Easy Raw Kimchi Recipe

Easy Raw Kimchi Recipe - vegan

Kimchi is very easy to make and full of gut-beneficial bacteria. This kimchi recipe is vegan and free of any added sugar. Suitable for plant-based and general healthy diets.

Most people could benefit from adding some fermented foods to their diet. My kimchi recipe is raw and full of living enzymes, unlike most of the shop bought stuff. It’s also very inexpensive to make.

This might not be the most traditional kimchi as it doesn’t contain any seafood, shrimps, napa cabbage or sugar but it’s vegan/plant-based and is made from commonly found vegetables.

Jars of raw vegan kimchi

You will notice in the video I make one batch and then the final result is another batch. This is just because the beetroot made the kimchi all bright purple.

While it still looked good and tasted good I wanted to make another batch with no beetroot as it was all the same colour.

Use a healthy unrefined salt in this like rock salt or sea salt. Avoid using table salt as it’s just pure sodium chloride without any trace minerals.

Easy Raw Kimchi Video Recipe

Play on YouTube.

I always use a cabbage for the veggies in my kimchi (white or red both work great) and I recommend a red pepper as it gives a great texture, but feel free to use any other veggies you have.

This raw kimchi is a great recipe to use up a glut of vegetables. It is supposed to keep for 6 months in a cool (below 18 C) larder, but I store in the fridge and is usually gone within a week or two.

I like to use spring water, but any filtered / safe drinking water works well to make the brine. I don’t throw away the brine solution after making it, instead, I use it for stocks or as cooking liquid.  I tend to not totally drain all the water so that it’s easier to coat the veggies with the kimchi sauce.

A jar of raw vegan kimchi

I used to be worried about fermenting but really you will smell if it has gone bad, and would not want to eat it.

When I attended a fermentation course, the instructor said that it’s pretty obvious when a batch has gone bad. So far this has not happened.

Unlike sauerkraut with kimchi you don’t need the water level to be above all the vegetables, but I do like to push the vegetables down firm to make the water level high.

Kimchi that is vegan raw and sugarfree

The kimchi paste is nice enough on its own and I often start eating some of the kimchi before it has fermented as it tastes so good. This kimchi recipe is a great way to eat more raw vegetables as they have a different softer texture to freshly cut raw veggies.

Also this vegan kimchi a great way to get some fermented food into your diet and all its gut friendly bacteria. This is a real stable for me – I have it instead of ketchup on most dishes such as sweet potato chips, pasta and avocado toast.

If you find sauerkraut a bit bland then try this easy kimchi recipe.

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Fermented foods are great for your body, but they can be hard on your teeth. For this reason I suggest to not snack on something like kimchi and if you have sensitive teeth do swish your mouth with some water after eating.

Yield: 6 jars

Raw Vegan Kimchi

Kimchi that is vegan raw and sugarfree

Kimchi is very easy to make and full of gut-beneficial bacteria. This recipe is vegan and free of any added sugar. Homemade kimchi is much better for you as it's alive unlike most shop bought fermented veggies that have been pasteurised and lots of the goodness is killed.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes



  • 1 medium onion
  • 6 large chillies, de-seed for a mild spice
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 3″ ginger, peeled and slices


  • ½ a cabbage, cut into 2″ chunks
  • 3 stalks of celery, 1″ chunks
  • 3 carrots, 1″ chunks
  • 1 sweet red pepper, 1″ chunks
  • ½ a cauliflower, 1″ chunks
  • 8 radishes, 1″ chunks


  • 6 tbsp salt
  • 2 litres / 3.5 pints water


  1. Dissolve the salt in the water.
  2. Chop all of the vegetables that are not for the paste into 1″ pieces apart from the cabbage that should be about 2″.
  3. Place all the vegetables in the water and use a plate to ensure they are all submerged, use enough veggies for all the water. Leave for 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Place all of the kimchi paste ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Drain the vegetables and then coat with the paste.
  6. Pack tightly into jars and leave somewhere room temperature to ferment for 4-8 days.
  7. Open the kimchi lids daily to ‘burp’ the jars and let gases escape. Taste after 4 days and once the required taste is achieved then move to the fridge.
  8. The longer the kimchi ferments the more beneficial gut bacteria they will contain.


With fermented recipes you can tell when it's gone wrong as it will smell unpleasant.

If it smells off don't eat it, kimchi after fermenting should still have an appealing smell (unless you don't like onion, garlic and chilli).

Fermented veggies like kimchi are supposed to be stored in a cool larder, but usually I store mine in the fridge where I know it will last many months, in theory, if it isn't eaten before then!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 14Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1174mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 1g

Through a combination of acid reflux, grinding my teeth while sleeping, not visiting the dentist for 10 years and eating healthy foods I’ve got significant tooth erosion. I do have kimchi often but I’m careful now to rinse my mouth afterwards.

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17 thoughts on “Easy Raw Kimchi”

  1. Hi Bastian,
    It doesn’t say in your recipe, but after draining the veggies and adding the paste, you will have to add water with salt again into the jars?? I guess you do, but just checking since it doesn’t say so in your recipe….

    1. Bastian Durward

      Hi there, it’s in the full text but generally you only need a few tbsp of the liquid and you push the veggies hard to get the liquid level. Check out the video recipe

    1. Bastian Durward

      It’s in the text but it should keep for months in a cool larder. But just to go on the side of caution I keep mine in the fridge and it’s always eaten within a month

    2. I make this recipe every year, several jars, and it last very long, easily 9/10 months. I do it usually in early summer so I can my favorite vegetables (bell peppers, zucchinis, kale) all year around.

    1. Bastian Durward

      Yes that is possible, I’ve heard of people doing that – and free of onion. But I love the spice so much

  2. I have a kimchee a friend made with beets. Do beets retain their sugar when fermented into a beet kimchee?

    1. Bastian Durward

      Yes it will still have the sugars from the beets, they won’t be turned into alcohol like wine or ferments like that 🙂 hope that helps

  3. Sheila Prestridge

    Hi, I’m trying to get the spécial Korean chilli paste for kimchi here in the south of France. I read it’s very special and there’s no substitute! Also can i use horse radish to make kimchi ? I’ve never made it before and it’s a great adventure for me!!

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