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.

add sesame seeds


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  1. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

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

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

  3. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    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. 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 & has 12,047 comments

    Thank you for your update! Wonderful!

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

  7. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

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

  8. 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

  9. Thx Maangchi

  10. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

    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. 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 & has 12,047 comments

    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& has 1 comment

    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 & has 12,047 comments

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

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

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