Spicy Kimchi Natto (Fermented Soy Beans) Side Dish

Kimchi Natto Ae (Fermented Soy Beans with Spicy Kimchi Pickles)
© Judy Ung
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
272 Calories
16g Fat
27g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 272
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Protein 9g
Calcium 143mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Spicy kimchi natto (fermented soy beans) is a quick and easy Japanese fusion side dish or appetizer, that can be added to your weeknight meal, or enjoyed as a snack with rice.

Kimchi is a Korean dish of spicy pickled nappa cabbage, and is available for sale at many Asian grocery stores, and also in some American supermarkets as well. It can also be made at home.

Although kimchi is a uniquely Korean dish, it is also enjoyed in Japan in a number of fusion or modern dishes, for example, ramen, fried rice, okonomiyaki (savory pancakes) or eggs. With the rise in popularity of kimchi, it is not uncommon to see kimchi and dishes that incorporate kimchi on the menus of Japanese bars or tapas-style restaurants. 


  • 1/2 cup kimchi (spicy Korean nappa cabbage pickles)
  • 2 40-gram packages of natto (fermented soy beans, with seasoning sauce included with package)
  • Optional: soy sauce (or seasoned "dashi" soy sauce)
  • 4 green perilla leaves (shiso)

Steps to Make It

  1. Chop kimchi pickles into small bite-sized pieces.

  2. In a small bowl, combine packaged natto with the seasoning packets, or "tare" that it came with. If no sauce is included with the packaged natto, drizzle a touch of soy sauce, or seasoned "dashi" soy sauce over the natto.

  3. Mix in chopped kimchi pickles with the natto. Stir well.

  4. Wash and pat dry shiso (green perilla leaves). Stack the leaves and roll them together, then slice into thin strips (chiffonade).

  5. Add 3/4 of the shiso chiffonade to the natto and kimchi mixture. Gently stir.

  6. Serve kimchi natto mixture in small bowls, then garnish with remaining pieces of shiso.