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Kimchi Fried Rice with Bacon

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner
Keyword: bacon, fried rice, kimchi
Servings: 8


  • Food Processor (optional)


  • 4 cups cooked, chilled (or leftover) white rice
  • 12 oz kimchi (I used oyster kimchi)*
  • 6 strips bacon, cut into 1/4” strips
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced thinly
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil, divided (see instructions)
  • 2 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp miso paste


  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • thinly sliced scallion
  • reserved crumbled bacon


  • Add kimchi to food processor and pulse until finely chopped/pureed, or roughly chop.
    2. Set a large bowl close to your stovetop/workstation.
    3. Heat a large, deep frying pan or wok over medium-low heat and cook bacon, stirring occasionally until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
    4. Remove all but 2 tbsp bacon fat from the pan. Add onions, and cook over medium-low heat until slightly softened, 5 minutes. Remove to bowl.
    5. Add eggs to pan and scramble, 1-2 minutes until just set, and remove to bowl.
    6. Turn heat up to medium-high, and add 1 tbsp canola and 1 tsp toasted sesame oil to the pan. Add cooked rice, and spread into an even layer. Fry rice over medium-high until crisp, 2-3 minutes. Flip the rice over (it’s OK if it breaks up, you just want to brown both sides) and cook the other side an additional 2-3 minutes until crisp and well browned.
    7. Once rice is crisp, stir in sliced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    8. Add the eggs and onions back in to the pan.
    9. Add the kimchi, reserved 1 tsp toasted sesame oil, rice vinegar, miso paste, and soy sauce to the pan.
    10. Stir to combine all ingredients well and spread into even layer.
    11. Cook, undisturbed for 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook 2-3 minutes more.
    12. Garnish with thinly sliced scallion, fresh cilantro leaves, and crumbled bacon.