How to Make Kimchi – 30 Easy Kimchi Recipes

How to make kimchi and best recipes

If you’re wondering how to make kimchi, it’s easier than you think. And once you’ve made a batch it’s a versatile way to bring spicy, lacto-fermented goodness to a range of delicious dishes.

Kimchi Health Benefits

Kimchi has many health benefits. It’s low in calories and carbohydrates so can be used in low-carb diets. It is, however, rich in vitamins like Vitamin C and Vitamin K1, and some minerals too. It’s kimchi’s freight of probiotic bacteria, aka “good bacteria”, that is thought to bring the most potent health benefits. 

Keeping a favorable ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria lowers the risk of obesity and disease. It may also fix leaky gut by correcting the gut microbiome. This article provides a good summary of kimchi’s benefits (and potential risks for some people). There is even some evidence that kimchi’s probiotic potency gives extra immunity against flu and coronaviruses.

Kimchi is a staple food in Korea but it’s spent the past decade working its magic in menus around the world. Here are some of the easiest ways to make kimchi at home together with creative recipes for using it in the kitchen.

1. How To Make Kimchi (Mom’s Best Way)

This recipe includes some unexpected ingredients and tricks that someone who has been making kimchi for her family all her life uses. Asian pear and salted shrimp are unusual but essential here.

So it’s not the simplest recipe, but it will produce the best kimchi you’ve ever had. You have this guy’s mom’s word for it!
From Food52

How To Make Kimchi (Mom's Best Way) and Quick Green Onion Kimchi
How To Make Kimchi (Mom’s Best Way) and Quick Green Onion Kimchi

2. Quick Green Onion Kimchi

Also known as Pa Kimchi, this recipe is quick and easy with fewer, simpler steps and ingredients.
From Chopsticks and Flour

3. Carrot Kimchi

Called Tanggun in Korea, this kimchi recipe combines grated carrot, garlic, leeks, radish ginger and fish sauce with the usual gochugaru powder.
From Make Sauerkraut

Carrot Kimchi and Pineapple Kimchi
Carrot Kimchi and Pineapple Kimchi

4. Pineapple Kimchi

Kimchi-flavored pineapple chunks that work well on their own as a fruity snack , served on the side or as a filling in wraps or sandwiches. Just don’t put it on pizza, that’s technically illegal in most countries now. And rightly so. 
From Food Done Light

5. Zucchini Kimchi

An unusual variation but also a great way to use up spare zucchini. The minimum of ingredients are needed for this recipe, it’s a really simple kimchi recipe.
From Food 52

Zucchini Kimchi and Spicy Kimchi Pork Belly Fried Rice
Zucchini Kimchi and Spicy Kimchi Pork Belly Fried Rice

6. Spicy Kimchi Pork Belly Fried Rice

Pork and kimchi is a classic combination because the fatty sweetness of pork works so well with the briny, hot and sour bite of kimchi. This is a whole meal, it’s so incredibly filling and satisfying.
From Curious Nut

7. 10-Minute Korean Crispy Pork Belly Kimchi Bowls

Eight ingredients (OK, one of them is kimchi) and ten minutes of your time will produce a steaming hot bowl of spicy goodness.
From The Woks of Life

10-Minute Korean Crispy Pork Belly Kimchi Bowls and Kimchi Yakisoba
10-Minute Korean Crispy Pork Belly Kimchi Bowls and Kimchi Yakisoba

8. Kimchi Yakisoba

Japanese fried noodles with a Korean kimchi sauce
From La Fuji Mama

9. Korean Braised Pork and Kimchi Quesadilla

Yes, kimchi works with cheese, but that’s never how it’s traditionally served. Complete instructions include braising the pork and putting it all together.
From Cooking with Cocktail Rings

Korean Braised Pork and Kimchi Quesadilla and Kimchi Pickled Eggs
Korean Braised Pork and Kimchi Quesadilla and Kimchi Pickled Eggs

10. Kimchi Pickled Eggs

Regular pickled eggs don’t appeal to everyone but the addition of kimchi gives them a salty spiciness that could change your mind.
From Fermenters Kitchen

11.  Spicy Korean Kimchi Nachos

Tex-Mex meats Korean in a kimchi-based fusion style. 
From Couple Eats Food

Spicy Korean Kimchi Nachos and Easy, Clean Kimchi Shrimp
Spicy Korean Kimchi Nachos and Easy, Clean Kimchi Shrimp

12. Easy, Clean Kimchi Shrimp

Super simple to make in one pan, this lean and clean dish makes a great starter.
From Eat, Train and Love

13. Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice

This recipe had me at “bacon”, then it got me again with “fried rice” and “kimchi” had me heading to the kitchen and heating a pan…
From Seonkyoung Longest

Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice and Spicy Kimchi Sesame Noodles
Bacon Kimchi Fried Rice
and Spicy Kimchi Sesame Noodles

