Korean Fresh Kimchi, Geotjeroi
Today I’m sharing a delicious fresh kimchi recipe- we call Geotjeori!
Usually, kimchi is a fermented – pungent, sour, intense flavor. But this fresh kimchi recipe is NOT! It has all the flavors from kimchi you want but doesn’t have the funkiness, which is much easier to manage. It’s like spicy Napa cabbage salad.
It does not require to ferment, so you can eat it right after you make it. 🙂
I personally LOVE geotjeori, and my mom used to make it all the time, especially when guests came to our house or during Korean holidays. Growing up, geotjeori is a special treat to our family.
With this geotjeori and freshly cooked warm rice together… AH! Need I say more?! SO GOOOOOOOOOOOD!!
I do have a secret ingredient for my geotjeori – which is Apricot jam.
It gives a fruity sweetness and slight tanginess, which works fantastic in this recipe!
It is the best when it’s fresh- but you can keep this kimchi in your refrigerator for about a week. I recommend you make a small amount of this recipe, so you don’t have to waste it.
Geotjeori can be your main dish with just a bowl of rice, or it will be a fantastic side dish for your BBQ party, potluck, and all! If you want to make this recipe vegetarian, substitute fish sauce with light soy sauce; it will work just fine!
When I have my friends over to my house, this is a MUST side dish I have to make. Everyone loves so much, even some of those who don’t like kimchi! I’m just so happy to serve Korean food to my loved ones. 🙂
You MUST give this recipe a try one day, even though you are not a fan of kimchi! This kimchi recipe will change your life!! I promise to you! 😀
- Cut napa cabbage in quarter, and remove stem. In a large bowl, add yellow small part of cabbage leaves as whole, and rest of bigger leaves cut into about 3 inch long and 1 inch wide then add into bowl as well. Doesn’t need to be exact sizes, actually uneven cut cabbage pieces are better for texture.
- Mix cold water and sea salt until salt has absorbed; pour over cabbage. Toss cabbage pieces to mix well with salted water and press it down as much as possible. Let it soak for 40 minutes. Half way though time, toss upside down so cabbage will soak evenly.
- Meanwhile, let make kimchi paste.
Finely chop garlic and cut green onion into half in lengthwise then cut into 1inch long pieces.
- Add all ingredients for kimchi paste accept sesame seeds in a mixing bowl and combine, set aside.
- Drain salted cabbage and rinse under running cold water for about 1 minute to get rid of excess salt and some dust. Drain completely about 5 minutes.
- Combine cabbage and paste in a large mixing bowl and mix with your hand (I recommend you to wear a plastic glove) with gentle pressure and squeeze action, so cabbage will absorb color and flavor of paste very well.
- Add toasted sesame seeds and give a light final toss, transfer to a serving plate and serve immediately with some garnish of extra sprinkle sesame seeds.
- Prep Time: 50 mins
- Cook Time: 10 mins