Kimchi Fried Rice

4 to 6 Servings

40 minutes

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There are countless ways to make kimchi fried rice, or kimchi bokkeum bap, as it’s called in Korea. During a visit to Seoul, we had a few lessons on how to cook up the spicy, garlicky, umami-packed marriage of rice and fermented cabbage. Chef Sung Min Lee started his kimchi fried rice by lightly caramelizing a sliced onion, which added a sweetness and texture we liked. He also used equal amounts of kimchi and rice, a ratio that we, too, found optimal. And chef Choi Dong Mae added big, bold flavor by seasoning the mix with dadaegi, a spicy sauce often stirred into noodles and soups. Choi pureed nearly a dozen ingredients for her dadaegi; we simplified the blend but kept the Asian pear, which brought sweetness and fruity notes that harmonized with the other flavors. Asian pears are seasonal; if not available, use a regular pear. In a surprising twist, we learned that freshly cooked medium- or long-grain rice is the norm for making kimchi fried rice. We, however, prefer to use cooked and chilled rice, as it stir-fries into a lighter, fluffier texture. If you own a 12- to 14-inch wok, feel free to use it in place of a nonstick skillet. It provides more space for easy tossing of ingredients, and also slightly speeds the cooking. Topped with sunny-side-up eggs, this fried rice makes a hearty and satisfying meal.

4 to 6



Don’t forget to give the kimchi a squeeze to remove excess moisture. If the kimchi is very juicy when it hits the skillet, it’ll stew rather than stir-fry. The moisture also will prevent it from browning.

40 minutes


  • 8

    ounces Asian pear (see headnote), peeled, cored and roughly chopped

  • 1

    bunch scallions, whites roughly chopped, greens thinly sliced, reserved separately


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Zbigniew G.
April 15, 2023
So so good
Its spicy but very flavorful.I am glad I tried another way to use kimchi. Eggs are definitely a wonderful addition.I changed a recipe a bit to make it lower in carbohydrate by adding less rice and corn but increasing meat to 1lb. Will definitely make it again and again. Another winner from Milk Streat.