VIDEO: Korean Kitchen: Spice up your rice bowl with fried kimchi

Photos by ChiHon Kim
Photos by ChiHon Kim

VIDEO: Korean Kitchen: Spice up your rice bowl with fried kimchi

by ChiHon Kim
Stripes Korea

Kimchi-bokkeum-bap, or Kimchi fried rice, is an easy, quick-fix recipe, making it a popular dish to have in a snap. Consisting of primarily fermented kimchi and other ingredients like greens and protein you have in the fridge, you’ll soon have a delicious meal in no time. This recipe is a great way to clear out your fridge and will be great even if your only ingredients are rice and kimchi.

- PREP TIME: 10 mins 
- COOK TIME: 10 mins
- TOTAL TIME: 25 mins 


• 3/4 cup chopped fermented kimchi
• Cooked rice (400g)
• 1 green onion sliced (optional)
• Sausage 60g (optional)
• Spam 30g (optional)
• Oil for stir-frying
• 1/3 tbsp sugar (optional)
• 1/3 tbsp soy sauce (5g)
• 1/3 tbsp red chili powder (5g)
• 1/4 small onion diced (optional)
• 1 tbsp parmesan cheese powder or 2 Tbsp Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
• 1/2 sheet of laver sliced (optional)
• 3 – 4 tbsp juice from kimchi (water is also okay)
• 1 pinch of ground sesame seeds (optional)
• 1/2 tbsp sesame oil (optional)


• Tip for cooking: For this recipe, well-fermented kimchi is essential. The fermented Kimchi with a little bit of sugar transforms the flavor into a rich taste. If you’re having fresh kimchi made in recent days, take out the sugar from your recipe since the cabbage itself brings enough sweet flavor without the extra sweetener.

1) Cut all veggies and meat into bite-sized pieces and set them aside.

2) Chop up kimchi into small pieces and set it aside.

3) Heat oil over medium-high heat, stir-fry the veggies and sausage (or ham) until slightly browned.

4) Over medium heat, add soy sauce, chopped Kimchi, sugar, and chili powder into a pan. (Add juice from kimchi (or water) only if the ingredient in the pan gets too dry)

5) Stir fry them until the kimchi slightly turns soft.

6) Turn off the stove. Add rice and broke the clumped rice up.

7) Over medium-high heat, sauté them together for about 3 to 4 minutes more. Add sesame oil, parmesan cheese powder and remove it from the heat.

8) Put a fried egg on top of it and sprinkle with ground sesame seeds and sliced laver. Bon appetite or 잘 먹겠습니다 (Pronounced: jal meok-ke-sseum-nida)!

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