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Kimchi Pantry Fried Brown Rice

March 13, 2015

Kimchi Pantry Brown Fried rice is a 6 ingredient little wonder packed full of delicious spicy, sweet and savoury flavours while using up your pantry ingredients.

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Have you met Kelly from A Side of Sweet? Kelly is a pediatrician and also hosts a lifestyle, food, fashion, travel and DIY blog in San Francisco. You are just going to love her site as it is packed with fantastic healthy recipes like her Grapefruit sorbet, Healthy Butternut and Squash Dip, and her delicious Edamame and Kimchi Rice Recipe which I am going to make for you today. Please stop by A Side of Sweet and say hello.

Kelly from A Side of Sweet/

I have met a fantastic group of lovely bloggers on Facebook (Food Bloggers Central) and we have decided to do a blog hop to introduce you to some new faces and of course some delicious recipes.

You are going to just going to love how quick and easy this Kelly's Kimchi Fried Rice recipe is to make. You are also going to love this recipe, even more, because it is a great way to use up all of those bits and bobs of refrigerator veggies that are looking for a new home.

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I had purchased a lifetime supply of kimchi in my refrigerator because of the big sale to celebrate "Korean Food Week" at the local "Park-n-Shop" here in Hong Kong. This was the perfect recipe to use up some of the inventory. I did not have many of the items that Kelly used in her recipe (edamame, onions, etc) here at home so had to make some exchanges and deletions but the results were amazing even with just 6 little ingredients. Yes just 6 little ingredients for an Asian inspired recipe!!!

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This recipe is happily gluten-free, vegan, dairy/lactose free and a super affordable way to fill up your hungry family and friends.

I know that you too can do wonders with this recipe just using what you have at home. Kimchi is what I call the perfect fermented food.  Kimchi is great for your health as it has many nutrients, it also helps keep a normal flora in your gut to keep it happy and the best reason of all is that it tastes absolutely delicious. It also has everything in it that you might want to add in a stir fry like tons of garlic, carrot, onions, so you don't have add it again to the recipe, unless you want to.

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Do not worry if you do not like spicy food but something amazing happens when you stir fry kimchi. It is magic as it goes from a spicy sour fermented cabbage to sweet and slightly spicy kimchi. The cabbage and veggies sweeten slightly when you stir fry them. I never knew this until I started experimenting with it here at home.

Kimchi Pantry Fried Brown Rice /

I live in Asia and it is no shock that I make fried rice almost every day. After all, I have to make something to fill up the team here on the home front. Do you remember by Pantry Fried Rice recipe from a couple of years ago? It will take you through step by step all of the specifics to help you make perfect fried rice in your own home.

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I changed up a couple of steps in Kelly's recipe as my boys like their fried rice very dry and almost crunchy. It is a texture thing and I think you will like it too. I stir fried my kimchi first to get it nice and dry and then I added the rice and other ingredients and this worked like a charm for me. Next time, I can't wait to try it with the addition of edamame beans.

A special thanks to Kelly from A Side of Sweet for a super delicious recipe.

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Kimchi Pantry Fried Brown Rice

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March 13, 2015

Kimchi Pantry Brown Fried rice is a 6 ingredient wonder packed full of delicious spicy, sweet and savoury flavours while using up your pantry ingredients. Recipe adapted from A Side of Sweet

  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 2 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


olive oil - 1 tablespoon

kimchi - 1/2 cup roughly chopped (add more if you like it spicy add less if you like it mild)

rice - 1 cup cooked brown rice (day old is best) can use white rice if you prefer

salt and pepper - to taste (I use white pepper)

bok choy - 1 cup chopped (or use edamame beans, or other veggies that you need to use up in your refrigerator)

green onions - 3 chopped


1Place oil in wok/pan and het on medium heat and add your kimchi to the pan and stir fry for 3 minutes or until all of the moisture is gone.

2If you have soft leafy vegetables (like bok choy, cabbage, spinach, or edamame to add to your Kimchi pantry fried brown rice, please move on to step 2.

3If you have hard veggies (like carrots, celery, green beans, etc) that you want to use up from your pantry, you will need to stir fry these first before adding to the rice. I usually add just a couple of teaspoons of water to pan with my veggies and a lid for just a minute to help steam those firmer vegetable and then remove the lid and stir fry until veggies are dry. Please consult my Pantry Fried Rice recipe for details.

