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20 Korean dishes you need in your life

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

It's not all about kimchi

Korean food is known for a few key ingredients and techniques: gochujang (chili sauce), kimchi and Korean barbecue.

You're probably familiar with bulgogi and bibimbap, but what about other Korean-inspired recipes? We've included the classics, along with some new ways to cook Korean at home.

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Spicy Korean barbecue chicken
sliders with Asian slaw and kimchi sauce

Spicy Korean barbecue chicken sliders with Asian slaw and kimchi sauce

Photo credit: Jeanette's Healthy Living

These spicy Korean barbecue chicken sliders with Asian slaw and kimchi sauce are a fusion of America's love for sliders and Korean's love for spice and kimchi.

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Grilled cheese sandwich with kimchi and apples

Grilled cheese sandwich with kimchi and apples

Photo credit: Mango & Tomato

This grilled cheese sandwich with kimchi and apples is layered with the spice of the kimchi, the crunch and sweetness of the apples and the melted cheese that binds it all together.

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Korean style barbecued flank steak

Korean style barbecued flank steak

Photo credit: Karen's Kitchen Stories

Try this Korean style barbecued flank steak at your next barbecue and impress your guests with the unique flavors.

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Korean fried chicken

Korean fried chicken

Photo credit: Damn Delicious

Korean fried chicken, one of the best types of fried chicken in the world right now, is delicately crispy and oh so flavorful.

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Korean pork roast lettuce wraps and ginger scallion sauce

Korean pork roast lettuce wraps and ginger scallion sauce

Photo credit: Foodie with Family

Sometimes, you want something filling but not too heavy and that's where these Korean pork roast lettuce wraps and ginger scallion sauce come in.

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Vegetarian bibimbap with crispy tofu and quinoa

Vegetarian bibimbap with crispy tofu and quinoa

Photo credit: The Law Student's Wife

The classic bibimbap, which translates to "mixed rice," is revamped in this vegetarian bibimbap with crispy tofu and quinoa — perfect for when your vegetarian guests are looking for a flavorful dinner option.

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Steamed kimchi buns

Steamed kimchi buns

Photo credit: Savory Simple

Take the classic steamed pork bun but stuff it with fermented deliciousness, kimchi, and you've got steamed kimchi buns. Perfect as an appetizer to your Korean meal.

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Maple-miso glazed squash

Maple-miso glazed squash

Photo credit: Crumb

Need a sweet but savory side dish? Try this maple-miso glazed squash, perfect pairing to aromatic rice.

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Korean macaroni and cheese

Korean macaroni and cheese

Photo credit: Cooking with Books

What do you get when you put together America's favorite comfort food and mix it with Korean spices and sauces? Korean macaroni and cheese, a classic with a spicy kick.

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Dolsot bibimbap

Dolsot bibimbap

Photo credit: Savory Simple

If you've never made the traditional bibimbap, this dolsot bibimbap by Savory Simple will hit the spot for having all the classic add-ins.

Up next: 10 More Korean dishes you need in your life >>

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