If you don’t already keep a jar of kimchi in your fridge, now’s the time to stock up: Think of the Korean condiment as much more than just fermented vegetables—it’s a flavor bomb, adding a tangy, spicy flavor and just-enough-crunchy texture (similar to sauerkraut) to just about anything. You can eat kimchi raw (as a snack, straight from the jar) or cooked, making the options abound. And its usage doesn’t need to be reserved just for Korean dishes. Kimchi can lend a subtle heat to scrambled eggs or oomph to grilled cheese. Start with these eight ideas, which all use kimchi to elevate a dish from good to great.
Love hot sauce on eggs? Then try subbing in kimchi. Once your eggs are almost scrambled, stir in greens (kale, spinach) and cook until wilted, then add kimchi until warmed through.
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2. Layer Kimchi On Grilled Cheese
Cheddar mellows the spicy flavor of kimchi, which adds a nice crunch to grilled cheese.
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3. Whip Kimchi Into Deviled Eggs
One step above spiking deviled eggs with chipotle seasoning, these are stuffed with a creamy mixture of plain Greek yogurt, kimchi, and Sriracha for an addictive finger food.
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Proof that tacos don’t have to fall under Mexican cuisine: We created these Korean-style tacos by marinating steak in a mixture of gochujang—a spicy red pepper paste we like to use in recipes here at Plated—and soy sauce and then garnishing with kimchi.
5. Stir Kimchi Into Fried Rice
If you fall into the camp that believes making good fried rice at home is difficult, this five-minute recipe (truth!) will change your mind. Sauté kimchi, add cooked rice (preferably leftover), greens, and a splash of soy sauce, then scramble eggs in the skillet. Done!
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6. Stuff Kimchi In A Quesadilla
A lazy weeknight dinner win: Shred some cheese (mozzarella, Cheddar, and gouda all work) and layer it on a tortilla with some kimchi and fresh herbs.
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7. Put Kimchi On Pizza
If you’re tired of a standard tomato pizza sauce, gochujang and kimchi together make the base of a delicious alternative one. For protein, top it with pork belly (pictured), ground sausage, or plain ol’ pepperoni.
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8. Top A Rice Bowl With Kimchi
Our favorite way to prep a quick dinner? A rice bowl: Layering a whole grain, veggies, and a condiment (enter kimchi) into a bowl. Want a delicious upgrade for plain rice? This dish has you stir in sesame oil, soy sauce, and scallions once it’s cooked.