16 Korean-Inspired Side Dishes, from Bok Choy to Kimchi Fries
If you’re anything like us, you eat kimchi right out of the jar. And we’re on the hunt for side dishes that include our favorite Korean flavors, like gochujang, pickled vegetables and mentaiko. Ta-da: Here are 16 Korean-inspired side dishes to try for dinner, from the super authentic to the, um, not. (Loaded kimchi fries? Sign us up.)
Korean-Style Popcorn Cauliflower
It’s all about the gochujang-honey sauce—and, of course, our favorite veggie of all time, cauliflower.
Kimchi Fried Rice
Fried rice is one of our favorites, and we’ve been known to eat this side as our main dish. This modern twist features cauliflower rice, so you can finish the whole batch.
Pork and Kimchi Potstickers
Yep, you can fold your own dumplings at home in under an hour. We believe in you.
Loaded Kimchi Fries
You’ve never truly lived until you’ve tried these genius fries topped with caramelized kimchi, cilantro, cheddar cheese, onion and spicy mayo. (And did we mention they’re vegetarian?)
Stir-Fried Bok Choy
The satisfying crunch of this green is totally underappreciated. Cook it in sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, red pepper flakes and sesame seeds to really up the ante.
Spicy Korean Deviled Eggs
We’ve never thought of this before, but the deviled egg is a fantastic canvas for gochujang, chili and sesame seeds.
Creamy Gochujang Zoodles
Gochujang, a Korean red chili paste, takes center stage in this zucchini noodle dish. (If you want to stick to a more classic version, you can make it with traditional Korean noodles, too.)
Korean Beef Nachos
There’s something magical about pairing Korean and Mexican flavors in one dish. Case in point? These Korean-spiced beef nachos.
Homemade Vegetable Potstickers with Toasted Sesame Honey Soy Sauce
You don’t have to stuff your dumplings with pork. Try these vegetarian potstickers, packed with shiitake mushrooms, shredded cabbage and plenty of spices.
Everyday Asian Sesame Slaw
The sesame vinaigrette and shredded carrots give this coleslaw its Korean twist. Serve with or without fried chicken. (We say with.)
Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles
Bring some tang to the table. These refreshing cucumber noodles (coodles?) are tossed with a heavenly concoction of soy sauce, sesame and Sriracha dressing.
Egg Fried Rice
Having a classic fried rice recipe in your back pocket is a must. Might we recommend this super-easy recipe that’s ready in only 20 minutes?
Spicy, Savory and Completely Addictive Mentaiko Kimchi Udon
This incredible side will make you extremely popular with your family and friends. And with only five ingredients, it couldn’t be simpler.