Wondering how to eat kimchi without just using it as a side dish? There are lots of delicious ways to eat kimchi – keep reading to find out what they are!
If you haven’t heard of Kimchi yet, you will soon. This fermented side dish is a staple in the Korean diet and it’s popularity has been booming recently all over the world.
And for good reason…
Kimchi is packed with gut-healthy bacteria, rich in vitamins A & C and bursting with antioxidants. This flavor bomb will quickly become a delicious addition to your diet.
Kimchi is commonly eaten as a side dish, but if you’re wondering how to eat kimchi without just serving it on the side of your plate, then keep reading.
I’ve rounded up some delicious ways to eat kimchi that make this Korean staple the star of the show.
How to Eat Kimchi – 8 Outside-of-the-Box Ways to Eat Kimchi
1. Kimchi Fried Rice
Want to take your fried rice game to the next level?
Make kimchi fried rice instead.
Here’s a simple recipe.
Kimchi Fried Rice Ingredients:
- 3-4 cups of cooked rice
- 1 1/2 cups of kimchi
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 green onions, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Saute garlic and green onions in olive oil for a minute
- Add all the other ingredients
- Stir continuously until eggs are cooked
2. Kimchi Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Elevate the flavor of your grilled cheese sandwich by adding some finely chopped kimchi.
The combination of of kimchi and cheese produces a whole new level of flavor and texture. Be careful though, you might just become addicted to this flavor combination.
3. Kimchi Deviled Eggs
This recipe from David Chang of Momofuku takes the basic deviled egg and upgrades it about 100 notches.
- 2 hardboiled eggs
- 1 tbsp chopped kimchi
- 1 fried bacon rasher, chopped
- 2 mint leaves, chopped
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
- Carefully slice your hardboiled eggs in half and scoop out the yolk
- Place yolk and all other ingredients in a bowl
- Mix ingredients together, adding a touch of mayonnaise if the mixture seems dry
- Scoop the filling back into the egg white halves
4. Kimchi Omelet
If you’re a fan of adding sriracha to your eggs, then you’ll love the addition of kimchi to your omelet.
Some other great additions include scallions, shiitake or cremini mushrooms, spinach and cheese.
5. Kimchi Dumplings
Before you discount dumplings as too fiddly or complicated to make, hear me out – these kimchi dumplings only have 2 ingredients…
Kimchi and dumpling wrappers!
You can prepare these any way you’d like – deep fried, steamed, pan fried, baked… And you don’t even need a dipping sauce because these dumplings are bursting with flavor on their own.
6. Kimchi Pizza
Forget pepperoni, kimchi pizza is where it’s at.
Grab a pizza base from the store (or better yet, make your own!) top it with some pizza sauce, chili kimchi, and cheese, and pop it in the oven.
(You can also add some pepperoni or spicy sausage if you want an added flavor burst.)
7. Kimchi Buddha Bowl
Take your regular Buddha Bowl to the next level with the addition of some chopped kimchi.
Here’s a simple recipe for a delicious, health buddha bowl:
- Spinach sauteed in coconut oil and minced garlic
- Chopped avocado
- Pine nuts
8. Kimchi Quesadilla
Kimchi quesadillas make the perfect quick, easy, healthy dinner. Simply add some cheese, kimchi and parsley, then pan fry. Dinner ready in 5 minutes!