shishito peppers | Fried Gochujang | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Seasoned dried anchovies | Rolled omelette sidedish | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Seaweed rice rolls | Potato salad | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | See all dosirak recipes

Snacks (68 recipes)

Need something delicious to keep you going in between meals? These can be prepared and eaten in a hurry, on the street, in a pub, or on the go.

Also: White steamed rice cake | Seasoned dried anchovies | Walnuts wrapped in persimmons | Dumplings | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Seaweed rice rolls | Pomegranate tea | Ginger tea | Dessert punch with persimmon, cinnamon, and ginger | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Chestnut cookies | Fish cakes | Rice cake | Fish cake soup | See all snack recipes

Drinks (6 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: Pomegranate tea | 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: Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Ginseng jujube tea | Ginger cookies | White steamed rice cake | Sweet red bean jelly | Chestnut cookies | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Rice cake | Rice cake | Candied sweet potato | Rice cake | Sweet red bean soup | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Mugwort rice cake | See all dessert recipes

Appetizers (28 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: Potato pancakes | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Kimchi pancake | Green onion pancake | Butternut squash porridge | Potato salad | Seasoned dried anchovies | Fish cakes | Seasoned acorn jelly | Mung bean jelly side dishes | See all appetizer recipes

Main dishes (73 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: Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Fermented soybean paste stew | Spicy soft tofu stew with kimchi and pork belly | Grilled pork belly | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Korean ramen | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Soy milk noodle soup | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Pork cutlet | Black sesame seeds porridge | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Sweet potato rice | Braised saury | See all main dish recipes

Fermented dishes (14 recipes)

Korean cuisine has a long, rich history of fermentation going back thousands of years, and it's part of what makes Korean food distinctly Korean and incredibly delicious. These recipes range from the light and tangy to the deep and complex.

Also: Rice dessert drink | Ponytail kimchi | Easy-to-make kimchi | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Cubed radish kimchi | Green chili pepper pickles | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | White Kimchi | Hot pepper paste | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi

Pickles (4 recipes)

Korean pickles - called jangajji (장아찌) - are usually brined quickly in soy sauce and make a perfect side dish with rice. The keep for a long time and their character changes as they age.

Also: Cucumber pickles

Spicy Recipes (74 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: Braised mackerel with radish | Young summer radish water kimchi | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Cubed radish kimchi | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Cold cucumber soup side dish | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Emergency kimchi | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Kale Pancakes | Stir-fried squid | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Spicy Braised Chicken | See all spicy recipes

Nonspicy Recipes (123 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: Pork cutlet | Chicken and rice porridge | Ox-bone soup | Dumpling wrappers | Butternut squash porridge | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Ginseng jujube tea | Steamed egg side dish | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Cucumber pickles | Seasoned raw beef | Rainbow rice cake | Ginseng chicken soup | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | See all non spicy recipes

Chicken dishes (12 recipes)

Korean fried chicken (a. k. a. "KFC") is a popular modern Korean dish with many variations, but traditionally Koreans prepared chicken in porridges, soups, and stews.

Also: Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Chicken and rice porridge | Mapa tofu | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Green chili pepper pancake | Ginseng chicken soup | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Braised chicken with vegetables

Pork & porkbones dishes (14 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: Steamed pork buns | Kimchi stew | Kimchi soup | Spicy pork BBQ | Sweet and sour pork (or beef) | Army Base Stew | King-size kimchi dumplings | Spicy soft tofu stew with kimchi and pork belly | Pork cutlet | Doenjang pork skewers | Dumplings

Seafood dishes (40 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: Lobster seaweed rice rolls | Sautéed sea plant | Spicy grilled squid | Stir-fried squid | Spicy whelks with noodles | Squid soup | Spicy fish soup | Breaded cod fillets | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Braised mackerel with radish | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Seaplant salad | Clam stew | Seaweed soup with mussels | See all seafood recipes

Staple ingredients (8 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: Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Soybean sprouts | Fish cakes | Dumpling wrappers | Toasted sesame seeds

Non-Korean recipes (13 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: Strawberry jam | Steamed chicken rice | Broccoli salad | Fish head Mee Hoon | Filipino stewed chicken in coconut cream and vinegar | Tuna Sandwich | Paua fritters, taro chips, and soft tofu dill cream sauce | Kimchi hot dog | Strawberry Milkshake | Bread rolls