Vegan Kimchi Fried Rice

top down view of freshly made kimchi fried rice in a wok.

Quick and easy Kimchi Fried Rice is loaded with veggies, kimchi, garlic, and ginger, and ready in just 30 minutes! It’s full of tangy kimchi flavor and sure to be a weeknight favorite! Vegan and gluten free recipe.


  • 1 cup dried rice (or 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 12 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch knob ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 cup frozen veggie mix (anything with carrots, peas, corn and/or green beans)
  • 11  1/2 cups Vegan Kimchi (the more the merrier), chop the kimchi if you like
  • 1 tablespoon tamari, soy sauce or coconut aminos, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang, or to taste (optional)

To garnish

  • 1 nori sheet, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced (pale green + green parts only)
  • sesame seeds (white, black, toasted or combo)


Rice: Cook the rice according to package directions. For best results, use day old rice.

Stir-fry: In a wok or pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat, add the garlic and ginger, cook until fragrant, about 30 – 60 seconds, stirring frequently. Add the rice, kimchi and frozen veggies, give a good mix, add the tamari and optional gochujang, stir fry for 3 – 4 minutes, or until most of the liquids have been absorbed. Taste for flavor, adding more tamari or chili pepper flakes.

Serve: Spoon into individual bowls with sliced nori sheets, scallions and sesame seeds.

Store: Leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in a covered container. For longer storage, keep in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. Let thaw before reheating on the stovetop or microwave.


No rice, no problem. Not a fan of rice, try using 2 – 3 cups of cauliflower rice or cooked quinoa!

Aromatic. Add 1/2 of a small onion, diced, and saute for 5 minutes before adding the garlic and ginger.

Add protein. Add a couple servings of crispy fried tofu for extra protein and texture.

Where to find kimchi? Kimchi can be found in most grocery stores, usually in the refrigerated plant-based section. Be sure to check the label as most store bought kimchi contains fish. If it’s vegan, it will be labeled.

Gluten free: For gluten free, use tamari or coconut aminos.

Soy free: Use coconut aminos.

Keywords: kimchi fried rice, asian side dish, vegan fried rice