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Kimchi on a white square plate


Kimchi is Korean classic side dish that people like to eat  with noodles, make soup and much more. This homemade kimchi recipe shows you how to make easy kimchi at home. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Korean
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 57kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 4 pounds Napa Cabbage
  • ½ cup Kosher salt
  • 1 bunch Green onion

Paste mixture:

  • ¼ Daikon
  • 1 whole Garlic
  • 1 piece Ginger (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 cups Asian pear
  • 4 tablespoons Salty shrimp
  • ½ Apple
  • 4 tablespoons Fish sauce
  • ½ cup Chili pepper powder (depend if you like spicy, you can add more)
  • 1 tablespoon Brown sugar


  • Wash and cut 4 pounds of napa cabbage into chunks.
  • Put napa cabbage into a big pot, add ½ cup kosher salt and mix them. Then, let it sit for an hour. 
  • Wash, cut and peel off ½ of the apple (Medium sized). 
  • Then, wash, cut and peel off 2 cups of asian pears (Around 2 medium sized).
  • Next, wash, cut and peel off ¼ of the daikon (Medium size). 
  • The following, peel off a small piece of ginger. (Around 2 tablespoons)
  • Cut a bunch of green onion into strips and set it aside. 
  • After that, put ¼ of radish, 1 whole peeled of garlic, a small piece of ginger (around 2 tablespoons),  2 cups of asian pears, ½ of the apple and 4 tablespoons of salty shrimp into a blender. 
  •  Blend until it's smooth.  
  • After, add 4 tablespoons of fish sauce, 1 tablespoons of brown sugar and ½ cup of chili pepper powder into the mixing bowl.
  • Next, pour the mixed paste from the blender into the bowl from step 10. Then, mix it well.
  • Put green onion into the sauce and mix them well. 
  • After an hour, rinse salted napa cabbage a few times (3 times) and drain excess water. Then, squeeze it and remove extra water from the cabbage. (Remember to remove excess water from the cabbage before mixing with the sauce.)
  • Lastly, put the napa cabbage into the mixed sauce and mix it very well. After that, put them into a glass jar. Let it sit at room temperature for at least a day and let it ferment. Then, you can eat them and refrigerate them.



Cooking tips for how to make easy kimchi:

  • Put kosher salt in napa cabbage and let it sit for an hour. Rinse it a few times (3 times) and drain it very well. Then, squeeze the extra water. 
  • You can use less chili pepper powder if you want.  
  • Blend asian pear, apple, ginger, garlic, salty shrimp and daikon to make the paste. After that, add or mix the paste with chili powder, brown sugar and fish sauce. 
  • Remember to remove excess water from the cabbage before mixing with the sauce.


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 3324mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 2058IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 2mg