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Easy Korean Kimchi Recipe

Easy Korean Kimchi

QUICK & EASY KIMCHI RECIPE (photo below)


With the new found American interest in probiotics, this Korean staple is finding its way to the American plate and palate.

Kimchi is Korea's most celebrated dish, and is the general term given to a group of fermented vegetables.

There are over 200 different kinds of Kimchi. In fact there is even a kimchi museum in Seoul, S. Korea.

According to the Korea Food Research Institute, correctly fermented kimchi contains higher amounts of lactic acid and lactic acid bacteria than dairy fermented products such as yogurt.

Kimchi contains protein, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins C, B1, B2, and niacin.

Kimchi is a must serve at Korean meals.

The following recipe uses common ingredients usually kept on hand or easily found. The ingredients are cut into small pieces for easy eating and quicker fermentation.

QUICK KIMCHI RECIPE

1 head Chinese cabbage, 2 ½ - 3lbs. (also known as Napa cabbage)

1 medium Asian radish

¼ cup coarse sea salt

4 scallions (cut into 1" pieces)

4 garlic cloves (minced)

2 tablespoons fresh ginger (minced)

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 Teaspoon sesame seeds (optional - a personal preference)

Water

To prepare:

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1 - Dissolve salt in 1 cup water/set aside.

2 - Thoroughly wash the cabbage/then cut into 2 inch lengths/peel Asian radish and halve it lengthwise, then halve lengthwise again - then slice thinly into ½" squares.

3 - Place cabbage and radish in a large bowl and pour salt water over them.

4 - Let soak overnight or at least 5 hours.

5 - After soaking drain vegetables BUT RETAIN SALTED WATER.

6 - Add scallions, garlic, ginger, chili powder (and optional sesame seeds).

7 - Mix all vegetables, thoroughly, by hand

(using gloves as chili powder may sting)

Pack all in a large jar (about 2 quart size)/pour the salted water over the mixture.

Leave an inch of space at the top of the jar.

Cover tightly.

Let sit for 2-3 days depending on how fermented you like your kimchi. (I like 4-5 days)

Refrigerate after opening.

Share and Enjoy!

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Comments

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on February 18, 2013:

Right now it is February. It is only 6 degrees and I live in NYC. I am craving kimchi like mad. It should be in the 30s tomorrow so I may walk down to the Korean market and get some kimchi ready made. I guess my body is craving and in need of the probiotics..

Thanks so much for the comments!

miss airy on February 18, 2013:

anneyeong haseyo ... kang sam turu guyo ... when i try make the kimchi, i so happy because i really wanted to eat kimchi korean ...

eloisa18 on June 15, 2012:

kamsa hamnida, kimchi green i will try to prepare kimchi .

liv on May 15, 2012:

hi can anyone who has followed this recipe tell me how the taste is :D thanks

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on February 07, 2012:

Thanks Kimchi Green. And please do come again when you start selling online so we can all check it out!

Kimchi Green on February 06, 2012:

In a few months we will be selling our Kimchi on-line for those of you who aren’t as adventuresome as some to actually take on the crazy task of making it yourself. Mrs. Kim has been making delicious Kimchi all her life and my brother and I thought we’d share our joy with Americans. Her brand will be called Kimchi Green. Follow us on Facebook, just search Kimchi Green. Thanks!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 07, 2012:

The only recommendations I know mimi is to leave just one inch of space. Leaving 5 inches, perhaps that might be too much air circulating. I don't know but I cannot recommend it because you may not get the same results.

mimi on January 06, 2012:

Is it all right to leave about 5 inches space at the top of the jar? Does it affect the fermenting process or even the taste of kimchi?

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 05, 2012:

It is a great place John and I miss it too. If you live in or near New York City there are lots of restaurants and Korean supermarkets. At the supermarkets they even prepare fresh foods like kimchi and other foods to take with you like kimbap, and pa jun. My friend tells me that near Fairfax, VA, there are also many Korean places.

Thanks for writing.

John on January 04, 2012:

Wish I had married a beautiful korean girl ,and then I could have Great Korean food all the time ! Miss u Land of the riseing sun !

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 31, 2011:

Me too! Thanks for commenting MOKASON!

