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Easy Homemade Korean Kimchi Cabbage in White Bowl on White Background

Homemade Kimchi

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Easy Korean kimchi recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Napa cabbage, green onions are fermented in a tangy, spicy red sauce.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 2 hrs
Fermenting time 2 d
Total Time 2 d 2 hrs
Servings 8 People
Calories 46
Author Abeer Rizvi



  • 1/2 cup Sea salt Or kosher salt, Has to be iodine-free
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4-5 pound Napa cabbage Cut into 1-2 inch pieces

Spice paste

  • 1/2 cup Onion Sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic Peeled
  • 1 tsp Ginger Freshly grated
  • 1 tbsp Fish sauce Or shrimp paste, Optional
  • 1 tsp Granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Korean red pepper powder
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 4 Green onions Cut into 2 inch pieces


  • Mix together sea salt and water in a large bowl and stir until salt has dissolved.
  • Add cabbage and let it sit in this salted water for about 1-2 hours or until it's significantly wilted.
  • In a blender, add onion, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, sugar, red pepper powder, water and pulse until you have a smooth paste. Keep aside.
  • Drain and rinse cabbage in cold water to remove most of the salt water.
  • Add it back in the same bowl (just rinse it).
  • Add the red pepper paste, green onions and mix until cabbage is coated well.
  • Transfer this seasoned kimchi to a large mason jar and push it down and keep stuffing it until it's completely full. Use another jar, if necessary.
  • Tighten the lid and let it sit at room temperature.
  • Taste it the next day with a clean spoon or fork and if you want it more sour and ripe, leave it out for another 3-4 days. Check daily until you are satisfied with the flavor. You may see bubbles inside the jar and some brine may seep out of the top of the lid. That's normal and means the fermentation is working. For me, 2 days is best.
  • When the kimchi tastes sour and ripe enough to your liking, transfer the jar from room temperature to to the fridge. Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • This can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 months. 


Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7274mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 782IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 189mg | Iron: 1mg