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Kimchi fried rice (김치 볶음밥)

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

This is a quick and easy way to serve up a meal. Kimchi and rice is stir-fried together with smoky bacon and spicy kimchi juice and topped with an egg. Simple, fast and delicious!


Kimchi base

  • 1 cup kimchi (*see note), cut into thumbnail size pieces

  • 150g bacon or sausage, cut into thumbnail size pieces

  • 1 pack mushrooms, root removed, rinsed and drained (optional)

  • 3 cups steamed KIMPO rice - if it is freshly cooked, leave it out for 5 to 10 mins at room temperature to cool down before cooking

  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic

  • 1/4 cup kimchi juice – you get the juice from the bottom of the kimchi jar. You can press down the kimchi to release more juice.

  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil

  • 2 large eggs cooked sunny side up

  • 1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds to garnish

  • 1/2 stalk green onion to garnish, thinly sliced (optional)

  • 1/2 cup Roasted seasoned seaweed flakes (optional)


  • If you want more heat, use 2 1/2 tbsp kimchi juice and 1 tbsp gochujang instead of the 1/4 cup kimchi juice.


  1. Pre heat a pan on medium high. Once heated, add a small amount of cooking oil and spread it well with a spatula.

  2. Add the garlic and stir it quickly for about 10 seconds. Then add the bacon and stir it well until it is half-way cooked.

  3. Add the kimchi and stir for about 2 minutes.

  4. Add the mushrooms and mix them in well. Reduce the heat to medium low.

  5. Add the rice and the kimchi juice. Mix them in throughly.

  6. Add the sesame oil and stir to mix well.

  7. Remove from the heat and place on plates.

  8. Cook the eggs sunny-side-up and place it on top of the rice.

  9. Garnish with the sesame seeds and green onion.


  • This is perfect for aged kimchi, because, ideally, kimchi should be a little sour. If the kimchi is not aged enough, add 1/2 tsp rice vinegar into the kimchi juice to make it sour.

  • You can add some seasoned seaweed flakes, shrimp or vegetables to the mix. Sometimes my mom would also add a slice of cheese on top of the rice :)

Enjoy, and as we say, before meals: 잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meokgetseumnida), which roughly means: "Eat well."

KimchiLove♥️ ...from our kitchen to yours.

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