4Add your day old brown rice (or white rice if your prefer) to the wok/pan and cook until all the rice has been coated well with the oil, all the rice is separated and mixed in with the kimchi. Stir fry about 3 minutes. (OPTIONAL: Our family likes the rice a little crunchy.  If you like your rice crunchy, you can accomplish this 2 ways... 1) Fry the rice a little longer in your wok 2) When cooking your rice on the stove top, actually cook it a longer longer until the rice actually starts to stick to he pan but do not burn it. You will have lots of crunchy rice that way. I know it seems kind of odd but my family just loves it that way. 

5Season your brown rice with salt and white pepper to taste. Add chopped baby bok choy, edamame, or any other little vegetables that you need to use from your refrigerator. Stir fry for another minute and then add chopped green onions and mix well. Remove the Kimchi Pantry Fried Brown Rice from the hot burner.

6Serve your delicious Kimchi Pantry Fried Brown Rice in a bowl and if you want you can garnish with a  fried egg on top and enjoy.

7This makes 2 small servings or just enough for 1 really hungry adult and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

  • Love fried rice and this must be the best recipe I have seen Bam.
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Mandy! Wishing you a super weekend/week as well.

  • I am loving this recipe! We love stir frys and my husband loves kimchi on everything. Definitely a must make recipe. Thanks for sharing Bam! Karista

  • This looks ridiculously wonderful!!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Mimi, for only 6 ingredients and less than 15 minutes this one is my kind of meal.

  • My hubbie loves fried rice and I am in the process of making my own easy kimchi for the first time. I have to wait a couple more days to see if it is any good. Your recipe looks fantastic.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Bravo @Gerlinde! Making your own kimchi from scratch is a big task. Please let me know when you post that recipe as I can’t wait to try that myself. However, we first need to use up this lifetime supply that I bought in the Park n shop first.

      • I made your recipe and it was delicious. My homemade Kimchi is good, it is an an old Sunset recipe.

  • This looks amazing! I love, love, love kimchi, so I’ll definitely need a huge bowl of this

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks you Jasline! Let me know when you stop by HK next and I will make you a huge bowl. Take Care

  • This is the way to add kimchi to my diet! Fantastic! Thanks for introducing me to Kelly’s page!

    • Bams Kitchen

      “A little Side of Sweet” by Kelly is a great little healthy recipe and lifestyle blog, I know you will love.

  • Great pictures.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you, so glad you liked them.

  • Oh wow – this sounds amazing! I especially like how the kimchi morphs into something all together different when heated up! I have gotta try this! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Shashi! I did a lot of taste testing and experimenting with the recipe and it really is amazing how the kimchi transforms when stir fried and the moisture is removed. Kimchi goes from a sour and spicy condiment to a slightly sweet and less spicy condiment when it is cooked. Who would have known! I guess that makes a lot of sense as when you cook cabbage on the grill it gets sweet too.

  • I love pantry fried rice!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Me too! I love your video with you as a cooking show host showing how to make your Girl Scout Cookie Pie, even more!!! Congratulations, Dawn I am so proud of you!

  • What a beautiful and healthy-looking side dish–great photos, too, BAM! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks so much Nancy. I keep working on my photography and one day hopefully I will be as good as you!

  • The pictures are beautiful and mouth watering!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you dear! Wishing you a super week!

  • Eha

    As I have cooked brown rice in my fridge 5 out of 7 will have to try this as soon as I get my next lot of kimchi from ‘civilization’ 🙂 ! Have not tried this with bok choi or added the green onions and just have to try! For me this would be a delicious full meal . .

    • Bams Kitchen

      This is the perfect meal for one. Actually, make the whole thing and if you get a little leftover, it is even better the next day. Is it difficult to find Kimchi in Australia? It is kept in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Maybe you have an Asian grocery store near you…I love pantry fried rice as it the perfect way to use up those little bobs and bits of veggies in your crisper. Wishing you a super week!

  • mjskit

    Only you would have a lifetime supply of kimchi in the fridge. 🙂 Like your boys, I love my fried rice dry and crispy just like you’ve cooked it here. A spicy and tasty recipe with the bok choy and kimchi. Great recipe to share with us and thanks for introducing me to Kelly.

    • Bams Kitchen

      I know you would like the spice. I know it is different from the Mexican spice but it really is flavourful. Now, I just need to come up with a million more ways to use up my lifetime supply of Kimchi… Please stop over to “A Little Side of Sweet” and say hello to Kelly. Take Care

  • How wonderful!! I love the spiciness in the fried rice.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Maureen. Can you get Kimchi in Australia or is this difficult for you to come by?

