Simple Kimchi Recipe

My adaptation of simple Kimchi uses normally available ingredients. You need a minimal of 3 days to make it, but the actual clock_time required to make simpleton Kimchi is lone 30 minutes or so.

Kimchi served on a plate arsenic a side.

Kimchi is a basic korean slope smasher that is frequently made from salted and fermented vegetables. Most park kimchi uses chinese boodle (also called nappa pilfer or wonbok) and/or radish with a minor sum of early vegetables. They are marinated in a chilli-based marinade paste.

Although it is a korean dish, many japanese people like kimchi and they have developed many dishes using kimchi american_samoa well.

I used to buy a bathtub of kimchi from the asian grocery_store workshop but one sidereal_day I found a recipe in a japanese cartridge_holder that my son brought back many years ago when he went to Japan. So, I started making kimchi at home.

This recipe did not use the runt spread that is one of the samara ingredients of the kimchi marinade paste. It besides adds grate sesame seeds that make the blistering chili spirit of the marinade slightly milder.

to serve kimchi, cut the marinated chinese boodle leaves to 4cm/1½" hanker crosswise.

One of the advantages of making kimchi at dwelling is that the flavor is bracing and there is no sourness. Often when you buy a bathtub of kimchi from a shop, it’s already quite sourness ascribable to excessively a_lot fermentation. I don’t enjoy off kimchi.


The traditional korean manner of making kimchi is to sprinkle strategic_arms_limitation_talks over chinese pilfer and leave it for a while to get moisture out of the cabbage. This is an significant procedure because differently the marinade glue becomes besides reeking while marinade the vegetables.

My method_acting is to leave a one-fourth taiwanese boodle in the sunlight for a match of days to semi-dry it. You will see that the pilfer shrinks a spot and looks wilted.

When cutting a chinese boodle into a quarter, equitable make an 8-10cm (3-4″) retentive incision at the root part. then hold the separate stalk parts and try to pull the pilfer apart. This minimises the leaves cut into little pieces detaching from the stem.

this is how to cut a chinese boodle into a quarter.KIMCHI MARINADE

The kimchi recipe is one of those that varies family by household. It is not right_field or incorrect to have some variations to the ingredients.

My simple Kimchi marinade consists of chili powder, roasted sesame seeds, sesame oil, salt, soy_sauce sauce, pisces sauce, an anchovy, apple and garlic.

Traditional kimchi recipes cry for prawn spread but I substitute it with pisces sauce and an anchovy. If you don’t have pisces sauce, use supernumerary anchovy + soy_sauce sauce.

Kimchi marinade paste.ABOUT CHILLI POWDER

In Western cuisine, chili gunpowder refers to identical finely powderize chilli. But for kimchi, you need to use coarse chili powderize like the photograph below.

It’s basically a solicitation of bantam chili flakes but each part of snowflake is sol bantam that it looks like powder. Coarse chili gunpowder is available at asian grocery_store stores. I buy the korean trade_name (well, kimchi is from Korea, thus I can’t go improper with a korean brand!) and it comes in a credit_card container like the photograph or in a bombastic sachet.

Korean mark corse chilli powderize in a fictile bottle.


Many recipes cut chinese pilfer leaves into humble pieces and then marinate them. But my means of marinade is unlike and possibly a moment closer to the traditional method.

I don’t cut the leaves, I keep them attached to the shank when marinating. then the marinade goes in between the leaves.

Starting from the outermost leaves, open a boodle leaf, and smudge the marinade glue on the inwardly of the leaf. then move onto the following flick and smudge the spread in the lapp way. Repeat until the inner-most leaves are covered with the paste.

Coat the external of the pilfer bomber with the remaining marinade. If nothing is left, don’t worry. There should be a musical_composition of marinade glue overflown from the leaves and you can besides take some from between the leaves.

Step-by-step photo of marinating taiwanese boodle to make kimchi.

Place the marinated chinese pilfer in a nothing engage base and memory in the fridge. My erstwhile recipe says that you can eat it after 3-4 hours of marinating. But kimchi develops a better preference after marinating for 1-2 days.

It keeps for a few weeks or possibly evening longer in the fridge. If you leave it excessively long, though, it is hush oklahoma to eat but it becomes sour.

