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Korean Kimchi-Jjigae Recipe

How to Make Kimchi Jjigae (김치찌개)

Kimchi-jjigae is certainly a staple in Korean households. In fact, this dish is so popular that many Korean families enjoy it multiple times a week! The Korean word ‘jjigae‘ is a thick, salty stew or a soup and is probably the most common way of consuming Kimchi. Be sure to use well-fermented and aged kimchi with a pungent flavor for the best result. This hot and spicy stew is simmered with cabbage kimchi, your choice of protein, tofu, and other ingredients. Read on for our Korean kimchi-jjigae recipe!



  • 2 tbsp sesame oil (or any oil)
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 cups protein of choice (pork, Spam, or canned tuna)
  • 2 cups kimchi (best if fermented)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • Korean hot pepper flakes (고춧가루) (optional)
  • Tofu (optional)
  • Onions (optional)
  • Scallions (optional)
  1. Fry the garlic in the oil for a few minutes.
  2. Add the kimchi and protein. Stir fry for 15 minutes or until kimchi turns a bit translucent.
  3. Add the water and boil for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Add other vegetables and/or tofu.
  5. Let stew for at least 30 minutes. The longer the better!
  6. Right before serving, add salt to taste.
  7. Best if served with rice.
Time: 1 Hour, Serving Size: 2
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