Sesame Kimchi

Korean Magic

You know I am a soft touch. I’ve been getting many requests for my Kimchi recipe, and after this one (right), I knew the time had come to give it up. So obsessed am I, that I am seriously considering getting a Kimchi tattoo, and not a small, dainty, easily obscured one, but a big in ya face one that says “I love Kimchi, and if you don’t love Kimchi too, then maybe we shouldn’t be friends.”


  • A 2 litre Kilner jar
  • A 3 litre bowl for soaking
  • Plastic gloves for massaging the chilli paste

This recipe was inspired by a lady called Freddie Janssen, who is famous for her blue cheese and kimchi sandwiches. Well, I love my (raw vegan) cheese, so I was all over that idea. I was already obsessed kimchi, but this recipe takes it to a whole new level. The addition of some fat in the form of sesame oil makes it even more umami. I’ve been making kimchi sandwiches, kimchi wraps, and best of all, kimchi sushi.

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Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 Chinese cabbage (Napa cabbage)
  • 1 daikon (mooli)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 litres water
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp Korean chilli flakes (essential)
  • 30 ml tamari
  • 60 ml sesame oil
  • 1 tsp kelp powder
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2cm ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds


Recipe Method

Prepare the brine by boiling 2 litres water. Pour into a large bowl and add 2 tbsp salt, and 1 tbsp coconut sugar. Leave to cool. Once it’s cooled, chop your Chinese cabbage, daikon and carrots, and put them in the brine. Slice your carrots and daikon into rounds, as thin as you can. Reserve an outer leaf from the Chinese cabbage, and quarter it lengthways, and then cut those quarters into chunks about 1/2 cm thick. I like it quite chunky. Reserve the stem for later use. Once they are in the brine, place a plate on top to cover, and something heavy to keep the plate weighted down and the veg submerged in the brine. Leave for around 12hrs.

To make the paste, in a small bowl, mix up the chilli flakes, tamari, sesame oil, kelp powder and coconut sugar. Mince the ginger and garlic and stir those in. At the same time, sterilize your Kilner jar by pouring boiling water over it.

Drain the brine off the veggies, reserving a little in case you need it later. Using plastic gloves, massage the paste into the veg, along with the sesame seeds. Once it’s thoroughly mixed, press it into your Kilner jar. Be sure to pack it down so there are no air bubbles left, and the veg is submerged in the juice. If it’s not quite submerged you can add a little extra brine. Cover with the leaf you saved at the beginning, and use the stem as a stopper to keep the veg submerged. Clip the lid down and leave for at least a week for the flavours to develop. Once opened, store in the fridge, will keep indefinitely.

Total Time

Takes 12 hours pre-soaking, 15 mins to make and then one week to ferment


One 2 litre jar


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Comments (6)

  • Wow! I’ve been looking for a decent recipe for kimchi so long! This looks absolutely delish! Can’t wait to try it! xx Thanks Kate – look forward to seeing the kimchi tattoo – lol 🙂 🙂

  • Just made this – tastes really lovely, not sure I can wait a week! Just wondering if I have too much liquid on the top though. . .

  • lisa Williams says:

    I am a true Kimchi lover and have tried many different recipes, and all have turned out and tasted awful.
    Well, not this time. OMG I am in Kimchi heaven. Never again will I have to pay through the nose for store-bought Kim..
    WOOHOO, one happy Kimchuped woman.

  • Dianne says:

    Hi Kate! This sounds like a fantastic kimchi recipe, I can’t wait to try making this at home! Thank you so much! I have a question though: I heard that adding oil to kimchi would make it go bad faster. Is there any truth to that? What is your experience keeping a batch for three weeks or longer? x

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