Kimchi fried rice

Kimchi-bokkeumbap 김치볶음밥

This simple, simple dish is super, super tasty. It’s just a few ingredients, but it’s a dish much loved by Koreans.

This version is simple, but you can dress it up with a bit of beef or pork. I posted a version of this recipe a few years ago that included the leftover sauce and drippings from a simple version of bulgogi, but the recipe was without a video. Eventually I made a video for more traditional bulgogi, and now I made a video for kimchi bokkeumbap too.


Many Koreans also like to put a fried egg on top, but my family prefers this simple version. When my son lived in the school dorm, visits with him were rare. I talked to him on the phone before he came and I asked:

“What food do you miss the most? I’ll make it for you when you come.”

I figured I would need some time to prepare and shop ahead of time, but he answered: “I miss kimchi bokkeumbap.”

“What? That’s it? Is there anything else?”

“Just kimchi bokkeumbap, Mom.”

As you see in this video, you don’t need to prepare much in advance for kimchi bokkeumbap if you have kimchi and rice on hand. So of course I made it for him, along with grilled beef and lots of high protein food. As soon as he came home, I was ready to stir fry. He loved it!




  1. Heat up a pan. Add the vegetable oil.
  2. Add the kimchi and stir fry for 1 minute.add kimchi
  3. Add rice, kimchi juice, water, and gochujang. Stir all the ingredients together for about 7 minutes with a wooden spoon.add kimchi juice
  4. Add sesame oil and remove from the heat.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped green onion, roasted gim, and sesame seeds. Serve right away.

add sesame seeds




  1. MIXUE INDIANA, USA joined 1/18
    Posted January 9th, 2018 at 2:38 am | # |

    아주 맛있어요~! So simple yet so heavenly! Thank you for your delicious recipe, Maangchi! 갑사합니다! :)

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 15th, 2018 at 9:57 pm | # |

      What a colorful, gorgeous kimchi-bokkeumbap you made!

      • MIXUE INDIANA, USA joined 1/18
        Posted January 16th, 2018 at 2:57 am | # |

        Thank you, Maangchi, your recipe is awesome! :)

  2. Jini joined 5/15
    Posted November 19th, 2017 at 9:55 pm | # |

    Hi! Finally gave it a go on your yummy recipe. BUT, I didn’t have gochujang (I forgot to buy)…. I went to see if there was a substitute. There was with chili flakes, soy sauce and sugar. I ended up trying to figure out a recipe and then added some doenjang; to make it thicker paste. It came out alright. But still, gochujang would have made it better.
    Do you have an emergency substitute for gochujang?

  3. ariannagoh Malaysia joined 9/17
    Posted September 2nd, 2017 at 4:20 am | # |

    Hi Maangachi! i want to make this recipe but don’t have any kimchi juice as i buy packaged kimchi, can i leave the kimchi juice out while making or is there any substitutes? thanks!

  4. Abigailll New jersey joined 9/17
    Posted September 1st, 2017 at 11:16 pm | # |
  5. stephstephanie singapore joined 8/17
    Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 11:40 pm | # |

    hi, can you recommend me what brand to buy for the kimchi and gochujang? i love spicy one.

  6. SpicySBUXkitty Florida, U.S joined 8/17
    Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 1:03 pm | # |

    So yesterday was the first time I tried making this…. can you say Wow! Best and most flavorful fried rice recipe ever!! And so easy. My husband asked me to make it at least once a week if not more. Thank you for this easy and flavorful recipe.

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted August 23rd, 2017 at 5:17 pm | # |

      Yes! Wow wow! I said “wow” 2 times! : )

  7. tetrisbetris Seoul joined 8/17
    Posted August 18th, 2017 at 11:40 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,
    I just moved to Seoul and have been trying to make some Korean food. I made this last week and it’s so delicious! A fried egg and some gim on top made it a perfect meal. I’m so happy I have your videos to get me cooking with local ingredients while I’m here :).

  8. Casvectra Germany joined 7/17
    Posted July 16th, 2017 at 9:36 am | # |

    Hello Maangchi, I did this today and it was really delicious. I also add an egg on top. I’m definitely going to cook this for my friends who love Korean Food <3

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 20th, 2017 at 2:00 pm | # |

      Wow, it looks colorful and gorgeous! Egg on top is such a great idea!

  9. Fathima_97 USA joined 7/17
    Posted July 7th, 2017 at 9:42 pm | # |

    Anneyeong Maangchi,

    Can I know how much ingredients I have to put if I want to cook for like 10 people?

    Thank You

  10. Kitchenexperiments Indonesia joined 6/17
    Posted June 21st, 2017 at 7:38 pm | # |

    Tried this recipe and love it so much. Tasted just right, not too salty not to sweet, and simple as well. Would cook it again definteley. Thanks maagchi.

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 22nd, 2017 at 12:32 pm | # |

      Wow, it looks wonderful! Gorgeous presentation, too!

  11. Mika_9024 Malaysia joined 6/17
    Posted June 3rd, 2017 at 3:48 am | # |

    Does it okay to put cheese on it ? By the way , this is my first time cook bokkeumbap and it surprisely so delicous . Thank you for your tutorial and recipe . I appreciate it so much . You’re the best cooking teacher !!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted June 3rd, 2017 at 4:12 pm | # |

      Yes, if you want, you could add some cheese.

  12. duday76 USA joined 12/16
    Posted April 13th, 2017 at 7:20 pm | # |

    Yummy! Fried egg made it less spicy And my kids love it!

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  13. AranMCockburn Northern Ontario, Canada joined 2/12
    Posted March 1st, 2017 at 7:29 pm | # |

    I will definitely try this recipe. I know I’ll love it. I do make my own Kimchi now and bought your book at Christmas….

  14. ZainLovesCooking en52dt joined 8/16
    Posted October 30th, 2016 at 12:14 pm | # |

    Will the recipe be good if I used some beef, chicken, pork, or prawns?

    Will it still taste nice?

  15. ApronStrings Texas joined 10/16
    Posted October 20th, 2016 at 9:19 am | # |

    My boyfriend loves when we have some leftover meat and rice so that I will make kimchi bokkeumbap. Every recipe I have tried has been so delicious! You are amazing :)

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted October 21st, 2016 at 8:06 am | # |

      Your bf must be a foodie, too! : ) You guys are right! Whenever I have some leftover vegetable side dishes in the fridge, I just stir-fry them with rice and chopped kimchi. Yum!

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