Effortless Korean Side Dishes

Looking for easy Korean side dishes to make at home? These easy Korean BBQ recipes include salad, rice cakes, and broccoli. Korean cuisine combines salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and spicy flavors. This goes beyond major courses. Their addictiveness too! Have you tried Korean BBQ? 

You've probably seen the many tiny side dishes served with delicious grilled meats. Korean banchan, or side dishes, can be eaten with two bowls of rice! Each has a particular flavor, usually loaded with vegetables. Let's begin!   

Blanched spinach with garlic, soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil is easy and delicious! Seasoned spinach, known as sigumchi namul, is eaten practically daily in Korean homes and food gatherings. Bibimbap and japchae also contain seasoned spinach.   

Korean Seasoned Spinach

This side dish could shine at your next summer barbecue. Serve with your main BBQ dish for a flavor explosion! Oi muchim, or cucumber salad, is another Korean favorite. In English, oi signifies cucumber and muchim indicates seasoned. That concludes! Only spice and fresh cucumbers are needed for this dish. For heat, use gochugaru or Korean red chili pepper flakes. 

Korean Cucumber Salad 

Kimchi contains salty, spicy fermented cabbage (or radishes) with a sour flavor. Its flavor comes from a chili pepper flakes, ginger, garlic, and apple paste. Best part? Kimchi is vitamin- and mineral-rich and probiotic. Weight loss and decreased cholesterol are other fantastic benefits of this side dish. 


Another hot Korean meal to warm you. Chewy rice cakes are delicious. Korean street cuisine with spicy and sweet flavors is a hit at my house! I adore serving this pounded rice with fried items or soup. Oh, very tasty!   

Spicy Korean Rice Cakes 

This salad has pleasant sweet and sour tones from thin radish slices and basic ingredients. This radish salad is usually served with kimchi ingredients, but sugar and vinegar add depth. Choose a tasty radish for sharp, peppery flavor in every bite.  

Sweet and Sour Radish Salad 

Korean fried zucchini fritters complement any Korean meal. This recipe makes crispy, thinly sliced zucchini in a flour-egg batter. Add some salt and you're done. Naturally, fried zucchini tastes better with a sour or spicy sauce.  

Korean Fried Zucchini 

Make soybean sprouts to avoid spice. A popular banchan, this meal also goes into bibimbap. Garlic, sesame oil, scallions, and salt give it a pleasant taste. The tall white stem adds crispness, while the yellow sprouts taste nutty. Soybean shoots go beyond sides. They make great bibimbap additions. You can add them to Asian stir fries or soups.  

Korean Soybean Sprouts 

Eggplants are in season in July. What a great time to steam eggplants! The Korean side dish gaji namul is simple to make and a classic. Steam eggplants, cut them into thin strips, and season. Delicious everyday Korean side dish in 15 minutes!  

Steamed Eggplant 

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