Kimchi Fried Rice [Kimchi Bokkeumbap]

This is one dish that I cooked almost everyday when I lived with my younger sister and brother in Buyeo. I lived an entire year with them without parents so as the eldest sister I had to cook for them everyday. This dish is very convenient for transportation and school.

I discovered this dish one day as a university student. I was in a big hurry to prepare their meals in the morning, so I just fried every left over vegetables with kimchi, and my sister and brother loved it!

What’s even more is that it’s so quick and easy that you don’t need any skill or special ingredients. Just fry whatever you have in the refridgerator together in a pan :-) It usually always turns out great!

I will use some common ingredients in this recipe, but you can pretty much use whatever you like.

“Enjoy Korean food your way!”

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 1 ½ Steamed rice (400g or 14 oz)
  • Fermented kimchi (160g or 6 oz)
  • Chopped ham or spam (120g or 5 oz)
  • 2/3 chopped carrot (50g or 2 oz)
  • ½ chopped onion (50g or 2 oz)
  • Chopped broccoli (60g or 2 oz)
  • 1 Tbs sesame oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper
  • Egg and salt


1. Chop all the ingredients.

2. Cool the steamed rice.

3. Fry ham pieces in a pan until it turns slicely brown.

4. Add kimchi, carrot and onion pieces.

5. Fry together for 5 minutes on low heat.

6. Add the rice and broccoli pieces to the pan.

7. Add one tablespoon of sesame oil and sesame seeds. Season with salt and pepper.

8. Fry them for a further 5 minutes on low heat, stirring often.

9. Serve with a fried egg on top. Enjoy your kimchi fried rice!


  • Squeeze kimchi gently before chopping to remove excess juice.
  • Ham contains some oil so you won’t need to add any oil when you frying the ham pieces.
  • Warm rice or newly cooked rice might be too sticky to get good fried rice. Long grain also good.
  • You can add tomato ketchup or mayonnaise on top of the fried egg for more flavor.

You can serve the kimchi fried-rice with egg on the other way.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Do you have a favourite korean dish that you would like to learn? Leave your request in the comments below!

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23 Responses to “Kimchi Fried Rice [Kimchi Bokkeumbap]”

  1. thx for this. always needed a recipe for some kimchi fried rice!

  2. Enjoy your kimchi fried rice James:-)

  3. Thank you so much for this! I’m looking forward to trying it as soon as I make my first batch of home-made Kimchi!

    • Hello there :-) wow you make own kimchi at home? That is lovely thing!
      oh, please don’t forget to wait until your kimchi fermented. It gives the fried rice better taste. Enjoy ;-D

  4. Hey… thank you so much for sharing.. i just found your website.. i’ m really addicted with anything about korean like food, accessories, fashion, artist, music, beautiful places on korean, etc. i wish i can go there someday.
    i hope i can learn how to cook korean food from your websirte always.. thanks. hmm, i would ask do u know websites that share about korean fashion style?

    • Nice to meet You!
      Yeah, that’s good addiction haha :-) I agree that Korea has many such a interesting stuff. You will have lots of fun, if you come to Korea.
      Sorry I’m not sure about good korean fashion sites. You can search with ‘K fashion’ or ‘Korean fashion’ etc on google. You may be able to fine good one.
      Good luck ;-)

  5. Hey, Chloe! this looks good and easy to make! I will try this tomorrow for my lunch meal :D
    anyway, what’s the name of fermented kimchi in korean? just in case if I can’t find in supermarket, tehee.
    thanks for the recipes, and I’m waiting for another video! 감사합니다! (:

    • Hi Jane!
      Fermented Kimchi is ‘Sin Kimchi(신김치)’ in Korean. Sin(신) means ‘sour’ in Korean.So just go to Korean grocery store and say “Sin-Kimchi Ju-Se-Yo(Please give me fermented Kimchi)” :-D haha
      Hope you enjoy your lunch;-)

  6. Chloe… This looks good.^^ gotta try this at home^^

    • Thanks Arnie. Hope you like it!

      • Now I know why you always emphasize that we have to use fermented kimchi~ It’s because there are some kimchis in the market that aren’t fermented, the ones from Japan…^^ I just read that now…oh!~ I wonder how my dishes would taste like if I use not fermented kimchi^^… Thanks Chloe^^

        • Yes, if you cook somthing with fermented Kimchi, don’t need much seasoning :-) So in my case, I sometimes use that kimchi just instead of adding more salt. Healthy!
          But I know many foreigner have difficulty to eat fermented Kimchi, even some of Koreans like my mum :-P So it makes me suprised that how much you like the kimchi ;-)

  7. hello chloe…
    i would like to try this recipes but can you post on how to make those kimchi..
    i don’t know how to make the kimchi, so i could not try this recipes…
    sorry to bother you..

    • Thanks for request Wawa:-)
      I have been planning to post kimchi recipe. But I think it’s better to get the proper recipe from my mum as she makes the most delicious kimchi.
      I’m going back to Korea soon, so I will post Kimchi recipes then ;-)
      Also you can easily buy fermented kimchi at Korean grocery store. They have a variety of kimchi there. So have a look ;-)

  8. Hi Chloe,
    What is your Korean name by the way? I am Korean and I enjoyed your recipe. Thank you for posting !

  9. I need to make this, too. It’s very creative with an egg folds over. Great presentation Thx…Thxsss….

  10. I made this a couple of days ago, I just wanted to say it was sooo easy and tasty and got rid of a whole bunch of stuff from my fridge. It’s definitely going on my list of regular dishes.

    Now to cook what I actually found this website for Dak Galbi.

    Thanks Kayeong

    • Hi Nikki!
      Yes, Kimchi Fried Rice is not only good for getting rid of leftover ingredients but also delicious :)
      And depending on what you add, it always tastes different which is eating with more variety.
      Hope you like the DakGalbi recipe too!
      Thank you :)

  11. Hi, my mom met a man from Georgia at a ramp festival in North Carolina who made his own Kimchi. I loved it so much. We always bought enough to last a year. Now, he don’t go to the Ramp Festival and we don’t know how to get in touch with him. I have bought different kimchi’s in the stores but it is not as good. I have seen it made with turnips but I like it made with cabbage. Do you know where I can buy Kimchi or where I can learn to make it?

    • Hi,
      Oh, I didn’t know that you can buy Kimchi at some festival in abroad. I thought people only can buy it from Asian grocery shops.
      You must have enjoyed that kimchi so much and now you want to make your own =)
      Sorry that I don’t have the recipe for Kimchi. But you can find a good recipe of Kimchi on many Korean food blogs.
      I recommend you to have a good these two website which are most famous Korean food blogs online.( Mangchi / Aeri’s kitchen )
      Hope you find a good one =)