For the adventurous or the wanna-be adventurous mouth, I present kimchi fried rice. Spice up your everyday dinners with this popular Korean dish.
Let’s face it, Korean food can be intimidating- both to eat and to cook. Even though I lived in Korea, I will never be able to cook as well as the native grandmothers do. Some of the best food Korean food I have eaten was in the homes of the local people.
Now now… Don’t be discouraged. You can still cook Korean food in your own kitchen. Get your feet wet with this kimchi fried rice recipe. It’s straightforward, vegan, and only as spicy as you make it.
Just to note before you get started. Koreans are notorious for not measuring. There is no science or precision to this. I give good guidelines, but overall trust your taste buds.
Kimchi Fried Rice (Stephanie Thiel)
- 3-4 cups cooked brown or white rice
- 1 small white potato, diced
- 1 carrot, diced
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 2/3 cup kimchi, chopped
- 1/2 tsp. gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
- Use a little more if you like it spicy!
- 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
- Dash of sesame oil
- Olive oil (or other oil to cook with)
- Optional: seaweed
- I love to eat kimchi fried rice with a side of seaweed
METHOD: (pictorial version; an in-depth text-version following)
- Sauté the onion and carrot. (Medium heat, 5 min.)
- Add the potato and continue to sauté (5 min.)
- Add the chopped kimchi and continue to cook for about 5 min.
- Turn the heat on high.
- Add the cooked rice, gochujang paste, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Mix well.
- You may need to add some olive/cooking oil to allow the rice to fry.
- Enjoy! I like eating it with seaweed!
METHOD: (Text-version & details)
- In a large frying pan, sauté (in olive oil) the diced onion and carrot on medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- Next, add the diced potato to the pan. Continue to sauté for another 5 minutes, or until potato has softened and onions are caramelized.
- Chop the kimchi. Then add it to the pan. Fry on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
- Now it’s time to add the cooked rice to the pan. Crank the heat to high.
- After you have added the rice, add the gochujang paste, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Stir well so they are evenly distributed.
- At this point, you may need to drizzle some olive oil to better fry the rice.
- Fry for about 5 minutes, or until done.