  • What a great idea to do a blog hop. We don’t eat rice that often but it’s always good to have new recipes to try 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      I have met so many new lovely bloggers this way. A blog hop was a real fun idea.

  • I’ve actually never tried kimchi before.. and think it’s something I need to make or get my hands on asap. Delicious!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Kimchi must get on your foods to try, at least once. It is really good for you too. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Yay – I’m so glad I’ve got leftover rice from dinner tonight. I know what I’ll be cooking tomorrow 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Pantry fried rice is always a good way to use those leftovers and make it feel like it is a brand new dish… Have a super week!

  • Beautiful dish! I’m actually not a big fan of kimchi, but mixed in with rice and other goodies I bet I wouldn’t mind. Pinning!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Jas thank so much for the pin! No worries, Kimchi is not required for pantry fried rice. If you like garlic , some other aromatics and veggies you are good to go. Sometimes, I go with a light seasoning with just some gluten free, vegan powder and white pepper or sometimes just used some tamari sauce and a little sesame oil to finish off the dish. Really you can make it with anything your little heart desires…and is in your pantry. Have a super week

      • And that’s the beauty of cooking – you can substitute. Just don’t go crazy because it wouldn’t be the same recipe, right? I will give kimchi another try, though! I’m so glad you linked it with us at Thursday Favorite Things! Hugs

  • I’m not sure I’ve ever tried Kimchi but this dish looks delicious. I recently created a fried rice recipe that we enjoy. It was quite simple. This looks simple…with a more sophistocated and original flair! Looks very good!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Victoria. I would love to read your recipe too. I love the fact that Kimchi Pantry Fried Brown Rice has just has 6 ingredients. For an Asian Dish, that is wonderful as you know how Asian dishes usually have a mile long ingredient list…

  • This looks awesome! I tried kimchi fried rice from Trader Joe’s frozen section once and the texture came out all wrong, but I loved the flavors and have been eager to try it again. I love how easy this and the photos are beautiful!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Shannon! Oh how I wish we had a Trader Joes here in Hong Kong, that would be awesome! However, no luck here! My family is really keen on textures in their dishes and not just taste. My boys like their fried rice dry and kind of crunchy and actually so do I. Actually, that is real Hong Kong /Cantonese style as they like each of their rice granules to be separate and very dry. Maybe the one at Trader Joes was a little wetter texture. I hope you give this recipe a try and thanks so much for stopping by.

  • super yummy!

  • Thanks for introducing yet another fabulous blog Bam! I haven’t had kimchi in ages…actually I haven’t had kimchi since I lived in Hawaii. Oh my gosh, that’s like 7 years ago! Guess it’s about time to grub on some more. I didn’t realize it was so good for you. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Your welcome Christine! You are going to love Kelly’s, “A Little Side of Sweet blog”. She has a little something for everyone. I am delighted to hear that you lived in Hawaii. I can’t wait to hear more about your experiences and of course more about the food while you lived there… Have a super weekend!

  • Kimchi is so good with rice…and these bowls of fried brown rice look so very delicious! I love things like fried rice where we can clean out the fridge a bit. I think I’ve only made fried rice with brown rice once…not sure why since we eat brown rice most of the time! Time to throw out the old rules and get into the new, healthier habits. Thanks, BAM!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Monica! Usually Fridays are clean out the refrigerator day and you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a fried rice, soup or quinoa patties or something to use up those little bits and bobs in the crisper… I love brown rice. I know it is weird as if you close your eyes the taste is the same but the texture is a little different. As brown rice takes a little bit longer to cook sometimes people are in a rush and throw in the white rice but you are missing out on those extra vitamins, minerals and fiber. You are right you would never see brown rice in a fried rice dish here in Hong Kong restaurant. Have you ever tried red rice? I love that!!!

