Kimchi Butter Recipe

Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt

Why It Works

  • Combining spicy-tart kimchi with butter creates the world's simplest sauce for grilled seafood, meat, and vegetables.

A simple compound butter flavored with kimchi. Use it on grilled meat, vegetables, or seafood.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 10 to 11 servings
Makes: 5 1/2 ounces

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  • 1 stick unsalted butter (4 ounces; 115g), softened

  • 1 1/2 ounces (45g) kimchi with liquid, chopped


  1. Combine butter and kimchi in the bowl of a food processor (see note). Pulse until combined. (It may take a few pulses to fully incorporate the kimchi liquid.) Wrap butter tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for several months.

Special equipment

Food processor (see note)


Instead of using a food processor, you can incorporate the kimchi and butter using a fork in a bowl.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
76 Calories
9g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 11
Amount per serving
Calories 76
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 9mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)