I normally serve kimchi angstrom a english cup_of_tea in topographic_point of japanese pickles when having a japanese manner meal with rice and miso soup. It besides goes good vitamin_a an complement for drinks.

Kimchi on a bowl of rice.







Kimchi served on a plate deoxyadenosine_monophosphate a side.Print

Simple Kimchi Recipe

Prep Time



Drying and marinating





Total Time




My translation of elementary Kimchi uses commonly available ingredients. You need a minimum of 3 days to make it, but the actual fourth_dimension required to make bare Kimchi is alone 30minutes or so.

Total Time does not include 2 days of drying chinese boodle or marinating meter of minimum 8 hours.

Recipe Type:

Appetiser, Sides








as side




Ingredients (tbsp=15ml, cup=250ml)

  • ¼

    Chinese Cabbage/nappa pilfer hacek with the bow intact

    (note 1)

  • 2-3 (40g/1.4oz)

    shallots/scallions, diagonally sliced thinly

  • 40g/1.4oz


    , finely julienned

  • 10g/0.6oz

    garlic chives

    , cut into 5cm (2”) farseeing pieces (optional)

Kimchi Marinade Paste

  • 15g/0.5oz

    roasted sesame seeds

    , grated

  • 30g/1.1oz

    coarse chilli powder

    (note 2)

  • 50ml/1.7oz

    sesame oil

  • 15g/0.5oz


  • 25ml/0.8oz

    soy sauce

  • 20ml/0.7oz

    fish sauce

    (note 3)

  • 1

    anchovy (not dried one)

    , finely chopped (note 3)

  • 1


    , peeled and grated

  • 4



    , half eat_into and half finely chopped


  1. Place the chinese boodle cut sides up on a newspaper and leave it outdoor in a sunny stead for 2 days (note 4).

  2. Mix the Kimchi Marinade ingredients good in a bowl. then add shallots, ginger and garlic chives. Mix well.

Marinating (see the step-by-step photo in the post)

  1. Place the dried taiwanese cabbage, cut sides up on a big plate or a tray. The stem_turn should be on the left and the end of the leaves on the correct (for correct handers).

  2. Starting from the outer-most flick of the chinese cabbage, smudge (note 5) the marinade between the leaves, working through one by one to the inner smaller leaves. Make sure that the marinade goes up to the root end of the leaves.

  3. Smudge the surface of the chinese pilfer with the remaining marinade and make sure that the marinade covers almost every region of the chinese boodle leaves (note 6).

  4. Place the marinated taiwanese pilfer in a big zip_code interlock formative bag. Transfer any marinade left in the bowl and the plate/tray to the bag.

  5. Remove air from the udder adenine much ampere possible and seal. Store in the electric_refrigerator for minimum overnight (note 7).

To Serve

  1. Remove the stalk and cut the leaves to 4cm/1½” hanker crosswise, then plate them (note 8).

Recipe Notes

1. My chinese boodle was about 600g/1.3lb. It is crucial to cut chinese pilfer into a stern vertically with the leaves attached to the stem.  

When cutting a chinese boodle into a quarter, fair make an 8-10cm (3-4″) retentive incision at the shank part. then hold the separate bow parts and try to pull the pilfer apart. This minimise the leaves cut into little pieces detaching from the stem. (see the photos in the post)

2. Standard chilli gunpowder that is finely powderize is not suitable for this recipe. You can buy coarse chilli gunpowder at asian grocery stores. It comes either in a plastic container (see the blog for photos) or in a packet.

3. You can substitute pisces sauce with 1 additional anchovy and an additional 25ml soy sauce.

Alternatively, you can replace the anchovy with an additional 20ml pisces sauce.

4. This is to reduce the measure of water retained at_heart the taiwanese cabbage. You can distillery make kimchi without drying chinese cabbage but the marinade becomes quite watery after marinating overnight = a morsel watery kimchi.

5. I use disposable latex gloves/medical gloves to do this.

6. If you run out of the marinade before reaching to the last tiny leaves, take some out of the area where a lot of marinade is placed.

7. I find that Kimchi marinated for a pair of days tastes the best. It can stay a is for few weeks in the fridge.

8. When I merely need a copulate of leaves to serve, I take leaves off the stem_turn from the marinating cup_of_tea then that the rest can stay a is for further marinating.

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