Kimchi Bokumbap: Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi fried rice recipe

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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

Quick, easy, and cheap to make, kimchi bokumbap is simple Korean home cooking at its best. Kimchi fried rice (bokumbap or bokkeumbap) makes for a simple meal that helps you use two items commonly found in Korean pantries and refrigerators—rice and kimchi. This recipe is humble food that is mostly enjoyed at home, but you might also see it in some casual Korean eateries.

Using kimchi that's made with Napa cabbage is a good choice for this recipe, and making kimchi fried rice is a great way to use leftover kimchi that's a bit past its prime and sourer than fresh kimchi. It is actually what helps make this dish special. Most Koreans enjoy kimchi every day of the year. Kimchi is rich in vitamins and minerals and makes for an extremely healthy food choice.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup kimchi (preferably the kind made with Napa cabbage; drained and chopped)
  • 1/2 sweet onion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or oil (divided)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced beef
  • 3 cups rice (cooked)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 4 fried eggs

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Gather ingredients for kimchi fried rice
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  2. Sauté kimchi and onion in a lightly greased large pan over medium heat for a few minutes.

    Kimchi in frying pan
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  3. When vegetables begin to look transparent, add garlic, soy sauce, and 1/2 tablespoon of the butter; sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes.

    Add butter
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  4. Add the meat and continue to sauté until meat is cooked.

    Add meat
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  5. Turn heat off, but keep the pan on the burner.

    Turn heat off
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  6. Add the cooked rice and the rest of the butter, mixing to combine.

    Add the cooked rice
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  7. Salt to taste and top each serving with a fried egg.

    Salt to taste
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  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • Instead of beef, you can use pork, ham, bacon, Canadian bacon, or even Spam. If using American bacon, first sauté briefly in a large un-greased pan and omit the butter when adding the garlic and soy sauce.
  • Some recipes for Kimchi fried rice use chicken or baby shrimp as the protein source, so don't be afraid to experiment once you've got the basic recipe mastered.
  • Kimchi fried rice can also be made vegetarian by substituting tofu squares for the pork, beef, chicken, or shrimp.