For my first recipe I decided to go with a very simple classic, Kimchi Fried Rice.
It’s a quick and affordable meal, even more so if you omit the toppings.
For this fried rice to taste best, use well aged kimchi.
Kimchi that has been aging for at least 1 month or more is best. Sour kimchi is known as ‘신김치’ or ‘Shin Kimchi’. Kimchi that has been fermenting for 6 months or longer is known as ‘묵은지’ or ‘Mukeunji’. Both would be great in this recipe!
Here’s a couple photos of my homemade kimchi:
My Tip for always having ‘sour’ kimchi on hand: Buy -or make- two jars of your favorite kimchi and keep one in the back of the fridge.
If you use it more often, definitely keep more. I like to have a quart jar size in the fridge at all times!
Enjoy the recipe! There will be a few other versions of Kimchi Fried Rice in the future. For now I wanted to post a simple recipe with only one specialty ingredient!
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Easy Kimchi Fried Rice
- 1 1/2 Cup Cooked Rice Leftover or left out to cool/dry.
- 1/2 Cup Kimchi Aged
- 2 Tablespoons Kimchi Juice
- 1 Large Egg Fried to preference.
- 1 Teaspoon garlic Minced
- 1-2 Green Onion Chopped
- 1-2 Tablespoon Butter
- 1 Drizzle Sesame Oil
- 1-2 Tablespoons Sesame Seeds
- Over medium-high heat, add butter, allow to melt.
- Add Garlic and whites of Green Onion, stirring for about 1-2 minutes, allowing it to slightly brown.
- Add Kimchi, cook until thick pieces are becoming translucent, you'll notice the smell is noticeably less pungent at this point.
- Add Kimchi and juices, lower to medium-low heat. Stir Well.
- At this point we are just waiting for the fried rice to absorb the liquids to our preferred point. This is usually about 3-5 minutes.
- Drizzle with Sesame Oil while still in the pan then transfer it to a bowl and top with our garnishes! (Sesame Seeds, Green Onion, Fried Egg)
- This recipe is very simple and quick for those who want a cheap (if you make your own kimchi), fast meal!
- Add meat to the first or second step if you wish. You can also make this vegan by using your choice of Kimchi, favorite oil, and omitting the egg.
- Fry the egg while you cut the kimchi, green onions, and garlic.
- If using FRESH KIMCHI, please add a splash of vinegar when adding the juice!