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Kimchi Fries

Published on 10/03/2023 by Umamiology
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Experience the ultimate loaded Korean Kimchi Fries. These crispy fries are topped with spicy, tangy caramelized kimchi, gooey cheese and a medley of savory toppings. Elevate your snack game and satisfy your cravings with this fusion of Korean and American goodness.

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This Kimchi Fries recipe is your secret weapon. Kimchi Cheese Fries can be the special accent to your Super Bowl Party, movie night or just a friendly get-together with friends. You’ll be the hero of the party and no doubt need to host many more gatherings to satiate your fans’ desire for these Kimchi Fries. If you’re ready for all this food clout to come your way – read on.

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These vegetarian Kimchi Fries can be deep fried, air fried or oven baked to golden perfection and with the caramelized kimchi, diced scallions, melted cheese and toasted sesame seeds on top, it’ll become your next obsession – I bet my right kneecap on it.

Secret: Use The Right Kimchi

In order to have the perfect loaded kimchi fries, you need to have the right kimchi – this is really important. The right kimchi for these kimchi fries is the napa cabbage kimchi, and you want them to be sufficiently fermented so they are decently sour. When store-bought kimchi is left in the fridge for about 6 weeks, it ages into a rich and robust sour flavor. This aged kimchi provides the perfect flavor notes to your kimchi fries sauce and kimchi fries topping mix to build the ultimate Korean Kimchi Fries recipe.

The Ingredients for Kimchi Fries

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Scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements and directions.

The Equipment Needed

Craft The Savory Kimchi Fries Sauce

In this kimchi fries recipe, the sauce is boss.

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Start by finely dicing your scallions (or green onions), garlic and aged kimchi, the more finely you chop the kimchi, the more smooth and blended your kimchi fries sauce will become.

Add 3 teaspoons of sesame oil into a pan and sauté the chopped garlic, followed by your diced aged kimchi on medium heat. You’ll know the kimchi is done when it is caramelized and you notice a rich roasted accent to your kimchi’s aroma.

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Directly into the pan (without turning off the heat), add your Sriracha Sauce, Kewpie mayo and Korean Ssamjang and simmer until everything is evenly blended (no longer than 5-7 mins).

Turn off the heat, pour into a bowl, and set aside.

Prepare The Fries

For amazing, golden crispy Kimchi fries, start by julienne cutting your russet potatoes into long thin strips.

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Once cut, be sure to rinse & soak briefly in cold water to remove the extra starch (about 5-10 mins), then remove from water and pat dry to extract as much water as you can.

Give them a light dusting of the salt, pepper and let rest for just a few minutes.

Cooking the Fries

Deep frying is the best way to achieve that crispy, golden crunch to your fries.

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Double Fried: Heat a large pot with neutral oil to 315 degrees °F. Carefully place the potatoes into the oil and make sure they are fully submerged. Fry for about 5-7 minutes or until they start to become light brown, then remove the potatoes and set aside on a rack.

Then just before serving, raise the oil temperature to 350 degrees °F and carefully place the potatoes back into the oil. You’ll fry again for another 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.

(Your frying time may vary based on a variety of factors, like the thickness of your slices, your pot size, location, etc – so adjust your cooking time as you see fit.)

Remove from the oil and place the fries on a rack until they are ready to be plated.

Putting It All Together

Once you have your fries plated, sprinkle on your shredded colby jack cheese. Then use your cooking torch to gently melt the cheese.

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Then scoop up your kimchi fries sauce and generously pour it on top of your fries.

Top with diced scallions, toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, a bit more of the caramelized kimchi and finish with a dollop of sour cream in the middle.

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You’ll have the most perfectly crafted, homemade Korean Kimchi Fries – that’ll be irresistible at your next gathering.

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Kimchi Fries

5 from 70 votes
Experience crispy, vegetarian Korean Kimchi Fries, loaded with gooey cheese and caramelized kimchi topping mix. You'll never eat fries the same way again.
Author: Umamiology
Servings: 3
Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
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Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

Craft The Savory Kimchi Fries Sauce

  • In this kimchi fries recipe, the sauce is boss.
  • Start by finely dicing your scallions (or green onions), garlic and aged kimchi, the more finely you chop the kimchi, the more smooth and blended your kimchi fries sauce will become.
  • Add 3 teaspoons of sesame oil into a pan and sauté the chopped garlic, followed by your diced aged kimchi on medium heat. You'll know the kimchi is done when it is caramelized and you notice a rich roasted accent to your kimchi's aroma.
  • Directly into the pan (without turning off the heat), add your Sriracha Sauce, Kewpie mayo and Korean Ssamjang and simmer until everything is evenly blended (no longer than 5-7 mins).
  • Turn off the heat, pour into a bowl, and set aside.

Prepare The Fries

  • For amazing golden, crispy kimchi fries, start by julienne cutting your russet potatoes into long thin strips.
  • Once cut, be sure to rinse & soak briefly in cold water to remove the extra starch (about 5-10 mins), then remove from water and pat dry to extract as much water as you can.
  • Give them a light dusting of the salt, pepper and let rest for just a few minutes.

Cooking the fries

  • Deep frying is the best way to achieve that crispy, golden crunch to your fries.
  • Double Fried: Heat a large pot with neutral oil to 315 degrees °F. Carefully place the potatoes into the oil and make sure they are fully submerged. Fry for about 5-7 minutes or until they start to become light brown, then remove the potatoes and set aside on a rack.
  • Then just before serving, raise the oil temperature to 350 degrees °F and carefully place the potatoes back into the oil. You'll fry again for another 4-5 minutes or until golden brown.
  • (Your frying time may vary based on a variety of factors, like the thickness of your slices, your pot size, location, etc – so adjust your cooking time as you see fit.)
  • Remove from the oil and place the fries on a rack until they are ready to be plated.

Putting It All Together

  • Once you have your fries plated, sprinkle on your shredded colby jack cheese. Then use your cooking torch to gently melt the cheese.
  • Then scoop up your kimchi fries sauce and generously pour it on top of your fries.
  • Top with diced scallions, toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, a bit more of the caramelized kimchi and finish with a dollop of sour cream in the middle. You'll have the most perfectly crafted, homemade Korean kimchi fries – that'll be irresistible at your next gathering.

Notes

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

Nutrition

Calories: 555kcalCarbohydrates: 52gProtein: 18gFat: 32gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 653mgPotassium: 1331mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1839IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 390mgIron: 5mg

*Nutritional information is just an estimate derived by an online calculation tool.

FAQ

What is kimchi?

Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made of salted, peppered and fermented napa cabbage. It typically includes, ginger, garlic, scallions and Korean chili flakes for the seasoning.

Where can I get the best kimchi?

Kimchi is very common nowadays and can be found in most supermarkets, near the fresh produce section.

What is the flavor of kimchi?

Kimchi is typically salty, spicy tangy and sour in taste and packed with umami flavor from the fermentation process.

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