If you’re wondering what to serve with your Korean fried chicken, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 17 of the most popular side dishes for Korean fried chicken.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with Korean fried chicken are pickled daikon radish, garlic butter rice, Korean bean sprouts, soy braised potatoes, or corn cheese. You can also serve tteokbokki, cucumber salad, blanched spinach, or bao buns. Try sweet potato mash or cheddar waffles for unusual but tasty options.
Ready? let’s jump right in.
Korean bean sprouts
I always thought of bean sprouts as pretty pointless until I tried this Korean salad.
Instead of cooking the bean sprouts into oblivion, they’re blanched and then tossed in a mixture of sesame oil, sugar, black pepper, and soy sauce.
The resulting dish is crunchy and refreshing. Just what you need after devouring some Korean chicken wings.
TiffyCooks’ recipe also features a spicy version for lovers of heat.
Garlic butter rice
Need something more flavorful than plain white rice?
This garlic butter rice is the upgrade you’re looking for.
The simple addition of garlic, butter, and chicken broth takes your bland white rice to another flavor level.
You can even squeeze in some lemon juice to add a citrusy note.
This flavor-packed garlic butter rice is the perfect starchy base for your Korean fried chicken.
Korean cucumber salad is a no-cook dish that’ll only take you 10 minutes to make.
It features finger-licking good sauce that gives your sliced cucumbers the perfect balance between spicy, sweet, and nutty flavors.
The raw garlic also packs a punch.
Whip up this simple and refreshing oi muchim ahead of time – it’ll be even tastier the next day.
Tteokbokki is a popular Korean street food featuring tube-shaped rice cakes and Korean fish cakes in a savory, gochujang-based sauce.
The rice cakes have a chewy texture, and the sauce is perfect for dipping your chicken wings in.
Try it for yourself with this easy-to-follow tteokbokki recipe from pickled plum.
Pssst… want to add more substance? Add ramen noodles, cheese, eggs, carrots, or shredded cabbage to your tteokbokki.
Gamja jorim (braised potatoes)
Got some potatoes lying around and want to try something different?
Try gamja jorim – a dish of crispy-on-the-outside and fluffy-on-the-inside potatoes braised in sweet soy sauce.
The sauce is left to thicken, allowing it to coat the potatoes in sticky, umami goodness.
Want to add some heat?
Add some gochujang or a dash of gochugaru!
Gamja jorim is so good that you’ll be sad when it’s all gone.
Korean spicy slaw
Coleslaw is a popular side dish for Southern fried chicken, so it makes sense to serve some coleslaw with your Korean fried chicken too.
You could go with a creamy coleslaw to tame the heat of the wing sauce.
But to keep things exciting, I recommend this gochujang laced Asian-style coleslaw.
The crispy vegetables will add a nice freshness to your meal.
Bao buns are traditionally a Chinese dish, but they pair superbly with Korean fried chicken.
Load these soft-as-cloud buns with your boneless Korean fried chicken pieces and some kimchi slaw, and you’ve got a handy, delicious meal.
Make these fluffy steamed bao buns with the help of Side Chef’s recipe.
Serve your Korean fried chicken over these cheddar waffles for a fun and delicious twist on the classic chicken and waffles.
The cheesy waffles have a hint of onion flavor, thanks to the scallions.
Add a drizzle of spicy maple syrup and you have a fusion meal worthy of a 5* restaurant.
Eat these cheddar-scallion waffles for breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
Korean corn cheese
Craving something decadent and cheesy?
You have to try this corn side dish.
All you need is corn, lots of mozzarella cheese, mayonnaise, and some spring onions.
Toss everything in a bowl and bake it for around 10 minutes and you’ll have the cheesiest corn you’ve ever tasted.
This Korean corn cheese is best enjoyed fresh out of the oven, with some Korean fried chicken and a cold beer.
Korean fried chicken is already a star dish, so you can get away with simple sides like spinach.
The spinach is blanched for around 20 seconds so it keeps some crunch. And then you can mix it with whatever seasonings you like.
Keep it simple with salt, minced garlic, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.
Or make it spicy by adding some chili paste to your seasoning mix.
The flavor possibilities are endless with this Korean blanched spinach (also known as sigeumchi namul).
Mashed sweet potatoes
Crunchy Korean fried chicken over a bed of comforting mashed potatoes?
Sign me up.
This mash uses herbs, butter, and sour cream to offset the naturally sweet flavor of the potatoes.
It will calm down any spice from the chicken wonderfully.
Go on – make these delicious savory mashed sweet potatoes for dinner.
Korean pickled radish is the go-to dish to partner with Korean fried chicken.
The pickle’s sweet and tangy flavors cut right through your chicken’s greasiness and act as a tasty palate cleanser.
They’re usually available at your local Korean grocery store, but why not try and make them yourself?
The process is easy – you don’t even have to cook anything.
Add a crisp, fresh bite to any fried dish with a serving of pickles (chicken-mu).
Spicy cold noodles
Looking for a light, refreshing dish to accompany your Korean fried chicken?
You can’t go wrong with bibim guksu (or Korean cold noodles).
This dish involves thin wheat noodles tossed in a kimchi-based sauce. Plus whatever toppings you fancy.
So pop a couple of your Korean fried chicken pieces over this bibim guksu along with a soft-boiled egg and some julienned cucumber for a tasty lunch.
Korean vegetable pancakes are also known as yachaejeon.
The beauty of this dish is you’re free to choose what vegetables you want to include.
I usually use zucchini, carrots, and scallions, but bell peppers and cabbage are popular additions too.
Here’s a great recipe for yachaejeon.
Psst… Don’t forget to whip up a dipping sauce for extra flavor.
Loaded kimchi fries
Want something fun and tasty to go with your fried chicken?
This combination of tangy kimchi, smokey bacon, and creamy cheese over a bed of homemade fries is simply too good to pass up.
Kimchi fries might take more effort than your usual fries side, but it’s worth it.
And if you want to go all out, throw some bulgogi on the fries too.
When you’ve left everything to the last minute these stir-fried vegetables will come to your rescue.
Aside from the fresh vegetables (whatever you have in your fridge will do), all you need is to put together the fantastic stir-fry sauce.
Interested in making this?
Check out the vegetable stir-fry recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen.
Instant ramen is quick and easy but not always the healthiest dish.
Good thing it’s a breeze to make your instant ramen a more nutritious dish.
Start by ditching the flavor packet and using shiitake mushrooms, chicken stock, and kimchi as the base for your broth.
Add your cooked noodles to your improved broth, and you’re done.
Serve your kimchi ramen with some Korean fried chicken on the side for a satisfying meal.
The best side dishes for Korean fried chicken
- Korean bean sprouts
- Garlic butter rice
- Cucumber salad
- Gamja jorim (braised potatoes)
- Korean spicy slaw
- Bao buns
- Cheddar-scallion waffles
- Korean corn cheese
- Blanched spinach
- Mashed sweet potatoes
- Pickled radish
- Spicy cold noodles
- Vegetable pancake
- Loaded kimchi fries
- Vegetable stir-fry
- Kimchi ramen
What To Serve With Korean Fried Chicken
- 1 portion Korean fried chicken
- Prepare your Korean fried chicken according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: Korean bean sprouts, garlic butter rice, cucumber salad, tteokbokki, gamja jorim (braised potatoes), Korean spicy slaw, bao buns, cheddar-scallion waffles, Korean corn cheese, blanched spinach, mashed sweet potatoes, pickled radish, spicy cold noodles, vegetable pancake, loaded kimchi fries, vegetable stir-fry, and kimchi ramen.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!