Korean Oi Sobagi (Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi)

Korean oi sobagis (오이소박이) are a type of stuffed cucumber kimchi that is a staple of Korean cuisine. This flavorful, spicy, and sour dish is an excellent way to enjoy the freshness of cucumbers along with the pungent and umami-rich flavors of fermented kimchi. Oi sobagis are typically served with rice and other side dishes as part of a larger meal.

Oi sobagis are relatively simple to make and are a great way to enjoy fresh cucumbers in the summer. Traditional recipes use small Korean cucumbers called “oi” but any type of cucumber will work. The kimchi filling is made from kimchi, chopped vegetables, and seasonings and is stuffed into the cucumbers and then fermented. The result is a flavorful and slightly tart dish that is perfect for both everyday and special occasions.

Recipe for Korean Oi Sobagi


– 6 small Korean cucumbers (or other cucumbers)
– 1/4 cup kimchi
– 1/4 cup chopped red onion
– 1/4 cup chopped vegetables (bell pepper, carrot, radish, etc.)
– 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
– 1 teaspoon gochugaru (Korean chili flakes)
– 1 teaspoon fish sauce
– 1 teaspoon sugar
– 2 tablespoons of kimchi liquid or 2 tablespoons of water


1. Wash and cut the cucumbers lengthwise, leaving the stem intact.

2. Scoop out the seeds and pulp from the center of the cucumbers, leaving a hollow cavity.

3. In a medium bowl, combine the kimchi, onion, vegetables, garlic, gochugaru, fish sauce, and sugar. Mix to combine.

4. Stuff the cucumbers with the kimchi filling and place in an airtight container.

5. Pour the kimchi liquid or water over the cucumbers and close the container.

6. Place in a cool place and let fermentation take place for 1-2 weeks or until desired flavor is reached.

7. After fermentation, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Korean oi sobagis are a delicious and easy to make way to enjoy the flavor of kimchi. This traditionally fermented dish is full of flavor and umami and is perfect for both everyday meals and special occasions. Try making this simple and flavorful dish and enjoy the taste of summer!