Kimchi Fried Rice

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Since kimchi fried rice is cheap and easy to make in a short period of time, it is favored by students living alone who cannot afford expensive meals. Kimchi fried rice is also a popular item for lunch at a bunsikjeom (\”bunsik place\”). As the dish is hot and spicy, it is typically served with danmuji and a small bowl of any kind of mild and warm soup such as miyeok-guk (\”wakame soup\”), or kongnamul-guk (\”soybean sprout soup\”). During summer, cool dongchimi (white, watery kimchi made of radish) can also be accompanied with the dish.

The popularity of kimchi fried rice is also reflected in South Korean pop culture. Byun Jin-sub, a popular male singer in the late 1980s, sang a song titled \”Wishes\” (hangul: 희망사항) in which he stated that the singer\’s ideal girlfriend would be one who cooks good kimchi fried rice. Taeyang says in his 2010 song \”I Need A Girl\” that his ideal girlfriend will eat the kimchi fried rice that he cooks.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 203 calories; fat 0.1g; sodium 11.4mg; carbohydrates 28.5g; protein 0.2g


Kimchi fried rice (Kimchi Bokkeumbap, 김치 볶음밥) is a type of Korean fried rice and it is predominantly cooked with kimchi (obviously!) To give it more texture and flavor a variety of meat and/or vegetables are often added.

So, when I make my kimchi fried rice I typically add bacon and mushrooms (particularly enoki mushrooms). Bacon gives a nice smoky flavor and enoki mushrooms give a nice crunchy feel to the dish. Besides, my husband loves meat just like any other male (I think?), so he won’t accept my kimchi fried rice unless it contains some meat in it! lol

Kimchi fried rice is one of the most popular ways to use up your old ripened kimchi along with Kimchi jjigae (Kimchi stew) and Kimchi pancake.


Step 1

Preheat a pan/wok and add garlic infused olive oil

Step 2

Add kimchi & stir until mostly cooked/ ~2 mins

Step 3

Add carrots & mushrooms snd cook for 3-4 mins

Step 4

Reduce heat

Step 5

Add rice and mix all ingredients

Step 6

Add sesame oil & remove from pan/wok

Step 7

Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, green part spring onion and strips of nori if desired

Step 8

Lightly fry eggs and place on top!


Enjoy your food.


  • 90g Kimchi
  • Ingredients 90g Kimchi 375g Cooled boiled brown rice 200g Oyster mushrooms 2 Carrot, grated 2 Large eggs 1/2 tbs Sesame oil 1 tbs Garlic . . .
  • 200g Oyster mushrooms
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1/2 tbs Sesame oil
  • 1 tbs Garlic infused oil
  • 3 Spring onion, green part only
  • 1 tbs Sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 tsp Grated ginger
  • Nori strips, optional

Menu info

  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Servings: 1


Lorraine Cooney

Gut Health Dietitian, MSc
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