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14 Delicious Ways to Eat Kimchi

Kimchi is a versatile dish that can be eaten on its own or cooked with almost anything. Here I share 14 delicious ways to eat kimchi! 

How to Eat Kimchi - 14 Delicious Ways to Cook with Kimchi | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Kimchi / Kimchee (김치) is Korean fermented cabbage and it’s an integral ingredient in Korean cuisine. Many Koreans eat kimchi every day if not at every meal! You get the picture?

It is a great side dish that accompanies many Korean meals. In it’s simplest form, one can eat their meal purely with steamed rice and kimchi. Yep! I’ve done that before.

But I think it’s more fun and tasty when we get to mix kimchi with some other ingredients. Because I believe that kimchi has like 50 shades of flavor!

It’s great with rice, noodles, soup, salad and even pizza! It seems that only the sky is the limit. 😉

So are you ready?

P.S. While we are at it, check my small but expanding collection of kimchi recipes. (Kimchi is not all about napa cabbage kimchi, although “kimchi” in general predominantly refers to spicy napa cabbage kimchi.)

What to Cook with Kimchi

You can make any of the below dishes with store bought kimchi or homemade kimchi.

1. Kimchi Dumplings (Kimchi Mandu, 김치만두)

One of the most popular Korean dumplings is this! Pair kimchi with minced pork/beef/tofu and wrap them in a dumpling wrapper. You can pan fry them or steam them as you like!

Kimchi Mandu (Kimchi Dumplings) Recipe | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi dumplings

2. Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokkeumbap, 김치 볶음밥)

This 15 minute easy kimchi fried rice is definitely a keeper! Kimchi and rice is stir fried with smoky bacon and spicy kimchi juice. Perfect for a weeknight dinner!

Best Kimchi Fried Rice | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi fried rice

3. Kimchi Stew (Kimchi Jjigae, 김치찌개)

You simply cannot talk about kimchi without kimchi jjigae! This ultra comforting spicy stew is loaded with (fatty) pork, tofu and kimchi. It’s simply irresistible!

The classic Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi stew) recipe with some fatty pork. When the fat from the pork melts into the soup, it becomes irresistibly delicious! | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi jjigae

4. Kimchi Pancake (Kimchi Buchimgae, 김치 부침개)

Savory kimchi pancake paired with irresistible Korean pancake dipping sauce! A must try!

Kimchi Pancake (Kimchi Jeon) | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi pancake

5. Ham and Egg Cups with Kimchi

Like I said earlier, you can put kimchi in almost anything! Ham and egg cups with kimchi is a great way to sneak in some kimchi for those who are not used to it. (Don’t worry, the taste is very subtle!) This is perfect for breakfast, lunch or brunch!

Ham, Egg and Kimchi Cup: On the go breakfast with a Korean twist; This is a great way to sneak in some Kimchi for those who are not used to it. A simple yet elegant Korean fusion dish. | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for ham and egg cups with kimchi

6. Tofu Kimchi (Dubu Kimchi, 두부김치)

Tofu Kimchi is a popular appetizer and also a drink snack in Korea. But it goes very well as a side dish to your main meals too! Spicy flavor from kimchi, pork, and nutty aromas from sesame oil are simply marvellous!

How to Make Tofu Kimchi | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for tofu kimchi

7. Kimchi Udon (김치 우동)

This is a super addictive 15 mins kimchi udon recipe. It’s loaded with smoky bacon, kimchi and ultra spicy and tangy sauce. This is a keeper!

Kimchi udon noodle stir fry is an easy weeknight meal that can be ready in 15 mins. Key ingredients are bacon, Kimchi, udon noodles and Korean spicy sauce. It's simply addictive! It will be your new favourite noodle dish! | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi udon

8. Spicy Cold Kimchi Noodles (김치국수)

There’s no better way to beat the hot summer weather than having some addictively spicy cold noodles! Yes, these noodles are loaded with kimchi and covered with sweet, spicy and tangy sauce! It will be your new favourite noodle dish!

Spicy cold Kimchi noodles recipe - This is a perfect summer time dish. Bring your lost appetite back with these spicy cold Korean noodles! | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for cold kimchi noodles

9. Kimchi Spaghetti

Korean fusion kimchi pasta! It’s loaded with creamy mushrooms, crispy bacon, buttery kimchi and Korea’s secret sauce gochujang! The final touch from the roasted sesame seeds and green onions are just perfect!

