15 Easy Kimchi Recipes

It’s kimchi making season in Korea! Here’s a collection of 15 easy kimchi recipes you can make right now and all year round. Making good authentic kimchi at home is much easier than you think. This list has something for everyone and every season! 

how to make 15 common kimchi types

In late fall, Korean households make a large batch of traditional napa cabbage kimchi (배추), also called pogi kimchi (포기김치), to last through the winter and early spring. Also, it’s very common to make a few other kimchi varieties during this season. This annual kimchi making event is called gimjang (김장, also spelled kimjang). I grew up watching my mother make kimchi with over 100 cabbages for her gimjang. Her friends in the neighborhood would rotate their gimjang schedule to help each other. Most people don’t make that much kimchi anymore, but the tradition of gimjang continues.

Here, I’ve collected 15 of my easy kimchi recipes! There’s something for everyone and every season! You’ll find kimchi recipes with or without gochugaru (red chili pepper flakes), vegan kimchi, kimchi made with other vegetables such as radishes, scallions, cucumbers, etc. These kimchi recipes feature pretty much all you need to know about how to make the most common kimchi types!

1. Traditional napa cabbage kimchi (or pogi kimchi)

This napa cabbage kimchi is the most common kimchi in Korea. To help you start making kimchi at home, I came up with a recipe using one napa cabbage. 

Traditional kimchi (Napa cabbage kimchi)


2.  Vegan kimchi

Vegan kimchi that’s as good as the traditional version!

Best Vegan kimchi recipe


3. white kimchi (baek kimchi)

Made without gochugarau, this traditional white kimchi is light and refreshing! 

White kimchi


4. Mak kimchi (easy kimchi)

Cut up the cabbage, salt, rinse, and mix with the seasoning! Simple, right? That’s what this easy kimchi recipe is about. 

Mak kimchi


5. Baechu geotjeori (fresh kimchi)

Getjeori is a kimchi that’s made to be eaten fresh without fermentation. It’s a quick, delicious kimchi you can enjoy right after making it! 

Fresh kimchi


6. Yangbaechu kimchi (green cabbage kimchi)

Can’t find napa cabbage where you are? Try this kimchi recipe made with a head of your normal green cabbage. It’s light, crunchy, and refreshing!

Green cabbage kimchi


7. Kkakdugi (cubed radish kimchi)

Kkadugi is the most common kimchi that’s made with Korean radish. Simply cut the radishes into cubes, salt for a short time, and then mix with the seasonings. Easy!

Cubed radish kimchi in a jar


8. Chonggak kimchi (ponytail radish kimchi)

Chonggak kimchi is made with a small variety of white radish with long leafy stems, which is firmer and crunchier than the large varieties. 

Chonggak Kimchi


9. Quick Dongchimi (radish water kimchi)

Dongchimi (동치미) is a mild water-based kimchi made with a small variety of white radish called dongchimi mu. 

refreshing radish water kimchi


10. Nabak kimchi (water kimchi with napa cabbage and radish)

Nabak kimchi is a type of water kimchi that’s made with thinly sliced radish squares and other vegetables. It is easy to make, yet deliciously refreshing! 

Nabak kimchi (Water kimchi)


11. Pa kimchi (green onion kimchi)

This easy kimchi made with tender green onions (also called scallions) is a favorite of mine!

Pa Kimchi (Green Onion Kimchi)


12. Buchu kimchi (garlic chives kimchi)

This kimchi made with tender garlic chives (buchu – 부추) is one of the easiest kimchi variety to make! 

Kimchi made with garlic chives


13. Oi sobagi (stuffed cucumber kimchi)

Cucumbers are salted and then stuffed with a seasoning mix. Oi sobagi is crisp, crunchy and delicious!

Oi Sobagi (Korean stuffed cucumber kimchi)


14. Kkaennip kimchi (perilla leaf kimchi)

Kkaennip kimchi is a traditional way to preserve fragrant perilla leaves to be enjoyed during the off season. 

kimchi recipe made with perilla kimchi


15.Bok choy kimchi

Geotjeori (fresh kimchi) is typically made with napa cabbage. This one is made with tender baby bok choy, cheongyeongchae (청경채) in Korean. 

Baby bok choy kimchi salad

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  1. karen monteith says

    Thank you so much for these recipes. I am making the traditional kimchee now.

  2. Annyeong haseyo. I love your website very much. Though I do have several questions on kimchi.
    – Is it ok to add fresh vegetables to a jar of 1 week old kimchi?
    – sometimes, i have kimchi juice leftover, can i make new kimchi with it?
    – if not, any suggestions what to do with kimchi juice?
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge. My meals are no longer boring. It makes me happy and excited to eat everyday.

  3. OMG. this is awsome