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



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  1. Nyla Queens, NYC joined 7/10 & has 2 comments

    My first attempt came out pretty yummy. It doesn’t look quite as appetizing as your meal because I cut the meat pretty horribly. I just made due with what I had, which was rib-eye steak. The kimchi fried rice I added egg too and cut out the seaweed, since I didn’t have any. But end result was delicious, I made it for me and my grandmother and she really really liked the meal. The meat came out nice and tender and she even ate some of the kimchi fried rice and she’s not a big fan of kimchi.

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipes

  2. tuti.fruti United Kingdom joined 1/13 & has 1 comment

    Maangchiii I need your help !! :(
    I have some issues with cooking the beef. Basically, I cooked it on a hot pan, using a little bit of oil and i cooked its for 15 mins max. unfortunately it turned out really hard and it was so hard that it made my teeth hurt on chewing it. it was my first attempt and I had high hopes. Is there anythng I can do to the beef to make it more soft and tender ??
    also I didn’t like the kimchi i made it was nothing like the ones from restaurants. It had such a strong garlic taste…. hmmm
    I guess I have a long way to go !! ;(

  3. BillP Manchester, UK joined 10/12 & has 1 comment

    Just made this, with the rice and home-made ssam jaang. It was delicious. I found lots of recipes for Bulgogi on the internet but decided on this one, although I think next time i’ll reduce the amount of sesame oil as the flavour overpowered everything else, maybe the oil I used was quite a strong one.

  4. solo05 Hawaii joined 10/12 & has 3 comments

    Hi!! in culinary i picked korea as my country for culinary class and we’re suppose to make a dish from our country…so i decided to do kimchi fried rice, is this the whole recipe? i need help . i think your fried rice looks the best out of all the ones i checked :D

  5. JenRey New York joined 9/12 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi! I’m not a huge fan of spicy foods and there seem to be some sort of spice added to many of these recipes. Would you please let me know if there are any “spice alternatives”? Thanks A lot :)

  6. Nikki04 USA joined 8/12 & has 1 comment

    Maangchi, is there a serving size for this or what is the serving size for this?

  7. zachmurray94 USA joined 6/11 & has 1 comment

    Just made it!! It was amazing!!!

  8. She-Ryn Malaysia joined 12/11 & has 10 comments

    i loved making the fried rice for my lunchbox :D

  9. DominiqueEchard North Carolina joined 5/09 & has 36 comments

    Wow! Just when I thought I knew all of the great things you can make WITH kimchi… I see this. Or maybe I just forgot I watched it all those years ago. More reasons for me to use up my kimchi and make more! Some baked tofu would be nice with this to make a one-dish meal.

  10. Huang Jakarta joined 11/11 & has 1 comment

    Hello Maangchi,

    Love your website, and i love Korean food. Been trying your bibimbap recipes and it turns out
    delicious. Anyway, i don’t eat beef, can i used pork instead of beef to cook bulgogi?
    Thanks alot.. :)

  11. Djinni kentucky joined 6/11 & has 3 comments

    is it possible to can(by water boil method) the bulgogi marinade? or would that ruin the taste somehow?

  12. jkhuri44 Sydney, Australia joined 8/11 & has 1 comment

    Thank you for this website!

    Absolutely unreal recipes!!! I’ve been eating Korean for years, and never tried cooking it myself..

    I made this recipe along with your spinach and soy bean sprout salads, and the whole family was loving it (including me!)

  13. quietgurl California joined 8/11 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi! I’m going to make this with my friends next weekend like a Korea BBQ party. I was wondering what other veggies or side dishes is good to be serve beside lettuce and kimchi?

  14. gecor hong kong joined 3/11 & has 2 comments

    can i use pork for bulgogi?

  15. britener Stockton joined 6/11 & has 1 comment

    Hi! I used your recipe to make bulgogi and kimchi for my husband to celebrate Father’s Day since that’s his favorite korean dish. He absolutely loves it and he said that they taste as authentic as the ones he had in Korea when he was stationed there. So far I have only tried those two recipes but I’m definitely making more each week! We love korean food! Thank you and you’re a great teacher!

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