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Korean kimchi rice waffles + five ways to eat them

If you have never waffled rice, then you are in for a treat. These kimchi-spiked rice waffles have a crisp exterior and delectably chewy interior. Add one – or more – of the suggested toppings for a dinner or snack with a difference. 

Korean kimchi rice waffles with five toppings for an easy, funky dinner or a snack.Making good use of leftover rice and a slightly neglected pot of tangy kimchi, Korean kimchi rice waffles are our latest fun food. So, heat up your waffle iron and settle down to read how to make these. 

I have gone a bit crazy with the topping ideas. But they are all very easy. You can do all of them, none, or one or two. The whole recipe is more an idea than recipe so is very flexible to your likes and dislikes. The one requirement is at least a curiosity about kimchi. And a jar of the stuff.

 The kimchi rice waffles themselves are a mildly spiced treat all on their own, with perhaps a flurry of toasted sesame seeds. To make them a proper meal I would recommend whacking on a gooey, fried organic egg, or even some nuggets of stir-fried tofu. Or both if you are anything like us. Greedy. 🙂

And don’t worry if you don’t have a waffle maker: these fry up perfectly well as a pancake – although without the delectable all-over crispy crust.

kimchi rice waffles in waffle maker

kimchi rice waffles in waffle maker

Why make kimchi rice waffles?

Spicy, pungent and fermented, kimchi is a Korean condiment and side dish that makes any savoury recipe to which it is added explode with added umami and interest. Usually made with cabbage, kimchi is a staple food in Korea eaten throughout the day. Even at breakfast. I have been known to have a dab of juicy kimchi alongside a morning egg, wok-fried greens and homemade sourdough toast. It sounds super-weird, but for fellow kimchi lovers I pinky promise that it is yummy.

Did I mention it is pungent?

Well, don’t worry about the distinctive aroma with this recipe. Once mixed into rice and  some other goodies, kimchi’s impact is more gentle whisper than klaxon call.

So, why is it worth giving this “waffley” versatile recipe a shot? Kimchi is the nutritious food trend that is only getting bigger. Full of fibre – it is after all, all-vegetable – minerals, vitamins and gut health-superstar, Lactobacillus, kimchi is one food trend to latch onto. And because it seems here to stay, why not get the family on-board with this easy weekday recipe?

gorgeously cheesy kimchi rice waffleFor the kids I recommend topping these crispy-chewy rice cakes with melting cheese and maybe some guacamole-style avocado. My personal favourite is with flakes of crab meat, given a bit of welly with a slosh of yuzu juice (or lime juice) and a light hand of Old Bay seafood seasoning. Basically I could eat the whole recipe’s-worth topped with the spicy crab.

What ingredients do I need?

Cut cabbage kimchimat kimchi – is the most common kind and you can find it in many health food stores, and of course all east Asian food shops. I sometimes make my own. It’s oddly fun to do. But I can get a really gorgeous, organic, small-batch one at Real Foods, so I tend not to bother. When using the kimchi, cut it even smaller and, if you can, use more of the white bits than the green leafy bits. A bit crunchier that way, which adds to the texture.

Cooked, cool rice. Better if it is a few days’ old. I prefer using brown basmati but use any kind you like. Even quinoa, if that’s leftover from another meal.

Some chopped vegetables and a fruit – spring onions/scallions, grated sweet carrot, grated apple and ginger. The apple is there for healthful sweetness, but use a touch of maple syrup if you like. A touch of sugar balances out the overall flavour.

Yellow/Sweet miso. Not a deal-breaker if you don’t have it, but it rounds out the flavour.

Yuzu. How do I love thee. Let me count the ways. 🙂 Use lime if you don’t have this bottled, tart, Japanese citrus juice. In the UK buy yours at east Asian food stores, Waitrose and Sainsburys. I hear tell that you can sometimes get fresh yuzu fruits (!) in Borough Market. To say I’m jealous of you Londoners is an understatement.


The above is the just the basics. Below are five different topping ideas to mix and match.

