15 Korean Vegetable Side Dishes

A collection of 15 delicious Korean vegetable side dishes (banchan) you can make at home!
a collage of 6 Korean vegetable side dishes with a title 15 vegetable side dishesHere’s a collection of easy and healthy Korean vegetable side dishes (banchan, 반찬)! Mostly vegan! While these are staple dishes on the Korean table (bapsang, 밥상) that are enjoyed year round, they are certainly better with summer’s abundant fresh vegetables.

This comprehensive list covers many Korean cooking techniques (blanching, steaming, braising, and stir-frying) for vegetables and typical seasonings used for different vegetable side dishes. Whether you’re looking for a simple side dish or two for your Korean grilling, or an array of side dishes for other Korean meals, these banchan will complement just about any main dish!

If you make a few of these side dishes and have some left over, make bibimbap or tofu bibimbap

1. Kongnamul Muchim (Seasoned Soybean Sprouts)

Kongnamul muchim (Soybean Sprout Side Dish)

2. Sigeumchi Namul (Seasoned Spinach)

Korean spinach side dish

3. Oi Muchim (Spicy Cucumber Salad)

Oi Muchim (Spicy Cucumber Side Dish)

4. Hobak Bokkeum (Stir-fried Zucchini)

Hobak bokkeum (stir-fried zucchini)

5. Gaji Namul (Steamed Eggplants)

Gaji Namul (Eggplant side dish)

6. Sukju Namul (Seasoned Bean Sprouts)

Sukju namul (seasoned bean sprouts)

7. Oi Bokkeum (Stir-fried Cucumbers)

Korean side dish stir-fried cucumbers

8. Watercress Namul

Watercress namul

9. Mu Saengchae (Spicy Radish Salad)

Mu Saengchae (Korean Radish Salad)

10. Gamja Jorim (Braised Potatoes)

Gamja jorim (Soy braised potatoes)

11. Putbaechu (Young Cabbage) Doenjang Muchim 

putbaechu doenjang muchim photo

12. Mu Namul (Stir-fried Radish)

Mu namul (radish side dish)

13. Sesame Broccoli 

Sesame Broccoli

14. Gaji Bokkeum (Stir-fried Eggplants)

stir-fried eggplants

15. Mu Saengchae (Sweet and Sour Radish Salad) 

Musaengchae (Sweet and sour radish salad)


See here for a complete list of side dishes.