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Spicy and loaded with flavor, Kimchi Fried Rice is an easy meal that comes together from just a handful of ingredients.

Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi Fried Rice, or Kimchi Bokkeumbap (볶음밥), is a simple, delicious fried rice recipe that's made with mature kimchi, rice, and just a handful of other ingredients. The trick is in how the ingredients are combined, which can turn it into one of the most flavorful rice dishes ever.

Course Sides
Cuisine Best, Korean
Keyword easy, kimchi, quick
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Rice
Diet Dairy-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 375 kcal


  • 115 grams kimchi (1/2 cup packed, chopped)
  • 1/4 cup kimchi juice
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 370 grams cooked short-grain rice (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 scallion (finely chopped)
  • 2 sunny side up eggs


  1. Before you measure out the kimchi, squeeze the juice out of it into a liquid measuring cup, this liquid is the "kimchi juice."

    Kimchi and kimchi juice separated for making kimchi fried rice.
  2. Whisk the kimchi juice, gochujang and soy sauce together until the gochujang is completely dissolved.
  3. Drizzle the sesame oil over the rice and use your hands to mix it, so each grain of rice is coated with oil, and there are big clumps.

    Crumbling cooked rice for making kimchi fried rice.
  4. Put the vegetable oil in a frying pan and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add the chopped kimchi and stir-fry until the kimchi is starting to brown and is very fragrant.

    Sauteeing kimchi in a frying pan for kimchi fried rice.
  5. Add the rice and stir-fry with a silicon spatula, pressing down on any clumps until the rice is uniform in color.

    Stir-frying kimchi rice in a frying pan with a spatula.
  6. Pour the kimchi juice mixture over the rice, and turn up the heat to high. Stir-fry, tossing the rice occasionally until the rice starts to brown and doesn't stick together quite as much.

    Tossing kimchi fried rice in a frying pan.
  7. Since kimchi varies in saltiness, taste the kimchi bokkeumbap and season with more soy sauce if needed.

  8. When the fried rice is done, add the scallions and then plate. Top each serving with a sunny-side-up egg.

Nutrition Facts
Kimchi Fried Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 234mg10%
Potassium 225mg6%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 297IU6%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.