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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.

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.

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