Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokkeumbap)
A simple and easy kimchi fried rice recipe that is made with kimchi, spam, and rice and served with a fried egg on top
- 3 cups rice (cold, leftover rice, *see notes)
- 1 cup spam (chopped into ¼ inch cubes, *see notes for substitutions)
- 2 cloves garlic (finely minced, approx. 1 ½ tablespoon)
- ⅓ cup onion (diced)
- 1 cup kimchi
- 2-3 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil (mixed it at the very end after the rice is done cooking)
- (optional) egg (To make a sunny side-up fried egg on top)
Prepare the Ingredients
Gently break up the leftover cold rice by hand into small pieces.
Remove the spam from the can and chop it into small ¼ inch cubes. Set it aside for later
Peel and dice an onion and set it aside for later
Peel and finely mince the garlic and set it aside for later
Measure out the kimchi and place it in bowl. Squeeze as much of the liquid out of the kimchi as you can into a separate bowl. Chop the kimchi into small ¼ pieces and set it aside for later
If you are using seaweed as a garnish, cut it into smaller pieces using scissors and set it aside for the very end.
If you are using green onions as a garnish, finely chop it and set it aside for the very end.
Mix the Sauce
Make sure you have enough reserved liquid for the recipe. If you don't have enough kimchi liquid, you can mix 2½ teaspoons of gochujang with 2 tablespoons of water to make up for the remainder of the kimchi liquid. (You can double it, if you need more than 2 tablespoons of liquid)
Once you have enough kimchi liquid, mix it with the fish sauce and gochujang until it forms a sauce.
(Optional) Fry a Sunny Side-Up Egg
Making the Kimchi Fried Rice
Set the stove to medium-high heat and melt the butter with 1-2 tablespoons of oil
Once the butter has melted, add in the spam. Toast the spam until it turns a toasty darker pink color (approximately 3-4 minutes)
Reduce the heat on the stove to medium heat
Add in the onions and garlic and cook it for 2 minutes
Add in the kimchi and cook it for 3-4 minutes until there is very little to no liquid in the frying pan
Add the cooked rice and cook it for 1-2 minutes.
Add the sauce and mix everything together for about 1 minute until everything is mixed together evenly. If there are any lumps in the rice, wait until it has warmed up from the heat and use your utensil to press on it to break it down into individual grains of rice.
Do a taste test. If it needs more salt, add in more salt or soy sauce until it is flavored the way you like.
Turn off the heat, and mix in the sesame oil and garnish with toppings of your choice! If you made a fried egg, place it on top of your fried rice and enjoy with the runny yolk!
Enjoy hot as a meal or a side dish!
- If you don't want to use spam, you can substitute it with bacon. Keep in mind, spam is a lot saltier than bacon so you will need to do a taste test and add a bit more salt or soy sauce to make up it. Alternatively, you can also use up any leftover meats for this recipe as well, in place of the spam/bacon.
- Older kimchi has more flavor for cooking - Older kimchi is fizzy, more fermented, and has a lot more flavor than freshly made kimchi which makes this recipe great for using up old kimchi on. Older kimchi also has a lot more liquid in it which you will need to flavor this fried rice with. That being said, freshly store-bought kimchi can still be considered older kimchi since they are pre-made ahead of time and have been sitting in the stores for a least a few weeks.
- If you can't squeeze enough kimchi liquid of your kimchi you can mix gochujang with warm water to make up for the remaining kimchi liquid. I like to use about 2 ½ teaspoons of gochujang with 2 tablespoons of warm water. If you need more, you can double it.
- Always use leftover cold rice for any type of fried rice - Leftover rice that has been in the fridge has less moisture, which is great for making fried rice because you'll have less of a chance of making your rice soggy and mushy. If you don't have day-old rice to use, you can make a batch of fresh rice but put less water in than you normally do to cook it. Once it is done cooking, if you have the time, put it in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours.
- If you want your kimchi fried rice spicier, add ¼ - ½ tsp of cayenne pepper. Adding more gochujang may make it slightly more spicier but it will also make it saltier as well. Alternatively, gochujang comes in different heat levels as well, so you can buy the 'hot' version if you like your food spicier.
- Why I mix in the sesame oil at the end after you turn off the heat - Adding heat to sesame oil reduces the flavor from it, so I like to mix it in at the very end after the heat has turned off to get the best nutty flavor from the sesame oil.
Calories: 774kcal | Carbohydrates: 117g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1246mg | Potassium: 456mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 184IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg