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Homemade Kimchi
Prep Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs
Detailed step by step instructions of making easy Kimchi at home.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Kimchi
Calories: 34 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1 fresh Napa cabbage , around 1000g
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons Korean chili powder
  • 1 small bunch of Asian chive , or green onion , hard root removed
  • 1/4 middle size radish , cut into small strips
  • 4 garlic cloves , peeled
  • 1 thumb ginger , peeled
  • 1/4 middle size apple , peeled
  • 1/4 middle size pear , peeled
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Korean salted shrimp
Rice glue
  • 3 tablespoons glutinous rice powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1.5 tablespoons sugar
  1. Roughly clean the cabbage and remove any bad leaves. Cut it into two or four pieces. I cut into four pieces. Spread kosher salt evenly on the leaves. Do a little message and make sure all parts are well coated with salt. Set aside for around 6-8 hours or overnight until the leaves starting to soften and wilt.
  2. Wash the cabbage under running water to remove extra salt and avoid over salty kimchi. Squeeze the water out and set aside.
Prepare the fermentation sauce
  1. In a small pot, add around 1 cup water with 3 tablespoons of glutinous rice powder. Heat over medium slow fire and continue stirring during the process until the mixture becomes transparent. Add sugar when it is still hot. Stir to dissolve. Set aside to cool down.
  2. Place garlic, ginger, apple chunk and pear chunk in a food processor, break them into puree or small dices. Transfer to the rice glue.
  3. Add around 4 tablespoons of Korean chili powder, 1 tablespoon salted shrimp, 1 tablespoons of fish sauce and the chive pieces. Give a big stir to combine everything well.
  4. Evenly spread the fermentation sauce on the cabbage and radish strips. Evenly, evenly, evenly!!! If you need to use hand, wear a plastic glove.
  5. Transfer them to a pre-cleaned airtight jar. Rest at room temperature for 24-48 hours until it is slightly sour with the lid unsealed completely. And then seal the jar completely and keep in refrigerator. Serve directly as a side dish after 7 days fermentation or use in other recipes like soups, pancakes after 2 weeks.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Kimchi
Amount Per Serving (100 g)
Calories 34
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 3626mg158%
Potassium 278mg8%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 1200IU24%
Vitamin C 24.3mg29%
Calcium 82mg8%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.