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Healthy Kimchi Fried Rice

June 3, 2019

Get in your fried rice kick with an added nutritional boost in this healthy kimchi fried rice. A perfect easy weeknight dinner or enjoy as leftovers for lunch the next day! Plus only one-pan required.

Cast-Iron Healthy Kimchi Fried Rice made with gut-healthy kimchi and veggies!

When people ask me the best way to get inspiration for your blog, I always say the same thing: “go out and live!”. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I blog about my life, I don’t live for my blog. That means that tacking breaks, exploring the world and trying out new adventures (culinary or not!) is one of the best things I can do for THM and of course, for me.

A few weeks ago, Jess and I took an evening off from cooking and let someone else do the cooking for us. We went to one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco, Outerlands for some delicious farm-to-table California fare and eat 425963 pieces of their rustic sourdough bread. If you haven’t been there, GO. One of the things on the menu that night was a Dungeness crab kimchi fried rice. We, of course, had to order it and it did not disappoint. I immediately turned to Jess and told her we HAD to have a kimchi fried rice recipe on the blog. She got to work!

Mother-in-law's kimchi. Our favorite Kimchi for this healthy kimchi fried rice!

What is Kimchi? Is Kimchi Healthy?

Kimchi is a traditional korean dish made of salted fermented cabbage and spices. Sometimes other vegetables are added, however napa cabbage is typically the primary ingredient. Kimchi is often spicy (spice lovers take note!) and is a fantastic source of gut-healthy probiotics. Kimchi is healthy and a great addition to any diet.

We really like the Mother-In-Laws Kimchi from Whole Foods, but you’re welcome to use whatever kimchi you can find. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also make kimchi at home!

Healthy one-pot kimchi fried rice - an easy weeknight meal made in one cast-iron pot! #castiron #kimchifriedrice

How To Make Kimchi Fried Rice

Fried rice typically isn’t the healthiest but we’ve made some adjustments to this fried rice recipe to up the nutrition without compromising on the flavor.

-We tried this recipe with brown rice and jasmine rice and honestly, the jasmine rice is better. This  organic version is our favorite but feel free to use whatever kind of rice you like. We also recommend oyster or shitake mushrooms for added umami flavor. Trust us!

-To healthify this friend rice we’re using a tablespoon of ghee and a tablespoon of avocado oil. Typical fried rice uses cups of vegetable oil so this is a real improvement. And feel free to replace the soy sauce with tamari or coconut aminos if you’re gluten-free!

-Most importantly: This dish is a one-pot meal! We like cooking ours in a cast-iron, however you can use whatever pot or pan you have on hand. Clean up made simple!

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Healthy Kimchi Fried Rice

  • Author: Jess @ The Healthy Maven
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry jasmine rice
  • 1 carrot, peeled + cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 lb oyster or shitake mushrooms (or mushrooms of choice)
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 2/3 cup kimchi, chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or other neutral oil)

Instructions

  1. Make the rice according to the instructions.
  2. While the rice cooks, prepare the vegetables and set them all aside.
  3. Heat a large pan (we like cast iron) over medium heat and add the ghee and oil. Once they have melted, add the mushrooms and cook over medium high heat for about 6 minutes. Do not touch the mushrooms.
  4. After about 5-6 minutes, flip the mushrooms and add the carrot and kimchi, cooking for another 4-5 minutes.
  5. Add the rice to the pan and toss everything together to cook for a few more minutes.
  6. Push the rice mixture to the edge of the pan and crack the eggs in. Roughly stir to break the yolks and cook until the eggs are mostly cooked through.
  7. Add the scallions and soy sauce and mix everything together.

Get in your fried rice kick with an added nutritional boost in this healthy kimchi fried rice. A perfect easy weeknight dinner or enjoy as leftovers for lunch the next day! Plus only one-pan required. #kimchi #friedrice #healthy

Like this healthy fried rice recipe? Here are a few others you might enjoy:

Quinoa Taco Salad
Mashroom Teriyaki Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
Roasted Cabbage Steaks with Chickpeas + Creamy Herb Sauce

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  • Reply
    Julie | This Main Line Life
    June 6, 2019 at 10:10 am

    This is so delicious and easy to make too.

  • Reply
    Cassie Autumn Tran
    June 8, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Growing up, my mother made the best fried rice with eggs, chicken, peas, carrots, onions, garlic, and LOTS of soy sauce. However, she never added kimchi, but I honestly would not have liked it back when I was a kid. Bitter and sour foods weren’t in my best interests! Now, I am obsessed with kimchi and should totally invite my mother to try this recipe out. She would definitely love the idea!

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