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EMERGENCY KIMCHI to the RESCUE! 🌶Quick & Simple 🥬Lettuce Kimchi in 15 Minutes [상추겉절이]

Updated: Jan 14

This quick and simple Fresh Lettuce Kimchi is a great option if you are craving Kimchi, but don't have the time to make traditional kimchi. This Fresh Lettuce Kimchi [상추겉절이] is quicker and more simple to make than the traditional Napa cabbage Fresh Kimchi (배추겉절이).

🇰🇷맛있고 간단한 상추겉절이 만들기

상추 SangChu = Lettuce

겉절이 GeotJeoRi = Fresh Kimchi

Below you'll find the following:

Ingredient List

Korean ingredient and suggested product links

Recipe Instruction

Suggested video recipes



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1 teaspoon 작은 술 = 5 ml

1 tablespoon 큰술 = 1/2 fluid ounce, 15 ml, 15 cc

1 Cup 컵 = 128 grams

1 lb = 450 grams


Lettuce Kimchi 상추겉절이

3 to 4 Servings

1 Tablespoon 큰술 GoChuGaRu 고춧가루 (Red Pepper Flakes)

1 Tablespoon 큰술 Fish Sauce 멸치액젓 (🌱Vegan Fish Sauce)

1 Tablespoon 큰술 Plum Extract Syrup 매실청

¼ Teaspoon 작은술 Ginger 생강

2 Garlic Cloves 마늘

½ Medium Red Onion 중간 붉은 양파

3 Carrot slices (julienned) 당근 조각

1 Scallion 파

1 Head of Butter Lettuce 버터헤드 상추

Garnishing: Sesame Seeds 참깨

🌱Vegan Fish Sauce recipe below⬇️

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GoChuGaRu (Korean red pepper flakes, coarse ground) 고춧가루 (100% Made In Korea)

Fish Sauce (MyeolChiAekJeot) 멸치액젓

Plum Extract Syrup (MaeSilChung) 매실청

Sesame Seeds 참깨 (100% Korean)


Salad Spinner

Glass Mixing Bowls:3 Piece Set

9 Piece Set

16 piece Knife Set"

Chef's Knife

Disposable Food Grade Gloves

Making The Kimchi Sauce Mixture 겉절이양념 만들기

Step One

In a mixing bowl, add the following ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon 큰술 GoChuGaRu 고춧가루 (Red Pepper Flakes)

  • 1 Tablespoon 큰술 Fish Sauce 멸치액젓 (🌱Vegan Fish Sauce)

  • 1 Tablespoon 큰술 Plum Extract Syrup 매실청

  • ¼ Teaspoon 작은술 Ginger (grated) 생강

  • 2 Garlic Cloves (grated) 마늘

  • ½ Medium Red Onion (thin slices) 중간 붉은 양파

  • 3 Carrot slices (julienned) 당근 조각

  • 1 Scallion 파 (minced)

Mix well, and let it sit in room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes. This resting period allows the ingredients melt together as the vegetables release its juices and become wilted.

Prepping The Lettuce 상추 준비

Step Two

You can use your favorite lettuce. I prefer Butter Lettuce (aka Boston Lettuce) for its crunchy, sweet, and mild taste.

  • 1 Head of Butter Lettuce 버터헤드 상추

Cut the root end off. Discard any bruised and wilted lettuce leaves. Rinse the lettuce leaves using cold water. Use a paper towel to gently pat-dry each lettuce leaf or use a salad spinner to remove the excess water.

Assembling The Lettuce Kimchi 상추 겉절이만들기

Step Three

Make sure to taste test the Kimchi Sauce Mixture, after the 15 - 30 minute period. If you prefer a more salty taste, add just a tad more of the fish sauce. If you prefer a less salty taste, add 1 tablespoon of water. Mix well and taste again. As for the sweetness, it should be just slightly sweet.

Starting with the biggest leaf to the smallest, hand rub the kimchi sauce to the front and back of each leaf. Layer each leaf around a big plate so that you end up a big blooming flower bed of lettuce leaves. Optional: Garnish with sesame seeds.

This Fresh Lettuce Kimchi is best enjoyed when eaten right away. Like any dressed salads, after 30 minutes, it starts getting wilted and watery.

BONUS: Eating Tips

🍉During the summer months, I add a think slice on the lettuce kimchi and eat it together. It has this perfect marriage of spicy salty taste with that refreshing sweet watermelon taste.

🍚I also enjoy eating this Fresh Lettuce Kimchi with a bowl of Korean rice. So simple and SO-JUST-HITS-DA-SPOT😋

🔥I also serve this Fresh Lettuce Kimchi as a side salad when having Korean BBQ. You add a piece of the grilled meat to the lettuce kimchi, roll it up and just eat it; Like a simple Korean BBQ lettuce wrap, without using your hands to make the traditional Korean BBQ lettuce wrap. Try the Korean BBQ recipes below with this Fresh Lettuce Kimchi.

Bon appétit😋

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