Healthy Korean Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Korean recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Quick Cucumber Kimchi

Rating: 4.18 stars
11
While slowly fermented cabbage and pungent garlic are the ingredients most people associate with kimchi, there are dozens and dozens of other versions of Korea's national dish, featuring all manner of vegetables, such as these quickly pickled cucumbers with just a trace of garlic.

Korean Grilled Mackerel

Rating: 4.75 stars
4
Oily fish, such as mackerel, are strong-flavored and pair well with boldly seasoned glazes made from gochujang chile paste. The red, rich paste is so common in Korea that it is sold in virtually every supermarket in plastic containers ranging in size from about 2 cups to about 2 quarts. Normally the main ingredients are fermented soybeans ground with red chiles and powdered rice, plus a little salt and sweetener.

Soy Sauce Eggs

Rating: 4.5 stars
2
Try this salty-sweet hard-boiled egg recipe as a swap for deviled eggs at your next party or as a midday snack. Or serve on top of your next ramen noodle bowl.

Korean Chicken Soup

Rating: 4.8 stars
5
This quick and easy spicy chicken soup recipe is made with leftover cooked chicken and is spiked with garlic, ginger and hot sauce.

Gochujang Stir-Fry Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
1
Get Korean street-food flavor with this quick and healthy homemade stir-fry sauce. Use it for stir-fries, as a marinade for chicken, beef or pork or for tossing with Asian noodles.

Homemade Kimchi

If you are looking to start fermenting your own vegetables, the Korean dish kimchi is a great place to start. It's easy to make, and fermentation takes just a few days. Once you have kimchi on hand, serve this healthy dish along with any meal, as an ingredient in stir-fries, stews, savory pancakes and more, or as a condiment to liven up grain bowls, tacos, sandwiches--and the list goes on!

Kimchi Shrimp Cup of Noodles

Make your own cup of instant soup at home with this Korean noodle recipe. Pack several jars at once to take to work for easy lunches throughout the week.

Seaweed & Tofu Soup

Rating: 4 stars
2
Korean meals always include soups--like this mild one based on vitamin-rich wakame seaweed, the same kind often used in miso soup.

Korean Beef Lettuce Rolls

Crisp and crunchy lettuce rolls keep this delicious meal diabetic-friendly.

Sweet & Spicy Soy-Braised Short Ribs

The sticky sauce on these ribs, made with tamari (or soy sauce), gochujang, grated pear and honey, is inspired by bulgogi, a staple of Korean barbecue. Don't skip the step of running them under the broiler before serving—it gives the ribs the crisp edges you'd get from grilling. Serve with stir-fried baby bok choy and brown rice to sop up the delicious sauce.
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Broccoli, Mushroom & Beef Stir-Fry

Rating: 4 stars
6
This healthy beef and broccoli stir-fry recipe has a Korean-inspired gochujang sauce. Because stir-fries cook up quickly, have all the ingredients prepped and next to the stove before you turn on the heat. Serve over brown rice or rice noodles.

Gat Kimchi Mandoo (Mustard-Green Kimchi Dumplings)

This dumpling recipe uses gat kimchi as its filling for bright flavor in every bite.
Advertisement

Inspiration and Ideas

13 Healthy Korean-Inspired Recipes for Weeknights
These healthy Korean-inspired recipes are just what you need on busy weeknights.
10 Healthy Kimchi Recipes
The fermented vegetable dish—which can be made with cabbage or other vegetables—is a staple of Korean cuisine.

Korean Beef Stir-Fry

Rating: 4 stars
19

Inspired by the flavors found in Korean barbecue, this dish is a mouth-watering addition to any weeknight repertoire. A fruity Riesling and rice noodles are perfect accompaniments.