Kimchi with Apple


Kimchi with Apple

People who have a palate for fiery chilis and garlic love kimchi. However, there are others who just can't work up their taste buds to entertain all that red hot drama. Well, here's a recipe with apple added in which adds a touch of tangy sweetness to balance the intense piquancy of traditional kimchi.


  • 1 lb (450 g) Napa cabbage, cut into approximately 1" x 2" (2.5 x 5 cm) pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) sea salt, divided
  • 3 Tablespoons (45 ml) gochugaru* (Korean red pepper flakes)
  • 2 - 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Sucanat or natural cane sugar
  • 3 oz. (85 g) daikon, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium firm Fuji apple, diced
  • 3 stalks scallion, chopped
1. Put the cut cabbage in a large glass, stainless steel, or ceramic mixing bow and sprinkle 1 Tablespoon (5 ml) of salt onto the cabbage. Massage the salt in with your hands for a couple of minutes. Set aside for about 30 minutes.
2. Place the remaining salt, gochugaru, and garlic into a mortar and pestle. Grind until a paste is formed.
(Mortar and pestle is a two-piece kitchen tool that dates back thousands of years and it's perfect for for making a spice paste or for grinding whole spices.)

3. Add the other ingredients to the cabbage bowl and mix well.
4. Add the gochugaru paste into the cabbage-apple mixture and mix well.
(You may want to wear gloves, or use a pair of tongs for the mixing so that your hands don't get stained.)
5. Pack the kimchi mixture, including the liquid that has been released, into a quart-size, wide-mouth mason jar.
6. Using a wooden spoon or rolling pin, pound down the mixture to help release more liquid. Firmly pack down the cabbage mixture until it's level with the shoulder of the jar, and that there is 1 inch (2.5 cm) of brine above the top of the vegetables (see Note).
7. Place Kraut Source onto the jar. Allow to ferment between 7 - 10 days in a cool spot, away from direct sunlight. Check every few days that there is water in the moat, and top off as needed.
8. Replace Kraut Source with a standard mason jar lid and ring. Transfer to the refrigerator.

Note: As Napa cabbage releases a lot of water, keep an eye on your kimchi during the first 24 - 48 hours. There should be about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of liquid above the top of the vegetables, so pour off excess if it looks like it will over flow.

*Gochugaru, or Korean red pepper flakes, is widely available in Asian grocery stores.

5 Responses


June 17, 2020

Absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Thank you, Karen!

Kraut Source
Kraut Source

August 27, 2019

@SAKURA: the kimchi with apples will have the same shelf life as traditional kimchi. Thanks! – Kraut Source


August 27, 2019

Hello! How long will it last with the apple? Will it be the same as the traditional one or will it have a shorter life span?😊

Jay R. Thacher
Jay R. Thacher

February 18, 2018

If you do not have a mortar and pistel a blender can be used to turn the salt, gochugaru and garlic into a paste by adding the minimum amount of water to the ingredients and setting the blender on max until the paste is formed to your liking.


February 14, 2018

This is a great recipe, Karen! I left out the sugar, because of the apple. The apples stay crispy and add a touch of sweetness – a nice surprise. Thanks for sharing.

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