MOKASON on December 31, 2011:

I put it in soups stews ect.Goto have it

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 18, 2011:

Hi Maria - This recipe (above) calls for 1/4 cup of coarse sea salt. Coarse does work better.

maria on December 17, 2011:

how much salt should i put in the water to soak the vege? someone help me please :)

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 16, 2011:

Love Korean pancakes (pa jun) too. In fact if you just scroll up jaari above comments you'll see Korean Cuisine and a link to a Korean Pancakes/Pa Jun recipe. This was one of my favorite foods in Seoul. The quality of their food is also superior to American quality, so the food was exquisite. I ate and ate and ate and was so happy, yet my weight went down and so did my cholesterol. Quality food does that. I glowed in S. Korea.

Will check out your link now.

jaari on December 15, 2011:

passed this onto a friend of mine, she loved it so I guess she's going to make her own too .... =-)

I want to make Korean Pancake next, I'm used to making Finnish oven pancakes and Moijakka =-)

http://www.dlc.fi/~marian1/gourmet/finnish.htm

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 14, 2011:

So cool- thanks for coming back jaari!

jaari on December 14, 2011:

it turned out very well, when I eat it I can see through time lol

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 09, 2011:

I love it hot and spicy jaari! That 5 spice is a nice idea too. It seems here if you buy it or order in a restaurant it is a bit less hot compared to what I loved in Korea. Mmmm kimchee!

Thanks for writing.

jaari on December 08, 2011:

Just made my first Kimchee , with Bok Choy, Turnip , garlic, ground my own chillies with a squirt of sriracha,water to make a paste,garlic,pinch of 5 spice...

Smells yummy, garlicky and hot as #$@%@!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 06, 2011:

You're very welcome Irish. Thank you for commenting!

Irish on December 05, 2011:

Im so happy that ill found this recipe. . My little sister always crave for kimchi. . Thank you so much

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 18, 2011:

Hello Margaret! For this recipe, let it sit for 2-3days before opening. My American friends do not like it more fermented than this. Then refrigerate after opening.

However, my Korean friends said leave it for 7 days. For me, I like it at 5 days. If this is your first time doing it or even trying kimchi go with 3 days.

margaret on November 17, 2011:

may i know of how many days to leave it outside to ferment?

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 15, 2011:

It is easy emer james - you just have to be a little patient. Here in NYC kimchi has become kind of popular so I admit that now I just go out and buy it and it is sooooo good. Must get some more.

Thanks for writing!

emer james on October 15, 2011:

i think that is so easy to do, but i dont know if i can do that???,

I think thats great, thats very delicious and yummy.

emer james on October 15, 2011:

i think that is so easy to do, but i dont know if i can do that???,

I think thats great, thats very delicious and yummy.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 07, 2011:

Thanks Ron. I'm checking out your website right now!

Ron on October 04, 2011:

Amazing hub! Great read

Ron from http://www.intervalstraining.net

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on July 09, 2011:

Yes, you can decrease the chili powder. I like it spicy, very spicy. But then I have had good mild versions and some way too spicy. Try 1/2 if you are not sure.

Hope you enjoy and thanks for writing.

gajules on July 07, 2011:

Can one decrease the chili powder? I am wanting to do lots more korean and japanese dishes.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 02, 2011:

I have used the chili powder that I buy from the super market - but I always get a new jar because it seems to be most potent and tasty when you first open it and then the flavor disappears soon after.

Enjoy! And thanks for writing. You may like the pa jun recipe also.

looking for recipe on June 02, 2011:

I've tried several recipes yours will be next. Quick question, will just regular chili powder be ok... just like you can buy in the spice section at Wally World?

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on April 19, 2011:

I love the added ginger. Thanks for the tips. That and fish sauce was done in Korea. Great stuff! Didn't know about the rice powder but I do like rice flour for making pa jun. Hmmmm.

Thanks so much for writing!

chili lover on April 19, 2011:

adding rice powder and water mixture will add consistency to your dish. a little Ginger or fish sauce adds good flavor too.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 20, 2011:

You're welcome jojokaya - thanks for writing!

jojokaya from USA on March 20, 2011:

I love Kimchi. Thanks for great recipe

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 28, 2010:

I've never tried it with dry powder ginger aii2 - so I don't know what the measurements would be. Perhaps if you have a brand new jar of powdered ginger and open it for the first time to make the kimchi - maybe it will be potent enough.

Hope it comes out well and thanks for writing!

aii2 on November 28, 2010:

It's a great recipe...thank you so much...i'm just wondering would it taste the same if I were to use dry powder ginger instead of fresh ginger?

