[Blog] Korean Food Recipes – Kimchi Fried Rice

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김치 볶음밥 is super delicious, super easy to make, and it fries up so quickly that you’ll barely have time to say “한국 음식 진짜 좋아해요!” (I really like Korean food!) before it’s cooked!

One of the best things about Korean cooking is that you can add your own flair to it. If you want to add corn, do it! Want to add SPAM or 두부 (tofu) ? Go ahead!

This is a pretty basic recipe for 김치 볶음밥 and makes 2 very generous servings.

Let’s get cooking!

You will need:

  • 후라이팬 (fry pan)
  • 2 cups (or 2 rice bowls) of cooked 밥 (rice)
  • 1 cup of 김치 (kimchi)–do not drain or squeeze the liquid!
  • ½ of a 양파 (onion)
  • 1 clove of 마늘 (garlic)
  • 1-2 Teaspoon of 고추장 (gochujang – a.k.a. hot pepper paste) (
  • 1 Tabespoon if you like it medium-hot, and 2 Tablespoons if you’d like a death sentence.
  • 1 Tablespoon of 간장 (soy sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons of 설탕 (sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons of 김치 juice from the jar
  • 2 달걀 (egg)
  • 1 Teaspoon 참기름 (sesame oil)
  • 2 Tbsp oil for frying (vegetable, canola, olive..etc.)
  • 깨소금 (sesame seeds) for garnish
  • 1 파 (green onion) for garnish

Directions

안녕하세요Chop 파, mince 1 clove of 마늘, rough chop 1 cup of 김치, Cut 양파. Set aside.
Heat 1Tbsp of oil in the 후라이팬 over medium heat.
Once the oil is heated, fry the 2 달걀.Traditionally, the 달걀 is served sunny-side up. ****

(****Note: You can cook the 달걀 before you start to cook the rice, or you can cook it after you’ve plated the rice and wiped the 후라이팬 clean, or you can cook the 달걀 in a separate 후라이팬. Basically, you can cook the 달걀 whenever you want and how ever you want!)

Heat the remaining 1 Tbsp of oil in the 후라이팬.
When the oil is heated, add 마늘 and 양파. Saute until you can smell them (about 1 minute).
Add chopped 김치. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
Add 밥 and stir well to combine.
Turn down the heat (medium-low) and add 김치 juice, 간장, 설탕, and 고추장.
Stir/fold to make sure it mixes well with the rice.
Turn off the heat and add 1 teaspoon of 참기름. Mix well.
Put the 김치 볶음밥 on a plate or in a bowl and put a fried egg on top. Garnish with 깨소금 and chopped 파!

Voila! Delicious 김치 볶음밥!

If you make this, be sure to share your photos and opinions with us on our Facebook page or leave a comment in the comment section below! Thanks for reading, and happy cooking!

Written by Stephanie Morris
Photograph by Stephanie Morris


  • jlee

    Can you post more korean recipes. Please. I need to learn how to cook Korean food in an easy way. Especially pancham the side dishes and the main menu… Bcuz i couldnt find any easy Korean recipes.. It will be a great help for me and for many others who wants to learn to cook Korean food. ;)))))

  • Vegetarian korean food~ Nice 😀

    기숙사에서 요리할 수 있으면 좋겠는데요ㅠㅠ

  • Fee

    Yum! Looks a lot like Spanish rice except the egg part. I might want to give this a try because it looks so easy and tasty, just hopefully I can handle the spiciness..

  • 오를리

    wooooow recipes! thank you it’s soo cool!
    without kimchi it wont be the same right?
    thanks again !

  • Mindy Ke

    i am gonna make it, wooooo~~~ ^_^

  • Adam

    A great idea to have recipes! And now I can make something with 김치 and not just eat it as a side dish. ^_^ 감사합니다!

  • “2 Tablespoons if you’d like a death sentence.” hahaha. I will definitely make some of this :). Thanks for the recipe :D.

  • Maryann

    I love this! What a great way to learn useful vocabulary! Please post more just like this!

  • I’m soo gonna try this…and since i want a death sentence I’ll add 2 tablespoons cause i love hot and spicy food. 🙂

  • ;; looks so good ;; what a pity i don’t have kimchi ;;

  • Matilda

    I made this yesterday and it was delicious! A great recipe ;D 감사합니다!

    • Bron Posted on They look South Korean, and probably are. In the Paris photo, the man is holidng up his 2 fingers which is what nearly all koreans do when posing for a photo while saying kimchi (a type of food eaten with everything over there)Korea in general is very keen on CCTV broadcasting things which happen where the police need help identifying people, etc, finding lost things all that. If you could find a korean who would post this on one of their sites, there’s a much bigger chance of them finding their photos.Alternatively, you could email a few more pics to me and I can ask one of my friends over in korea if they could try post it.

  • Anh

    Can you guys make a recipe for Bibimbap ? I really want to eat it , but i don’t know how to make it D; !

  • Yummy! Haven’t tried much Korean food but this recipe sounds delicious 🙂

  • I agree, sounds absolutely fantastic! Think I’ll try this one on the family tonight!!

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  • 좋아해 !!wanna ask my mom to make it ..hehe ..but i dont know what is kimchi actually and wherebcan i get it ..hmm

  • Cheyenne

    Looks delicious! 나는 한국 음식을 사랑 해요. 🙂

  • AuL

    It’s similar to Indonesian food called “Nasi Goreng”..

  • Shelly

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