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)

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  1. Steve4nlanguage Taiwan joined 5/19 & has 2 comments

    I’m usually not a big eggplant fan. However, if Maangchi is cooking, it must be delicious! I tried this recipe tonight and it came out very nice. I think for my own taste I will add a little more soy sauce and garlic next time because I love those heavier flavors with the blander eggplant. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us :-)

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  2. Mattias.A Australia joined 12/18 & has 2 comments

    Hello Maangchi!

    I just made this recipe, however, I had to substitute the Korean eggplant for ‘western’ eggplant because I live in a small town and the only Asian grocery store, unfortunately, doesn’t sell that type of eggplant. Nevertheless, it was extremely delicious and I’m so thankful that you share all of these recipes with us! Will be making this dish regularly from now to eat with my dinner (I’m a student so this is perfect for me!)

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  3. Adelina colorado joined 10/18 & has 5 comments

    I tried your gaji-namul recipe for making the bibimbap and it was a hit! So simple, yet satisfying and utterly delicious! I did replace the fish sauce with coco aminos, being a vegetarian.
    I am simply mesmerized with Korean cooking. Being from Eastern Europe, married to an Indian man, living in the US (melting pot indeed), Korean food is such a discovery!
    Now I am serving kimchi with everything, including Moldovan traditional dishes ;)!
    Our landlady is Korean, and I have asked her to taste my Kimchi that I made based on your recipe and she was wowed. Again, thank you!

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  4. inoueee KL joined 10/18 & has 1 comment

    Hello … I just try this recipe. It’s yummy. Thanks Maangchi.

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  5. Kimxp uk joined 9/18 & has 1 comment

    can I not add the red pepper powder in if I don’t eat spicy food? and also can I add some sugar to make it sweeter ? will it changes the original flavour ?

  6. sunnylightmode BC, Canada joined 2/17 & has 2 comments

    I love this recipe!! Mine isn’t as vibrant purple because I can’t find nice Asian eggplants around here so I use the fatter, darker purpleones, but this is my second week making a big batch to eat for breakfast every day before school. I really like the soft juiciness of the eggplant with plenty of garlic flavour :D

  7. loraein Singapore joined 9/12 & has 5 comments


    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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  8. pheedmepls United States joined 8/14 & has 1 comment

    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!

  9. Dont have anyother name Melbourne, Australia joined 10/17 & has 1 comment

    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 ☺

  10. PierreM France joined 10/17 & has 1 comment

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

  11. Patti West Bloomfield, MI joined 7/10 & has 4 comments

    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.

  12. Tofu888 Alhambra joined 8/17 & has 2 comments

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

  13. purplegdr brooklyn joined 1/17 & has 1 comment

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

  14. Credmiston WA joined 7/16 & has 1 comment

    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!

  15. WhattheNorris North Carolina joined 5/16 & has 2 comments

    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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