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What to Serve with Bulgogi Beef? 12 BEST Side Dishes

We need something epic alongside our bulgogi beef. You know that juicy, flavorful Korean BBQ? Yeah, it deserves something special on the table with it. We’ve tried it all—crispy, crunchy, sweet, and savory.

Ever had bulgogi with garlic butter rice? Holy moly. It’s a match made in heaven. Or how about kimchi? Tangy, spicy, and perfect with that savory beef. We’re talking about sides that turn your meal into a feast.

Bulgogi might be the star, but the sides bring the magic. Get ready to elevate your Korean BBQ game with the best pairings. We promise these sides will make your taste buds dance and your stomachs happy.

Top 12 Side Dishes for Bulgogi Beef

Here are some of the best side dishes to serve with bulgogi beef:

1 – Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi fried rice is our jam! This side dish combines fermented cabbage with rice for a tangy and spicy experience. We like it with garlic, soy sauce, and a hint of sesame oil. It’s savory, a bit sour, and totally addictive.

We often add a lightly fried egg on top. It’s a game changer for texture.

2 – Korean Cucumber Salad

Ever heard of Korean cucumber salad? We love its crispiness and zing. Thinly sliced cucumbers, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and a touch of sugar create the perfect combo. The flavor? Bright, tangy, and slightly sweet. It’s a fantastic palate cleanser. Add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a kick.

This side dish is easy and refreshing.

3 – Japchae

Japchae is a wonder. Sweet potato noodles, veggies, and slices of beef. Tossed with soy sauce and sesame oil.

The texture’s unbeatable: chewy noodles, crisp veggies. The flavor? Sweet, savory, and a hint of garlic. We love the bits of spinach and mushroom.

Pro-tip: Add some chili flakes. It kicks things up a notch.

4 – Korean Spinach Salad

Ok, picture this: a bowl of steamed spinach, seasoned with soy sauce, garlic, and toasted sesame seeds.

It’s soft but crunchy, savory with a hint of nuttiness. We can’t get over how simple yet satisfying it is. This is a dish you won’t forget. Crispiness from the sesame seeds keeps us munching.

5 – Sautéed Mushrooms with Soy Sauce

Hey, let’s talk about mushrooms. We sauté them with soy sauce for a umami bomb you won’t forget. Mushrooms soak up the soy, giving them a savory goodness.

Ingredients? Simple: Mushrooms, soy sauce, garlic, and a touch of sesame oil. We love them for their rich, meaty texture.

6 – Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

Sweet potatoes are a side dish we can’t get enough of. Cut into wedges, tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Roast until crispy and golden. The flavor is both sweet and savory.

These wedges offer a crunchy exterior with a soft inside. We often add a sprinkle of smoked paprika or cinnamon for an extra kick.

7 – Korean Potato Salad

Korean potato salad is a different kind of comfort food we adore.

It has mashed and cubed potatoes, mayo, and a touch of sugar. This gives it a creamy, slightly sweet flavor.

Sometimes we mix in apples or even cucumbers for crunch. It’s both creamy and refreshing.

Try adding boiled eggs for extra richness. Just yum.

8 – Garlic Sautéed Broccoli

While simple, garlic sautéed broccoli has us hooked. The flavor is garlicky, salty, and a bit nutty from the sesame oil.

Ingredients? Broccoli, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil. We love how the garlic enhances the broccoli’s natural sweetness, making each bite satisfying.

Pro-tip: Add a dash of chili flakes if you like some heat.

With its crisp texture and bold flavor, it’s a standout side dish for any meal.

9 – Sesame Soy Glazed Eggplant

We love eggplant, especially when it’s glazed in a savory sesame soy sauce. It’s tender, slightly sweet, and packed with umami. No complications here—just simple ingredients: eggplant, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and a little honey.

This side dish is rich and flavorful. It’s perfect with any meal. Trust us, you’ll keep coming back for more.

10 – Miso Glazed Carrots

Carrots get a major upgrade with this miso glaze. We take fresh carrots and cook them until they’re tender but still have a bit of snap. Then, we toss them with miso, honey, and a touch of soy sauce for that killer umami flavor.

Each bite is sweet, savory, and a little salty. Simple ingredients, stunning taste.

11 – Korean Scallion Pancakes

We are obsessed with Korean scallion pancakes! Crispy, golden outside, soft inside. Bursting with fresh scallions, it’s simplicity at its finest.

Ingredients? Flour, water, egg, scallions, and soy sauce. That’s it. Fry on a hot pan until golden perfection.

Perfect balance of savory and slight sweetness. Dip them in soy sauce and relish in each bite. We’ve tried adding shrimp too—so good!

12 – Steamed Edamame

Steamed edamame is our go-to snack. Simply boil fresh, young soybeans and sprinkle with sea salt.

Quick, easy and healthy. The flavor is clean and slightly nutty.

For a twist, we sometimes add a dash of chili flakes or garlic powder. The texture is both tender and slightly firm.

Perfect for munching while waiting for the bulgogi to cook.