- Kimchi Omelette With Cheddar, Leeks and Gochugaru Recipe
- Step-by-step Kimchi Omelette Instructions
- Background Information On The Recipe
I’m certainly not the first person who has written about kimchi omelettes. Kimchi and eggs work together remarkably well and are often paired together, like the delicious raw egg dropped in boiling hot kimchi jigae at my favourite Korean restaurants.
Combined with melty and crispy cheese, aromatic leeks, and a browned crust, this kimchi omelette is a crave-worthy option that is just as good for a luxurious weekend brunch as it is for an exhausted weeknight.
Use your own homemade kimchi with this kimchi fermentation guide and FAQ.
Kimchi Omelette with Cheddar, Leeks, and Gochugaru Recipe
Kimchi Omelette with Cheddar, Leeks, and Gochugaru
This kimchi omelette with cheddar, leeks, and gochugaru recipe is endlessly riffable. Use whatever kimchi or ferments, cheese, and vegetables suit your fancy for this fresh, funky, umami-packed recipe that comes together in less than 15 minutes.
- 2 1/2 tbsp salted butter
- 1 tsp gochugaru or Korean red pepper flakes (can omit if you can't find gochugaru)
- 3/4 cup chopped leeks (can substitute for any suitable vegetable or omit)
- water, white wine, or diluted stock
- 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese (can substitute for any suitable cheese)
- 1/3 cup kimchi, roughly chopped and squeezed to drain
- green onions, sliced for garnish
- roasted sesame seeds for garnish
Crack eggs into a bowl and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt and gochugaru, and then whisk.
Heat pan over high heat and melt 1/2 tbsp butter. When the butter is frothy, add leeks and a pinch of salt, and then cook until soft and tender, stirring and adding 1/2 tbsp water (or white wine) as necessary.
Heat seasoned cast iron or non-stick pan over medium-high heat and melt 2 tbsp butter. When the butter starts to brown, rewhisk the eggs quickly, and add to pan. Form omelette curds as eggs cook. Add cheese.
When the omelette is almost set, spread cooked leeks over half the omelette (optional: top with more gochugaru), remove from heat, cover, and let set for 30 seconds to 1 minute until cooked to your liking.
Uncover and add kimchi, folding omelette and removing it from the pan to avoid overheating the kimchi. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds and serve immediately.
Step-by-step Kimchi Omelette Instructions
First, season the eggs and prep your leeks
Crack eggs into a bowl and add gochugaru and salt, and then whisk until the egg yolks and whites are uniform in color.
Heat a pan on high heat and melt butter. When the butter is hot and frothy, add chopped leeks with a pinch of salt and cook until the leeks are soft and tender, adding small splashes of liquid (water, white wine, or diluted stock) to prevent leeks from sticking.
If you’re not in a rush, you can caramelize the leeks slowly over medium heat to get greater flavor depth without having to add liquid to the pan. You can also make these leeks ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to cook the omelette.
Second, add eggs, cheese, leeks and gochugaru to the heated pan
Heat a seasoned cast iron or non-stick pan over medium-high heat and melt remaining butter. When the butter starts to brown, rewhisk the eggs and add to the pan. Immediately add cheese so that it crisps and melts as the omelette cooks.
Don’t touch touch eggs as they cook, but adjust the temperature of the element if necessary to prevent overcooking. When the omelette is almost set and the bottom is starting to brown, add cooked leeks (and more gochugaru, if you’d like) and cover for 30 seconds to 1 minute until the top of the omelette is cooked to your liking.
Finally, add kimchi, fold omelette, and serve hot
Uncover and add chopped and drained kimchi, fold the omelette over, and remove from heat to prevent the kimchi from overheating. Kimchi should be kept cool to preserve the probiotic nature of the fermented ingredient.
Garnish the kimchi omelette with sliced green onions and roasted sesame seeds, and then serve immediately.
Information About Kimchi
Kimchi is a traditional Korean fermented food with hundreds of varieties. Hanyang University has shared a concise history of kimchi and ZenKimchi has an in-depth post about the history of kimchi here.
You can even use your own homemade kimchi with this cabbage kimchi fermentation guide and FAQ here.
This post was originally published in 2017-2018 and updated September 2020.