Kimchi hot dog

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Over the years I’ve seen more and more people using Korean cooking techniques and ingredients into create unique dishes that are a fusion of different tastes, textures, and cultures. Korean ingredients lend themselves well to all kinds of dishes, and I’m always interested to see the creative things that people come up with. It’s fun to do and the results can be pretty tasty!

Today’s recipe is a fusion dish of my own: kimchi hot dogs! It’s pretty simple, but adding spicy, sour kimchi to your hot dog will make it even more delicious. When I lived in Korea I wasn’t a hot dog lover, but since coming to the west I learned how to make them better, owing to a technique I learned from a sausage vendor in Toronto, and by adding my own fried kimchi. Also. the bun has to be toasted: a little crunchy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside.


Enjoy the recipe, and let me know if you try it out!

kimchi hot dog

Ingredients (for 4 hot dogs)

  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 4 hot dogs, scored
  • ⅓ cup fermented kimchi, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • a pinch of  sugar
  • lettuce leaves
  • cheddar cheese
  • mustard



  1. Heat up a large grill or pan over medium high heat. Lower the heat to medium. Add the vegetable oil and cook the dogs until outside is crispy. Take out the dogs to a plate and set aside. Cook the buns, turning them with tongs until fluffy. Take the buns out and set aside.kimchi hotdoghotdog_buns
  2. Tilt the pan to collect the leftover oil and add kimchi. Stir-fry it for a few minutes. Add sugar and stir. Remove from the heat and add the chopped onion. Mix it well. The onion will be a little cooked from the heated kimchi.kimchi hotdogkimchi hotdogkimchi hotdog

Put some lettuce, cooked kimchi onion mixture, and a dog in each bun and top with mustard and cheddar.

kimchi hot dog



  1. Ermin Fei Indonesia joined 2/15
    Posted June 11th, 2015 at 1:26 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi.. Just wondering what soup was that you put on the cutting board towards the end of the video? Looks fresh.. ^^

  2. CiscoTX Houston, TX joined 7/14
    Posted July 23rd, 2014 at 2:17 am | # |

    Omg honey we saw this recipe and just knew we had to make it! We used our first batch of kimchi for this and it was phenomenal!! We were a bit skeptical about the cheese, but it turned out great!

    Yum yum! <3

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted July 23rd, 2014 at 8:45 am | # |

      Great! You can make many many different kinds of dishes with kimchi! Congratulations!

  3. Kimchikfoodfanatic Toronto, ON joined 7/14
    Posted July 11th, 2014 at 6:14 pm | # |

    와!!~ Mangchi Looks soo good! ) Come back to Toronto!!!!!! :) (Lol I don’t find many other 14 year olds that enjoy cooking ;))

  4. gautami delhi joined 6/14
    Posted June 20th, 2014 at 10:43 pm | # |

    Maangchi thanks for sharing. i love this recipe which make me happy.

  5. Sabzi Los Angeles joined 5/14
    Posted May 28th, 2014 at 9:52 pm | # |

    maangchi Unni,
    Thank you for all your wonderful recipes. I’ve used them for years, but this is my first time talking to you!! Do you by any chance have a recipe for a Haejangguk, but without intestines?
    Kamsaheyo Unni!!!

    • Sabzi Los Angeles joined 5/14
      Posted May 29th, 2014 at 1:36 pm | # |

      I meant to say congealed blood, not intestines!!

  6. NatSuarez USA joined 10/13
    Posted May 24th, 2014 at 2:10 pm | # |

    Dear Maangchi, this was soooo delicious!! thank you :D

  7. Miss Kim78 socali joined 3/13
    Posted May 23rd, 2014 at 3:34 am | # |

    Yum! I’ve been doing this since I was a kid! How can kimchi go wrong anywhere?!

  8. V. Stoen ND joined 5/14
    Posted May 20th, 2014 at 10:22 am | # |

    What a great idea Maangchi , I will be trying this for sure ! Also I love the grater in the video you used for grating cheese . Where did you get it I really want one ? Thanks for sharing this recipe !

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted May 21st, 2014 at 10:24 am | # |

      One of my friends gave it to me a few years ago. It’s from pylones and called lady grater.

  9. Cutemom Indonesia joined 3/13
    Posted May 20th, 2014 at 8:10 am | # |

    Awesome recipe as usual Maangchi ssi.

    I should share my kimchi burger. I made it by mistake and ended up being loved by my kids mad friends

  10. indelibledotink Honolulu joined 5/11
    Posted May 20th, 2014 at 3:35 am | # |

    maangchi, here in hawaii we make a kimchi dish with spam and onions, a stir-fry. i thought your kimchi hot dog would be like that and was surprised!

    i have used kimchi as a topping on hot dogs forever, it is like sauerkraut.

    i will try your scoring technique, it’s new to me!

  11. stonefly Olympia WA joined 11/11
    Posted May 19th, 2014 at 8:36 pm | # |

    Wow, Maangchi! Perfect for summer and the grill. Just serve with Subak-soju and instant party!

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