Soybean sprouts (Kongnamul Muchim) on black dish on wooden table

Spicy Soybean Sprouts (Kongnamul Muchim)

Spicy Soybean Sprouts side dish that is saucy and delicious! Kongnamul Muchim is a great healthy dish to have with any meal as a side but also wonderful with just rice. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Korean
Keyword banchan, easy, gluten free, quick, vegan, Vegetarian
KoreanCategory Namul (나물)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 18kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 14 oz Soybean Sprouts (Kongnamul)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1.5 tsp garlic chopped
  • 2 tsp red chili powder Gochukaru
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

Add after Sprouts are cooked

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt optional (add to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp green onions chopped


  • Rinse and clean soybean sprouts in water. Remove bean casings and any sprouts that have started to brown. Easy way to do this is to put kongnamul in a bowl of water and let the casings float to the top. Pour off the top and then pick up the sprouts with your hand. If you just dump it into a colander, all the casings will get picked up together. Repeat a couple times.
  • I don't break off root ends because it's time consuming and also is known to contain good nutrition. But you are welcome to do that if you prefer.
  • Chop garlic and green onions.
  • In a pot, add water and salt. (1 tsp of sea salt per 1 cup of water)
  • Add soybean sprouts to pot.
  • Add chopped garlic, gochukaru (red chili powder) and garlic powder on top of the sprouts. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil then reduce heat to Medium and cook for 7 minutes.
  • Open the lid and cook for 1 more minute to reduce the liquid.
  • Let it cool enough that you can handle the sprouts. Drizzle sesame oil and sprinkle sesame seeds. Add chopped green onions.
  • Toss and mix everything with chopsticks or with your hands (best). Taste. Add a bit more salt but you can leave it out if you want it less salty.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 19mg | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.3mg