Tofu Kimchi Fried Rice
with mushrooms / fried egg
If this is your first time trying kimchi (fermented Korean cabbage), this classic Cook Smarts version of fried rice is the perfect recipe to ease you in. It got great reviews when we last featured it in 2018. The kimchi provides crunch and the pickling liquid from the kimchi provides just the right level of flavor.
- Kimchi - 2 cups, chopped
- Tofu, extra firm (vacuum packed preferable) - 16 oz, ½” / 1.3 cm cubes
- Mushrooms, any brown - 8 oz, sliced
- Asparagus - 12 oz, trimmed and chopped into 1” / 2.5 cm pieces
- Green onions - 3 stalks, chopped green and white parts separate
- Limes - 1, wedges
- Cornstarch - 1 Tbsp
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
- Cooked rice (leftover from Monday) - ~1 1/2 cups
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Pickling liquid (from jar of kimchi) - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Eggs - 4
- Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
Kimchi - Place colander / strainer into a bowl and separate pickling liquid from the cabbage. Chop kimchi.
Mushrooms / Asparagus - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
Green onions / Limes - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
Toss tofu with cornstarch, salt, and pepper. In a separate bowl, toss leftover rice with first part of cooking oil.
Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add in second part of cooking oil and then tofu to heated oil. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, turning until golden on all sides.
When tofu is golden, add first part of soy sauce and first part of kimchi pickling liquid. Saute tofu in sauce for another 2 minutes. Set tofu aside and wipe out nonstick pan.
While tofu cooks, heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add third part of oil and then white parts of green onions, mushrooms, and asparagus. Saute until any moisture from the mushrooms is cooked off and vegetables are tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
To vegetables add leftover rice with second parts of soy sauce and pickling liquid. Toss to coat and then fold in kimchi and tofu.
Set rice aside (covered so it stays warm) and place nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add fourth part of cooking oil and then crack eggs in oil. Fry eggs until cooked to your liking (on one side for sunny-side up or flip to cook on both sides.)
Divide rice between serving bowls and top each portion with a fried egg. Garnish with green parts of green onions and lime wedges. Season with some more soy sauce or some hot sauce if you’d like. Enjoy!
Tasty, but a lot of dishes/pans.2 Helpful
I was worried that the asparagus wouldn't cook quickly enough, but I needn't've been. This came out great. The only thing I did different was to add garlic and at least twice the amount of pickling juice.0 Helpful
This was good, but not great especially for the level of prep involved.0 Helpful
Our kimchi must be super spicy because this was way too spicy for me, and I can usually handle a decent amount of spice. Would reduce the amount of kimchi significantly (half?).0 Helpful
I’ve made this since 2014 and always good0 Helpful
I think I’m finally getting the hang of tofu! Nice and crispy and tasty. Will make again.0 Helpful
Absolutely fabulous meal! As a fan of kimchi I’m glad to have a great way to use it in the future and the egg just takes it to another level.0 Helpful