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on July 21, 2010:

Hope you like it Micky Dee. I'm a big fan too! Thanks for writing!

Micky Dee on July 21, 2010:

I love kimchi so I might give your recipe a try! Thank you BK!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 21, 2010:

I'm so glad you wrote Mary! Thanks so much for your input. I'm glad you tried it and shared your experience for others. I'll get back to making some more soon and share my experience. I found some great kimchi at a local Korean market - so I have been eating (a lot of) kimchi quite often - soooooo good! I even give it as a house gift - that has gone over quite well!

Thanks so much for writing!

Mary on June 20, 2010:

Thanks for the recipe! I made a half batch, and discovered that halving the salt made for a very salty brine. I suspect in the full batch, when packing the kimchee into a container, the salt water is much more watered down by the additional water added to "fill in the cracks" in the larger container. I'll be experimenting a little to find an amount of salt that works for 1 lb of cabbage. For my first batch, after a couple days of fermenting, I just drained the salty water and added fresh, because it is too salty, and I think adding some fresh will get it back to being edible.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 22, 2010:

Hello edelvira - glad you had the opportunity to enjoy Korean food. I find it addictive - after not having it for awhile I begin to crave it.

Hope you enjoy making your own kimchi - and thanks for writing.

edelvira on May 22, 2010:

kimchi was my favorite way back 2007..when i worked with koreans..i really like korean food they're the best...

now im going to prepare my own kimchi...thanks for this easy step..

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 21, 2010:

Thanks for writing marc0909. I'm thinking of just buying some this weekend. I know a good place!

marc0909 on May 20, 2010:

ugh.... i haven't eaten one since last year i should tell my mom or my dad to try this recipe thanks

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 03, 2010:

Hope you like it itakins! It still retains a bit of a crunch which I like a lot!

Thanks for commenting!

itakins from Irl on May 03, 2010:

This sounds really interesting -I'm going to give it a shot:)

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 03, 2010:

Hello risingheart - I usually make this 'one head' for myself - so I can eat it for about a week!

risingheart on May 03, 2010:

wait, how many people does this serve?

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 29, 2010:

Hello allie8020 - my friends in Korea tell me it is best to let it ferment for at least a few days. If it ferments for too long I find it gets too bitter. When I buy it at the Korean market - they tell me they let it ferment for a few days - and its quite good. Hope it works well for you.

Allie Mendoza from San Francisco Bay Area, California on January 28, 2010:

I've been buying prepared kimchi from the market, but it can be expensive. I'll definitely try making my own kimchi. I didn't realize it doesn't have to ferment for a long time. Thanks for this easy recipe.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 28, 2009:

Thanks chuck - tomorrow I will make a special trip to a Korean market to pick up some kimchi (and other Korean delicacies).

Thanks for writing!

chuck on December 28, 2009:

um........its yummy i can help it im so hungry

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 21, 2009:

Hello Maita - I can buy kimchi here in NYC which is nice - really well made too! But how I miss the different kinds easy to find all over Korea!

Lots of snow on the ground this first day of winter - but ah, now the daylight will last about a minute longer each day - wonderful!

Thanks for checking out the hub!

prettydarkhorse from US on December 21, 2009:

I like kimchi BK and I will try this one next year, first week, as I am not feeling well, I need to go to Asian store too, hows your area there? I hope you are enjoying the holidays, Maita

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 31, 2009:

Cool Teach - I so agree with you about the food! In fact I get cravings now and then and I'm sure my body is telling me I need certain nutrients - always found in Korean food.

Thanks for writing and enjoy your double batch!

CoolTeach on October 31, 2009:

I too taught in Korea for a short time but swear that Korean food and kimchi alone is the fruit of the gods....

Making a double batch of this today...

Thanks a bunch for posting!

CoolTeach on October 31, 2009:

I too taught in Korea for a short time but swear that Korean food and kimchi alone is the fruit of the gods....

Making a double batch of this today...

Thanks a bunch for posting!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 17, 2009:

Hello Mr. Nice - I've heard about mandu but in Korea they generally had meat ingredients and I'm not a meat eater. You may see the shrimp sauce or paste missing in this recipe because so many of us have allergies or are vegetarians.

As far as the kimchi recipe - there are more than 200 kinds and even more variations so my Korean friends said this one is great for beginners, and ingredients are accessible - but of course fermentation is important - one Korean friend (above) recommended at least 7 days.

