Kimchi and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Kimchi and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

In addition to trying out some new grilled cheese recipes during National Grilled month I wanted to update a few older ones and top on my list was one of my favourites, the kimchi and bacon grilled cheese! Kimchi is a spicy fermented cabbage that works surprisingly well in a sandwich with lots of ooey gooey melted cheese! Bacon and kimchi are like a match made in heaven and I can hardly resist adding some to a kimchi grilled cheese! It actually works out kind of well since kimchi can be a little wet and since you don't want a soggy grilled cheese is is a good idea to saute the kimchi a bit to reduce the excess liquid and using a little bit of the bacon grease works perfectly!

Kimchi and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich
A kimchi grilled cheese sandwich goes really well with sweet potato fries or chips along with some gochujang ketchup for dipping!

Kimchi and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Kimchi and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Kimchi and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Servings: 1

Spicy kimchi and salty bacon are an amazing flavour combination that only gets better when bathed in melted cheese and wrapping in toasted buttery bread.

  • 2 slices bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2-4 tablespoons kimchi, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 slices cheddar (or 1/2 cup shredded)
  1. Cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat, set aside on paper towels to drain reserving 1 teaspoon of grease in the pan.
  2. Add the kimchi and saute until it starts to caramelize, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Heat a clean pan over medium heat.
  4. Butter one side of each slice of bread, place one slice in the pan with buttered side down, top with half of the cheese, the kimchi, bacon, the remaining cheese and finally the other slice of bread with buttered side up.
  5. Grill until golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.

Option: Serve with gochujang ketchup (mix 1 tablespoon gochujang into 3 tablespoons ketchup) for dipping.


Patrick B. said...

Wow, I can't believe I've never heard of this combo before. Genius.

Velva said...

Your grilled cheese sandwiches rock!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

Ha! I liked to dip my grilled cheese in ketchup too Kevin!

Love your combo there. Very creative you are sir!

Aleksis said...

Ugh looks sooo good! I always dip my grilled cheese sandwiches in mustard though! ;)

LMac said...

kevin, i just recently stumbled upon your blog and i am super impressed wih your recipes this far. but man, today you nailed it. ive been living in korea (from DC) for 7 months now and love kimchi! kimchi grilled cheese. pure genius. i cant believe i didn't think of it first. keep up the great ideas and i look forward to seeing what else you come up with. cheer.

Justine said...

Wow this sounds so amazing. Great creativity!

Nina Timm said...

You make my sandwiches look awfully drab, Kevin!!

Quinn said...

You're a genius when it comes to flavour, seriously.

MaryMoh said...

Mmmm...I like this. Anything with kimchi is my favourite. What a great idea to use it for sandwich!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Absolutely mouthwatering!



Joanne said...

I'm not sure how much I would love the ketchup since I can't smell ketchup without getting nauseous but I love the idea of kimchi and bacon in grilled cheese. Another grilled cheese masterpiece by you.

Dani said...

sounds delicious!

Kathleen Valentine said...

I'm a big fan of grilled cheese and make different kinds all the time --- like "puttnesca" grilled cheese with pizza sauce, anchovies, black olives, capers and asiago cheese. I'm going to have to look for kimchi.

Sook said...

I love all this Korean fusion food that you come up with! Love it!

Cookin' Canuck said...

Another brilliant dish, Kevin! There's no reason to go back to regular grilled cheese sandwiches.

FoodTherapy4Me said...

Now that sounds like something I would love!!

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I just love the coloring. Next time I feel blue, I'll make this to feel happier first by looking at it and then by eating it..

Jane said...

Words fail me. This has got to be pure genius. I wonder if you can cut these into little squares and serve them at a party. Why not?

Amanda said...

This looks amazing! Have you posted it to the Grilled Cheese Academy yet?

woo young said...

hi kevin,
allow introduce myself to you!:)
im woo- young from korea.
i also interested in making creative food!!

and i really surprised that you really INTO kimchi! :)
ive never thought like this combinations. cheese and kimchi.

it looks so delicious!
isnt spicy?
i think its really hot!! even korean :)

this is my blog

its not about food, but there is a lot of travel stories that ive experienced :)

thank you for reading :)

Maria Choi said...

Kevin, either you're INSANE or a genius. Please tell me you're an insane genius!!! Maria

Kevin said...

Maria Choi: Just kimchi obsessed! :)

goodlookincook said...

Lookin good! Great concept with the kimchi, can't wait to try it.

Marie @ Little Kitchie said...

I'm a kimchi FREAK. This looks awesome!!!

a lovin' forkful said...

Kevin, just gotta say, you're innovation fro grilled cheese sandwiches is amazing!!

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