Kkaennip Jjim (Steamed Perilla Leaves)

Kkaennip Jjim (Steamed Perilla Leaves)

This steamed perilla leaf side dish (kkaennip jjim, 깻잎찜) is a summer favorite! While pickled kkaennip is a staple side dish all year around, this dish is enjoyed in the summer when fresh perilla leaves are plentiful. It’s one of those dishes that brings back memories of my childhood summertime meals that were made with lots of fresh vegetables.

The fragrant perilla leaves are lightly seasoned with a simple mixture of seasonings. Briefly steaming mellows the taste of this strong flavored vegetable while keeping the freshness of the leaves. If you find fresh perilla leaves a bit too strong, try this steamed version.

Once you clean the leaves, it only takes a few minutes to put the sauce together and steam the leaves either over the stovetop or in the microwave. I made it quite spicy here, but you can always reduce the amount of gochugaru or omit it entirely to make the dish mild.

Pick up a leaf with chopsticks and wrap a bit of warm rice in it and enjoy. It will surely perk up your appetite!

For other uses of summer’s abundant perilla leaves, see kkaennip kimchi, ssam (wraps) for meat or fish, bibim guksu, kkaennip jeon, gamjatang, gimbap (rice rolls), and pork rolls.

Kkaennip Jjim (Steamed Perilla Leaves)

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Kkaennip Jjim (Steamed Perilla Leaves)
Steamed perilla leaves with a simple seasoning - quick and easy Korean banchan!
Servings: 4
Author: Hyosun Ro
  • 25 to 30 perilla leaves kkaennip, 깻잎
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Korean red chili pepper flakes gochugaru (I used 2 tablespoons for the photo)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 scallion chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Wash the leaves thoroughly (especially the back sides) under running water, one leaf at a time. Hold the stems together, and shake off the excess water.
    Kkaennip Jjim (Steamed Perilla Leaves)
  2. Place them in a colander to further drain.
    Kkaennip Jjim (Steamed Perilla Leaves)
  3. Mix all the seasoning ingredients well in a small bowl.
    Kkaennip Jjim (Steamed Perilla Leaves)
  4. In a heat proof or microwave safe bowl, place 3 or 4 leaves at a time, and spread a teaspoon of the sauce all over the top leaf. Repeat the process with the remaining leaves. Rotate the location of the stem part of each batch to level the stack. Pour any remaining sauce around the leaves when all the leaves are used up.
    Kkaennip Jjim (Steamed Perilla Leaves)
  5. To steam, boil about 1-inch high water in a large enough pot to loosely fit the bowl with the perilla, and then carefully place the bowl in the pot. Cover, and steam for 2 to 3 minutes. Adding a folded paper towel at the bottom will prevent the bowl from rattling in the boiling water. Another option is to wrap the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and microwave for 2 minutes.
    Kkaennip Jjim (Steamed Perilla Leaves)

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  1. Thank you, Ms Roh, for teaching me how to cook yummy authentic Korean dishes for my family!
  2. Banmibanhan says:
    Hello ajumma, I hope you wont mind if I make a request here but I am having a super hard time finding a recipe for Korean beef stock. I know you can buy 쇠고기다시다 but I would like to make it at home because the Korean store is far away. Do you think you might consider giving us a recipe? You're the only one I trust because your recipes always taste just like the restaurants. I hope you have a good day. Komapsumnida
  3. Carissa Poellot Lin says:
    Loved this perilla recipe even more than the first one. Thank you so much for sharing!