Fresh Cabbage Kimchi


Garlicky, spicy, and delicious, this quick kimchi combines crunchy bok choy and tender napa cabbage for an interesting mix of textures.

Fresh Cabbage Kimchi
Photo: © Line Klein
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
6 cups


  • 1 pound napa cabbage, chopped

  • 1 pound baby bok choy, trimmed and quartered lengthwise

  • 1/3 cup kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, divided

  • 8 cups water

  • 2 teaspoons finely grated or minced garlic

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger

  • 1 heaping tablespoon gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes) or 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. In a large bowl, combine the napa cabbage and bok choy. In a large saucepan, combine the salt and 1/4 cup of the sugar with the water and warm over moderate heat just until the salt dissolves. Pour the brine over the cabbages and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  2. Rinse and drain the cabbages. Transfer to a large bowl and add the garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, fish sauce, sesame oil, and the remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar; toss well. Let stand for 30 minutes. Garnish the kimchi with sesame seeds before serving.

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