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Kimchi Quesadillas

Kimchi quesadillas are an easy to make quick meal or snack that use only a few simple ingredients that pack a huge flavor punch.

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A couple of years ago I ate an appetizer at a restaurant that really wowed me — kimchi pimento cheese dip. I wouldn’t have ever thought about pairing kimchi and cheese together, but ever since I had it I’ve been obsessed with that combo. And since kimchi and eggs also go great together, it only made sense for me to start adding kimchi to my egg and cheese quesadillas (my favorite go-to quick meal). These kimchi quesadillas are the perfect mix of flavors and textures, they’re SO FAST to make, and all of the ingredients last a long time in the fridge, so they’ve quickly become my favorite low-effort, high-reward meal.

Cheese Quesadillas on a plate with a bowl of kimchi on the side.

Why I’m Obsessed with Kimchi Quesadillas

These kimchi quesadillas are incredibly simple to make and only require five simple ingredients: eggs, oil or butter (to cook the eggs), tortillas, cheese, and kimchi. You can make one at a time or more, but I promise, once you eat one you’re going to want seconds. ;) The way the cheese stays gooey on the inside, crisps up with the tortilla on the outside, and the kimchi makes everything a little tangy and spicy… it’s just perfection.

What is Kimchi?

Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made with fermented vegetables, like cabbage, radish, scallions, garlic, ginger, and sometimes other vegetables depending on the recipe. It’s flavored with gochugaru (a Korean chili powder) and salted seafood. The flavor is savory, tangy, spicy, salty, and full of umami. It’s served with almost every meal as a small side dish or condiment. The tangy, spicy, salty flavor of kimchi really adds a ton of flavor and dimension to whatever you eat it with, including an egg and cheese quesadilla!

Where to Find Kimchi

Although Kimchi is a staple in Korean cuisine, it is growing in popularity in the U.S. and most major grocery stores now carry at least one brand of kimchi. Because it’s a fermented food containing live cultures, you’ll usually find it in the refrigerated section of grocery stores, near other fermented products like yogurt, fresh sauerkraut, and pickles, or even sometimes near tofu and tempeh.

Even better yet, if you have an Asian grocery store near you, you’ll be able to find several types of authentic kimchi for really good prices compared to large chain U.S. grocery stores.

A hand holding a stack of kimchi quesadillas showing the cheese and filling.
Overhead view of sliced kimchi quesadillas on a plate.
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Kimchi Quesadillas

Kimchi quesadillas are an easy to make quick meal or snack that use only a few simple ingredients to pack a huge flavor punch.
Course Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American, Korean
Total Cost $1.90 recipe / $0.95 serving
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 (1 quesadilla each)
Calories 331kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup kimchi $0.78
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese $0.58
  • 2 flour tortillas (8" diameter) $0.40
  • 1 Tbsp butter or oil $0.04
  • 2 large eggs $0.18

Instructions

  • Roughly chop the kimchi into smaller pieces. Cover half of each tortilla with shredded cheddar cheese, then add the chopped kimchi on top.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium, then add the butter or oil. Fry or scramble the eggs in the butter or oil until they reach your desired doneness (I like over-medium).
  • Transfer the cooked eggs to the tortillas, placing them on top of the kimchi. Fold the empty side of the tortilla over the filled side to close.
  • Transfer the folded quesadillas back to the same skillet used to cook the eggs and continue to cook over medium heat until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is browned and crispy on each side.
  • Slice the cooked kimchi quesadillas in half and enjoy!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1quesadilla | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 23g | Sodium: 593mg | Fiber: 1g
Side view of a stack of kimchi quesadillas on a plate.

How to Make Kimchi Quesadillas – Step by Step Photos

Chopped kimchi on a cutting board with shredded cheddar in a measuring cup on the side.

To make two kimchi quesadillas, roughly chop ¼ cup of kimchi into smaller pieces. Measure ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

Cheese and kimchi covering half of two tortillas.

Divide the cheese and kimchi between two 8-inch flour tortillas, covering only one side of each tortilla (the empty side will be folded over top to close).

Two fried eggs in a skillet.

Next, fry two large eggs in a skillet with a tablespoon of oil or butter. I like to fry my eggs over medium for quesadillas, but you could also scramble them if that’s easier.

Eggs added on top of cheese and kimchi in the tortillas.

Place one fried egg on top of the cheese and kimchi in each quesadilla. Fold the empty half of the tortilla over the filled side to close.

Toasted quesadillas in the skillet.

Return the folded quesadillas to the skillet used to cook the eggs and continue to cook over medium heat until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are golden brown and crispy on each side. Don’t worry if some of the cheese spills out, that will just create extra crispy goodness!

Sliced quesadillas on a cutting board.

Transfer the cooked quesadillas to a cutting board, slice in half, and enjoy! To keep the filling from spilling out when you cut them, use a pizza cutter or large knife and cut from the outside edge in toward the folded side.

Close up side view of a stack of kimchi quesadillas.

Soooo cheesy, sooo tangy!

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I crack myself up sometimes.

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