If you’re wondering what to serve with your kimchi, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for kimchi.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with kimchi are Korean BBQ pork, avocado toast, Korean dumplings, shrimp pineapple fried rice, and braised short ribs. You can also try cheese omelette, kimchi loaded fries, beer-battered fish tacos, chicken wings, Korean sushi rolls, or omletes.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Korean BBQ pork
The key to tasty homemade BBQ meat is to marinate the meat overnight.
The long soak ensures the meat fully absorbs all the sweet-savory goodness from the Korean marinade.
Grill the pork and stuff it in fresh lettuce leaves with your favorite kimchi for the full K-BBQ experience.
Psst… no grill pan? You can fry the pork instead.
Why we love this recipe: most of the ingredients are store cupboard staples.
Twice-baked sweet potatoes
Pairing these twice-baked spuds with kimchi might not be traditional, but it’s a combination that makes sense.
The spuds’ sweet, creamy filling perfectly contrasts the kimchi’s tangy, spicy flavors.
Pro tip: don’t overmix the starchy filling or it will become gummy. And don’t skimp on the cheese.
Why we love this recipe: they’re guaranteed crowd-pleasers.
Start your day right with a classic cheese omelet.
The trick with omelets is to not mix the eggs too vigorously in the pan – instead, gently push the egg around until most of it is cooked and the cheese is melted.
You can use kimchi as a topper for your egg…
Or mix it in to fully incorporate the flavors.
Why we love this recipe: it will leave you feeling full and ready to face the day.
Air fryer chicken wings
If you don’t have an air fryer yet, this is your sign to get one.
You can make crispy chicken wings with only a few sprays of oil!
This means they’re healthier, make less mess, and you’ve got less to clean up. Win win.
Why we love this recipe: you can indulge in these wings without guilt.
Avocado toast is a simple but nutritious meal that you can eat any time of day.
And you can customize it in so many ways.
A fiery red kimchi topping will look so good up against the mashed green background.
And the creamy avocado will help offset its lip-puckering sour taste.
Why we love this recipe: it’s perfect for your instagram feed.
Kimchi mac and cheese
This isn’t technically a side dish, but it’s one of my favorite ways to use kimchi.
The chopped kimchi and Korean chili paste are used as the base for the roux, giving the saucy a spicy kick.
And then you just need to mix in the cheese! This recipe uses a blend of cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan, but you can use whatever cheese you want.
Why we love this recipe: everyone will be lining up for seconds of this pasta dish.
Korean beef sloppy joes
Are your sloppy joes getting too predictable? Switch things up with this Korean-inspired version.
Instead of sweetened tomato sauce, the ground beef is seasoned with rice vinegar, hoisin, and sriracha. Sounds weird, but trust me, it’s delicious.
Load some brioche rolls with the saucy meat filling and top it with some kimchi to cut the richness.
Why we love this recipe: it’s tasty American-Korean fusion.
Korean sushi rolls
Also known as kimbap, you’d be forgiven for thinking these were sushi at first glance.
But the main difference lies with the rice. Kimbap uses Korean rice mixed with sesame oil, while sushi uses Japanese rice seasoned with vinegar.
This basic recipe features colorful veggies, ham, and crab sticks, making these rolls hearty and nutritious.
Why we love this recipe: these rolls are great for picnics and lunch boxes.
Loaded kimchi fries
Who can resist a heaping pile of loaded fries?
It’s got everything you could want – melted cheese, crispy fries, zesty cilantro, and a whole load of kimchi.
I like to throw some bacon on there too.
Why we love this recipe: it’s really easy to customize and make your own.
Basic ham and cheese sandwiches are great, but if you have the extra time, treat yourself to a Croque Madame.
This French classic involves topping a regular sandwich with bechamel and fried egg – yum.
Serve this indulgent Croque Madame with kimchi for a fun and tasty twist.
Why we love this recipe: it’s the perfect treat for cheat days.
Pineapple shrimp fried rice
Kimchi is often eaten with steamed rice, but why not shake things up and pair it with this fried rice instead?
It’s not your traditional Asian recipe, but adding pineapples brings a fruity sweetness that pairs superbly with the traditional savory ingredients.
Plus, it helps offset your kimchi’s bold flavors.
Why we love this recipe: it’s way better than takeout.
I love making these dumplings from scratch because it gives you the freedom to use any filling you want.
This recipe goes with a traditional meat and cabbage combo, but you can try shrimp or all veggie variations.
You also have the options to fry, steam, or boil these dumplings.
Serve them with rice and kimchi for a complete and nourishing meal.
Why we love this recipe: you can make a big batch and freeze the rest for later.
Classic deviled eggs
Deviled eggs are great party appetizers.
This basic recipe has a standard mayo-based filling that can be made a whole lot better with some simple additions.
Try pickled peppers or chopped kimchi for added heat.
Psst… not a fan of mayo? Use Greek yogurt instead.
Why we love this recipe: they won’t last long on the table.
Korean braised short ribs
Short ribs are generally tough, but a long, slow cook in a seasoned beef broth will make them fall-off-the-bone tender.
This method will also infuse the short ribs with all the goodness from the broth, making them super tasty.
All you need is some kimchi on the side!
Why we love this recipe: it has a 4.57 rating from 365 votes.
Beer-battered fish tacos
I love all kinds of tacos, but this version is up there with my favorites.
The ingredient list may be lengthy, but most items are things you should already have on hand.
Psst.. skip adding the shredded cabbage and onions to these tacos and top them with kimchi for a fiery bite,
Why we love this recipe: they’re (nearly) as good as what you’d get in Mexico.
The best side dishes to serve with kimchi
- Korean BBQ pork
- Twice-baked sweet potatoes
- Cheese omelet
- Air fryer chicken wings
- Avocado toast
- Kimchi mac and cheese
- Korean beef sloppy joes
- Korean sushi rolls
- Loaded kimchi fries
- Croque Madame
- Pineapple shrimp fried rice
- Korean dumplings
- Classic deviled eggs
- Korean braised short ribs
- Beer-battered fish tacos
What To Serve With Kimchi
- 1 portion kimchi
- Prepare your kimchi according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: Korean bbq pork, twice-baked sweet potatoes, cheese omelet, air fryer chicken wings, avocado toast, kimchi mac and cheese, Korean beef sloppy joes, Korean sushi rolls, loaded kimchi fries, croque madame, pineapple shrimp fried rice, Korean dumplings, classic deviled eggs, Korean braised short ribs, and beer-battered fish tacos.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!