This fried rice recipe uses kimchi and Gochujang to create a delicious twist on traditional fried rice recipes.
Kimchi and Gochujang, which is a Korean chili paste, are both fermented and a bit spicy, so they bring depth and heat to the dish. Fried rice is a frequent dish in the dinner rotation at our house; this kimchi fried rice is my favorite variation. I recently discovered Gochujang and its combination of sweetness, spiciness and just the right amount of funkiness that pairs well with kimchi, fresh vegetables, rice, and egg.
This fried rice dish works well in many variations. Feel free to leave out the chicken and add an extra egg to make it vegetarian or to add or substitute different vegetables depending on what you have on hand. The leftovers save well and make a great lunch the next day.
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 small onion, cut into slivers
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into slivers
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 lb chicken breast, thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp Gochujang, (Korean chili paste)
- 1 cup kimchi, roughly chopped
- 4 oz baby spinach
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, for garnish
- Preheat a large nonstick frying pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil, then onion slivers. Cook onions for 4-5 minutes until they start to soften.
- Add bell pepper slices and salt, cook for 2-3 minutes, then add sliced chicken breast. Cook 5-6 minutes stirring frequently until the chicken is almost cooked through, there should be no more pink visible on the outside.
- Add the Gochujang chili paste and stir to coat the vegetables and chicken. Add the spinach leaves. Cook a minute or two until the spinach wilts.
- Add kimchi, cook a minute or two longer to take the edge off the kimchi.
- Make a hole in the middle of the mixture by pushing the chicken and vegetables to the sides, then pour in the beaten eggs.
- Let sit for a minute or so, then add the cooked rice to the pan. Stir to mix everything together and cook for a minute or two until eggs are set. Top with chopped cilantro as a garnish.