Kimchi Jjigae: Kimchi Stew with Pork

Kimchi Jjigae: Kimchi Stew with Pork

Kimchi Jjigae: Kimchi Stew with Pork


Kimchi Jjigae is a popular Korean stew known for its bold flavors and comforting warmth. This dish blends the sour and spicy notes of kimchi with tender pork, creating a rich and satisfying meal that is perfect for chilly days or when you’re craving a taste of Korean cuisine.


For this delicious Kimchi Jjigae recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups of kimchi
  • 200g of pork belly or shoulder, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small piece of ginger, sliced
  • 3 cups of water or broth
  • 1 tablespoon of Korean red chili paste (Gochujang)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Tofu (optional), cut into cubes
  • Green onions, chopped, for garnish


  1. In a pot, sauté the pork until it starts to brown.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, and onions, and cook until fragrant.
  3. Stir in the kimchi and cook for a few minutes to enhance the flavors.
  4. Pour in the water or broth and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the Korean red chili paste and soy sauce, then season with salt and pepper.
  6. If using tofu, gently add it to the stew.
  7. Let the stew simmer for about 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  8. Garnish with chopped green onions before serving.
  9. Enjoy your hearty and delicious Kimchi Jjigae hot with a bowl of steamed rice!

FAQs About Kimchi Jjigae

What is Kimchi Jjigae?

Kimchi Jjigae is a popular Korean stew made with fermented kimchi, pork, tofu, vegetables, and other seasonings. It is known for its spicy and tangy flavors.

How is Kimchi Jjigae made?

To make Kimchi Jjigae, kimchi is simmered with pork, tofu, onions, garlic, and gochujang (Korean chili paste) in a flavorful broth. The stew is typically cooked in a Korean earthenware pot called a “dok” or a regular pot.

What does Kimchi Jjigae taste like?

Kimchi Jjigae has a rich and savory taste with a balance of spicy, sour, and umami flavors. The fermented kimchi adds depth and tanginess to the stew, while the pork and vegetables enhance the overall taste.

Is Kimchi Jjigae spicy?

Yes, Kimchi Jjigae is known for its spicy kick due to the use of gochujang and kimchi. However, the level of spiciness can be adjusted based on personal preference by adding more or less chili paste.

What are some variations of Kimchi Jjigae?

There are many variations
Kimchi Jjigae: Kimchi Stew with Pork

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