Healthy Kimchi Fried Rice {vegan & gluten free}


This Kimchi Fried Rice adds a pop of flavor to a traditional dish.  The rice is not actually fried so it’s a healthy alternative to other fried rice dishes. 
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I love the taste of kimchi. It’s tangy like raw sauerkraut and it is also a bit spicy and I love anything that gives me a hit of spiciness. I thought it would go great in a kimchi fried rice!

My favorite brand of kimchi is Wildbrine. It is made with red chilies, cabbage, mineral-rich sea vegetables, toasted sesame seeds, and bit of ginger and garlic. This version is vegan, unlike other kimchi that uses fish sauce or dried shrimp. They also don’t use MSG or sugar so it’s 100% natural, vegan, gluten-free, and GMO-free with no additives.

If you’ve never tried kimchi before, start with a smaller amount if you’d like. If you love it like I do, add more!


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Kimchi Fried Rice Nutrition

Did you know that your stomach/intestinal flora is very important to your health? It’s true! Microorganisms in our GI tract have numerous roles in healthy digestion and disease prevention. They help metabolize toxins, reduce GI inflammation, and help maintain immune homeostasis (to name a few).  Kimchi, like other fermented foods, is rich in raw probiotics which can aid in gut wellness.

I usually have a bite of kimchi before a meal to fire up my digestion but this time around I put the kimchi right in the dish. This rice isn’t actually fried but it reminds me a bit of the fried rice you can get at Chinese restaurants – only healthier. It’s super quick and easy to prepare if you cook the rice the day before and use pre-baked tofu.

One thing to note – kimchi should not be cooked!  Once you heat the kimchi, the good probiotics will be killed. This is why I add it in at the end after you finish cooking. When you have leftovers, you won’t get the same benefits because you’ll be heating the kimchi but it still tastes as good! I hope you enjoy your


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Serves 3

Kimchi “Fried” Rice

10 min

10 min

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  • 7 oz package of firm baked tofu, cubed (or half package of tofu in water)*
  • 1 cup frozen veggies of choice (I used an organic carrot, pea, and corn mix)
  • 4 scallion stalks, chopped
  • Enough veggie broth to cook with - I usually use about 1/4 to 1/2 a cup
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 Tb soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup kimchi
  • Topping: 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Add scallions and frozen veggies to a large pan with enough veggie broth to heat them. The amount of broth will vary depending on the size of your pan. You don't want too much, just enough to heat the veggies though and cook the scallions.
  2. Add brown rice and soy sauce. Continue adding a little veggie broth when needed.
  3. Add in tofu and heat for another minute or so.
  4. Remove pan from heat, wait a few minutes, and then stir in kimchi.
  5. Top with toasted sesame seeds and serve!


*If your cooking the tofu yourself, take a package of organic tofu in water, pressed it (as seen in my How to Prepare Tofu post), cube it into small bite-size pieces.  Place tofu in a bowl, add 2 TB soy sauce with a half tsp each of  garlic powder and onion powder. Bake it for 15 minutes at 375 degrees F.


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22 thoughts on “Healthy Kimchi Fried Rice {vegan & gluten free}

  1. looks and sounds great! I really need to get into Kimchi – I know very little about it other than it’s fermented and good for you! I haven’t tried to do it myself and haven’t seen many store bought vegan versions where I live. MidWeek Munchies is UP if you want to swing by my place! Thanks so much for all of your help with everything!

    1. Kyra, I always want to try to make my own but I’m nervous to eat it as well! I’m sticking to the store bought one as well until I can get up the courage to make my own. 🙂

  2. This sounds great! I love “fried” rice. Probably tastes way better than actual fried rice haha ;p
    I am not a huge fan of kimchi, but maybe I should try it again. I like the Wildbrine sauerkraut – I’ll try their kimchi (with this rice dish!). I bet I’ll enjoy kimchi in something instead of just plain on it’s own.

    1. Yes, maybe you’d like it in something rather than just having it plain. It adds a little spiciness to the dish which I like. Let me know if you do try it again. 🙂

  3. Nice recipe! I love Kimchi. I’m always worried about making unfried rice too mushy but yours looks nice! Will have to try it out! Found u via urbannaturale blog hop

  4. Sounds sooooo good! I love fried rice, especially when its packed with lots of goodies like this is! I haven’t ever seen Kimchi…..but with 2 recipes on our list with it today….think its time 😉

  5. Hi Mary Ellen,
    With delectable ingredients like these who can resist this vegan dish. I love kimchi and I love rice so I am delighted that you shared your healthy and delicious kimchi fried rice recipe with us on the Plant-based Potluck Party. I appreciate it and I’m so glad you are partying with us. I’m pinning and sharing this!

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