Healthy Dried Zucchini Side Dish-Maleun Hobak Namul

Korean Dried Zucchini Side Dish that is healthy, delicious and so easy to prepare. Great on Bibimbap and in Fried Rice.
Course Side Dish, Vegetables
Cuisine Korean
Keyword banchan, dried vegetables, vegan, Vegetarian
KoreanCategory Namul (나물)
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 21kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 100 g (4 oz) dried zucchini slice (grey or italian zucchini works best)


  • 1 1/2 tsp Guk Kanjang (Korean soup soy sauce)
  • 1 tsp mirin (cooking sake)
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt (Trader Joe's)
  • 1-2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp perilla oil (들기름 Deulgireum) or sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds


  • Soak dried zucchini (마른 호박 maleun hobak) in warm water for 1 hr.
  • Strain zucchini slices and discard the water. Squeeze excess water from zucchini by squeezing them gently with your hands.
  • Season rehydrated zucchini with guk kanjang, mirin and salt. Mix seasoning into zucchini by mixing them gently with your hands.
  • Heat a pan with 1 tsp perilla oil (or sesame oil) and saute zucchini on medium heat for 2 min.
  • Add garlic, green onions and 2-3 Tbs water (depending on how dry or wet you like it). There should not be much extra liquid when you are done.
  • Saute for another 3-4 min. until zucchini slices are tender and seasoned. You can also brown it a little by sauteeing on med high heat instead.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Sprinkle sesame seeds.


Refrigerate any leftovers - it can spoil pretty quickly in the summer. Cooler months, OK for up to 1/2 day.
Korean Dried Zucchini side dish can be served both warm and at room temp.
Add to Bibimbap or Kimchi Fried Rice for wonderful texture and flavor.
Try adding soaked dried zucchini to your Deonjang Jjigae. It’ll be a treat!!


Calories: 21kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 65mg | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 4.7mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg