It’s always good to have a simple yet healthy and delicious meal idea in your back pocket for those nights you just can’t be bothered to come up with a gourmet dinner after work. For me, this kimchi fried rice is just that. It’s easy, quick, endlessly customizable, and best of all, tastes amazing. Kimchi can be a bit of a polarizing flavour, but I love it in this recipe. It’s spicy and warming and full of gut-friendly probiotics.
Leftover rice works best in this dish, but fresh cooked rice is ok too. You can also use whatever leftover protein you have in the fridge. I usually have tempeh or tofu on hand, so I use those as the protein and forgo the egg on top for a vegan version. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, make sure you check the ingredients on your kimchi–many contain seafood!
Heat 1 Tbsp of the oil in a wok or large pan over med-high heat. Add the tofu (or other protein) and cook until cooked through.
Add the white parts of the green onions to the pan and cook until fragrant. Add the kimchi and juice and stir. Add the rice and toss to coat until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep rice from sticking to pan.
Add the other tbsp of sesame oil and soy sauce to the pan and mix well. Cook for another 3-5 minutes. Add the green parts of the green onions to pan and toss to distribute evenly. Remove from heat and divide between two bowls.
Top bowls with fried eggs (if using), sesame seeds, and seaweed to serve.
*Cook time may be longer if you are not using leftover rice