Kimchi Fries

These totally loaded kimchi fries are topped with cheese, sautéed kimchi, stir-fry beef and drizzled with a spicy gochujang sour cream sauce. They are perfect as an appetizer, main course or side dish!

These totally loaded kimchi fries are the perfect flavor packed appetizer or main course. Crispy fries topped with melted cheese, seasoned beef and sautéed kimchi. So easy!

I haven’t seen this much discussion about a dress since Clinton was in office.It was a blue dress, if I recall. {Quote from my awesome friend Jenny}

That pretty much sums up how I spent last night. For hours I stared at a dress swearing that it white and gold and not blue and black. Then all of a sudden I saw blue and black. I know scientifically it has something to do with the way your eyes view contrast and something do with rods and cones but really I just find the whole thing weird. You think you know your colors and then BOOM – you a read a post on BuzzFeed that makes you second guess that your eyes are functioning correctly.

Just because I like to hear what everyone thinks what is your opinion on the dress color? I posted it last night to FB just to get an even wider opinion.

Kimchi never tasted so good! These totally loaded kimchi fries are topped with cheese, sauteed kimchi and super simple stir-fry beef.

So what does all this dress talk have to do with kimchi fries? Nothing really. It’s just this whole dress thing is taking up all the room in my brain right now so I can’t think of anything else to write about.

It’s amazing how your brain can get consumed with one thought and push everything else you know out of your brain. It’s like when people ask me my favorite movie and I freeze as if I have never seen a movie in my life. For the record my favorite movie is Dirty Dancing. I can say this now that I’m just thinking about it and not asked on the spot.

You would think for a person with a communication degree I would actually know how to communicate.

These totally loaded kimchi fries are the best appetizer ever! Super simple seasoned stir-fry beef mixed with sauteed kimchi topped over crispy cheese covered french fries. What's not to love?

Ok. Lets talk about these fries. I have had a serious love for kimchi since I first tasted the stuff years ago. If you have never had kimchi it’s basically the Asian cousin of sauerkraut. Tangy, fermented and just a touch spicy. I actually like my kimchi very spicy but it’s hard to find that type in the store. You could also make you own kimchi if you’re lucky enough to have a good recipe on hand. If I ever get around to it I plan on sharing my own homemade kimchi recipe sometime soon!

Now, to make the topping for these fries you simply marinade some beef and give it a quick stir-fry. Then saute up some kimchi and throw it all on top of crispy fries topped with melted cheese. Then I sprinkled the top with cilantro and green onions.

Oh and that delicious sauce you see on top? Gochujang + sour cream = heaven.

{Looking for more Asian inspired recipes? Try my kimchi fried rice, spicy beef with peanuts or my easy beef and vegetables stir fry}


Kimchi Fries

These totally loaded kimchi fries are topped with cheese, sautéed kimchi, stir-fry beef and drizzled with a spicy gochujang sour cream sauce. They are perfect as an appetizer, main course or side dish!

Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


For beef:

  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced beef sirloin tips
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

For fries:

  • 1 pound frozen french fries
  • 1-2 cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • 2 cups chopped kimchi
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion

For sauce:

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang paste


For beef:
In a small bowl add all ingredients and let marinate while the french fries cook.

Once the fries are done heat a pan over high heat and saute beef until no longer pink. This will only take a few minutes.

Remove beef from the pan and set aside.

For fries:
Prepare french fries according to package directions. Top with cheese and add back to oven until melted.

While the cheese is melting over the french fries quickly saute your kimchi. Using the same pan your sauteed your beef add you kimchi and quickly cook until warmed through.

Remove your cheese covered french fries from the oven and top with cooked kimchi, beef, cilantro, green onions and sauce.

For sauce:
In a small bowl whisk together until combined.

37 Responses to “Kimchi Fries”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — February 27, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I was going to stare at that dress.
    But then I saw these fries. And I was too busy picking up my taste buds from the floor.
    Seriously, these are amazing! Pinned!

