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10 Delectable Korean Side Dishes

Korean cuisine has some of the best, most flavorful, and spicy side dishes.

If you plan to dive deep into the world of Korean side dishes, there are some must-try dishes that you need to discover and master. 

These mouthwatering banchan recipes include the ever-popular kimchi, which you can pair with a wide array of main dishes, including flavorful pancakes, rice, fried meat, grilled fish, BBQ, stews, eggs, pasta, and more.

How about this chef-created bibimbap?

Banchan (/ˈbɑːnˌtʃɑːn/,[1] from Korean: 반찬; 飯饌; banchan [pan.tɕʰan]) or bansang is a collective name for small side dishes served along with cooked rice in Korean cuisine. 

As the Korean language does not distinguish between singular and plural grammatically, the word is used for both one such dish or all of them combined. –source

However, if you look past kimchi for a second, you will discover that there are many rich, flavorsome side dishes waiting to be appreciated in all their glory. 

These dishes can be prepared with meat, veggies, eggs, tofu, beans, and more ingredients. The best part about Korean banchan is that they harmonize the entire meal brilliantly. 

So, without any ado, let’s take a look at some Korean side that you need to prepare and enjoy with your loved ones!

10 Delicious Korean Side Dishes

Here are ten scrumptious Korean side dishes that you can make at home:

1. Cabbage with Soybean Paste (Bomdong Doenjang Muchim)

Cabbage with Soybean Paste is a robust and full of flavor side dish. The seasoning of chili flakes, sesame oil, garlic, sesame seeds, and fermented soybean paste works wonders to elevate the taste of crunchy cabbage. 

As with many Korean sides, this leafy, flavorful banchan is typically enjoyed with white rice.  

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2. Korean Marinated Spinach Banchan (Sigeumchi Namul

If you know anyone who doesn’t like spinach, this easy-to-make Korean vegetable side dish will turn them into life-long fans of this veggie! 

Marinated Spinach Banchan is a classic Korean dish made with blanched spinach immersed in a sesame and garlic dressing. 

You can serve this refreshing side dish at room temperature with spicy Korean BBQ, cheesy fire chicken, noodle soup, and more dishes. 

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3. Rolled Bibimbap with Beef

Served hot or cold, you can’t go wrong with this Korean banchan. This is an excellent finger food as you can eat the meat by wrapping it in lettuce. 

The bulgogi sauce-seasoned meat and the light yet flavorsome rice go oh-so-well together! 

If you’re serving this dish to kids, don’t forget to mince the namul before mixing it with rice to make it easier for them to eat the dish.  

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4. Korean Zucchini (Hobak Namul)

If you’re looking for easy Korean side dishes, look no further than Korean Zucchini. 

The combined flavor profile of garlic, sesame oil, green onions, sugar, Korean red pepper flakes, and fish sauce is the ideal fit for a veggie like zucchini. 

This dish will hardly take a few minutes of your time and will taste exquisite!

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5. Kimchi Pancakes (Kimchi Jeon/Jun)

Kimchi Jeon/Jun is easily one of the most creative Korean side dishes. Imagine thin, savory pancakes, fried perfectly and topped with delectable kimchi! 

What’s not to like? 

This dish is an excellent appetizer that will leave your guests wanting more. It tastes best when eaten straight out of the pan, thanks to the fried, crispy edges of the pancake. 

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6. Spicy Stir-Fried Fish Cakes (Eomuk-Bokkeum)

This dish is sweet, chewy, soft, salty, savory, and spicy, which is essentially everything the best Korean side dish recipes have in terms of flavor and texture. 

Spicy stir-fried fish cakes go exceptionally well with rice as this dish offsets the blandness of rice with its bolder taste. 

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7. Korean Rolled Egg Omelette (Gaeran Mari)

Eggs are inarguably the most versatile ingredient in the realm of food. As a banchan, eggs are used to make fluffy omelets and cut them into bite-sized pieces. 

These mini omelet pieces are light and taste amazing when paired with rice. The thin layer of seaweed in the dish is the real winner that makes this Korean banchan sing! 

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8. Spicy Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim)

Dubu Jorim is a popular Korean side dish. It’s essentially tofu fried in a spicy braising sauce. 

It’s the ideal dish for anyone who has deemed tofu as “too bland” because it will certainly change their opinion. 

The bland tofu soaked in spicy sauce and fried to crunchy perfection tastes salty and spicy. It goes wonderfully well with sticky rice. 

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9. Korean Spicy Dried Squid Recipe (Ojingeochae Muchim)

Ojingeochae Muchim or Korean Spicy Dried Squid is easily one of the most loved banchan recipes. 

If you look past the stinky smell of dried squid, you’ll realize how just incredibly tasty it is. 

Tossed in the sweet and spicy gochujang sauce and then pan-fried, this eclectic side dish tastes delicious with beer. 

Plus, it’s super easy to prepare and keeps well in the fridge. 

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10. Homemade Mak (Simple/Easy) Kimchi

I can’t end this list of scrumptious Korean banchan without mentioning the Korean staple that is Kimchi. 

Believe it or not, there’s something so magical about fermented cabbage that I can eat it with anything, including dumplings, fried rice, summer rolls, Korean bbq, and even straight out of the jar! 

Even though there are numerous kimchi recipes out there, I prefer making simple or mak kimchi. 
The combination of cabbage, seafood, ginger, garlic, red pepper powder, and sugar is heavenly – to say the least! 

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The Bottom Line

I hope you enjoyed reading this list of Korean side dishes. Each dish mentioned above has its unique flavor and texture. 

Try them all and pair them with different Korean staples to find out which one is your and your family’s favorite!

10 Korean side dishes

10 Korean side dishes

This recipe list features 10 of the best Korean side dishes you can make at home

Ingredients

  • Cabbage with Soybean Paste (Bomdong Doenjang Muchim)
  • Korean Marinated Spinach Banchan (Sigeumchi Namul)
  • Rolled Bibimbap with Beef
  • Korean Zucchini (Hobak Namul)
  • Kimchi Pancakes (Kimchi Jeon/Jun)
  • Spicy Stir-Fried Fish Cakes (Eomuk-Bokkeum)
  • Korean Rolled Egg Omelette (Gaeran Mari)
  • Spicy Braised Tofu (Dubu Jorim)
  • Korean Spicy Dried Squid Recipe (Ojingeochae Muchim)
  • Homemade Mak (Simple/Easy) Kimchi

Instructions

  1. Pick at least three Korean sides
  2. Gather the ingredients and start making them
  3. Once done, serve the side items alongside a hearty main.

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