Spicy Kimchi Stew (Kimchi Jjigae or Kimchi Chigae)

Spicy Kimchi Stew (Kimchi Jjigae or Kimchi Chigae)

This spicy kimchi jjigae (kimchi chigae) or kimchi stew is a favorite winter meal in Korea. It is best served with white rice to help balance the heat.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Place 1/2 tablespoon of the sesame oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat; once hot, add the beef and sauté for a few minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Add kimchi to the pot and stir-fry for about 5 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Add the remaining oil, onion, garlic, gochujang, gochugaru, and soy sauce, mixing to combine. Pour the water into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer.
  5. Step 5

    Cook for 10 minutes and add the tofu.
  6. Step 6

    Continue cooking for another 10 to 20 minutes, adding the scallions at the very end.
  7. Step 7

    Serve the stew immediately, accompanied by steamed white rice if you like.