This fermented kimchi recipe is not much different than what I show you in my post How to Make Fermented Vegetables the Easy Way. These types of recipes are a starting point and usually allow for some flexibility. For example, traditional kimchi recipes sometimes call for fish sauce and Daikon radishes. I used regular radishes and omitted the fish sauce. You can also use traditional Korean pepper flakes, but I used regular pepper flakes. Make your fermented kimchi to suit your preferences.

Easy Fermented Kimchi Recipe

This recipe recommends you ferment your kimchi for 3 days to a week, but I have had great results fermenting veggies for 3 weeks. You can taste your kimchi to decide if you want to ferment it longer.

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Easy Fermented Kimchi Recipe


  • Mason Jars


  • 1 head green or Savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger, minced
  • 5 scallions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  • Pound the mixture until the cabbage releases its juices.
  • Pack two quart-sized jars (1 liter) with the mixture.
  • Ferment from 3 days to a week.
  • Store in the fridge.

Fermented Foods Benefits

Make this fermented kimchi recipe and start incorporating more fermented foods into your daily life. Fermented foods help improve your gut health by introducing more good bacteria into your digestive tracts. Improving your gut health can help with:

  • Digestive issues
  • Mood and cognitive issues
  • Skin issues
  • Autoimmune issues (like allergies and autoimmune diseases)
  • Metabolic syndrome (heart disease, cholesterol, diabetes)

If you would like to know what other foods may help improve your gut health read Most Healing Foods for the Gut. Besides improving gut health, fermenting foods makes them more digestible and increases the availability of nutrients and minerals.

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In Summary

This fermented kimchi recipe is easy and foolproof. It’s up to you to decide how “traditional” you want your kimchi to be but it will be delicious either way. You can use it as a side dish with your main course, top your salads with it or even snack on it. You will love how crunchy and flavorful it is. Added bonus: Consuming fermented foods regularly helps improve your gut health hence your overall well-being.

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