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Don’t Miss These 15 Unique Ways to Use Kimchi!


Kimchi, a traditional side dish made out of salted and fermented vegetables, has been a staple in Korean cuisine for centuries. Not only is kimchi a naturally fermented food chock-full of beneficial probiotics, but it is also a wonderful source of antioxidants, electrolytes, B vitamins, and fiber.

Kimchi doesn’t just present itself in one form, either — you can make kimchi out of hundreds of different veggies! While the most standard preparation of kimchi you might find at a store will contain cabbage, onions, scallions, garlic, and salt, kimchi can also be made out of red peppers, daikon, bok choy, carrots, and more — the sky is the limit! You can find kimchi in many stores and markets, but it is also easy to make at home. Read Want to Make Kimchi? Don’t Miss These 5 Tips and then learn How to Make Your Own Kimchi to get started.

For some inspiration on how to use this spicy, fermented condiment, read on below: you’ll be surprised by how many different ways kimchi can elevate a dish!

1. Kimchi Vinaigrette

Kimchi Vinaigrette is versatile, flavor-packed, and simple to make! Kimchi juice adds a bright acidity and spice that turns any boring salad into one that you’ll crave.

2. Kimchi Poutine

Kimchi Poutine is everything! This marrying of a Canadian favorite and a Korean digestion-enhancing, healthful flavor bomb might seem a bit strange, but just close your eyes – right now, do it. Now imagine biting into a hot, soft sweet potato fry that has been seasoned perfectly with fragrant, garlicky, gingery and impeccably spiced kimchi – then you get a hint of a tangy and ever so cheesy hemp sauce. Oh yeah. You know you’re down.

3. Kimchi Kale Salad

Kimchi Kale Salad has so much flavor, texture, and color. The crunch and sourness of Kimchi are especially delightful in this salad made with avocado massaged kale, chickpeas, and roasted sweet potatoes.

4. Kimchi Hummus

Kimchi Hummus is a must-try, especially if you’re a kimchi lover! The tangy flavor of kimchi coupled with the creaminess of chickpeas makes an amazing dip you will find yourself using for all sorts of things from perking up sandwiches to dipping veggies and chips.

5. Kimchi Pancake

These Kimchi Pancakes are addictively crispy, wonderfully spicy, and so easy to make. The spiciness of kimchi is enhanced by red chili paste, making it the perfect side for anyone who likes fiery foods. Sprinkle with sliced green onions for presentation or just dig in.

6. Creamy Kimchi Zucchini Pasta

This raw Creamy Kimchi Zucchini Pasta  is a kimchi lover’s dream! The luxurious sauce is made from a blend of raw cashews and kimchi and seasoned lightly with sesame oil and tamari — and of course, it’s topped with even more kimchi! Not only does it taste good, it’s good for your gut, since kimchi is a probiotic.

7. Kimchi Mushroom Burgers 

Sweet brioche burger buns, crunchy crumbed mushrooms, creamy kimchi mayonnaise, spicy kimchi, and cooling cucumber. These Kimchi Mushroom Burgers are guaranteed to make your taste buds happy. The mushrooms are meaty on the inside and crispy on the outside, the kimchi provides crunch and spice. It’s the perfect blend of flavors and textures that’ll be a hit with your family, friends – pretty much everyone.

8. Kimchi Quesadillas

Kimchi Quesadillas are a real game-changer. They’re made with a thick, umami-rich black bean spread, crunchy fresh greens, spicy and tangy kimchi, and a perfectly crispy tortilla. Get your taste buds ready ’cause these are packed with flavor!

9. Kimchi Cucumber and Avocado Sushi 

This easy Kimchi Cucumber and Avocado Sushi roll is great because it takes almost no time to make, it’s absolutely delicious, and the spicy ‘mayonnaise’ that is drizzled on the top is too good for words. The sushi’s flavor is a delicate balance – the cucumbers offer the freshness, avocados offer the creaminess and finally, the kimchi adds just the right sourness and punch of flavor.

10. Kimchi and Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry 

This side dish of Kimchi and Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry is comforting, spicy, and absolutely delicious and you could eat it with most anything, like rice, noodles, or even by itself!

11. Kimchi Chigae: Korean Kimchi Stew

Kimchi Chigae: Korean Kimchi Stew is a Korean recipe that has the aim of making sure nothing goes to waste. Like bibimbap, it’s about taking what’s in your fridge that you would otherwise not serve at the table and putting them into a pot until they become delicious again. If you like spicy food, you will love love love this recipe. It’s easy, delicious, and healthy to boot!

12. Miso Kimchi Nachos With Cashew Cheese 

These Miso Kimchi Nachos With Cashew Cheese are a great combination of that classic cheesy taste spiced up with some favorite fermented foods. The miso paste in the cheese sauce adds the perfect deep, salty undertone. The sour crunch of the kimchi alongside the freshness of the kale and yellow pepper is just totally awesome. You definitely want these nachos in your belly right now!

13Korean Spicy Sweet Potato Falafel Tacos With Kimchi

These Korean Spicy Sweet Potato Falafel Tacos combine Korean flavors with Mediterranean falafel and Mexican tacos … The crispy falafel are made with spicy gochujang and panko and it’s topped with white kimchi made from leeks, carrots, and Napa cabbage. And it’s pretty darn delicious, too.

14. Dosa Cakes With Curried Cauliflower and Kimchi

Try these Dosa Cakes With Curried Cauliflower and Kimchi! Dosa is a gluten-free and fermented Indian crèpe made from a mixture of white lentils and rice. The lentils and rice are soaked overnight, then blended separately into a batter before being left in a warm oven to ferment for a few hours. The result is a sticky and tangy crèpe that becomes the perfect vehicle for all sorts of toppings, savory or sweet. Here, it’s served with roasted, curried cauliflower and spicy kimchi.

15. Thai Green Curry Tofu Ramen With Kimchi

This Thai Green Curry Tofu Ramen With Kimchi is made with just six ingredients in three easy steps. It’s a bowl full of flavor and amazing texture. With red cabbage, kimchi, marinated tofu, and creamy Thai green curry sauce, it’s an easy meal that can be thrown together in no time. It is savory, crunchy, flavorful, satisfying, colorful, easy, and so delicious.

Want some traditional Korean recipes to try with kimchi? Then, check out our vegan Korean recipes page for ideas and inspiration, and then check out our spotlight on Kimchi: The Next Superfood.

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new recipes per day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Miso Kimchi Nachos With Cashew Cheese

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