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Is Kimchi Vegan?

by Toni Olukiran

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Kimchi is a side dish that is a staple in Korean cuisine, but is it vegan?

What is kimchi?

Kimchi is a side dish made from a variety of fermented vegetables that are seasoned with spring onion, ginger, salt and garlic, and Jeotgal, which is translated as salted seafood. Kimchi dates back to somewhere between 37 BC‒7 AD and continues to be widely eaten as a national dish. 

Is it vegan?

Traditionally, kimchi is not vegan. This is because it is typically seasoned and fermented in a seafood paste to deepen the flavour. This means that lots of kimchi bought that is made by Korean brands are not vegan-friendly. There are, however, brands that make kimchi that is plant-based, so check the label to make sure. 

Where to buy vegan kimchi

jar of kimchi


Yutaka kimchi is vegan friendly, as it does not contain any seafood products, making it a great option for anyone wanting to find vegan kimchi. It is available in supermarkets like Sainsbury’s, and Tesco.

Want to know what other foods are or aren’t vegan? Let us know in the comments.


By Toni Olukiran
Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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