Chuseok food is at the core of Korea’s chuseok festival. Celebrate the Korean “Thanksgiving Day” with these 18 traditional Korean Chuseok recipes.
Also known as Hangawi (한가위), Chuseok (추석) is a traditional Korean holiday for expressing appreciation for the fall harvest. Chuseok falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar and often described as the Korean “Thanksgiving Day” or “Mid-Autumn Festival.”
It is a day of celebration of the year’s harvest, during which families and close relatives gather together to perform ancestral rituals and share family stories. Families give thanks and offer tributes to their ancestors for their blessings.
Another great tradition is making a wish during the full moon (보름달), a much-anticipated event.
You will find many traditional Korean chuseok foods when you visit a Korean household during the holiday. Namul (나물, three color vegetable salad) and Songpyeon (송편, rice cakes filled with sweet fillings) are perhaps the most iconic Chuseok foods as well as the Injeolmi (quick rice cake dessert).
Along with them, here are 15 other traditional Chuseok recipes you must know and try.
18+ Korean Chuseok Foods
Easy Japchae (Korean Glass Noodles Stir-Fry)
With this easy Japchae recipe, you will enjoy authentic Korean glass noodle stir-fry featuring sweet potato noodles, vibrant veggies, and succulent meat without the fuss.
Learn how to make Songpyeon with this easy recipe! These Korean half-moon-shaped rice cakes are essential for your Chuseok celebration. Elevate the festive spirit by incorporating natural food powders for colorful Songpyeon. Explore a range of delightful sweet fillings and learn traditional steaming techniques for a perfect batch! Makes 4 batches (32 pieces)
Indulge in Galbi Jjim, a Korean braised short ribs dish, slow-cooked to tender perfection in a rich savory sauce. This recipe showcases succulent beef with a medley of vegetables, ideal for any family dinner or special occasion.
Korean meat tofu patties (wanja-jeon) are a traditional Korean Chuseok dish, but they are also great for a lunchbox as well. You can use ground pork, beef, chicken, or mixture of any. Makes 3 dozen mini patties.
Korean Sweet Rice with Dried Fruit and Nuts (Yakshik)
Korean sweet rice cake (yakshik) is made with sweet rice, jujube, chestnut, and other nuts. An instant pot makes this authentic recipe extremely easy and quick to prepare. It also serves as a good breakfast or snack.
Sikhye is a mildly sweet Korean rice punch made of fermented barley malt and cooked rice. This easy recipe uses an instant pot or rice cooker and you can enjoy the authentic taste of Korean drink anytime at home.
Galbitang is a hearty Korean short rib soup made with aromatic vegetables. Cook this galbitang recipe in an instant pot or over the stovetop. Making it a day in advance is recommended to achieve a clean taste in the broth.
Sanjeok is Korean beef and rice cake skewers and it's a traditional holiday food in Korea. Strips of beef are marinated with a quick and simple bulgogi sauce and cooked together with rice cakes and green onion.
Nabak kimchi is a mild Korean water kimchi made with cabbage and other vegetables. It doesn't require fish sauce and uses very little chili flakes. It's a great vegan and vegetarian kimchi and refreshingly tasty.
Bindaetteok (Korean mung bean pancakes) are made with ground pork, mung bean puree, mung bean sprouts, and kimchi. There's no added flour in the recipe, which makes this savory snack a wonderful gluten-free dish!
Heat the Skillet: Set your skillet over medium-low heat and add some oil.
Coat and Cook: First, coat the beef slices in flour. Then, dip them in beaten eggs. Place each slice in the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes before flipping. Cook for another minute or until each side is a light golden brown. If they brown too quickly, lower the heat.Note: For extra flair, consider adding a piece of crown daisy while pan-frying. This is optional but adds a nice garnish.
Serving Yukjeon: Arrange your cooked Yukjeon on a platter with Korean green onion salad or your simple dipping sauce. Enjoy immediately for the best taste experience. For elegant Presentation, stuff the beef pancake with crisp salad veggies like onion, pepper, and radish sprouts. Roll it up and serve with the dipping sauce