Kimchi, Kimchi Pancakes & Kimchi Cashew Butter (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Kimchi! Are you a fan? I absolutely love it. In fact I love most fermented foods which is lucky as they’re super healthy as well as being delicious.
I try to include them in my diet most days as I think that encouraging a healthy gut bacteria balance is helpful for your digestion, weight management etc etc
I first discovered Kimchi many years ago at a Korean restaurant and became hooked immediately. To be honest I very often buy an incredible local vegan kimchi by Barrel & Bone but if you want to eat it as regularly as I do it’s good to have your own batch on the go as well.
So here you have my kimchi recipe and two ways to use it. Firstly my kimchi pancakes – again a favourite in Korean restaurants but I used buckwheat flour for a gluten free option. Combined with a delicious dipping sauce. So good and totally addictive.
And secondly a kimchi cashew butter which is inspired by a dumpling filling in my Plantlab course. I loved in and decided to adapt it into a Kimchi cashew butter. If you love Kimchi you’ll love this! Smear it on some toast with pickles or with roast potatoes – Amazing!
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Much love, Niki xx

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  2-4 servings
  3 days preparation time
  10 minutes cook time



  • 1 small cabbage – napa if you can get it
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Kimchi paste

  • 1/2 red pepper chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 spring onion sliced
  • 2 tsp of gochugaru or 1 – 2 tsp chilli flakes & 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp Miso paste (optional)
  • Extras
  • 1/2 cup Shredded carrots
  • 1/4 thinly sliced peppers

Dipping sauce

  • 3 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • Chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp maple
  • Juice 1/2 lime
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Ginger grated

Kimchi pancakes

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup kimchi chopped up
  • 2 spring onions sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup water

Kimchi Cashew Butter

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 tsp tamari
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1/4 sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup kimchi
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup


To make the kimchi;

  1. Wash then slice the cabbage into small pieces. Add to a large bowl and massage the salt into the cabbage. The cabbage will start to soften.
  2. To make the Kimchi paste – Add all the ingredients to a food processor to create a paste. Transfer to the cabbage and massage in well.
  3. Mix into the cabbage mix thoroughly
  4. Sterilise a large glass mason jar/jars depending on the size.
  5. Add the mix to the jar, firmly packing into the bottom. Add any brine from the mixing bowl.
  6. Make sure the cabbage is completely submerged in liquid.
  7. Allow a couple of inches at the top. Do not over fill.
  8. Secure the jar lid and store away from sunlight for 2-3 days. Remove the lid once a day to allow gasses to be released. Ensure the cabbage is always covered in liquid (you can add a little water if needed).
  9. Taste the Kimchi after a few days, it should be ready to transfer to the fridge.
  10. Your Kimchi can be stored in the fridge.

To make the dipping sauce; 

  1. Add all the ingredients to a jar and mix thoroughly to combine.

To make the Kimchi pancakes; 

  1. Preheat a non stick frying pan with a little coconut oil. The pan needs to be quite hot around Gas Mark 6.
  2. Add the buckwheat flour, spring onions, kimchi, salt and water to a large bowl and mix thoroughly to form a thick batter.
  3. Spoon the into the pan and fry for 1-2 minutes until the underside is firm. Carefully flip the pancake and then cook for another minute or so until the pancake is cooked through and slightly golden.
  4. Carefully remove from the pan and slice into squares ready to be dipped into the dipping oil.
 To make the Kimchi Cashew Butter; 
  1. Add all the ingredients to a mini chopper, blender or food processor and blitz until you get a chunky paste

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  1. Cassie Thuvan Tran on April 16, 2018 at 2:31 am

    You have no idea how PERFECT these recipes are! My Food Science lab group and I are trying to find traditional vegan Korean recipes for our lab this week. Now I know what I can do to make vegan kimchi! I also really want to try the kimchi pancakes and paste. Hopefully we have enough time and resources to. Hooray!

    • Niki on May 8, 2018 at 8:30 pm

      No way!! I’m so happy xxx

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  3. Lisa on June 12, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Hi! What a great recipe :-). I just have one question about the Kimchi. You say it should be covered in liquid once you put it in the jar. I was wondering what this liquid is, seeing that in the kimchi paste recipe there is no liquid involved. Am I missing something :-). Thanks!

    • Niki on June 14, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Hi Lisa
      Liquid is created by massaging the cabbage – Just a little but hopefully enough to cover the cabbage.
      If not add a little water.
      Hops that helps.
      Love, Niki xx

  4. Yesbet Live Dealer Casino on December 6, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Kimchi is one of the best things to ever come out of Korea. I eat it with everything.

    • Niki on December 8, 2019 at 7:09 am

      Its fantastic!

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