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
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.