  2. #
    pam (Sidewalk Shoes) — February 27, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Who can look at that dress when there are those amazing fries to look at!

  3. #
    Marye — February 27, 2015 at 8:35 am

    First of all… those fries, though! YUM! Second… the dress. I know I am weird but I see blue and gold. I should probably go to counseling, huh?

  4. #
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — February 27, 2015 at 8:52 am

    haha.. I saw that on facebook last night too. I saw gold and white and hubs saw blue and black. So crazy!

    But, these fries are ridiculous! Love kimchi and that spicy sour cream on top with the beef.. strew appetizer this would be my meal. Sounds and LOOKS incredible girl. Pinned!

  5. #
    kristy @ the wicked noodle — February 27, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I am in love with this recipe! So creative and such a great app. Pinned so I can make it soon!

  6. #
    Deborah — February 27, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Ha – I was the same. Totally saw gold and white, and then all of a sudden it switched to blue and black. Kind of trippy!!

    Now I just need a big plate of these fries. Love how unique these are!!

  7. #
    Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner — February 27, 2015 at 9:38 am

    gold and white for me! I would love a big plate of these fries… my favorite food!!

  8. #
    Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire — February 27, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Okay, the dress in the picture looks white and gold. I don’t care what anyone says is the real color of the dress. In that photo it is CLEARLY white and gold and I am now convinced that anyone who says otherwise (blue and gold is acceptable because of the shadows) is screwing with us. It’s like this huge Punkd prank and out of no where Ashton Kutcher is goin. To pop up and be like “Got you! The dress is actually green and purple!” This whole things gotten me so stressed and I don’t even know why.

    I need these fries to calm me down. Because these look like the best freaking fries ever. Seriously, I took one look and started drooling. I love kimchi and can already tell Id be addicted to these fries (what color are they by the way? Gold or black? Cause apparently my eyes aren’t good enough to tell the difference.

  9. #
    Miranda @ Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt — February 27, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Those fries look delicious! I’ve never had kimchi, but you described kimchi as all things I love. I’m going to keep my eye out for it. That dress. Apparently people are quite annoyed with it. lol

  10. #
    Laura @MotherWouldKnow — February 27, 2015 at 10:06 am

    I love kimchi and this recipe is a great way to use it! I might try it with roasted potatoes. Korean beef is so tasty too – can’t wait to try this combination.

  11. #
    Kristina — February 27, 2015 at 10:21 am

    THIS IS THE WEIRDEST THING, last night I saw gold and white. my husband saw blue and black. I am sitting here visiting blogs this morning, and the Today Show had a girl wearing the dress, and I saw blue and black! crazy pants.

    or. dress.

    I want kimchi fries. you are genius.

  12. #
    Linda — February 27, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I saw white and gold dress and then I saw blue and black. I’m confused! But I’ll try those fries with kimchee. Husband loves kimchee and it is suppose to be good for you!

  13. #
    heather @french press — February 27, 2015 at 10:26 am

    that dress…I have seen it everywhere the last tow days, and it is always a different color – and kimchi on fries – that is pure genius. I’ve been wanting to try homemade kimchi for a while, now I think I need to get on that.

  14. #
    Danae @ Recipe Runner — February 27, 2015 at 10:28 am

    So my aunt sent me the dress picture last night and asked what colors I saw. White and gold are what I see. I had no idea what was going on and then next thing I know I’m on Facebook and it’s all over everything! Craziness! The kimchi fries are also crazy, but in a crazy good I want to eat a whole plate of them! Have a great weekend Brandy!

  15. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — February 27, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I ouldn’t care less about the dress – tell me more about these fries and make sure to teleport a plate full my WAY!! NOW! I mean, please.

  16. #
    Patricia @ Grab a Plate — February 27, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I seriously want to dive into this dish! Very creative and I love all the ingredients and flavors! And btw, the dress was gold and white (I tried so hard to see it black & blue! Maybe that was the problem!).

