Kimchi fried rice cooked with spicy-tangy kimchi, bok choy, scrambled eggs, scallions, and gochugaru makes a hearty and delicious family meal that is ready in 30 minutes.
I first was first introduced to Kimchi in a Korean restaurant in our town. When you arrive at the restaurant they offer several side dishes called 'Banchan' that include kimchi, fish cakes, mung bean sprouts, and spicy cucumbers. My favorite side dish always has been the spicy, tangy Kimchi.
What is Kimchi
A staple in Korean food, Kimchi is a side dish made by fermenting vegetables such as napa cabbage, cucumbers, radishes, etc. in Korean chili pepper 'gochugaru', ginger, garlic, and scallions. It is very flavorful and has a spicy, tangy taste with a mix of crunchy and soft textures.
Kimchi is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C. It has "healthy bacteria" called lactobacilli that is found in fermented foods. This good bacteria helps with digestion, plus it seems to help stop and even prevent yeast infections, according to a recent study.
Napa cabbage kimchi is the most common version I have eaten. Although it is available in Asian grocery stores, I have been waiting to make it myself at home. I finally had a chance to learn it from my talented friend Karen who blogs at DrKarenSLee. Here is her authentic Korean Kimchi recipe that is so much fresh and tastier than any store-bought kimchi I have had.
Now back to the Kimchi fried rice! This recipe is inspired by the blog tworedbowls that I have been following. They have many awesome Asian recipes and gorgeous photos. Fried rice is our family's favorite meal and we loved the idea of incorporating healthy Kimchi in it. I have changed some of the ingredients from the original recipe to suit our food preferences.
- Cooked rice - I like to use jasmine rice. You can use white or brown rice
- Eggs - to add to the cook fried rice and also to serve fried on top if you like
- Veggies - Onions, garlic, bok choy, and scallions
- Kimchi - Available in Asian grocery stores as well as most US grocery stores
- Gochugaru - Korean chili powder, sold in Asian grocery stores
How to Make Kimchi Fried Rice
- Cook rice using this Instant Pot Jasmine Rice Recipe
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large wok and scramble 3-4 eggs. Keep aside. In the same wok add the remaining oil, sauté onions and garlic until the onions turn translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Next, add chopped Kimchi with the liquids and cook on high heat until all the liquids disappear. Add bok choy (or any greens like chard, or spinach) and half of the scallions (photos 1 - 4).
- Stir together as the bok choy cooks down. Then, add cooked rice, scrambled eggs, and remaining scallions (photos 5 - 6).
- Mix well. Add gochugaru and give a quick stir. Enjoy hot.
- If you enjoy eggs, you can also serve the kimchi fried rice topped with egg cooked sunny side up.
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Kimchi fried rice
- 1½ cups jasmine rice
- 1½ cups water
- 1 teapsoon kosher salt
- ½ cup onions diced
- 3-4 eggs
- 3 cups bok choy chopped
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- ¼ cup scallions chopped
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup Kimchi with liquid chopped **
- 1 teaspoon gochugaru Korean chili powder
- 1-2 eggs to fry on top optional
- Rinse and drain the rice. Add 1.5 cups of rice, 1.5 cups of water to the Instant Pot. Pressure cook for 4 minutes followed by quick release. Open the lid and allow the rice to cool down. You can also use pre-cooked rice or cook it on the stovetop or in a rice cooker.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large wok and scramble 3-4 eggs. Keep aside. In the same wok add remaining oil, sauté onion, and garlic until onions turn translucent. Add chopped Kimchi with the liquid and cook on high heat until all the liquid disappears.
- Add chopped bok choy (or any greens like chard, spinach), half of the scallions, and cook for another 2 mins on high heat. Add cooked rice, scrambled eggs, remaining scallions and mix well. Add gochugaru and give a quick stir. I usually do not add extra salt to the fried rice but you can add some salt to your taste. (Note: I cook the rice with some salt)
- Serve the rice hot, topped with an egg cooked sunny side up!
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Update Notes: This recipe was originally posted in Sep 2016, but was updated in July 2019 with step by step recipe as well as new photos and information.