10 Kimchi Recipes using different vegetables including Korean cabbage, regular green cabbage, radish, baby radish, cucumber and more. Vegan and fresh quick kimchi (Geotjeori) included. You’ll love them all!
Besides Cabbage, Korean radish (무 Mu) is another common vegetable used to make kimchi, and I have a couple of simple recipes to get you started. Radish kimchis pair wonderfully with soups like Samgyetang and Galbitang. Oh, I also included in this roundup a couple of vegan Kimchi recipes inspired by Korean temple food, and one of them is made with cucumber. I invite you to try all these 10 kimchi recipes using different vegetables!
10 Kimchi Recipes
Vegetables Used: Green cabbage, green onion, Korean chives
A great recipe for the beginner in kimchi making, especially if you have a hard time finding Korean cabbage. Regular green cabbage (the one used to make coleslaw) is a good alternative. Napa cabbage is a close substitute. The great thing is it tastes great fresh or fermented.
Vegetables Used: Korean cabbage, radish, green onion
The word “Mak” in Mak Kimchi can be translated to “haphazardly, roughly, carelessly”, which means that this is an easy everyday kimchi to make at home. Just cut the vegetables into pieces, mixed with the seasoning, and it should be ready in just a few days.
3.Fresh Kimchi Salad with Spring Cabbage (Bomdong Geotjeori)
Vegetables Used: Korean spring cabbage or Napa cabbage
This is kimchi that can be made in 15 minutes with no pickling or fermentation. Koreans call it “geotjeori” 겉절이, which basically means “pickling just the outside”. It’s instant kimchi that can be enjoyed fresh like a salad. Just toss with the seasoning right before serving.
Vegetables Used: Cabbage, Korean radish, green onion
This interesting recipe uses chili pepper seeds, resulting in kimchi that’s more flavorful, less spicy, and slightly sweet. As an alternative, substitute with red pepper flakes (the ones used in pizza) because they have quite a lot of pepper seeds in them. Unusual but so good!
Vegetables Used: Bomdong or Napa cabbage, radish, kelp
Vegans can enjoy kimchi with this Korean temple recipe that doesn’t use fish sauce, garlic, nor green onions. Simple but delicious with good flavors from ingredients like kelp, ginger, and green plum syrup. Korean soup soy sauce Guk Ganjang substitutes the umami flavor that usually comes from fish sauces.
Vegetables Used: Pickling cucumber, Korean chives
This cucumber kimchi recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients and happens to be vegan and gluten-free. The crunchy texture and the refreshing taste of cucumbers are perfectly preserved. It’s really the simplest kimchi recipe to make with NO fermented sauces or flour pastes.
Vegetables Used: Korean radish
Based on a traditional recipe that has been around for generations in the southern part of South Korea, this kimchi is easy to make with minimal ingredients. Korean radish is sweet, crunchy, juicy, and a little bit spicy. It’s a refreshing change from the usual cabbage kimchi.
Vegetables Used: Korean radish
Cubed radish kimchi is probably one of the most popular Korean kimchi after the classic cabbage kimchi. It only takes 30 minutes to make, so if you want to try something different, start with this! It has a zingy cleansing taste that goes really well with hearty, rich meat soups.
Vegetables Used: Young Korean altari radish, green onion
Korean altari or radish is very tender and crisp with almost no pungency. This kimchi is made with the whole radish intact, with the green leaves and all, and there’s no need to make any fancy stuffing. If you like your kimchi with a nice crunch, this recipe is for you.
Vegetables Used: Korean radish, watermelon radish, yellow onion, green onion
Water kimchi has a cleansing effect and is usually served as part of a heavy meal to help cleanse the palette between fatty or spicy dishes. The liquid in water kimchi is usually colorless but I decided to add watermelon radish to give it an appetizing pretty pink hue. Try it!
I hope these 10 kimchi recipes with different vegetables make you fall in love with kimchi over and over again. Can you think of other vegetables that may be good as kimchi? Let me know in the comments below!
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