Brussels Sprouts Kimchi


I’m so proud of this recipe! I spent a lot of time researching kimchi while in Korea. In the end, I made my own kimchi paste recipe & it is gooo-ooo-d! Now I’m playing around with using the paste & fermenting various vegetables. This was my first time trying this and after living in Korea for 3 years, it was the first & only time I had seen brussels sprouts in the country. I bought all of them.

No joke. I was so excited that I bought all they had in the store & ate them for a week straight. Then I took what was left of my prized brussels & fermented them into kimchi.

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi - Fried Green Kimchi

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi - Fried Green Kimchi

To make this kimchi, you will need either a medium sized jar, cylindrical in shape with a large mouth & an air tight seal or a rectangular shaped, thick plastic storage box with locks on all four sides. Or if you’re feeling fancy, get yourself a kimchi pot!

This is the jar I used. I found it at Daiso, possibly the greatest dollar store ever! It worked fine for my five days of fermentation.

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi - Fried Green Kimchi

You will also need Gochugaru, Korean red pepper powder. I do not recommend substituting with other types of pepper powders as gochugaru has a very distinct taste. Gochugaru can be found at Korean or Asian marts.

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi - Fried Green Kimchi

These are some of the other ingredients needed: fish sauce, rice flour & sugar.

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi - Fried Green Kimchi

The sprouts will need to pickle in salt & water for a few hours.

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi - Fried Green Kimchi

While they are pickling, you can prepare the kimchi paste. Put the above ingredients along with onion, ginger & garlic in a blender & puree.

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi - Fried Green Kimchi

Once the sprouts are softened from soaking, drain them, preserving the pickling liquid & rinse them twice. Then coat each sprout half with the paste.

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi - Fried Green Kimchi

Pour the sprouts & paste in your jar (or pot or container) & cover with the pickling liquid leaving 1 inch of space at the top. Seal tight & keep in a dark space away from sunlight. Open the jar once every day to stir the sprouts around a bit.

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi - Fried Green Kimchi

During the fermentation process you will see bubbles form from the kimchi releasing gases. This is a good thing! It creates the tangy flavor & as the kimchi ferments it is forming its own vinegar, in away, preserving good bacteria. Do be aware of the pressure that builds from these gases. If you are using an appropriate container you should be safe from this. However, I once over filled a much smaller jar & experienced kimchi explosion! Talk about a stanky-stank mess. I will be sharing pictures from that in a later post.

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi - Fried Green Kimchi

Below you can see the difference in my sprouts kimchi from day 1 of fermentation to day 5. The paste is thicker & the sprouts have absorbed it. It was ripe for eating by day 5.

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi - Fried Green Kimchi

Brussels Sprouts Kimchi


  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, halved
  • 3 Cups luke warm water
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup gochugaru*
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • 4 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice flour*
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Cup water


Rinse the brussels sprouts, trim the ends & cut in half. Rinse again then sprinkle salt on each sprout half. Submerge in 3 cups luke warm water. Set aside & let soak at room temperature for 2-3 hours.

In the meantime, heat the rice flour & 1 cup of water in a saucepan over medium heat until thick. Remove the pan from heat & pour into a blender. Add the ginger, gochugaru, fish sauce, sugar, garlic & onion. Puree.

Once the brussels sprouts have soaked for 2-3 hours, drain & keep the soaking liquid. Rinse the sprouts twice more. In a large bowl, add the pureed kimchi paste over each sprout half. Make sure each sprout is covered. Pour the sprouts into jar or storage container. Pour the pickling liquid over the sprouts leaving about 1 inch at the top. Seal & store in a dark space away from sunlight for 3-5 days. Once opened, keep refrigerated.

*Gochugaru is Korean red pepper powder.

*Rice flour can be substituted with pastry flour.


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