Traditional Kimchi


If you love authentic Korean cuisine, try this classic kimchi recipe and make your own. It's not as complicated or time-consuming as you might think. Kimchi is a fermented dish — the more it ages, the better it tastes.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
3 days 2 hrs
Total Time:
3 days 2 hrs 45 mins
3 pints


  • 1 head napa cabbage, shredded and rinsed

  • 1 small radish, cubed

  • coarse salt to taste

  • 1 small white onion, roughly chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • ¼ cup water, or as needed

  • 1 ripe persimmon, chopped

  • 1 cucumber, chopped

  • 3 medium green onions, minced

  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes, or to taste


  1. Place cabbage and radish into a large colander. Sprinkle liberally with salt, mix to combine, and let sit for 1 hour. Sprinkle with additional salt, mix again, and let sit for 1 more hour. Rinse cabbage and let drain.

  2. Combine onion, garlic, ginger, and rice vinegar in a blender. Add water and blend on high power until well combined.

  3. Transfer drained cabbage to a large bowl. Add blended onion mixture, persimmon, cucumber, green onions, and red pepper flakes; mix until well combined.

  4. Transfer kimchi to sterilized airtight containers and refrigerate for three days before serving.


You can use an apple instead of a persimmon.

 If you want to serve it the very next day, don't refrigerate it.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

9 Calories
0g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 9
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 7mg 35%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 80mg 2%

* 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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