Korean food is said to be one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. And if you’ve had any Korean food, then it’s not hard to figure out why. There’s a balance between protein, carbs, and vegetables, that’s just not typically seen in other cuisines. Each meal is well balanced and well thought-off. It’s no wonder why it’s so popular these days and with the rise of Korean Groceries, also known as Korean Marts or Korean Markets, making Korean dishes at home has never been this easy. If you love Korean food or are curious to try more beyond Kimchi and Korean BBQ, here are 5 simple Korean Dishes you can make at home.
- Haemul Pajeon (Seafood Pancake)
If you already know how to cook pancakes and if you already have pancake mix or know how to make some, then you’re already halfway done. Haemul Pajeon is a simple seafood pancake made with scallions or green onions and a mix of whatever seafood you may prefer. Clams, oysters, calamari, shrimp, or whatever seafood you love goes great in this dish. It’s really easy to make as if you were cooking pancakes with just a few extra ingredients and steps. Haemul Pajeon is also typically served with a sweet and tangy sauce.
Get the full recipe here: https://mykoreankitchen.com/korean-seafood-and-green-onion-pancakes-haemul-pajeon/
2. Budae-jjigae (Army Stew)
Cooking can be intimidating. For beginners or those who feel like they can’t cook, this next Korean dish is perfect for you. Budae-jjigae, also known as Army Stew or Spicy Sausage Stew, is a fairly simple dish as most of the actual “cooking” is just prepping and slicing the ingredients and putting them together to boil. Budae-jjigae is also the perfect example of how balanced Korean dishes can be. Ingredients are as simple as ham, spam, instant noodles, kimchi, tofu, and baked beans. The other ingredients can easily be sourced at any Korean grocery.
Get the full recipe here: https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/budae-jjigae
3. Beef Bulgogi
Korean BBQ is undoubtedly and easily the most popular kind of Korean food. It is usually what people associate Korean food with and it is everywhere. If you can’t get enough of it, try upping your game with a Beef Bulgogi recipe. This dish will surely hit all the notes and more of a next-level BBQ dish. The important thing to remember here is the marinade and marinate time. The cooking process will be just like doing Korean BBQ. With a flavorful marinade that just elevates the taste of the beef, this is one dish you will surely keep coming back to.
Get the full recipe here: https://damndelicious.net/2019/04/21/korean-beef-bulgogi/
4. Tteokbokki (Stir-Fried Rice Cake)
For truly something new that’s easily likable, try making this dish. Tteokbokki is a stir-fried rice cake dish served with a sweet and spicy sauce. It’s a great snack or a meal on its own if you add a little more ingredients like fishcakes, hotdogs, and more. The dish is best enjoyed really spicy. You can always start off with just a little and work your way up. Having fishcakes along with the rice cake is truly the way to cook and have the dish. Preparation is fairly easy as you can often buy a full set in Korean Markets that already includes a pre-mixed sauce, it’s like cooking instant noodles but better.
Get the full recipe here: https://www.koreanbapsang.com/tteokbokki-spicy-stir-fried-rice-cakes
5. Kimchi Fried Rice
This last dish might seem like a copout but it should be a staple for anyone who loves Korean food. It is one of the Korean easiest dishes to make. All you need really is just rice and Kimichi. The tip is to not use freshly cooked rice. Use day-old or left-over rice which makes cooking the dish easier. This makes a great side dish for any other Korean food. It can also be its own meal especially if you top it with a fried egg. You can cook as much or as little as you want and it’s probably the most inexpensive dish on this list. If you still need or want a recipe on how to make this, then check the link below:
Get the full recipe here: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018097-kimchi-fried-rice
Korean food is wonderfully flavorful and on the spicy side. If you can get through these simple recipes, there’s more to explore and try. Feel free to mix and match the dishes and trust us when we say that these will easily become part of your regular meal rotation.