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How to Make Kimchi at Home

This is a recipe for homemade Kimchi
Prep Time2 d 12 hrs
Cook Time1 min
Total Time2 d 12 hrs 1 min
Course: Vegetable
Servings: 12
Author: Vanjo Merano


  • 2 lbs. Napa cabbage
  • 7 tablespoons coarse sea salt
  • 6 to 8 pints of cold water
  • 1 medium Daikon radish julienne
  • 4 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 bunch scallions cut into 1 inch length pieces (discard lower end)

Spices and Seasoning

  • 5 tablespoons Gochugaru Korean red pepper flakes powder
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon shrimp paste bagoong alamang
  • 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar


  • Cut the lower end if the Napa Cabbage and then discard. Slice the cabbage into small squares (1.5 x 1.5 inch) by starting to slice the cabbage in half lengthwise and then continue by slicing crosswise until the desired shape and size is achieved.
  • Place the chopped cabbage in a colander or a wide wire mesh. Wash with running water until clean.
  • Arrange the cabbage in a large mixing bowl. Add salt. Gently mash salt all over the cabbage using your hands. Pour cold water until the cabbage is fully submerged. Cover the bowl with a clear plastic wrap. Let the cabbage soak for 18 to 24 hours.
  • Discard the water and place the cabbage back on the colander or wire mesh. Wash with running water. Let all the liquid drip off. Set aside.
  • Combine cabbage, scallions, ginger, garlic, Daikon radish in a large mixing bowl. Toss.
  • Add all the spices and seasoning ingredients (see recipe above). Toss once more until all the ingredients are well blended.
  • Arrange in a large mason jar or Kimchi container. Cover the container tightly and place in a dark spot in room temperature for 20 to 28 hours. Note: The ingredients are starting to ferment at this point.
  • Let the air escape from the container by opening it. Seal it once more and place inside the refrigerator to chill for 3 days.
  • Serve as a side dish with your favorite food, or use it as an ingredient to make other dishes such as Kimchi fried rice.
  • Share and enjoy!


Serving: 12g