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Kimchi Fried Rice

Fast, tasty, and dead simple to make. Make Easy Kimchi Fried Rice and put dinner on the table in 15 minutes! Korean comfort food at its best.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Kimchi Fried Rice
Servings: 2
Author: The Subversive Table


  • 1 package Spam, cubed (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups kimchi + kimchi juice (old, mature kimchi preferred)
  • 1-2 tsp gochujang
  • 3 cups cooked rice (cold, at least 1 day old)
  • 3 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1-2 tsp fish sauce

Additional Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 green onion (chopped)


  • Heat non-stick pan on medium heat.  Add oil to coat the bottom of the pan, about 1 Tbsp. Add cubed Spam and toss until crispy looking on the edges, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add kimchi and the kimchi juice.  Mix thoroughly with pork and cook down until soft and caramelized, about 5 minutes. The color should change to an orange-y red color and the liquid should thicken. If the liquid evaporates too quickly, add more kimchi juice or lower the heat of the pan.
    cooked kimchi in non stick pan
  • Add cold rice and sesame seeds.  Break up with a wooden spoon (or potato masher) until no clumps remain.  Mix thoroughly with kimchi and Spam until well combined, about 5 minutes..  Add sugar and fish sauce. Taste and add a sprinkle of salt, if needed.
    white rice, sesame seeds, and kimchi in non stick pan
  • Remove from heat.  Add sesame seed oil and green onion.  Top with a fried egg and sriracha, if desired.  Enjoy!
    easy kimchi fried rice with fried egg and green onion garnish in bowl with spoon


This is a great way to use old, sour kimchi and leftover rice, as well as odd bits of pork that are hanging around in your fridge. If you do not have leftover rice that has been refrigerated, you can make rice and then spread it on a baking sheet to cool in the fridge.