Kimchee Fried Rice with Baked Tofu

This week, the Culinary Medicine team presents a recipe for Kimchee Fried Rice with Baked Tofu!

Kimchee Fried Rice with Baked Tofu

Kimchee Fried Rice with Baked Tofu Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ½ small onion, medium dice
  • 1 cup roughly chopped kimchi (6 ounces)
  • 2 Tbsp. kimchi juice, or to taste
  • 2 cups cooked, cooled rice (preferably brown short-grain)
  • 6 oz. baked tofu, cubed
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce, or to taste
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • Salt to taste

Optional:

  • ½ cup small-dice Spam, ham or leftover cooked meat
  • Crumbled or slivered nori (roasted seaweed) for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Preparation

  1. In a nonstick sauté pan or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat, and add onions. Cook, stirring, until the onions start to sizzle, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add kimchi and kimchi juice, and stir until it comes to a boil, about 3 minutes. Add tofu (and meat, if using) and cook until sauce is nearly dried out, about 5 minutes.
  3. Break up the rice in the pan with a spatula, and stir it to incorporate. Turn heat to medium.
  4. Cook, stirring, until the rice has absorbed the sauce and is very hot, about 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in soy sauce and sesame oil, taste, and adjust with more soy sauce, oil or kimchi juice.
  6. Turn heat down slightly, but let the rice continue to cook, untouched, until lightly brown.
  7. Optional: Add nori and sesame seeds for garnish.

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