Easy Korean Egg Side Dishes

By Laura Townshend , last updated March 2, 2011

Eggs are an important part of the Korean diet, but what's fun about these egg dishes is how easy they are to prepare. . Prepared in a variety of ways, eggs are eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While only the traditional, minimal ingredients are given, feel free to add the vegetables of your choice. For example, steamed eggs are beautiful with chopped mushrooms, and rolled eggs can be made with grated carrots. If you like fish sauce and salted shrimp sauce, feel free to add either of these. Serve each recipe in addition to kimchi, steamed white rice and your entree.

The beauty of steamed eggs (gaeran jjim) is that this dish can be popped in the microwave if you don't have time to steam the eggs on the stove. All you have to do is mix two eggs with one cup of water in a microwaveable bowl. Chop two green onions and stir them into the eggs. Add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, then cover the bowl with a microwaveable plate. Put the covered bowl into the microwave. Turn it on high heat for about two minutes. Be careful when removing the bowl from the microwave as it will be hot. Serve the gyeran jjim immediately.

Korean rolled eggs (gaeran mari) are also easy to prepare. Mix two eggs with two tablespoons of chopped white onion, one chopped green onion, and two tablespoons of grated carrot. Add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Heat a sauce pan to medium heat and add two tablespoons of peanut oil. Pour the egg mixture into the sauce pan. Reduce the heat to medium low and wait until the bottom of the egg mixture is cooked. Begin carefully rolling the egg, with a spatula, over itself. When the egg is completely rolled up, remove it from the pan. Cut the roll into one-inch pieces and serve.

With these tips, making Korean-style eggs will be fun and easy.

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