Kimchi Fried Rice

This kimchi fried rice is packed full of homemade kimchi, rice, spices and green onions. I topped it with a fresh cooked egg to bring even more flavor.

Kimchi Fried Rice by Nutmeg Nanny

After Christmas I went home to Ohio for a short visit. Before I arrived home I was telling my dad how much I loved kimchi. I could eat the stuff on almost anything – burgers, chicken sandwiches and savory pancakes. I’m not even kidding when I say I love it so very much. I sometimes find myself eating it out the jar with a fork – at night. Almost like dessert except instead of delicious sugary filled cookies it’s fermented cabbage and spicy red pepper.

Does that make me weird?

Kimchi Fried Rice by Nutmeg Nanny

Believe it or not I made the kimchi in the above picture. My dad has a friend whose wife is from Korea and I asked my dad to get the recipe from her. Do you know what her response was? “No. Tell her to come and I will teach her.” Heck yes! Learning how to make kimchi from a master, why would anyone turn that down?

So we all loaded up in our SUV and drove in the middle of a blizzard just to go make some kimchi and dine on other delicious delicacies. Have you ever driven in a snow storm in the midwest? You might think to yourself “oh it’s probably pretty snowy but not horrible.” You would be wrong. When your driving in the country in Ohio the roads at times can be barely large enough for 2 cars to go past each other. Plus there are massive ditches (as in 6 feet deep) on both sides so you better hope you don’t go too far to one side or you’re going to get stuck. Then there is the blowing and drifting. I kid you not you can be driving at times and think to yourself “I hope I’m actually driving on the road and not in the field next to the road.” You cannot tell the difference when the wind really picks up. I guess this is what happens when the landscape is flatter than a pancake and the wind and snow are blowing like a crazy person.

Kimchi Fried Rice by Nutmeg Nanny

Now, back to this kimchi. I made this deliciousness with my bare hands and it’s amazingly delicious. I do plan on eventually sharing a recipe for homemade kimchi but until then you can use store bought. Which nowadays is pretty easy to find. I topped my fried rice with a fried egg because I love the different textures but the egg is totally optional. But it’s also sorta not optional because it’s awesome and you should add it. Unless your allergic to eggs, then you shouldn’t add it. But, if you’re allergic to eggs I feel really bad for you. What do you cook when you don’t feel like cooking? Eggs are the best fast food ever.


Kimchi Fried Rice

This kimchi fried rice is packed full of homemade kimchi, rice, spices and green onions. I topped it with a fresh cooked egg to bring even more flavor.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 scallions, diced
  • 1 cup sour kimchi, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup kimchi juice, as needed
  • 4 large eggs


In a large skillet add vegetable oil and set over medium heat. Once the oil is hot add in 3/4 of the chopped scallions, kimchi and gochujang paste. Stir and heat until the mixture if hot.

Add in garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add in rice, soy sauce and kimchi juice if needed to help bring together the mixture. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the whole mixture is heated through.

Remove the rice from the stove and cover to keep warm.

In a small skillet fry up 4 eggs, in several batches if needed.

Divide the rice mixture between 4 bowls and top with fried rice. Sprinkle with remaining green onions.

21 Responses to “Kimchi Fried Rice”

  1. #
    Medeja — April 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

    What an interesting and delicious dish! Sounds like a perfect lunch!

  2. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 10, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Ooh, this looks amazing! My best friend made me try kimchi years ago (after me saying it smelled disgusting and I would never try it) and I’v been obsessed since then!

  3. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 10, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I’ve actually never had Kimchi! How-ev-er, I ADORE Korean food…and fried rice…and anything topped with an egg owns my <3 (don't tell the hubs!)

  4. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — April 10, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Total comfort food in a bowl here!

  5. #
    Claire Gallam — April 10, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Kimchi for the FREAKING WIN.

  6. #
    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — April 10, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I love all the spices and that egg looks perfect!

  7. #
    Christine from Cook the Story — April 10, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Oh my flippin’ GOODNESS! Amazing!

  8. #
    Carolyn Ketchum — April 10, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Your homemade Kimchi looks amazing!

  9. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — April 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Love Kimchi…and what I won’t do for a runny egg! *cries*

  10. #
    Angie — April 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Love this fried rice! I’ve never tried it with kimchi, but it looks amazing!

  11. #
    Rebecca {foodiewithfamily} — April 10, 2014 at 10:33 am

    You know I could eat this every single day of the week, right? DEFINITELY yes on the runny egg. DEFINITELY yes on the kimchi!

  12. #
    Candace @ Cabot — April 10, 2014 at 10:43 am

    That kimchi looks amazing, but really, just about anything gets kicked up a notch if you top it with a runny egg! Well played.

  13. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — April 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    You made it! And OMG it looks like perfection!!!

  14. #
    Joanne — April 10, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    I am SO impressed with your kimchi skillz!! I would totally eat it like dessert. So I’m weird too.

    This bowl looks amazing to me. I’m going to be so disappointed in the morning when it’s not magically my breakfast!

  15. #
    Dawn Lopez — April 11, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Wow, now that is fried rice! Okay, I’ve never had kimchi.. but you have me really intrigued! I’m so jealous that you had a hands on lesson on how to make it. I love learning about authentic dishes, I think I need to do some research now 😉

    This looks AMAZING! Love the egg over the top, wonderful!

  16. #
    Joelen — April 11, 2014 at 12:27 am

    This looks delicious – anything with a fried egg and rice has my vote! 🙂

  17. #
    Katrina Bahl — April 11, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I’m a kimichi virgin but I would love to give it a try. ROAD TRIP! 😉

  18. #
    John @ Garage Gyms — April 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    We make this at home already. This is a delicious dish, and you can add any kind of meat you feel like as well. Your recipe is a little different and probably better too, but we’ll see 😉


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