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Kimchi Grilled Cheese Sandwich

*For an elevated Kimchi Grilled Cheese Sandwich, you can saute the kimchi beforehand with a little sesame oil. This is not necessary but will deepen the kimchi flavor more. For more heat, you can also spread on a touch of gochujang onto your bread slices, with the butter, if desired. Enjoy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Main or Snack
Cuisine: Korean-ish
Keyword: grilled cheese, homemade kimchi, kimchi, kimchi grilled cheese
Servings: 2


  • 4 slices bread any type; thick-cut bread works best
  • 2 tablespoons butter or full-fat mayonnaise use more if needed
  • 1 cup kimchi* chopped (see note above) and drained
  • 1 heaping cup blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese shredded; use more if desired


  • Butter both slices of bread on both sides, or just one side, with butter (or mayonnaise) and set aside. Using a non-stick skillet, place your pan or skillet over medium heat. Place first slice of buttered bread into the skillet (butter side down if you only buttered one side) and top with a 1/2 cup of the chopped kimchi and then with a 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Top with second slice of bread, butter or mayonnaise side up. When the bread is golden brown, about 4 minutes, using a spatula, pressing down gently and flip your sandwich. Cook until the other side is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Repeat everything with the second grilled cheese. Slice, serve and enjoy!