Kimchi Fried Rice with Spicy Shrimp-and-Sesame Sauce

Chef Roy Choi’s Kimchi Fried Rice is the best way to reinvigorate day-old rice with spicy, potent kimchi. The kimchi actually sweetens when heated and adds not only its signature funk, tang, and spice but also a delicious crunch. The briny, spicy dipping sauce is the perfect punchy accompaniment.

Kimchi Fried Rice with Spicy Shrimp and Sesame Sauce
Photo: Victor Protasio
Total Time:
15 mins



  • 1 cup salted dried baby shrimp (about 1 ounce), rinsed

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1 large jalapeño, stemmed and finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic

  • 4 teaspoons gochugaru

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

  • 3 1/2 cups cooled cooked short-grain rice (day-old rice is best)

  • 1 cup chopped kimchi (about 6 ounces)

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


Make the spicy shrimp-and-sesame sauce

  1. Stir together all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Make the fried rice

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over high until shimmering. Add rice to hot oil, and spread in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, until rice is crispy and a light golden brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in kimchi, broth, and 3 tablespoons sauce. Cook, stirring often, until crispy, about 3 minutes. Add butter, and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Divide rice mixture between 2 bowls, and serve with remaining sauce.

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