Kimchi Fried Rice – a healthy, vegetarian fried rice

Kimchi Fried Rice - the best kind!

Considering how much rice and kimchi we have in the house, we don’t make kimchi fried rice nearly as often as we should. It’s definitely one of our favorite fried rice recipes! Fried rice is a dish that seems exotic, but it’s actually really easy to make at home. Today, when we found some nice broccolini at the farmer’s market, we decided to make a simple vegetarian kimchi fried rice.

Ingredients for kimchi fried rice

We kept the ingredients for this one relatively simple, but the key ingredients are kimchi and day-old rice-

  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice, a day old (day old jasmine rice makes the best fried rice)
  • An egg for each serving you’re making
  • About 3 cups kimchi
  • One bunch of green onions
  • Some broccolini (a handful?)
  • Few cloves of garlic?
  • A tablespoon each of butter and gochujang


Kimchi fried rice usually doesn’t include broccolini, and I had actually never cooked with broccolini before but thought the chopped up stems would add some crunch and add some color.

Chopped up the kimchi and the broccolini. Oh, and two or three cloves of garlic as well.

Poured maybe 2 tablespoons of canola oil into a hot wok over medium high heat, and stir-fried the kimchi and broccolini with the garlic for about two or three minutes.

Then I added a tablespoon of butter and a tablespoon of gochujang.

Add the rice, breaking up the clumps as they come up. Still some white clumps here, more breaking up and mixing to do. It’s really best to use day-old rice for fried rice, but if you don’t have any, that’s okay too. After I add the rice, I usually bring down the heat to medium.

Add the green onions at the very end, and you’re done! If you keep the kimchi friend rice plain like this, it’s actually close to vegan. Or, you can add a fried egg to the top, and it’ll still be vegetarian fried rice. Callie likes to eat vegetarian most of the time, so we have been trying to make more of our Korean recipes vegetarian-friendly.

Cals was really happy with the flavor but I like mine a little saltier, probably would’ve thrown in a few tablespoons of soy sauce if I could have done it again.


If you want a little protein, top with a fried egg and you’re done! Simple kimchi fried rice, a Korean favorite! Cheers!

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