Traditional Korean Kimchi Recipe

Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish consisting of fermented vegetables, usually cabbage and radishes. It is a spicy, flavorful dish that can be eaten as a condiment or side dish. Kimchi is a staple of Korean cuisine and is enjoyed by millions of people around the world.

Here is a traditional Korean recipe for Kimchi that can be served as a side dish or condiment. The process may seem a bit daunting, but you will be surprised how easy it is to make your own fermented vegetables.


-1 medium cabbage

-2 large radishes

-2 tablespoons of sea salt

-2 tablespoons of sugar

-1 tablespoon of Korean red pepper powder

-1 tablespoon of minced ginger

-1 teaspoon of minced garlic

-Optional: 1 tablespoon of fish sauce


1. Start by washing the cabbage and radishes in cold water. Cut the cabbage into thin slices. Cut the radishes into thin slices, as well.

2. Place the sliced cabbage and radishes in a large bowl and sprinkle the sea salt over them. Mix the vegetables with your hands to make sure the salt is evenly distributed. Let the vegetables sit for about 10 minutes.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, red pepper powder, ginger, garlic, and fish sauce (optional).

4. Once the vegetables are done sitting in the salt, add the spiced mix to the bowl and mix everything together with your hands.

5. Place the kimchi in an airtight container and let it sit at room temperature for 1-2 days. The longer the kimchi sits, the more fermented it will become.

6. After it has fermented to your desired taste, place the kimchi in the refrigerator until ready to be served.

There you have it! It’s that easy to make your own traditional Korean kimchi. Enjoy!