20 Korean recipes for back to school

A collection of 20 Korean Back to School Recipes your kids will love!

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It’s school time again!! I’ve put together a collection of fun and easy recipes to make for yourself and your family on busy school days. From Korean lunch box ideas and after-school snacks to easy kid-friendly dinners, these are some of the dishes kids eat in Korea. Your kids will love them too!

Some of these can be prepared and stored in the freezer. Just take them out and reheat to feed your hungry kids. Some of them are easy dinners that you can make quickly or prepare ahead of time.

Bite-sized boneless chicken pieces make this dish so easy to prepare. The sauce is sweet and tangy with a little spicy kick from gochujang (Korean pepper paste), but you can make it without the spiciness. Simply replace some or all of the gochujang with ketchup for your younger children.

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The most popular on-the-go meal in Korea! Your kids will love seeing these beautiful rice rolls in their lunch box. Kimbap (or Gimbap) really isn’t that hard to make at home with my step-by-step instructions!

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Kimbap couldn’t be easier! Let your kids roll these for fun. They’re addicting with or without sauce!

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A very popular Korean street food and a delicious home cooking that you can easily make at home! This was a popular after-school snack growing up. You can adjust the level of spiciness to suit your children’s tastes.

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This traditional mild version of tteokbokki is perfect for those who don’t do well with the spiciness of the red spicy tteokbokki on top. It is mildly flavored with a soy sauce-based sauce.

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Make these Korean dumplings ahead of time and freeze them. When the time comes, you’ll be feeding your hungry kids in no time!

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Gyeran Mari is very popular as a lunch box item! It’s also a delicious side dish that you can add to any Korean meal at the last minute.

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Another childhood favorite! These little meatballs in egg batter were popular to pack in school lunch boxes. It was always a special treat to have a few of these meatballs with a meal.

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Give your kids a sweet treat! This chewy, gooey, and nutty Korean stuffed pancake is a popular street snack. The pancakes freeze very well, so just pop them in the toaster or microwave to warm them up.

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Who wouldn’t want fried rice wrapped in egg omelets? Flavored with sweet and spicy ketchup, Omurice is particularly popular with children.

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A delicious comfort food we all grew up eating! The instant curry mix makes this dish so easy to make. Add lots of meat and veggies to make it a hearty dish everyone loves.

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Donkkaseu is very popular with children! This schnitzel is thin, so it cooks very quickly!

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Jajangmyeon (or jjajangmyeon) is a popular Korean-Chinese noodle dish that is deeply embedded in every Korean’s childhood memories. Everyone loves it!

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Tangsuyuk is a Chinese sweet and sour pork (or beef) dish adapted to Korean tastes. It is a popular Korean-Chinese dish, along with two noodle dishes, jajangmyeon (noodles in black bean sauce) and jjambbong (spicy noodle soup). You’ll find it’s surprisingly easy to make!

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I don’t know a kid who wouldn’t love this classic beef and veggie pasta dish! Great as an appetizer, snack, light meal or side dish.

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Korean-style cheesesteak with bulgogi and sautéed kimchi! It’s super easy and delicious!

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Transform your Korean BBQ Short Ribs into a favorite Korean-Mexican fusion dish. You can also make these with bulgogi, dak (chicken) bulgogi, or dweji (pork) bulgogi. A delicious way to use up leftover marinated meat too!

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Another easy dinner recipe that’s very popular on the blog. The bite-sized chicken chunks marinate and cook quickly, making this another great weeknight dinner option!

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Eomuk skewers, cooked in a light savory broth, are popular at food trucks and stalls in Korea. At home, eomuk guk can be made without skewers as an easy everyday soup!

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This Easy Potato Soup is one of my favorite soups from childhood! There are many different ways to make gamjaguk, but this recipe is how my mom made it when we were growing up.

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*This is an update of the original released in September 2018.

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