How to make your own Kimchi

How to make your own Kimchi

Kimchi dish

Kimchi dish

Quick info

  • Recipe difficulty - easy
  • Preparation time - 30 mins
  • Cooking time - 24 hours (fermentation time)
  • Serves - 5
  • Dietary - Vegetarian Vegan Gluten free Dairy free
  • Allergens -


Kimchi has been used for centuries as a way of naturally preserving vegetables. Healthy and gut-friendly food.

A healthy and gut-friendly food that's full of vitamins and beneficial bacteria.

Kimchi ingredients

  • 1 large cabbage, finely shredded or grated
  • 2-3 medium carrots, finely sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 small turnip or radish, finely sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 2-3 shallots or spring onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons rock salt


  • 2 Large bowls
  • Large jug
  • Normal plate
  • Spoon or set of tongs

How to make your own Kimchi

Step 1

Over a large bowl, sprinkle the salt all over the cabbage and massage it in. (This will help draw out the natural liquid from the cabbage while also preserving it and adding flavour)

Step 2

After doing this for a few mins, place into the bowl and cover with water. If the cabbage is above the top of the bowl, place a plate on top to weigh it down and leave for the 10 mins.

Step 3

In another bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients, rinse the cabbage adding it to the bowl and mix together again.

Step 4

Using a spoon, or a set of tongs, place the mixture into a large jar, squashing down until all the vegetables are covered in their juice.

Step 5

If there isn't enough juice, mix water with some more rock salt in a jug and pour on until covered. (Remember to leave at least an inch of room from the top of the jar for the fermentation gases)

Step 6

Screw or place the lid on top tightly and leave to ferment in a kitchen cupboard.

Step 7

The longer it's left, the more intense the flavours become. Try it each day until it reaches a taste you like, then place it in the fridge and enjoy as you like.

Step 8

Try experimenting with a variety of different vegetables such as spinach, seaweed, courgette or whatever you like.

Nutrition per serving portion (serves 6)

Each portion provides (on average)

Energy 146kj 35kcal 1.75%

Fat 0.42g 1%

Saturates 0.05g 0%

Carbohydrates 6.83g 7%

Sugars 6.48g 7%

Salt 1.71g 29%

Protein 1.3g Low

Fibre 3.2g Med

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Vitamin a

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Pantothenic acid




Great source of good bacteria

The natural fermentation process allows more lactic acid bacteria to grow. These are just one of many kinds of bacteria that have been shown to benefit the gut. The fibre in the various vegetables also feeds these and other beneficial bacteria already in the gut, helping them to multiply and keep the gut healthy.

Gentle on the gut

The variety of vegetables that are used in kimchi make it a great source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. The natural fermentation process has already started to break the foods down, making them easier to digest.

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