I hope you’re hungry because today’s recipe is a really satisfying dish inspired by Korean flavours. If you’ve never had kimchi fries before, you’re in for a treat! Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made from fermented veggies so it’s spicy-sour and it’s really good for you! And fries are well, fries. You can’t mess this up.
At a restaurant years ago, I tried kimchi fries for the first time and I was hooked! The flavours are insanely good and a little addictive. Not to mention that M and I have been on a Korean-food kick recently, eating everything from spicy pork buns to seafood stew to octopus tacos (the last one was a mexi-Korean fusion). So it was the perfect time to give this dish a try. I used store-bought organic kimchi but if you’re a pro, you can make kimchi at home. This is honestly one of the easiest meals I’ve ever made. I felt weird posting this because you barely need directions to figure this one out. But here it is!
5 medium russet potatoes
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. paprika
Salt and pepper
6 bacon strips
1 tbsp. chopped green onions/scallions
2 tbsp. mayonnaise
Half a lime, juiced
1. Chop potatoes length-wise in similar thickness for even baking.
2. Toss potato slices in a large bowl of olive oil, paprika, salt and pepper. Make sure they are evenly coated.
3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line tray with baking sheet and prepare potato slices in a single layer.
4. Bake french fries for 45 minutes or until browned and crispy.
5. In a frying pan, prepare your bacon. Once prepared, crumble bacon and set aside.
6. Chop kimchi and green onion and set aside both.
7. Combine mayonnaise with lime juice and set aside.
8. Plate your fries and layer with a generous serving of kimchi and bacon. Then drizzle with your limayo (lime + mayo). Top it off with green onion and you’re dish is ready to eat!
If you substitute fresh potatoes for frozen french fries this would make a healthier nacho alternative, perfect for snacking. The hardest part of this meal is waiting for your fries to bake so it’s realllly not hard at all. Hope you love it!