Snap Pea Kimchi

Sugar snap peas make a great, easy style of kimchi. Their sweetness nicely balances the many strong flavors of the kimchi paste– spicy, savory, salty, and pungent.


Snap Pea Kimchi
Prep time
Fermentation time
Yield: 1 pint
  • 1-2 cups (250-500 ml) fresh snap peas
  • 1 cup/250 ml filtered water
  • 1 Tablespoons (90ml) fine sea salt
  • 4 oz by volume/120ml "Make-ahead kimchi paste", OR Remaining Paste Ingredients
Paste Ingredients
  • 2 scallions (green onions)
  • 15g garlic, peeled
  • 10g ginger
  • 2 Tbsp./30ml by volume /1 ounce by weight (15g) red pepper powder
  • 2 tsp./10ml tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
  • (Optional) 1 tsp. fish sauce
Mix Brine & Soak Veg
  1. Dissolve salt into filtered water.
  2. Remove string from pea pods. Rinse dirt off. Add to brine and submerge using a weight. Soak for 2 hours.
Make Paste (if not using "make-ahead" paste)
  1. Peel garlic and clean any dirt off ginger. Chop both roughly.
  2. Cut stems off scallions, and slice them (white and green parts) into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces.
  3. Add ginger, garlic, and scallions to work bowl of a food processor, along with red pepper powder and tamari.
  4. Start the food processor, and mix together until a thick paste forms and it "rolls" together when the machine is running. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. You may also need a little extra tamari to get the right texture.
Pack and Ferment
  1. Drain peas and discard brine.
  2. While wearing gloves, coat the greens with kimchi paste.
  3. Pack into a wide-mouth pint or quart-sized glass jar
  4. Add a weight from a fermentation kit or a small glass jar (filled with water) that closely fits inside the diameter of the jar. Add to jar.
  5. Cover jar(s) with a cloth and rubber band to keep flies out. Alternately, add airlock to top of jar.
  6. Ferment for 4-5 days. Transfer to refrigerator when fermentation is finished (when you like the flavor, sourness and texture). Keeps welll in the fridge for 1-2 months.


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