14. Spicy Kimchi Sesame Noodles

Another easy recipe that requires few ingredients and is a great way to enjoy the healthy benefits of spicy kimchi.
From Simply Lakita

15. Cauliflower Kimchi Fried Rice

Low-carb Kimchi Fried Rice made with stir-fried Cauliflower Rice and spicy Cabbage Kimchi with seasonings.
From Chef de Home

Cauliflower Kimchi Fried Rice and Kimchi Grilled Cheese
Cauliflower Kimchi Fried Rice and Kimchi Grilled Cheese

16. Kimchi Grilled Cheese

A marvellously rich breakfast grilled cheese sandwich with a sesame seed crust is filled with kimchi, mango habanero cheddar cheese, red cabbage, cilantro, and scallions.
From Mandy Olive 

17. Sriracha Kimchi

If Korean ingredients are hard to find, this homemade kimchi recipe is a good hack. Homemade Korean Kimchi made with Sriracha Sauce. Making authentic Kkmchi can be challenging as many ingredients are difficult to find. Venturists have come up with this ingenious solution.
From Venturists

Sriracha Kimchi and Tuna Kimchi Stew
Sriracha Kimchi and Tuna Kimchi Stew

18. Tuna Kimchi Stew

Also known as kimchi jjigae, or stew, this is an easy recipe that makes creative use of tuna.
From Seongkyoung Longest

19. Kimchi Beef Stew

A recipe from one of our favorite sites at Sortathing, Two Sleevers. We’ve lost count of the number of times their creations have been included in our round-ups.

This is primarily and instant pot recipe, but you could improvise if you don’t have one. Very easy too, just put everything into the pot at the same time and set it cooking.
From Two Sleevers

Kimchi Beef Stew and Daikon Radish Kimchi Recipe
Kimchi Beef Stew and Daikon Radish Kimchi Recipe

20. Daikon Radish Kimchi Recipe

A kid-friendly fermented food delight that could keep colds and flu away with its gut-healthy probiotics. 
From Fermenters Kitchen

21. Dongchimi Korean Vegan Water Kimchi

A winter kimchi recipe with very clear step-by-step photographic instructions.
From Seonkyoung Longest

Dongchimi Korean Vegan Water Kimchi and Red Cabbage Kimchi
Dongchimi Korean Vegan Water Kimchi and Red Cabbage Kimchi

22. Red Cabbage Kimchi

A useful recipe if you’re unable to get your hands on the traditional napa cabbage used in kimchi.
From Fermentation Recipes

23. Brussel Sprouts Kimchi

A novel use for the humble sprout – why not spice them up with kimchi next time?
From Serious Eats

Brussel Sprouts Kimchi and Instant Pot Kimchi Chicken
Brussel Sprouts Kimchi and Instant Pot Kimchi Chicken

24. Instant Pot Kimchi Chicken

Instant Pot cooking is quick and easy but it need not be boring or repetitive, as this excellent recipe proves.
From Mommy’s Home Cooking

25. The Best Kimchi Fried Noodles

Kimchi and rice is a perennial favorite but did you know it also makes for a superb noodle dish? This step-by-step illustrated recipe shows you how to make it.
From Seongkyoung Longest

The Best Kimchi Fried Noodles and Refrigerator Cucumber Kimchi Pickles
The Best Kimchi Fried Noodles and Refrigerator Cucumber Kimchi Pickles

26. Refrigerator Cucumber Kimchi Pickles

Cucumbers are fine, I guess. But they do benefit from a little care and attention to get the best out of them. This is a really simple way to pickle cucumbers the kimchi way.
From Jeanette’s Healthy Living

27. Kimchi Pancakes

Kimchijeon are savory kimchi pancakes you can eat on their own as a snack or at breakfast, or serve them on the side with a main. No wheatflour here, so they’re gluten-free too.
From Kitchn

Kimchi Pancakes and Korean White Kimchi
Kimchi Pancakes and Korean White Kimchi

28. Korean White Kimchi

Baek kimchi is quite different to regular kimchi, white kimchi is not as spicy. It has more of a clean and refreshing flavour but is more interesting than sauerkraut, which it resembles.
From Asian Recipes at Home

29. Baby Bok Choy Kimchi Salad

Geotjeori differs to most kimchi because it’s made in small batches for immediate consumption and is lightly salted rather than fermented. This version is called cheonggyeonchae geotjeori.
From Korean Bapsang

Baby Bok Choy Kimchi Salad and Garlic Chive Kimchi
Baby Bok Choy Kimchi Salad and Garlic Chive Kimchi

30. Garlic Chive Kimchi

This recipes can also be served immediately as geotjeori or left to ferment for a few days. 
From Asian Inspirations

Kimchi is not the only fermented food with health benefits. Turns out lots of foods can be lacto-fermented. Take a look at our article 44 Kinda Weird Fermented Foods to Make and Try

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