  17. #
    Nicole @ Or Whatever You Do — February 27, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Kimchi! Those fries look incredible. I LOVE korean food, and I haven’t found a really good korean restaurant close to where I live. Missing it!!

  18. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — February 27, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    And now all I want for lunch is a plate of these fries!

  19. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — February 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Brandy, love these fries yo! where did you find/buy that jar of kimchi? I only ask because I’m curious about the brand and label. . kimchi is Korean, which I’m sure you know and so is gochujang. . I grew up eating the stuff and love that Korean food ingredients are becoming more popular. And I’d love to try your homemade kimchi recipe! My friend makes her own and sells it in SF and will be teaching a class at my house in the spring. Fish sauce, gochujang and now kimchi?! girl, you are speaking my language now.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — February 27th, 2015 @ 10:34 pm

      Hi Alice! I found my kimchi at my local higher end grocery store. I LOVE kimchi so much you don’t even know. My favorite is pickle kimchi and I love it when it gets super sour. I can’t wait to share my own kimchi recipe as well. I have a giant bag of red pepper powder that is dying to be used…haha 🙂

  20. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — February 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Wow! Now that is a plate of some gorg fries! Now I’m craving them!

  21. #
    Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking — February 27, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    I am a kimchi virgin. GASP! I think I would really really like it. I will look for that brand because if you say it is good, I believe you! Loaded fries all day erryday!

  22. #
    Heather | girlichef — February 27, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Oh. My. Gawd. These are out of this world delicious – I WANT! And yeah, I will say that I see white and gold. Earlier this morning when I glimpsed that darn dress (again) from my tablet from father off, I saw blue and black. Go figure.

  23. #
    Martha @ A Family Feast — February 27, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    This recipe is outrageous!! My husband is crazy for kimchi – and I can’t wait to surprise him by making this dish!

  24. #
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — February 27, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Creative genius on these fries! Seriously….

  25. #
    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — February 27, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    You had me at gochujang….and then I blacked out and dreamt of these kimchi fries. Hello, where do I sign up?!

  26. #
    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — February 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

    First off, the dress is white and gold. People be crazy. And I have always intrigued with kimchi but when you said it was the asian cousin of sauerkraut, then I convinced I need to try it. And you have knocked it out of the park with these fries. Winner!

  27. #
    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — February 28, 2015 at 10:37 am

    First off, I totally saw blue and black too. But what’s weird is that when I saw it the second time, I saw gold and white and then it turned blue and black. Is someone just messing with us?? Now onto the important stuff, these fries look incredible! I need to find that brand and make these STAT!

  28. #
    Cate | Chez CateyLou — February 28, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    OMG these look incredible and so addicting. I could eat that entire plate!!

  29. #
    christine — March 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Okay, so this dish could be dangerous for me. I’m nervous if I try these fries once, I’m going to “need” them a few times a week. They look THAT GOOD! Secondly, I wish this dress would disappear from my brain! I’ve banned the family from even discussing this dress!!!

  30. #
    Mackenzie @MrsOlsonsKitchen — March 1, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    The spicy sour cream has me completely SOLD on these. I must try.

  31. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — March 1, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    You can never have too much kimchi! Now pass the plate of these fries please : )

  32. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — March 2, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Homemade kimchi is something I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. Hurry up and share your recipe so I can make it. I trust you!
    Your kimchi fries look incredible. I love the way your mind works!

  33. #
    Amanda @ The Kitcheneer — March 4, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I NEED these fries. I love Korean inspired cuisine! I also was blown away by how much this dress bothered me! I see white and gold. My husband AND everyone at my office saw black and blue. I still dont see black and blue. 🙁

  34. #
    Joanne — March 6, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    The hubs and I both saw white and gold! Such a weird thing, and so funny how with social media EVERYONE was talking about it..oh the times we live in.

    These fries are INSANE. I might never eat them any other way again.


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