Eggplant sidedish

Gaji-namul 가지나물

Gaji-namul is a simple, delicious, everyday Korean side dish, meant to be eaten with other side dishes and rice.

It’s one of my favorites. I love the fresh taste, soft texture, and the beautiful vibrant purple color of the dish on the table. It’s refreshing and goes well with oilier items to offset their texture and taste. I never get tired of it!


If you are a vegetarian, replace the fish sauce with soy sauce.


(serves 4):



  1. Prep your steamer by adding 2 cups of water to it. Set heat to medium-high for it to boil, it shoud take about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cut eggplants crosswise into 2½ inch pieces. Cut the thicker pieces in half lengthwise.
  3. When the water starts boiling, put the eggplants on the steamer rack and cover. Steam for 5 minutes over medium high heat.
  4. Remove from the heat. Take out the steamed eggplant and transfer to a cutting board. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes until you can easily handle them.
    steamed_eggplant (gaji-namul: 가지나물)
    steamed_eggplant (gaji-namul: 가지나물)
  5. Tear each piece into bite size pieces.

Make seasoning mixture:

  1. Combine garlic, green onion, soy sauce, fish sauce, hot pepper flakes, sesame oil in a mixing bowl.
  2. Mix well with a wooden spoon.
    steamed_eggplant (gaji-namul: 가지나물)

Put it together & serve:

  1. Add the steamed eggplant to the bowl and mix well by hand or with the wooden spoon.
  2. Sprinkle with the crushed sesame seeds and serve with rice.
    steamed_eggplant (gaji-namul: 가지나물)
    steamed_eggplant (gaji-namul: 가지나물)



  1. loraein Singapore joined 9/12
    Posted December 12th, 2017 at 7:49 am | # |


    Tried this recipe today!… I replaced the fish sauce with salt because I didn’t have it at home thou. Taste not bad and I think with fish sauce it will be even better. =DDDDDD

    Thanks for the recipe…!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted December 16th, 2017 at 10:13 pm | # |

      Gorgeous! Soy sauce will work well, too if fish sauce is not available.

  2. pheedmepls United States joined 8/14
    Posted November 18th, 2017 at 6:15 pm | # |

    i first saw this at the korean market around the block from me. decided to try some since there were so many other people buying some. mmmm! i love eggplant and the sauce is so good. of course, i knew you had to have a recipe for it here. just made it and ohhhh, i’m in heaven! love it! thanks for sharing all your great recipes!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted November 20th, 2017 at 10:05 am | # |

      I’m glad you liked the recipe! This is one of the all-time most authentic Korean recipes!

  3. Dont have anyother name Melbourne, Australia joined 10/17
    Posted October 16th, 2017 at 6:01 pm | # |

    Dear Maangchi,
    Love your cooking and like your site.Going to make Eggplant side dish.Would you please tell me,what is 《hot pepper flack》 If I can’t find what do I use inside of?
    Many thanks.
    Rosemarie Sandvik ☺

  4. PierreM France joined 10/17
    Posted October 2nd, 2017 at 2:26 pm | # |

    Just tried, really good :)) Thank you Maangchi for sharing!

  5. Patti West Bloomfield, MI joined 7/10
    Posted September 9th, 2017 at 3:37 am | # |

    I made this dish tonight. It is so very tasty! Now I know why this is one of your favorites, Maangchi! Thank you for sharing your recipes and your time.

  6. Tofu888 Alhambra joined 8/17
    Posted August 31st, 2017 at 12:56 am | # |

    What kind of soy sauce you use for this ? Regular soy sauce or light or sweet soy sauce ?

  7. purplegdr brooklyn joined 1/17
    Posted January 5th, 2017 at 2:46 pm | # |

    Hello! I am steaming baby bok choi now… what about using the same marinade and make “bok choi side dish”? :)

  8. Credmiston WA joined 7/16
    Posted July 21st, 2016 at 3:34 pm | # |

    Yum! Just made this and was dancing up and down waiting for the rice cooker to finish! Ate a huge bowl of rice and half the recipe as lunch. Happily full, mouth slightly burning just a warm slow burn from the pepper flakes, slight hum of sesame wafting around. Delicious!

  9. WhattheNorris North Carolina joined 5/16
    Posted May 20th, 2016 at 6:47 pm | # |

    Maangchi this is your first recipe I’ve made! I love your youtube channel and all of your videos and your personality! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! I will buy your book soon!! I think I over-cooked my eggplant a little, but this still came out so tasty! Even my boyfriend liked it!

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