This recipe for Kimchi Fried Rice is quick and easy to make and will be your new favourite! Top it off with a fried egg for some extra protein or even add some tofu if you’d like to make this recipe vegan-friendly!

A bowl of kimchi fried rice topped with an egg and chopsticks on top

Say hello to one of your new favourite weeknight staples: Kimchi Fried Rice! I’m not kidding when I say this recipe is borderline addicting.

It’s savoury, crispy, comforting and bursting with flavour. It’s made with two main ingredients: rice and kimchi. You can use any type of rice you love for this recipe, like brown rice or sprouted rice, but I like to keep it simple and use jasmine rice.

If you’ve never had kimchi before, kimchi is a fermented cabbage dish that is a staple in Korean cuisine. It has a unique taste and can be enjoyed cold on its own, or cooked up in dishes like this rice. If you’re not a huge fan of cold kimchi on its own, I highly recommend you try it cooked up in this dish. The flavour of the kimchi changes when heated and mixed with other ingredients.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • This rice comes together in just 15 minutes (if you’re using pre-cooked rice)
  • This recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free and can also be made vegan by leaving out the egg or adding some scrambled tofu on top instead.
  • The combination of kimchi with the rice, sesame and garlic will is absolutely delicious!
A bowl of kimchi

What does Kimchi Fried Rice taste like?

This rice recipe is flavourful and has a tang from the kimchi. It has a slightly sweet and sour flavour and is very garlicky. The rice gets nice and crispy on the bottom for some different texture.

You can optionally top this rice off with a fried egg or simply enjoy it on its own!

How to make Kimchi Fried Rice

Use precooked rice or cook 1 cup of rice according to package directions. Then heat some oil in a large pan and add the chopped garlic, letting it cook for just a minute until fragrant.

A white pan with kimchi in it

Add in the chopped kimchi and mix it all together. Let cook for a couple of minutes.

Add the rice and seasoning and mix well to incorporate everything. Let the rice sit in the pan on medium-high heat for a couple of minutes so the rice starts to brown on the bottom and get crispy.

A white pan with kimchi fried rice in it

Optionally fry up some eggs to serve on top of the rice!

Kimchi fried rice in a white bowl topped with an egg and sesame seeds in a small bowl on the side

Tips for making this recipe perfectly

  • Don’t overcook the garlic in the pan. Let it cook just for about a minute. You don’t want the garlic to brown, this will give the rice a different flavour.
  • Chop up the kimchi so it’s in small bite-sized pieces. Some brands of kimchi may come in large chunks.
  • Let the rice cook in the pan without touching or moving it around for a couple of minutes on high heat so it browns on the bottom. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t burn!
a side angle of a bowl with kimchi fried rice in it

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A bowl of kimchi fried rice topped with an egg and chopsticks on top

Kimchi Fried Rice

  • Author: Jessica Hoffman
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minues
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Korean


This Kimchi Fried Rice will be your new favourite! It’s tangy, sweet and savoury and perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! 


  • 2 cups Jasmin rice, cooked (about 1 cup not cooked) 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • 1/2 cup kimchi juice
  • 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 12 tsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 eggs


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat then add the garlic. Let cook for just a minute until fragrant, then add the kimchi and continue to cook for antoher 2 minutes.
  2. Next add the rice, kimchi juice, sweet chili sauce, sesame oil, sriracah and soy sauce and mix everything together. 
  3. Let the rice sit in the pan on medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes to brown and get crispy on the bottom, then remove from heat.
  4. Optionally fry up a couple of eggs to serve on top of the rice. 


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of the recipe
  • Calories: 275
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 450mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Protein: 8g

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