Kimchi Butter Recipe

Kimchi Butter Recipe

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

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

Why It Works

  • Combining spicy-tart kimchi with butter creates the world's simplest sauce for grilled seafood, meat, and vegetables.
  • Yield:Makes about 5 1/2 ounces (155g)
  • Active time: 5 minutes
  • Total time:5 minutes


  • 1 stick unsalted butter (4 ounces; 115g), softened
  • 1 1/2 ounces (45g) kimchi with liquid, chopped


  1. 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.