Recipe: Simple Kimchi

Many kimchi recipes call for things like fish sauce, daikon radish or chili paste - all ingredients that can be hard to come by. This recipe for kimchi is simple and can be made with ingredients found easily, maybe even in your own garden. To make kimchi with gochugaru, check out the Homemade Kimchi Kit!


  • 2 large heads of Napa cabbage, sliced thin
  • 2 large bunches of green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger (to taste)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. red pepper flakes or ¼ lb fresh chilies minced (to taste)
  • 3-4 Tbsp. sea salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a very large bowl. Massage salt into vegetables and let sit 5-10 minutes to give the salt an opportunity to draw out the juices.
  2. Pound with a Cabbage Crusher or pounding tool until enough juices are released to cover the mixture completely.
  3. Stuff the mixture into a clean jar, pressing underneath the liquid. If necessary, add a bit of water to completely cover.
  4. Cover the jar with a tight lid, airlock lid, or coffee filter secured with a rubber band.
  5. Culture at room temperature (60-70°F is preferred) until desired flavor and texture are achieved. If using a tight lid, burp daily to release excess pressure.
  6. Once the kimchi is finished, put a tight lid on the jar and move to cold storage. The kimchi's flavor will continue to develop as it ages.

At A Glance

YIELD: Makes about 2 quarts.