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Kkaetnip Namul, Sautéed Perilla Leaves

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5 min
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cooking time: 
15 min
total time: 
20 min

Kkaenip (perilla leaf) is a green leaf vegetable with a uniquely pleasant aroma and taste. It is high in iron content and rich in calcium, vitamins and minerals. This recipe is a quick and easy way to enjoy this delicious and nutritious vegetable.

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2 ozPerilla Leaf, Kaet-nip 깻잎 (1 leaf is about 1-2 g, 40 leaves = 60 g or 2 oz)
2 tspSoy Sauce (regular) 왜간장
1 tspSugar 설탕
½ tspGochugaru, Korean Hot Pepper Flakes 고추가루 (optional)
¼ tspSesame Oil 참기름
1 tspGarlic (minced) 다진 마늘
2 tspChopped Green Onion 다진파
1 tspVegetable Oil 식용유
¼ tspSesame Seeds 깨 (optional)

Good to Know
Perilla leaves decrease in volume dramatically when cooked. 60g (about 40 leaves) of perilla leaves yield about 1-2 servings.

Optional Ingredients and Substitutions
Gochugaru (Korean red chili flakes): can be omitted.
Sesame seeds: Sesame seeds are a very nice addition to this dish but they can be omitted.

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1. Prepare Perilla Leaves

Wash 60 g of perilla leaves twice thoroughly under running water. Put it in a strainer to drain water. You can cut the leaves in half if you like.

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Wash perilla leaves thoroughly twice

Drain water

2. Make seasoning

Mix 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of sugar, ¼ teaspoon of sesame oil, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 2 teaspoons of chopped green onion and ½ teaspoon of red chili flakes (optional) in a small bowl.

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  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp chopped green onion
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes (optional)

3. Sauté perilla leaves

Preheat a pan with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil on medium heat for 1 min. Add perilla leaves and sauté for 1 min.

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Preheat a pan

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
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Add perilla leaves

Sauté Med Heat image: medheat.png image: clock.png 1 min

4. Add seasoning

Add the seasoning sauce to the pan and mix well. Keep cooking on medium heat for 1 minute or until the leaves are soft, stirring frequently. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon of sesame seeds right before turning off the heat.

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  • seasoning sauce

Cook Med Heat image: medheat.png image: clock.png 1 min

while stirring


  • ¼ tsp sesame seeds

5. Serve

Serve on a side dish plate. Enjoy!

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