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25 Delicious, Healthy, and Vegan Korean Recipes

25 Delicious, Healthy, and Vegan Korean Recipes

Korean food is generally known to be meat-heavy, but it doesn’t have to be. I never tried it when I was omni, but as a vegan have become a huge fan of the cuisine! I know it’s less mainstream than Chinese or Thai food, but I don’t think that’s fair. It’s delicious and flavorful and vegans everywhere should be enjoying it, and to help make that happen I’ve gathered together some of my very favorite Vegan Korean Recipes! 

Some are mine, and some live on other vegan blogs, but they’re all delicious and worth trying, even if you’ve never had Korean food before. Give it a shot, I think you’ll be glad you did! I’ve separated them into  categories so you can find the recipe you think you and those you cook for will be the happiest with. I’ve always found that when introducing new foods and flavors it can be helpful to do so using dishes people are already familiar with. Enjoy!

Vegan Korean Recipes with Tofu: 

Vegan Korean BBQ Tofu and Kimchi Fried Rice


Vegan Korean Recipes with Seitan and other Mock Meats:

 Vegan Kimchi Pizza

Vegan Korean Recipes with Veggies, Noodles, and Everything Else!

Korean BBQ Chickpea Tacos w/ Sriracha Pineapples | www.thatwasvegan.com

Creamy Kimchi Pasta | www.thatwasvegan


Vegan Korean BBQ (Bulgogi) Quesadilla


Vegan Korean Pizza


Vegan Korean BBQ Sub

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  • Adriane April 15, 2015, 11:29 am

    I’m glad you wrote this post! I’m half Korean and many Koreans of our parents generation (and some still to this day) actually did not grow up eating a lot of meat. The Korean diet is extremely vegetable heavy and meat tends to be a side dish. It just happens that the few Korean dishes that are mainstream are the meat ones (bulgogi and kalbi for example). I don’t have much trouble at all avoiding meat when I go to Korea, although they do eat a lot of fish, but they don’t consume much dairy either. I’m excited to check out these recipes!

    • Jennifer April 16, 2015, 6:59 am

      I think the best way of putting it is the “famous” and “fun” dishes are meat heavy. Like the Korean style grills are fun and unique, but it is mostly for grilling meat. Korean food is probably more seafood heavy since seafood is always being added. It is sort of like the onion in the US, it is an easy way to add some flavor. Traditionally Korean dinners are lots and lots of veggie sides and some sort of protein and a bowl of rice.

      • Barb April 16, 2015, 10:28 am

        Very true! As a vegan tho I tend to lump all that stuff in together under the general term of “meat” 🙂

    • Barb April 16, 2015, 10:29 am

      I’m glad! Everything Korean that I’ve tried has been delicious. I’ve never been there but have been to SE Asia and had pretty much the same experience, food-wise. It was a constant battle against fish sauce, haha!

  • Ana @ Ana's Rocket Ship April 15, 2015, 1:39 pm

    Thanks so much for this post! I’ve hardly had any Korean food (read- doesn’t exist in this part of the world- veggie or otherwise) but it always looks so good! Now I’ll now exactly where to come when I finally get my hands on the ingredients!

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