Kimchi Spaghetti with Bacon | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi spaghetti

10. Bibim Guksu (비빔국수)

This bibim guksu is a light soba noodle salad dish. It’s loaded with leafy greens, not to mention kimchi, and seasoned with spicy, sweet and tangy Korean chilli dressing. Another popular dish during summer time!

Korean Spicy, Sweet and Vinegary Noodles (Bibim Guksu) | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for bibim guksu

11. Kimchi Pizza (김치 피자)

You might be surprised to find out how well kimchi goes in pizza! The key is the balance. Just sprinkle little kimchi pieces over thin pizza base then bake it. It will come out as a perfect entree dish that’s crispy and savory with a hint of kimchi flavor!

Garlic Kimchi Pizza recipe - It's crispy and savoury with a hint of Kimchi flavour. A perfect Korean fusion entry dish that will please your dinning guest. | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi pizza

12. Serve with Korean BBQ

This is not quite a recipe, but more of a serving suggestion. Serve your kimchi over your Korean BBQ lettuce wraps. It’s irresistible. You can even grill some kimchi as well. They are simply the best!

Korean Pork Belly BBQ | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the idea for Korean BBQ

13. Slow Cooker Kimchi Stew with Beef

This will be your lazy way to make kimchi stew. Enter slow cooker Kimchi stew! It is a perfect comfort food on a cold wintry day!

Slow Cooker Kimchi Stew | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get recipe for slow cooker kimchi stew with beef

14. Kimchi Rice Bowl (Kimchi Deopbap, 김치덮밥)

Another perfect weeknight meal that can be ready in 10 mins (or under)! Simply stir fry your old pungent kimchi with some sesame oil and sesame seeds then serve over rice. Voila!Kimchi Rice Bowl | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi rice bowl


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Written by: Sue

Last Updated: May 13, 2019

Hi, I'm Sue and I am the creator of My Korean Kitchen. Thank you for joining me in this delicious culinary journey!

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26 thoughts on “14 Delicious Ways to Eat Kimchi”

  1. Sounds ok.
    But isn’t Kimchi good for the probiotic bacteria like in yoghurt?
    So cooking it would kill off all the probiotic bacteria?

  2. These sound pretty good. I can’t have wheat but i often do a burrito wrap using sushi wraps instead of wheat wraps (i’m sure i overload mine). it makes a good alternative.

  3. Thank you for this collection of recipes using kimchi. Many are new to me but all of them sound good.
    After living near a dear Kirean neighbor who often shared her home-made kimchi with my family, we have been enjoying kimchi with our Thanksgiving dinner.
    Kimchi goes well with turkey especially.

  4. Thanks for reviving my love of kimchi. I have long thought that anything that goes well with sauerkraut would be better served with Kimchi. So – Hot Dogs. If you want to bring hot dogs to a new level, it works!

  5. Thank you thank you! I made kimchi for the first time ever and I’ve only been having it as a side dish, which gets pretty boring to be honest, and I’ve heard others say to add it to other dishes, but none of them sounded as good as these do. I will definitely be trying ALL of these! The dumplings, stew, and cold noodles sound especially delicious!

  6. So many of these look and sound delicious! I made quite a large batch of kimchi and needed some inspiration for different ways to eat it, will definitely be trying several of these! Thank you!

  7. Hi Sue! Thanks for sharing these delicious recipes. They are looking so mouthwatering that I can’t resist myself trying these. Please suggest if I can try the Kimchi stew with chicken.

  8. This article led me to your Slow Cooker Kimchi Stew recipe which I swear I’ve never seen before. I recently moved to north Central Florida from the Atlanta, GA area and finally found a Korean owned grocery store that makes their own kimchi. (In Atlanta there are many H-Marts and I got spoiled!). I bought a big jar of it and now that it is getting old, I was in need of something to make other than Kimchi fried rice and udon (because I LOVE your recipe for that). Your compilation post was very well timed!

    In preparation for the hurricane, I made your Kimchi stew with pork and it has been a wonderful treat the last couple of days. About halfway through the cooking cycle, I got the idea to peel some potatoes and add them in and OMG! are they good. Soft, pillowy nuggests of umami! I’ve been coming here since I found your bibimbap recipe about 3-4 years ago and you never disappoint! Thank you so much for your recipes!

  9. This is so cool! And just in time I can’t believe I was just wondering what to do with my leftover kimchi, and happen to open my mail, so this is great. Thank you for the recipes ★

  10. Every one of the recipes sounds delicious, EXCEPT “Kim-Chi Pizza”,
    But… that’s not surprising since I don’t like pizza anyway. … LOL !!!

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