Napa Kimchi


Napa Kimchi

(Photo: Erik Putz)

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Make it 10 minutes: Salty and tangy, this fiery Korean condiment is surprisingly easy to make at home—all you need is a jar and a few simple ingredients.


  • 5 cups thickly shredded napa cabbage

  • 1 tbsp kosher salt

  • 2 tbsp kochukaru pepper powder

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce

  • 1 tbsp honey

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger

  • 2 green onions, thickly sliced


  • TOSS cabbage with salt in a medium bowl. Set aside for 3 min.

  • STIR pepper powder with fish sauce, honey, garlic and ginger with a rubber spatula in a large bowl. Stir cabbage and green onions into pepper mixture until well coated.

  • USE tongs to pack mixture into a 1-L glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Let stand at room temperature in a cool place until mixture starts to reduce and is bubbly, about 2 days. Once bubbly, it is ready to eat or refrigerate. Keeps well up to 2 weeks. Try it on our kimchi poutine.

Substitution tip:

Kochukaru is a hot Korean spice. Substitute 3 tsp ground hot- red-chili flakes and 1 tsp smoked paprika.

Nutrition (per ½ cup)

Calories 25, Protein 1g, Carbohydrates 6g, Fibre 1g, Sodium 778mg.

Kimchi variations

Savoy kimchi: Instead of napa, use 5 cups shredded Savoy cabbage. Continue with recipe.
Daikon kimchi: Instead of napa, use 500 g daikon radish, peeled and cut into 1/2-in. cubes. Continue with recipe.
Green onion kimchi: Instead of napa, use 3 large bunches of green onions (about 300 g). Cut off and discard root ends. Cut each bunch in half. Continue with recipe.

Three ways to use it

Chicken Rolls: Soak rice paper sheets in warm water until soft, then lay on a kitchen towel. Toss shredded cooked chicken with rice, edamame and Napa Kimchi in a bowl. Lay 1/2 cup of chicken mixture near bottom of sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp hoisin sauce and roll up like a spring roll. Repeat. Serve with additional hoisin.

Bacon & Kimchi Omelette: Cook 3 slices chopped bacon in a non-stick pan until crisp. Pour off fat, leaving 1 tbsp in pan. Add 1/2 cup chopped Daikon Kimchi and 4 beaten eggs. Cook over medium until almost set. Flip and cook 1 more min.

Spicy Bangers & Mash: Spoon Savoy Kimchi over grilled sausages and serve with mashed potatoes.