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 and a staple of our everyday lives.

This version is simple, but you can dress it up with a bit of beef, chicken, pork, ham, or even spam. Many Koreans also like to put a fried egg on top, but my family prefers this simple version that I’m showing you here. 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!

A lot of people say making fried rice is best with leftover rice straight from the fridge, or just day-old rice, but I’ve never really tasted the difference in flavor, taste, or texture. I use fresh rice all the time. I just let it cool down a bit before I stir fry, and my kimchi bokkeumbap is always delicious. It’s the best fried rice I have ever tasted, much better than the kimchi-bokkeumbap at a Korean restaurant.


  • 3 bowls steamed rice (3 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped kimchi (should be aged, well-fermented and sour)
  • ¼ cup kimchi juice (spicy red juice from a jar of kimchi)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2-3 tablespoons gochujang
  • 3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 sheet of gim, roasted and shredded into seaweed strips


  1. Heat up a wide, flat pan or skillet. Add the vegetable oil.
  2. Add the kimchi and stir fry for 1 minute over medium-high heat.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. Garnish with sprinkled chopped green onion, roasted gim, and sesame seeds. Serve right away.

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  1. MIXUE INDIANA, USA joined 1/18 & has 7 comments

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

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  2. Jini joined 5/15 & has 3 comments

    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 & has 1 comment

    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 & has 3 comments
  5. stephstephanie singapore joined 8/17 & has 1 comment

    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 & has 1 comment

    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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  7. tetrisbetris Seoul joined 8/17 & has 1 comment

    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 & has 2 comments

    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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  9. Fathima_97 USA joined 7/17 & has 2 comments

    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 & has 2 comments

    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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  11. Mika_9024 Malaysia joined 6/17 & has 1 comment

    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 !!

  12. duday76 USA joined 12/16 & has 9 comments

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

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  13. AranMCockburn Northern Ontario, Canada joined 2/12 & has 1 comment

    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 & has 6 comments

    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 & has 4 comments

    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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