David Chang’s Easy Kimchi Jjigae

3 reviews
5.0 3
//cookanyday.com/cdn/shop/files/Anyday_Photos_Recipes_DavidChangKimciJjigae_1040_360x.jpg?v=1695230442 David Chang’s Easy Kimchi Jjigae

Prep Time

2 mins

Cook Time

4-5 mins

Free Time

to shop the io Collection

Kimchi stew (known in Korean as kimchi jjigae) holds a special place in our hearts, especially during the colder months. As the temperature starts to dip, there's nothing quite as comforting as this vibrant, flavorful soup. With the help of the microwave, you can savor a comforting meal in minutes.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

David Chang, One Dish Meals, Side Dishes, comfort food, Dave Chang, David Chang, Gluten-free, Gluten-Free, gochujang, group__ New Recipes, iO collection, Kimchi, koren, Mushrooms, Extra Large Dish, Shallow Dish, Small Dish, Tofu, vegetarian David Chang, One Dish Meals, Side Dishes

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Small Dish

This dish’s superpower is evenly heating leftovers and cooking small portions.

The Anyhand Mitts

Handle hot Anyday dishes with care with these microwave mitts that double as trivets!
Try Anyday

Select your serving size and microwave wattage in the dropdown. The recipe will change accordingly.


Select your microwave wattage in the dropdown. The cook times in this recipe will automatically change accordingly.


To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w



The Small Dish


  • ½ strip thick-cut bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (30g) yellow onion, diced
  • ¾ cup (125g) cabbage kimchi
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang
  • oz firm tofu (1/4 of a package), cut into 1/2” slices
  • ½ scallion, thinly sliced


  1. Add the bacon, onion, and garlic to the Anyday and stir to combine. Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
  2. Cook in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until the bacon starts to render and the onion begins to soften.
  3. Stir in the kimchi, soy sauce or tamari, and gochujang. Add the sliced tofu, nestling it among the other ingredients.
  4. Microwave for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the kimchi is heated through, and the stew is bubbly.
  5. Garnish with scallions and serve with white rice if desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add sliced mushrooms with the bacon.
  • Add chili flakes or more gochujang for an extra kick.
  • Add frozen spinach for extra fiber.

Recipe notes

  • This dish will taste even better the next day, once the flavors had time to infuse each other. Reheat the next day and enjoy!
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Shop our bestsellers

4-Piece Starter Set

Buy the set and save $5

8-Piece College Dorm Set

Buy the set and save $10