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. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted September 11th, 2008 at 10:45 pm | # |

    I use red and spicy sauce for pork bulgogi.
    It’s included in the list of my upcoming cooking videos.

  2. 샤넨
    Posted September 11th, 2008 at 8:15 pm | # |

    Maangchi, how can i make the marinade for Pork bulgogi?

  3. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted September 4th, 2008 at 12:35 pm | # |

    Thank you for your request jangjorim (beef side dish)
    Yes, I am going to post the recipe on my blog someday.
    It’s already included in the list of my upcoming cooking videos.

  4. dori
    Posted September 4th, 2008 at 10:22 am | # |

    i just found your website and i love it! do you have a recipe for jang-jo-rim by any chance? thank you for the wonderful tutorials on korean food!

  5. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted August 30th, 2008 at 10:44 am | # |

    Thank you for your update! Wonderful!

  6. Lydia
    Posted August 29th, 2008 at 7:14 pm | # |

    thanks Maangchi!
    I made this yesterday and my siblings loved it =)

  7. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted August 28th, 2008 at 9:54 am | # |

    wow, happy news! Your kimchi already fermented and cooked kimchi stew! Wonderful!

  8. Jenny
    Posted August 28th, 2008 at 9:19 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi.Finally i found hot pepper paste in Singapore.Only 5 minutes walking from Raffles Place mrt.I made kimchi 5 days ago.It turn out great.Last night i cook kimchi stew.Yummmyyyy.thx again

    • thisiscarene
      Posted May 1st, 2009 at 4:42 pm | # |

      HI Jenny,
      where exactly did you get the hot pepper paste?
      name of the location would be greatly appreciated!

  9. Jenny
    Posted August 23rd, 2008 at 10:29 am | # |

    Thx Maangchi

  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted August 22nd, 2008 at 11:14 am | # |

    I found this information on the internet.
    I will translate it in English.

    1.Korean grocery market:
    20 North Canal Road
    Phone : 6538-9801∼3(delivery possible)

    2. Koreana Youtong:
    163 Tras Street #01-01, Lian Huat Building

    Phone : 6324-5016/5017(delivery possible)

    3.samjin shik poom (shik poom means grocery)
    37 MALAN Road
    Phone: 6777-4988(delivery possible)

    Good luck with finding a good grocery market there!

  11. Jenny
    Posted August 22nd, 2008 at 9:31 am | # |

    Maangchi,i love ur website.Does anyone know where i can buy hot pepper paste in Singapore ? thx

  12. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted August 15th, 2008 at 7:01 pm | # |

    Melbourne Chic
    Yes, they are the same. I have never used Chinese soy sauce, so I can’t tell you the difference. Probably it’ll be alright. Thanks!

  13. Melbourne Chic
    Posted August 15th, 2008 at 6:54 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi

    I love your site!

    I was just wondering if the Korean sesame oil and the Chinese sesame oil are the same? What about Korean soy sauce and Chinese soy sauce?

    Thanks :)

  14. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted July 20th, 2008 at 10:35 pm | # |

    I checked out your website and found it’s very informative. Thank you very much.

    Posted July 19th, 2008 at 10:04 pm | # |

    Nothing better than the combination of the two most traditional Korean food.

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