15 Recipes For Korean Side Dishes To Add To Any Meal

With no Korean restaurants near where we live in Europe, we are left to make our own Korean recipes at home. Whether making a full Korean meal or adding some of these Korean side dish recipes to any meat or fish dish, these recipes are a great way to spice up your meal.

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Cooking Korean Food At Home

We started cooking both Japanese and Korean recipes at home because during the five years we’ve lived in Europe, we’ve lived in cities without either cuisine. The horror! We started by cooking Korean fried chicken, expanding into bulgogi and Korean bbq. Now, we are consistently trying to find different ways to cook Korean at home. This includes adding Korean side dishes to different main meals.

Sure, a daikon salad or kimchi pairs well with Korean fried chicken or bbq, but some of these dishes make great snacks on their own, or pair well with grilled or roasted meats and fish as well.

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Tasty Korean Side Dish Recipes

Banchan – Side Dish In Korean

Although several of the Korean side dish recipes below include Korean vegetables and stir-fries, several of the recipes below can also be characterized as banchan.

Korean banchan refers to a side dish served alongside rice and other dishes. Sometimes, these dishes are placed on the table before the main course and are meant to be snacked on throughout the meal. Kimchi always is present on the table as are a variety of other often fermented and pickled vegetables. They offer a fabulous mix of sour, spicy, sweet, and sour flavors that pair well with most Korean meals.

Examples of banchan side dishes below include cucumber kimchi and Korean soybean sprouts.

What To Serve With Korean BBQ

What To Serve With Korean BBQ

Eating Korean BBQ in Korea is one of our favorite things to do! Although it can be slightly intimidating the first few times, it’s a fun and tasty way to spend an evening in South Korea, particularly when paired with local beer and shochu, one of our favorite things to drink in Korea!

There are a variety of Korean side dishes that pair well with Korean BBQ. Sure, when eating bbq in Korea you will be served several options at a time, but even a simple daikon salad or kimchi pancake works well when serving bbq at home.

The Best Tasty Korean Side Dish Recipes

Korean Pickled Radish

Korean Pickled Radish

This Korean pickled radish is crunchy, sour, and sweet! It’s a great side dish to serve alongside fried food such as Korean fried chicken. This is the perfect Korean side dish for Korean fried chicken, one of our favorite foods to eat in Seoul.

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Cucumber Kimchi

Cucumber Kimchi

This quick cucumber kimchi side dish recipe is so full of flavor! These are a take on Korean cucumbers (called Oi Kimchi) that are spicy, quick-pickled, and a little vinegary. The blend of spice and vinegar makes this one of the best side dishes for Korean BBQ.

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Daikon Radish Kimchi

Daikon Radish Kimchi

Sharp and spicy, this Daikon Radish Kimchi is delicious served with grilled meats or fish. Ginger, garlic, and scallions give the kimchi a boost of flavor while Korean chili powder (gochugaru) lends a bit of heat. It’s one of the more easy Korean side dishes!

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Korean Soybean Sprouts

Korean Soybean Sprouts

This has got to be one of the most popular banchan side dishes! A non-spicy banchan, this Korean soybean sprout side dish is well-seasoned, delicious, easy to make and done in 10 minutes!

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Kimchi Pancakes

Kimchi Pancakes

These savory, kimchi pancakes are a Korean side dish, typically served with Breakfast but can also be eaten as a snack or appetizer. The kimchi, garlic, and soy sauce add loads of flavor to these unique pancakes and the sweet and sour sauce complements them perfectly.

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Tteokbokki – Spicy Korean Rice Cakes

Tteokbokki - Spicy Korean Rice Cakes

Tteokbokki is commonly served as both street food and a side dish. It’s made of chewy rice cakes cooked in a deliciously spicy gochujang sauce! This is one of our favorite things to eat in Seoul, particularly at some of the night markets.

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Japchae – Korean Glass Noodles

Japchae - Korean Glass Noodles

Japchae is a popular Korean side made of glass noodles and vegetables. It’s flavored with a sweet and savory sauce made of sugar and soy sauce!

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Korean Glass Noodle Vegetable Stir Fry

Korean Glass Noodle Vegetable Stir Fry

Ditch take out with this Korean Glass Noodle Veggie Stir Fry. Simple ingredients, loads of veggies, and just 25 minutes from start to finish.

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Korean Stir-Fried Vegetables

Spice up your sides, baby corn and green beans stir-fried with oil, garlic, chilli and soy sauce. Lastly, a trickle of honey added for a bit of sweetness. A fantastic Korean stir-fried vegetable side.

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Korean Fried Cauliflower

Korean Fried Cauliflower

Korean fried cauliflower uses Korean chili paste for spice and brown sugar for a hint of sweet to balance the heat. It goes well with many different main dishes. This is one of my favorite Korean sides because it’s a great way to make one of our favorite vegetables.

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Stir-Fried Korean Zucchini

Stir-Fried Korean Zucchini

Made in a quick 10 minutes, this stir-fried Korean zucchini side dish (hobak bokkeum) is sweet and tender with quintessential Korean ingredients such as garlic, sesame seeds, and scallions. This is a super tasty Korean zucchini side dish.

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Korean Steamed Eggs

Korean Steamed Eggs

Korean steamed eggs, also called Gyeran Jjim, is an easy side dish ready in just 10 minutes! Eggs are mixed with broth and steamed until light and fluffy! This is a dish we ate for the first time as a Korean BBQ side dish because the fluffiness and creaminess offset the flavor of the Korean bbq.

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Korean Marinated Eggs

These Mayak Eggs are a big hit in Korea. Now you can discover these amazingly addictive little morsels! These mayak eggs are great sides for noodle bowls and soups. And they are one of the best easy Korean side dishes to make.

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Korean Cucumber Salad

Korean Cucumber Salad

Crunchy, sweet & spicy quick pickled radish recipe that is sugar-free and ready to eat in just 45 minutes. Garnish your routine dal-rice, tacos, or salad with this no-sugar radish pickle and enjoy. This Korean radish side dish takes a bit of time, but it’s well worth it.

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Injeolmi Rice Cake – Korean Sweet Rice Cake

Injelomi rice cakes are a sweet side perfect for balancing lighter meals or as a replacement for dessert. Try serving them alongside soup or salad. I one of the most traditional Korean sides.

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