What makes Korean food considered healthy is the proportionally high consumption of vegetables, moderate to high consumption of legumes and fish, and low consumption of red meat. You’ll be surprised at how skillful you are in the kitchen when you whip together these tasty Korean dishes. There are many easy Korean dishes that are simple to make and are delicious as dinner, so don’t think each of your Korean meals needs hours of preparation.
01. Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokumbap)
Making kimchi fried rice is a great way to use leftover kimchi that’s a bit past its prime, as well as leftover rice. You can make it with Canadian bacon or thinly sliced beef, pork, ham, or even Spam. Or, use tofu for a vegetarian protein.
02. Instant Pot Korean Beef
Perhaps not a classic Korean preparation, but this Instant Pot Korean beef recipe has all of the traditional tastes expected in a Korean beef dish, including gochujang chili paste. Beef along with garlic, green onions, soy sauce, and brown sugar cooks for just 25 minutes pressure cooker until rich and flavorful.
03. Bulgogi Chicken
While it’s admittedly not quite as easy as ordering takeout barbecue from the Korean restaurant, this backyard replica Bulgogi Chicken makes a convincing stand-in without too much effort. Serve it with rice, kimchi, and your favorite Korean condiments.
04. Korean Pancake With Scallions (Pa Jun)
When you want a quick and cheap appetizer or side dish, Korean pancake with scallions is easy and always a big crowd-pleaser. They work well with many different vegetables and even with different ratios of batter to scallions (in other words, more batter and fewer scallions, or less batter and more scallions and other vegetables). You can serve it with a dipping sauce or soy sauce.
05. Korean Rolled Egg Omelette (Gaeran Mari)
You only need 10 minutes to make this beautiful dish. You could enjoy a Korean rolled egg omelet for breakfast, as part of a bento lunch, or for dinner. Like most Korean dishes, this recipe has many variations. You can use different vegetables, even add in some diced ham, omit the seaweed if you don’t have any, or Westernize it with the addition of some cheese, and it will still be delicious if you keep the proportions right.
In Korean, “bibim” means mixing various ingredients, while ‘bap” means rice. So, basically, bibimbap means mixed rice and is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with seasoned vegetables;es and gojuchang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang(a fermented soybean paste) and lastly topped with egg and sometimes sliced meat (usually beef). You stir everything together and easily eat with spoon.
07. Jangeo-Gui (Grilled Eel)
Jangeo-Gui is a grilled dish made with marinated and grilled freshwater eels. Koreans believe this dish is great for men, its suppose to give them good stamina. It’s high in protein so it’s also great for people who work out a lot and want to try a new tasty dish.
Making Korean meals can seem intimidating at first because there are so many components from the soups and the stews to the pickled side dishes that need advance preparation. A well-planned traditional Korean meal includes flavors that are sweet, sour, bitter, hot, and salty. But actually Korean dishes are very worth to try!