  • hotlyspiced

    That is a really beautiful bowl of fried rice. I don’t think I’ve ever made fried rice using the brown variety. I also and quite sure I have never added kimchi. Kimchi is becoming so very popular – I’d better make this xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Charlie, you can make fried rice using just about any kind of rice or grain. It is so nice to diversify the way I make it as we eat it a lot at home…I don’t want my kids getting bored with the same old, same old. Fried rice is our old back up standby for using up my little bits bobs of things in the crisper…Thank goodness for our local Park and Shops celebration Korean week as I also picked up some gochuang…its going to be a delicious week! Have a super weekend

  • I’ve had kimchi fried rice at a restaurant once. It was delicious but never looked as fabulous and mouth watering as yours. I love that this is easy to make at home and healthy too. Getting hold of Kimchi soon. As usual your food is amazing:-)

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you dear! This really is one of those throw together easy dishes that come together in a flash. I also make fried rice with many Indian spices as well. Really fried rice is the base of may cultures it is changed up a little bit with the aromatics and spices you have on hand. I have a long way to catch up to you and your stunning food photography, but I work at a little bit each and every day. Take care

  • such a great dish ! I love your kimchi pantry brown fried rice ! Easy and heathy! Love it!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Marcela! I have to eat healthy as I have my eyes on those sweet shamrock cookies and chocolate cupcakes you made…

  • I’m not sure that I’ve ever heard of this kimchi, so I don’t thinking ever tried it but it sounds sort of magical. I love fried rice and I don’t know why I don’t make it more often because as you say, it’s a great filler and a side dish that goes with just about anything. I can’t wait to see if my husband can find this kimchi…it sounds like in the right proportions it’s something we could both love.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Diane, kimchi is a big staple food in Korea. Probably a meal does not go by without this “kimchi pickle” out on the table. It is not really a pickle the way you think of pickles, but instead it is fermented. I thought that might just be easier for you understand the taste. In Korea when it is made the old fashion way, they mix up the cabbage, chili, garlic etc and then bury it in these special ceramic pots until it is ready to eat. Most likely in the US, you will find this in the refrigerated section of your grocery store in some of the bigger markets or in an Asian Food Store. I hope you give it a try.

  • such a colourful, epic dish.

  • I made this for dinner tonight with my home made Kimchi and it was delcious . Thank you

    • Bams Kitchen

      Dear Gerlinde, I am delighted to hear this! I am on my way over now to check out your homemade kimchi recipe. Have a super day!

  • Robyn

    Wow, Bobbi, those photos look clearer than the actual dish, lol. How is that possible? You are so talented! I absolutely love fried rice and yours is simply gorgeous. I’m a big fan of bok choy and will definitely be using it. I’m off to visit Kelly. Thanks for introducing us to another new blogger! Have a great day 🙂

  • That looks delicious! I would love to try it!

  • Never tried adding kimchi to my fried rice, must try someday, I do add adamame and if available pickled Chinese mustard green, guess that’s similar to kimchi.without the spice.

    • Oh yes, Chinese pickled mustard greens are divine in stir fried rice and great idea for those that want good flavor but can’t handle the spice. Maybe I should add that as a note to the recipe as it really is an awesome substitution idea. Thanks and take care

  • I love the addition of kimchi in fried rice…it sure brings a lot of flavor…beautiful pictures as usual…
    Have a great week Bobbi 🙂

    • Thank you Juliana. Don’t you just love the little splash of color that kimchi brings to recipes…?! Wishing you a super week too!

  • This is a delicious fried rice Bobbi! We all love Asian kitchen and this is a must try!

    • Thank you Katerina, I love hearing that you like to cook Asian dishes in your Greek kitchen as well. Asian dishes are always good for using up all the little bits and bobs of veggies and leftovers in your kitchen. Take care

  • Yum! Kimchi fried rice! I’ve been meaning to try it for the longest time! I even bought some kimchi just so I could make some. I’m going to need to get on that this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Lisa! This weekend is the perfect chance to do a little quick fried rice. Maybe you could even make it inside an egg hat. Have a great weekend!

  • We want this, Bam! What a clever idea to incorporate kimchi into fried rice! Flavourful!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Julie and Alesah, I think you guys will really love this dish as it is so easy to throw together and it is teenager approved. 2 thumbs up from my boys…

  • This idea gave me a ton of other ideas to play with… this is lovely. I just need to find Kimchi first :(.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Amira, I am glad this dish gave you a little inspiration. You can usually find kimchi in the refrigerated section of your grocery store or in an Asian grocery store. Take Care

  • Oh my goodness I am making this!!!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog Hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Katherine, thanks so much for including me. It has been so interesting visiting some new blogs as a part of the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Happy Sunday to you. Take care, BAM

  • All the deliciousness. Love, Love, LOVE Kimchi and fried rice, heck yeah! I shall have to add to my mid week eating menu. Thanks for the inspiration lovely. Wishing you a super weekend. xo

  • It looks absolutely mouthwatering and indeed so easy and quick to prepare! but I haven’t seen kimchi in local shops..

  • I wish I lived in your house and ate your food all the time.

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