Kimchi Chigae (Kimchi Stew)

Kimchi Chigae

Spicy Kimchi and homey miso combine for a warming Asian stew. Make this dish for the colder months and you'll be sure to stay warm. 

Vegan if water or vegan stock is used

Recipe created by Nami of

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp. ginger (minced)
  • 1 ½ cup loosely packed kimchi (cut into bite-size pieces if necessary)
  • 1 tbsp. Korean chili paste, gochujang
  • 1 tbsp. sake (or cooking wine)
  • 2 tbsp. M1nute Miso (liquid miso)
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp. Korean red chili peppers flakes, gochugaru (optional)
  • ½ cup juice from kimchi (squeeze the kimchi to get juice)
  • 2 cup water (for our purposes 1 cup is equal to 240 ml)
  • ½ pack 3.5 oz./100g enoki mushrooms (bottom 1-inch trimmed)
  • 1/3 pack 1 oz./28g shimeji mushrooms (bottom ½ inch trimmed)
  • 1 pack 14 oz./397g silken tofu (drained and cut into 1-inch blocks)
  • 2 scallions green parts only, sliced


  1. In a small pot, heat sesame oil on medium high. When it’s hot, add garlic and ginger and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds
  2. Add kimchi and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add Korean chili paste, sake, M1nute Miso Organic, soy sauce, and Korean red chili pepper flakes, stirring everything together to combine. Add kimchi juice and water and bring to a boil.
  3. Add enoki, shimeji mushrooms and tofu and cook for 15 minutes
  4. Garnish with the scallions and serve immediately

Recipe Notes

Quick Tip: Add more kimchi if desired and adjust the spiciness with chili paste and red chili pepper flakes. NOTE: For a non-vegetarian version, you can stir fry 1/4 lb. chopped pork belly with kimchi. Instead of water, you can use anchovy stock. To make anchovy stock, put 5 dry anchovies and 1 two-inch square kombu in 2 1/2 cups water and boil for 10 minutes.


Message from Nami: “The fall season is just around the corner and it’s also my favorite season for comfort food. There is no better bowl of spicy Asian stew like Kimchi Jigae to keep you warm on a chilly fall evening. Abundant kimchi is used in this stew along with tofu and mushrooms. You can include your favorite veggies and meat. Enjoy this stew on cold night!”

About Nami: A native of Yokohama, Japan, Nami inherited her passion for cooking and her culinary basics from her mother. In 2011, she started a blog "Just One Cookbook®" to share many of the most popular Japanese dishes as well as a number of traditional Japanese recipes with a detailed description and step-by-step instructions with pictures. Her blog has become extremely popular around the world. In 2013, she started her YouTube channel Just One Cookbook. Nami currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area with her family.