5 Toppings for Kimchi Rice Waffles

Cheese. Dairy or non-dairy, anything that melts is fair game. Or perhaps go even more umami and plump for a blue-type cheese. I would always add some toasted sesame seeds and fresh young sprouts for added nutrients, taste points and texture.

Eggs. Poached, steam-fried, hard-boiled and chopped – whatever you fancy. Just be sure to squirt over your fave hot sauce.

Korean kimchi rice waffles with five toppings for an easy, funky dinner or a snack.Mushrooms. I am a bit in love with pearly-white and meaty-textured eryngii (King Oyster), but shiitake, maitake, chestnut/cremini or good ol’ button will do just fine. Lightly cook with your favourite Chinese condiment, such as preserved black beans with chilli, or vegetarian xo sauce.

kimchi rice waffle with yuzu mayoYuzu mayo. You can buy such things now, but making your own is dead-easy. And it is dee-licious.

White crab meat. The luxury option. Spike with yuzu juice (of course!) and a pinch of Old Bay seafood seasoning if you have some. Adding a few slices of creamy avocado makes this version the stuff of dreams. If crab doesn’t float your boat, sub in pan-warmed marinated tofu. Amp the fishy credentials with little strips of toasted nori seaweed, too.

Korean kimchi fried rice bowl with fried egg

Korean 15-minute kimchi fried rice bowl with egg (below) – food to glow

If I’ve got you kimchi-curious, why not check out some of my other kimchi recipes here on Food To Glow?

15-Minute Kimchi Fried Rice – indeed use this as the base for the waffles if you wish.

Grilled Shiitake Kimcheese – a long-time favourite of ours.

Kimchi and Bean Quesadillas – a fab and filling brunch or lunch

Kimchi Nachos – These are almost indecently delicious.

Kimchi Quinoa Burgers with Avocado-Jalapeño Mayo – a wee bit more prep, but so worth it.

Kimchi and Avocado Lunch Wraps – for a healthy, low-carb option.

Kimchi and Carrot Pancakes – a tweak on a traditional Korean recipe.


Smoky Kimchi & Vegan Chorizo Pancakes with Homemade Tonkatsu Sauce – the sauce is damn near drinkable. Bought stuff is full of preservatives so it’s great to make your own.

Are you already a kimchi convert? Does this easy waffle and rice mash up appeal to you? If so, what topping will you go for? Is there another topping idea you think I should try?

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Korean kimchi rice waffles + five ways to eat them
5 from 3 votes

Kimchi Rice Waffles Recipe - Five {Easy} Ways

Kimchi Rice Waffles are easier to make than you think, and more exciting than fried rice. It's really just mix and waffle! Make them a heartier dinner or fancy snack with one of the five suggested toppings.

Course DInner
Cuisine Korean, Vegetarian
Keyword kimchi, rice, waffles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 small waffles
Calories 979 kcal
Author kellie anderson


  • 350 g cooked, cold basmati rice brown for preference; leftover rice is best
  • 150 g kimchi cabbage chopped
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 3 spring onions chopped
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • 1 tbsp miso
  • 1 tbsp yuzu or lime juice
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp grated apple or 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 40 g flour gluten-free or plain
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds or use one egg
  • 3 tbsp kimchi juice or water (not necessary if using an egg)
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • Oil spray for waffle maker

Spicy Mushrooms

  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 4 large mushrooms King Oyster for preference
  • 2 tbsp fermented black beans with chilli or similar Chinese-style condiment
  • fresh sprouts and rocket/arugula

Yuzu Mayo

  • 4 tbsp vegan or egg-based mayo
  • 1 tbsp yuzu juice or lime juice
  • fresh sprouts I like chive sprouts


  • 50 g melting cheese of choice
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 spring onions thinly sliced


  • 200 g prepared crab meat
  • 1 tbsp yuzu juice or lime juice
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning or chicken seasoning blend if liked
  • 1 tsp pepper blend of choice see recipe notes
  • 1 ripe avocado slices
  • 1 red chilli deseeded and sliced

Fried Egg

  • 4 organic eggs or as many as you need
  • sriracha hot sauce or similar
  • 1 tsp olive oil more as required


  1. Heat your waffle iron as manufacturer instructs. While it is heating, prepare the kimchi rice waffle mix. You may also wish to heat your oven on low (100C) and pop a baking tray inside. This is to keep the first cooked waffles warm while the others are being made.

