Vegetarian Kimchi


This vegetarian kimchi is a great traditional Korean dish. The sweetness in this recipe is from natural sources like persimmon and cucumber, unlike other kimchi versions that use sugar. It has a great flavor and just enough spice.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
3 days 2 hrs
Total Time:
3 days 2 hrs 25 mins
3 1-quart jars


  • 1 head napa cabbage, chopped

  • ¼ cup salt, divided

  • 6 cloves garlic

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped

  • 1 small white onion, peeled and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 3 green onions, minced

  • 1 ripe persimmon, chopped

  • 1 cucumber, diced

  • 1 small radish, shredded

  • cayenne pepper to taste


  1. Rinse cabbage well. Put cabbage in a bowl and sprinkle liberally with salt, tossing to mix. Set aside for 1 hour.

  2. Mix more salt into cabbage and set aside for another hour.

  3. Wash and drain cabbage. Combine onion, garlic, and ginger in a blender with water. Blend on high speed until smooth.

  4. Stir together rinsed drained cabbage, garlic-ginger mixture, minced green onions, persimmon, cucumber, radish, and cayenne pepper, and mix well.

  5. Transfer mixture into airtight containers and refrigerate for 3 days before serving.


You may use a small apple instead of (or in addition to) the persimmon if you prefer. You may omit the cucumber if desired as well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

6 Calories
1g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 30
Calories 6
% Daily Value *
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 50mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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