17 Tasty Vegan Korean Recipes

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Prepare your chopsticks for a culinary adventure to Asia with these delicious vegan Korean recipes — including ramen, vegan pork belly, and crispy kimchi fritters!

Korean food is more than just the exotic and mouth-watering flavors; it’s an experience in every bite. 

Enjoy making these traditional and trendy recipes and invite some East-Asian inspiration into your kitchen!

Traditional Korean, fusion, and street food favorites inspire the following recipes! Check out our Asian, Vietnamese, and Chinese recipes for more.

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Bibimbap
Invite color onto your plate with this rainbow vegan bibimbap. Fresh-cut vegetables are assembled over rice with grilled portobello mushroom and miso sauce. Enjoy the crisp texture and umami flavor!
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Crispy Kimchi Rice Fritters
Enjoy the tangy, spicy goodness of kimchi with these crispy rice fritters! These well-spiced and arguably irresistible fritters are golden and delicious dunked in spicy aioli sauce – made from eight simple ingredients.
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Korean Braised Tofu
Korean braised tofu will become your new go-to meal! Pan-fried tofu is loaded with chili and rich umami seasoning. Each bite is flavorful and accompanies noodles or rice well – high in protein!
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Rice Balls
Yum up your plate with these Korean rice balls. Made from tofu and rice, and seasoned with a medley of gochugaru flakes, herbs, sesame, and soy, these crispy rice balls are irresistible and best served with spicy mayo!
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Korean BBQ Crispy Tofu
Searching for Korean comfort food? This crispy BBQ tofu will nurture your soul and please your belly! This tangy, sweet tofu is best enjoyed over warm rice and made from only a few ingredients!
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Kimchi Mac and Cheese
This Korean-American fusion dish will surely make your mouth water! Silky macaroni and cheese is dotted with tangy kimchi. The subtle sourness cuts the rich pasta perfectly – so delicious!
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Kimbap With Tofu
If you love sushi, you'll need to try Kimbap. This Korean seaweed and rice roll is seasoned with sesame oil and filled with cooked protein and vegetables. A complete meal that's rich in marine minerals!
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Korean Veggie Tofu Mandu Dumplings
Get your chopsticks ready for these mandu dumplings. A gorgeous wheat dough is stuffed with tofu, glass noodles, and vegetables, then steamed or pan-fried until hot. Enjoy with a soy-based dipping sauce and fresh green onion – freezer-friendly!
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Braised Potatoes – Gamja Jorim
An iconic side dish that is both sweet and savory. These braised potatoes, also known as gamja jorim, are coated with a soy and brown sugar glaze and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Perfect served alongside your favorite Korean main.
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Spicy Korean Rice Cakes – Tteokbokki
Explore new flavors and dig into this cult-favorite Korean street food, tteokbokki. Made from steamed rice cakes simmered in a spicy chili sauce, tteokbokki can take many forms; this recipe balances the soft cake with chewy vegan hot dogs!
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Gochujang Cauliflower Wings
Get your napkin ready for these sticky, spicy gochujang cauliflower wings! It's an irresistible appetizer that's finger-licking good. Elevate each wing with a dunk in gochujang mayo sauce – great for parties!
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Sweet Pancakes Hotteok
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this nicely spiced sweet potato pancake. Fluffy pancakes are stuffed with hot cinnamon sugar and served warm off the griddle. It is a fun and unique dessert you're guaranteed to enjoy.
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Korean Glass Noodles
These Korean glass noodles are packed with vegetables and have a rich umami flavor. Stringy and clear mung bean noodles take on the flavor of the surrounding ingredients, creating a symbiotic dish that's delicious and fun to slurp up with chopsticks!
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Crispy Pork Belly
With patience and hard work, transform everyday ingredients into a mock pork belly that closely mimics the texture and taste! Enjoy it as is, or use it as the star ingredient in your other favorite Korean recipes.
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Ramen
An actual labor of love, this homemade ramen masters the gastronomy of a patient broth. Made with kelp, shiitake mushrooms, and miso, the broth is multidimensional and becomes the perfect anchor for soft noodles, grilled mushrooms, and corn.
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Korean Seaweed Soup
Enjoy a warm bowl of seaweed soup in only 20 minutes! Packed with vitamins, minerals, and protein, this humble soup is oh-so nourishing and an excellent snack or start to a larger meal.
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Mango Bingsu With Konjac
Cool down with this refreshing mango bingsu. A shaved ice dessert topped with mango, sweetened red bean paste, and konjac and made with almond milk and stevia for a lighter version of a traditional treat!
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17 Tasty Vegan Korean Recipes

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Prepare your chopsticks for a culinary adventure to Asia with these delicious vegan Korean recipes — including ramen, vegan pork belly, and crispy kimchi fritters!
Serves 3

Ingredients

Oi Muchim (Spicy Cucumber Salad)

  • 2 medium cucumbers Korean or English
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ½ - 1 tablespoon Korean red pepper flakes gochugaru
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 green onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Instructions

  • Slice the cucumbers into thin rounds or cut them at a diagonal. Place them in a bowl and sprinkle with ½ tsp salt. 
  • Let the cucumber sit for 10-15 minutes to draw out some water. Gently squeeze them to remove excess water without crushing them!
  • In a separate bowl, combine sugar, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, minced garlic, and green onion. Stir until well combined.
  • Add the cucumber, drizzle with sesame oil, and toss to combine.
  • Serve sprinkled with sesame seeds or chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to enhance the flavors.

Notes

  • Adjust everything according to spice preference, starting with a smaller amount.
  • This side pairs well with Korean BBQ, rice, noodles, or stews.
  • Find 15+ more vegan Korean recipes in the article above.
Course: Asian
Cuisine: Korean
Nutrition Facts
17 Tasty Vegan Korean Recipes
Amount per Serving
Calories
60
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Sodium
 
357
mg
16
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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