  2. For the waffles, add the cooked cold rice to a mixing bowl along with the chopped kimchi, grated ginger, chopped spring onions and grated carrot. Squish together really well with your hands, crushing some of the rice. It won't stick together.

  3. In a small bowl, add the chia seeds and kimchi juice or water (or use one egg). Let this sit until it makes a gel (about 5 minutes), then stir in the miso paste, yuzu juice, sesame oil and the grated apple. Add this to the kimchi rice mixture and stir very well, or use your hands. 

  4. Now add the flour. I've made these with and without flour, and they are best with flour as it really helps them to stick together in the waffle maker.

  5. Spray your hot waffle plates, or brush with oil using a silicone pastry brush. Dollop on some of the waffle mixture - amount depends on waffle plate configuration and size. Mine is small and I like my waffles not to fill the grids.

  6. Cook the waffles approximately six minutes, checking at four minutes. You may need more time, especially if your waffles are larger than mine. Loosen with a silicone spatula and place on the heated oven tray if you wish. Carry on with the remaining mixture.

  7. While the waffles are cooking make one or more of the topping suggestions. 

Cheesy Waffles

  1. Sprinkle over the cheese and place in a warm oven until the cheese just melts. Or you can pop them under a hot grill/broiler. Sprinkle over the toasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onions.

Spicy Mushroom Waffles

  1. Slice the mushrooms into even pieces - I like mine as matchsticks. Heat the oil in a medium-hot pan and stir fry the mushrooms until they release their liquid. Add the spicy fermented black beans and heat through. Top each waffles with the mixture and garnish with sprouts

Yuzu Mayo

  1. Stir together the mayo and yuzu or lime juice and drizzle over the waffles, followed by a sprinkling of seeds and sprouts if liked.

Crab Waffles

  1. Mix together the crab meat, yuzu juice, seasoning and pepper. Dollop this mixture onto the waffles then garnish with sliced avocado and chilli

Spicy Fried Egg Waffles

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the eggs to your liking. Pop one on a waffle and drizzle with hot sauce. Top with another waffle if liked (not shown) plus some sprouts.

Recipe Notes

The recipe nutrition information is for the *whole recipe* of waffles, without toppings. 

The waffles are best eaten fresh but can be reheated in a warm oven. 

Nutrition Facts
Kimchi Rice Waffles Recipe - Five {Easy} Ways
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 979 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Fat 55g85%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 654mg218%
Sodium 955mg42%
Potassium 1417mg40%
Carbohydrates 172g57%
Fiber 16g67%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 50g100%
Calcium 551mg55%
Vitamin C 97.5mg118%
Vitamin A 12170IU243%
Iron 13.4mg74%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Korean kimchi rice waffles with five toppings for an easy, funky dinner or a snack.

7 thoughts on “Kimchi Rice Waffles Recipe + Five Easy Toppings

  1. Julie says:

    I just ordered a waffle maker so I can make these!!

    1. kellie anderson says:

      No way! Oh gosh I hope you love them in that case! What toppings will go make? Anything I’ve not mentioned?

  2. Mr A says:

    Everything about this is awesome – delicious amazingness

  3. Rachel Anderson says:

    Funky and different way to use up old rice. Everyone needs a reminder of kimchi’s powers! Really cool fusion of something we usually associate with sweetness, switched up into a protein packed meal! <3

  4. superfitbabe says:

    These waffles look so cute and delicious! I love that they are mini because they can be eaten like tapas or party food as well. Having said that, I could totally eat at least half the batch of waffles for a meal! Not saying that I should, but you know. Every now and then, maybe!

  5. Puro Food says:

    That looks delicious! Comfort food recipes will always find a way to me eventually, I love trying new things.

  6. Rice waffles! How clever is that! New to me, great idea Kellie, thanks for sharing it and your riot of flavours and colours looks so appetising. Stunning photos too, love it!

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