Korean food is delicious and well-spiced, but sometimes finding plant-based options for takeout can be tough. It can be easier to simply make it at home, especially if you’re trying to save some money. If you’re up for the challenge, give these plant-based Korean recipes a try! All of them are different and all of them are Korean! Don’t forget to view these recipes and many more on our Food Monster App!
1. Vegan Korean Glazed Fried Chicken Tenders
2. Vegetable Tteokbokki: Korean Spicy Rice Cakes
If you are looking for something with at little heat, this Vegetable Tteokbokki: Korean Spicy Rice Cakes by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez is the perfect recipe. Tteokbokki is a Korean dish traditionally made with rice cakes, fish cakes, and a sweet, spicy, thick sauce. However, this version cuts out the fish cakes and covers the rice cakes in a rich, sweet, spicy, red miso sauce. These chewy rice cakes and bold, fiery sauce make this dish a perfect meal for cold weather.
3. Korean Pancake With Sliced Roots and Chilli Sweet and Sour Tamari
A quick dish to make that will be your new favorite is the Korean pancake – crispy on the outside and filled with veggie goodness on the inside, it is wonderful dipped in the best tamari dressing ever! This Korean Pancake With Sliced Roots and Chilli Sweet and Sour Tamari by Bettina Campolucci Bordi is so delicious!
4. Bangin’ Korean Bibimbap
Source: Bangin’ Korean Bibimbap
Bibimbap is the rockstar of Korean cuisine. Bibimbap (meaning “mixed rice”) is basically a dish of steamed rice, served with sautéed seasonal vegetables and meat and served with an addictive gochujang chili sauce. It’s one of the easiest Korean dishes to make completely plant-based because the meat isn’t mandatory and this Bangin’ Korean Bibimbap by Crazy Vegan Kitchen doesn’t disappoint! You can keep it traditional with the veggies specified here, or go nuts with whatever you like and is available to you.
5. Korean Spicy Sweet Potato Falafel Tacos With Kimchi
These Korean Spicy Sweet Potato Falafel Tacos With Kimchi by Maikki Vasala combine Korean flavors with Mediterranean falafels and Mexican tacos … this is the most culturally diverse meal you’ll ever have! And it’s pretty darn delicious, too.
6. Bok Choy Namul: Korean Bok Choy
Source: Bok Choy Namul: Korean Bok Choy
Bok choy is mild in flavor and the stems are lightly sweet and crunchy. It also takes on any flavor it’s cooked with, so it’s the perfect canvas for these Korean spices! This Bok Choy Namul: Korean Bok Choy by Julie Park is a quick and easy 10-minute veggie side dish that is hearty, healthy, and full of Korean flavors like gochujang and sesame oil.
7. Korean Braised Tofu
Source: Korean Braised Tofu
You are just seven ingredients away from delicious Korean-style tofu. This Korean Braised Tofu by Anita Jacobson uses onion, soy sauce, sake, sugar, Korean chili powder, and scallion to create a flavorful and healthy meal. Garnish with some sesame seeds for added flair and texture.
8. Korean Style Tofu Stew
Source: Korean Style Tofu Stew
Kimchi and tofu are a match made in culinary heaven. Both ingredients have haters for sure but those who appreciate the flavors of both will love this Korean Style Tofu Stew by Alexandra V Jones. The tofu soaks up the spicy broth, and the kimchi lends a well-balanced tang!
9. Fresh Korean Bean Sprout Salad
Source: Fresh Korean Bean Sprout Salad
This simple 10-minute Fresh Korean Bean Sprout Salad by Julie Park is fresh, crunchy, and addicting. Toss them into a stir-fry, enjoy it as a side dish, mix into a salad, or eat it as is. No matter how you eat it, you’ll love it!
10. Jap-chae: Korean Stir-Fried Glass Noodles
Jap-chae literally means “mixed veggies.” It’s a popular dish at Korean parties and potlucks, and considering the traditional cooking method, it deserves to be a celebration dish. Various julienned vegetables are stir-fried separately to maintain their vibrant colors. Then they are gently tossed with seasoned glass noodles to create this colorful Jap-chae: Korean Stir-Fried Glass Noodles by HeeJee Lee.
11. Doenjang Jjigae: Korean Soybean Paste Stew
This quick Doenjang Jjigae: Korean Soybean Paste Stew by Hyeon Jeong Yoon is a easy, super healthy Korean vegan stew. Doenjang Jjigae is made with soybean paste, vegetables and fresh tofu. It has anti-aging and anti-cancer properties, vitamin A, vitamin C and tons of minerals.
12. Korean Tempeh Lettuce Wraps
Source: Korean Tempeh Lettuce Wraps
These simple Korean Tempeh Lettuce Wraps by Steven Seighman are a healthy and delicious dish you can make as an appetizer or entrée. The addition of rice could take it from appetizer to entrée if you’re so inclined. If you want to get out of that heavy-holiday-food mode, give these wraps a try.
13. Spicy Korean Red Pepper Noodles
Source: Spicy Korean Red Pepper Noodles
Korean red pepper paste is a great way to add some spice to any ordinary noodle dish. These Spicy Korean Red Pepper Noodles by Melanie Sorrentino are mixed with some of the pepper paste and then are topped with sautéed mushrooms and Swiss chard. Sprinkle on some fresh green onion and dinner is served!
14. Kimchi Chigae: Korean Kimchi Stew
Kimchi chigae is a Korean recipe that has the aim of making sure nothing goes to waste. Like bibimbap, it’s about taking what’s in your fridge that you would otherwise not serve at the table and putting them into a pot until they become delicious again. If you like spicy food, you will love this Kimchi Chigae: Korean Kimchi Stew by Joanne Lee. It’s easy, delicious, and healthy to boot!
15. Dubu Jorim: Korean Spicy Braised Tofu
This Dubu Jorim: Korean Spicy Braised Tofu by Melanie Sorrentino is something that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes that will please every palate. Tofu is braised in a savory, spicy sauce made with red pepper flakes along with onion, garlic, and green onions. It’s crisp around the edges, but tender and juicy on the inside — perfect for serving with rice or noodles!
If you’re a fan of takeout, check out these 20 Vegan Chinese Dishes and these roundup of 15 of Your Chinese Takeout Faves Made Plant-Based!
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