Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe with napa cabbage and crunchy carrots fermented in sweet apple and pear sauce. This gluten-free and Whole30 Paleo Kimchi recipe has spicy, non-spicy, AIP, and vegan kimchi versions. It’s quick, easy, and crunchy delicious !

Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe that are gluten-free Whole30 with AIP and Vegan kimchi options

Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe

I’ve always been a kimchi lover. In Taiwan, you can find white kimchi (a non-spicy version) more often than the red kimchi (slightly spicier version). Kimchi is often served (at least in Taiwan) as a side dish to go with beef noodle soup, stir-fry dishes, or savory meat sauce over a bowl of rice.

It balances any main dishes and gives a refreshing touch to any savory meal.

Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe that are gluten-free Whole30 with AIP and Vegan kimchi options.

I absolutely adore both spicy and non-spicy versions but personally I have a slightly stronger preference for the red kimchi (i.e. regular kinds). To be honest, I never felt that kimchi is spicy – although it’s made with Korean red pepper powder (gochugaru) – a good jar of fermented kimchi is well-balanced between fruity, tart, salty, and a hint of sweet and spicy taste.

Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe that are gluten-free Whole30 with AIP and Vegan kimchi options.

How to make easy kimchi

While it might sound intimidating to make kimchi at home, check out the ingredients below and you’ll see how easy it is to make homemade kimchi that’s free of gluten, rice, and soy.

  • 1 whole napa cabbage
  • Apple (prefer Fuji Apple)
  • Pear (prefer Korean or Asian pear but Bosc pear will do)
  • Fresh ginger root, garlic cloves, yellow onion, and scallions
  • Korean red pepper powder – gochugaru (skip for non-spicy kimchi)
  • Red Boat fish sauce (skip for vegan kimchi)

Check out the video below on how to make Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe !

Gently rub coarse salt into the cabbage and set aside for 3-4 hours to allow the salt to pull water out of the cabbage. The process is similar to my Korean Chilled Zucchini Slices.

Blend all the yummy fruit – apple and pear – with aromatics in a food processor or mini blender until smooth. This will be your kimchi marinade ingredients.

Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe ingredients
Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe Marinade

Gently rub and marinade onto each leaves and pack them relatively tight into large mason jars with 1-inch gap at the top so that it gives the kimchi some room to ferment without spilling over.

The weather and the temperature of your house will play a role in how fast and slow your cabbage ferments. If it’s really hot and humid, I recommend storing the kimchi jars in the fridge after 2 days of fermentation at room temperature. If it’s cold and dry out, store the jars in the fridge after 3 to 4 days fermentation at room temperature.

You want to make sure that the cabbages are submerged under the brine so it won’t turn moldy. I use a clean spoon gently press the cabbage down once per day until it ripens to my liking (about 3 days later).

Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe that are gluten-free Whole30 with AIP and Vegan kimchi options.

If you aren’t sure how many days to ferment your kimchi, give it a taste test. It should be well-balanced between fruity, tart, a little bit salty, sweet and spicy. YUM !!!

I’ll be sharing different ways to use Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe in the coming weeks. The possibilities are endless. So be sure to check back here often for more crunchy yummy probiotic goodness !

Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe that are gluten-free Whole30 with AIP and Vegan kimchi options.

So my friends this Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe is –

Crunchy
Refreshing
Fruity
Tart
Naturally sweet
Hint of salty and spicy
Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-free
& can be made Vegan, AIP + non-spicy

If you give this Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe a try, let me know ! Leave a comment and rate the recipe. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #IHeartUmami on Instagram. I’d love to see what you come up with. XOXO !

Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe Ingredients

 

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Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe that are gluten-free Whole30 with AIP and Vegan kimchi options.
Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
21 mins
 

Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe with napa cabbage and crunchy carrots fermented in sweet apple and pear sauce. This gluten-free and Whole30 Paleo Kimchi recipe has spicy, non-spicy, AIP, and vegan kimchi versions. It’s quick, easy, and crunchy delicious ! 
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Ferment ~ 3 days. More info below.

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Makes about three 32 oz (1 liter) jars of kimchi

Course: Appetizer, vegetable
Cuisine: Korean
Servings: 12 cups
Calories: 38 kcal
Author: ChihYu
Ingredients
  • 1 whole napa cabbage about 3.7 lbs
  • 1 to 1.5 cups matchstick thin sliced carrots
  • 3 tbsp coarse sea salt
Kimchi ingredients:
  • ¾ cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 bosc pear or half 1 whole Asian pear, cored, and skin removed
  • Half 1 whole red apple gala, fuji, cored and sin removed
  • 6-7 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp roughly sliced ginger root
  • 1.25 cups diced scallions
  • 1 tbsp Red Boat fish sauce*
  • 1 to 1.5 tbsp Korean red pepper powder Gochugaru (alt. Sub with cayenne and paprika)*
Good tool to have:
Instructions
  1. Cabbage: Quarter the cabbage then dice to about 2-inch sections. Rinse well and set aside to drain. Sprinkle about 3 tbsp coarse sea salt over cabbage leaves and gently use your hands to rub the salt-in. Let it sit for 3 to 4 hours in a shady and cool area until the leaves are wilted. After the cabbages are wilted, rinse under cold water. Use your hands to gently squeeze out the liquid. Set the cabbages aside in an extra large bowl.
  2. Kimchi marinade: Blend all ingredients under “kimchi ingredients” in a food processor until smooth. Combine cabbage with the marinade. Mix well to coat all pieces (you can either use your hands with a glove or two wooden spoons to toss everything well).
  3. Pack: Place kimchi in glass jars with lid. Try to pack them down to close air pockets. Leave 1 inch at the top for air and gases. This will prevent it from spilling during fermentation process. Make sure the vegetables are covered with marinade on top. You can also place a large tray underneath to hold the jars and to prevent it from spilling.
  4. Ferment: Seal the containers and store in a nice, shady, and cool area at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. After 24 hours, open the jar and pack it down with a clean spoon. Do this once per day until you are happy with the taste. You may notice some bubbling and this is perfectly normal. The longer you ferment, the stronger the flavor will develop. Once you move them to the fridge it will slow down the fermentation process. Once store them in the fridge, best finish in 1 month.
Recipe Notes

The weather and the temperature of your house will play a role in how fast and slow your cabbage ferments. If it’s really hot and humid, I recommend storing the kimchi jars in the fridge after 2 days of fermentation at room temperature. If it’s cold and dry out, store the jars in the fridge after 3 to 4 days fermentation at room temperature. For vegan kimchi, skip fish sauce.

 

For AIP, skip red chili peppers - this will be the non-spicy version.

 

Once store in the fridge, best finish them in 1 month.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 38
% Daily Value*
Sodium 140mg 6%
Potassium 429mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 50.3%
Vitamin C 50.8%
Calcium 12.4%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Paleo Easy Kimchi Recipe that are gluten-free Whole30 with AIP and Vegan kimchi options.

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Check out one of my first few published articles talking about kimchi here !

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