This is a good basic recipe that most people can enjoy.

Mr Nice from North America on October 17, 2009:

Hi BkCreative, we love Kim chi and always have at home and love some of Korean dishes.

Yaki Man Doo is Pan Fried Beef and Vegetable Dumplings.

Beef, vegetable, chicken and seafood dumplings are very delicious and can be prepared in several ways, fried, steamed and boiled in soup.

Thanks for the Kim chi recipe. Is this an original Korean Kim chi recipe because I believe there are some ingredients missing in it. Did you get this recipe from a Korean family when you were in Korea?

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 17, 2009:

I'm with your tim-tim! I love Asian food and on top of it being so tasty it is super nutritious! I had sushi a couple days ago and it's time to get over to my local Asian markets and stock up on teas and seaweed and kimchi etc.

Thanks for writing!

Priscilla Chan from Normal, Illinois on October 16, 2009:

Love Asian food. I like Kimchi. Yummy:) I just had Sushi last night. Another great Asian food. Great hub!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 01, 2009:

Thank you KimchiLover! I'm thinking of eating more this winter also to keep my immune system strong.

Hi JG - We do need all the nutritional help we can get. And with real food. I too am preparing for the winter!

Thanks for writing!

JG on September 01, 2009:

This looks amazing.

I will try it this winter. Thank you. With a bad flu season predicted we need all the nutritonal help we can get.

Thanks for the recipe!

KimchiLover on August 05, 2009:

I'll try this - in the winter. Thanks!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 23, 2009:

You're welcome. I bought some today down at the Farmer's Market. I tell you - it can be addictive!

Hope you like it when you prepare it!

hudsonliberty on May 23, 2009:

I enjoy Kimchi I'm going to try to cook it tomorrow night. Thank you.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 08, 2009:

How interesting that your daughter and her boyfirend are making it. This recipe is very easy and very tasty and quick.

Living here in NYC it is also easy for me to go into the Korean markets and buy it too. Nice and hot and several kinds.

I love that it is so hot and spicy. It's addictive.

Jody Heckenlively on March 08, 2009:

My daughter & her boyfriend have started making kimchi...it was delicious and HOT!

I think Ill try your recipe and pass it on to my daughter.  You have some interesting hubs!

BkCreative on December 05, 2008:

It's so easy - let me know if you try it!

I find kimchi addictive!

Kim on December 05, 2008:

Looks good, sounds really easy - will try - thanks

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 04, 2008:

luvingtkandtj - would love to know more about Yaki man doo!

countrywomen from Washington, USA on December 04, 2008:

BK- Ok it stays fresh for a week then I will try accordingly the quantity. Thanks for the quick response.

luvintkandtj from USA on December 04, 2008:

I love kimchee and rice. And Yaki man doo

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 04, 2008:

Hello countrywomen,

Thank you for writing.

When I lived in Korea, my friends would make kimchi but it would be consumed quickly as it is eaten with every meal, usually within a week. I have kept it in the fridge for about a week. After that I have heard that it stays fresh because of all the spicy pepper but once you open the container, I'd say about a week is enough.

In Korea, the women who made large quantities of kimchi have special refrigerators now to store it - so it keeps for awhile.

Let me know if you try it.

countrywomen from Washington, USA on December 04, 2008:

BK- Nice recipe. Once fermented and is ready do you have any idea how long it can stay fresh to be consumed. I mean can it be consumed for 1/2 months. I can make it once and keep it aside for daily consumption.

BKCreative on September 23, 2008:

Thanks Yongsung Choi - for the info. We get a quicker version at the local Korean supermarkets - there is such a growing demand here in NYC!

Korean food is so tasty and healthy!

yongsung choi on September 22, 2008:

Thanks for your interesting for KIMCHI the best food in korea.

for your information

during the fermention, KIMCHI will require an appropriate temperature. (normally. Temp. 2 ~ 7 for 22days is need to keep a good taste )

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 13, 2008:

Thanks so much for your comment Jenny Love!

Let me know if you do try this quick easy recipe! I have to have kimchi every now and then - since I lived in Korea for so long, well, it's become addictive.

Love Always,

The Green Teacher!

Jenny on September 13, 2008:

you are a mesenger of korean food!! Do you know that korean house wife thank Kimchi is one of the most difficult food to make. You can make it easy way.

I will try your recipe.

your good friend Jenny.

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