If you’re wondering what to serve with your bulgogi, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 12 of the most popular side dishes for bulgogi.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with bulgogi are fresh kimchi, grilled bok choy, kimchi fried rice, braised baby potatoes, and yachaejeon. You can also serve japchae, fish cake stir fry, stuffed peppers, and baked potatoes. Try chilled oi naengguk, scallion salad, and pickled daikon for healthier options.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Kimchi is one of the classic accompaniments to bulgogi.
But, if you’re still intimidated by the tangy flavors of fermented kimchi, give this fresh kimchi (also known as geotjeori) a try instead.
It has a fresh sweet and spicy flavor compared to the sour notes of fermented kimchi.
The only drawback is you can’t keep it for a long time, unlike the fermented type.
Still, fresh kimchi is an excellent way to enjoy kimchi without the strong odor and taste of fermentation.
Grilled bok choy
Keep your bulgogi meal light and healthy with a serving of grilled bok choy.
It’s packed with citrusy and spicy flavors that beautifully complement bulgogi’s sweet and savory flavors.
You can whip up this grilled bok choy in just 10 minutes, ideal for those busy weeknight dinners.
Kimchi fried rice
Kimchi fried rice is a classic side dish that pairs well with any Korean main – including bulgogi.
The combination of kimchi juice and gochujang (spicy pepper paste) gives the humble fried rice a spicy flavor boost that any spice lover will enjoy.
Just pop a generous helping of bulgogi on top of your kimchi fried rice, and you’ve got the ultimate comfort meal.
Want to take things up a notch?
Finish off your kimchi fried rice with a fried egg and nori strips. Delish!
Fish cake stir fry
Also known as eomuk bokkeum, this is one of the most popular Korean side dishes.
It has many variations, but the main types are the spicy and non-spicy versions.
The spicy version has gochujang and gochugaru (hot chili pepper flakes).
Not only do these give the fish cakes their spice and heat, but they’re also responsible for the fiery-red color of the dish.
Serve this fish cake stir fry with your bulgogi and rice for a lunch meal that will leave you happily full.
Braised baby potatoes
Potato sides easily make the best accompaniment for any dish – and these braised baby potatoes are no exception.
Also known as gamja jorim, these potatoes go superbly with bulgogi.
The baby potatoes are covered in a sticky, finger-licking sweet, savory glaze, making them oh-so irresistible.
You’ll go through a whole plate of them before you know it.
You only need four essential ingredients to prepare these tasty Korean braised baby potatoes.
Yachaejeon, also known as Korean vegetable pancakes, is a fun way to enjoy fresh vegetables.
Perfectly crisp and golden brown, this is a great dish even for the pickiest of eaters.
Serve it with bulgogi for a light and delicious dinner.
Get creative and customize your yachaejeon – use other vegetables like zucchini, cabbage, or sweet potato.
Pro Tip: Make a gochujang dipping sauce to make your yachaejeon more flavorful.
Japchae is a staple noodle dish in Korean cuisine.
It features chewy glass noodles, tender vegetables, and a tasty sweet and savory sauce that will leave you wanting more.
Its vibrant colors and flavors make it the perfect base for bulgogi.
Plus, it’s a quick and easy dish that only takes about 15 minutes of prep and cooking in total.
Get this authentic easy japchae recipe here.
Looking for a refreshing side dish for your bulgogi?
Try oi naengguk, also known as chilled cucumber soup.
It features crunchy cucumbers and slippery seaweed.
You get a really unique texture with this combination.
Aside from the texture, oi naengguk gives you a tangy flavor that contrasts nicely with your bulgogi.
This salad, also called pa muchim, is a classic Korean side for meat dishes.
The scallions are julienned and soaked in cold water to remove their slime.
This makes the scallions appear fresh and curly.
You can keep it simple and season this salad with just gochugaru and sesame oil.
But if you want it to be more flavorful, add soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar.
Stuff this scallion salad with your bulgogi in a lettuce wrap for an easy yet light meal.
If you want a sweet and savory addition to your bulgogi, try this seasoned danmuji.
This dish features danmuji, a pickled daikon radish usually used in other dishes like kimbap.
The radish is cut and seasoned with classic Korean spices to make it a delicious side dish.
Enjoy this seasoned danmuji over a bed of rice with your bulgogi.
If you’re looking for a more familiar dish you can make to go with bulgogi, baked potatoes are a great choice.
A simple, baked potato is like steamed rice – the ideal base for virtually any meat dish (bulgogi included).
The creamy, fluffy insides of perfectly baked potatoes are just begging to be loaded with toppings.
Scoop a heaping serving of your tasty bulgogi (maybe even add some gochujang for spice) on top of your baked potatoes for a warm and comforting meal.
Follow Gimme Some Oven’s lead to make the very best baked potatoes.
And yes – bulgogi jacket potatoes are a real thing!
Add a fun Mexican twist to your bulgogi dish by making these stuffed peppers.
These peppers are filled with rice, black beans, and Mexican spices.
It may be unconventional, but it actually works out when you think about the flavors.
The spices provide you with a tasty contrast to your bulgogi’s sweet and savory flavors.
Plus, these black bean stuffed peppers have everything you need for a complete meal.
I personally skip the traditional stuffed pepper meat fillings and opt to make bulgogi beef stuffed peppers instead. So good!
The best side dishes for bulgogi
- Fresh kimchi
- Grilled bok choy
- Kimchi fried rice
- Fish cake stir fry
- Braised baby potatoes
- Oi naengguk
- Scallion salad
- Seasoned danmuji
- Baked potatoes
- Stuffed peppers
What To Serve With Bulgogi
- 1 portion bulgogi
- Prepare your bulgogi according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: fresh kimchi, grilled bok choy, kimchi fried rice, fish cake stir fry, braised baby potatoes, yachaejeon, japchae, oi naengguk, scallion salad, seasoned danmuji, baked potatoes, and korean stuffed peppers.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.