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Kimchi is a popular Korean dish that’s served with rice at nearly every meal. In fact, a kimchi refrigerator is a common household appliance in Korea. But, you don’t have to have a special fridge to make it at home.

The major ingredients in kimchi are cabbage, garlic, and red chili powder. However, like most dishes, each family has their own spin on what combination and ‘secret’ ingredients makes for the perfect batch. Here is a simple kimchi recipe to try…

Course Side Dish
Keyword cabbage, fermented
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Calories 117 kcal


  • 1 medium napa cabbage
  • water
  • 6 gloves garlic grated
  • 1 knob ginger grated
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt kosher
  • 2-3 tbsp red pepper flakes Korean (also known as gochugaru)
  • 4 scallions
  • 1 large daikon peeled and cut into matchsticks (about one cup)


  1. Slice the napa cabbage and cut into quarters lengthwise. Then remove the cores. Cut each quarter into 2-inch wide strips.

  2. Salt the napa cabbage and place in a large bowl. Then, massage the salt into the cabbage so it begins to soften. Add enough water to cover the cabbage and place a bowl or plate on top to weigh it down. Let it sit for 1-2 hours.

  3. Rinse the napa cabbage under cold water a few times. Then drain it.

  4. Combine garlic, ginger, sugar and 2 tbsp. of water in a small bowl and mix to form a paste. Mix in your Korean red pepper flakes.

  5. Combine the paste with the cabbage, daikon, and scallions.

  6. Use your hands (gloves optional) begin to work the paste into the veggies until coated.

  7. Pack your kimchi into a glass jar and press down until liquid covers the veggies. Leave some space at the top (about one inch) and then tighten your jar lid on top.

  8. Let it sit at room temperature for 2-5 days.

  9. Check your kimchi once a day and press down on your veggies with a spoon to keep them submerged in the liquid. When the kimchi is to your liking, transfer to the fridge!

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 28564mg1242%
Potassium 444mg13%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 5220IU104%
Vitamin C 10.9mg13%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.