Eat your Kimchi Salt-Free
Kimchi is a sour, spicy, Korean fermented vegetable dish full of healthy probiotics. Now you can eat your kimchi salt-free with this healthy kimchi recipe.
Kimchi is a traditional Korean fermented vegetable dish that is spicy and delicious. It is traditionally made with salt, like this easy recipe from Attainable Sustainable. Perfect to serve over noodles or in soup. Use it as a side dish, a relish, or a salad. It’s versatile and healthy.
Kimchi is also laden with salt. Salt is necessary to inhibit bad microbes in the initial fermentation before the lacto-bacteria has had a chance to lower the acidity of the vegetables. But is salt really necessary to fermented vegetables? Can those on a low-salt diet still enjoy the probiotic benefit of Kimchi? Yes. Yes and Yes.
For an explanation on adapting your own favourite fermented vegetables recipes to a low-sodium diet see this well-researched post.
Eat your Kimchi salt-free
You can now eat your kimchi without salt with this delicious Kimchi recipe that is easy to make and ready in less than a week.
Start with fresh, unblemished vegetables like these:
Eat Your Kimchi without salt
- Prep Time: 30
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
A spicy, sour, lemony fresh adaptation to traditional Korean Kimchi, made without additional salt
- 1 small head of suey choy (Japanese Cabbage)
- 1 red onion, peeled
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 5 stalks of celery
- 5 carrots, peeled
- 2 inch piece of raw ginger, peeled
- 2 hot peppers, seeded, (optional)
- 4 inch piece of daikon radish, peeled
- 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled
- 1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped
- ½ cup dulse
- ½ cup juice from a successful batch of fermented vegetables
- Wash all fruit and vegetables.
- Using a food processor, with a coarse grater blade, coarsely grate suey choy, onion, celery, carrots, ginger, garlic, peppers, radish, and apples. Place in a 2 quart bowl.
- Add parsley, dulse, and fermented vegetable juice to the grated vegetables and mix well.
- Place fermented vegetables in a sanitized wide mouth jar. Press down with a kraut pounder to remove any air pockets and ensure a solid pack. Wait for 1 hour so that juice from the vegetables rises to the top of the jar.
- Place a single cabbage leaf over the contents of the jar, pushing it down under the liquid in the jar. This protects the fermenting vegetables from exposure to the air, which can cause mold. A glass weight or other heavy object can be used to keep the cabbage leaf below the surface of the brine.
- Secure the jar lid with a vapour lock to inhibit contamination.
- Allow to ferment for 5 to 7 days, or until active fermentation ceases.
- Allow the fermented vegetables to ferment at room temperature for a week. Once all active bubbling has stopped the jar may be refrigerated.
- Replace the vapour lock lid with a normal wide-mouth lid. Refrigerate.
- It may take a week or more for the flavours to meld and be to your liking. Serve when it tastes how you like it.
- Calories: 1328
- Sugar: 156
- Sodium: 1578
- Fat: 8
- Saturated Fat: 2
- Unsaturated Fat: 4
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 307
- Protein: 42
- Cholesterol: 0
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Definitely better sodium content than store bought, but still 400mg of sodium per serving, so not really suitable for a no salt/low sodium diet.
Joybilee Farm says
It is sodium that also include potassium so it is not as bad as it seems.
Jenna Rosewarne says
Well, half a cup of dulse has about 25 teaspoons of sodium. Dulse’s sodium content is 4%. So basically has the same sodium content as just using salt in a regular recipe.
Please explain what “dulse” is.
Thank you so much and the message and reply above are very help with the probiotic starters. I will try this very soon!
I am not allowed any salt in my diet due to a medical condition. Is it at all possible to ferment vegetables without salt?
What do you use if you do not have previously fermented juice? Can you use vinegar?
Joybilee Farm says
No don’t use vinegar. You can use whey, drained from yoghurt. Or you can use a probiotic capsule, opened and the powder added. Since this doesn’t have extra salt you must use some kind of starter though or you will get bad bacteria in it before it is ready.
Don Hudson says
I have probiotic capsules and will use that, but can I use some juice from fermented kraut as the starter?
Joybilee Farm says