Crispy baked fries, spicy kimchi and a homemade cheese sauce makes these kimchi fries simply irresistible! Try them once and you’ll want to make again and again!
I’m seriously obsessed with these cheesy kimchi fries.
As a self-proclaimed carb lover, it’s no surprise that I love homemade fries.
And kimchi? I literally eat that stuff straight out of the container. I’m not kidding. When I feel like I want a little nosh, I grab a fork and tuck right into that kimchi. It’s just too darn good! Plus, I just love spice!
So, pair cheesy French fries with spicy kimchi and you have a match made in heaven (well, at least for me)!
Once you start to devour them, you’ll understand just how yummy they are. Whether you’re enjoying these kimchi fries for supper, or having as part of a game day spread, they’ll surely disappear fast.
Fan of flavoured fries & wedges? Check out these loaded wedges!
Why We Love Kimchi Fries
- If you’re a spice lover, you’ve gotta try these
- They can be customized to taste with toppings
- You can enjoy them as a side or as a main
- They’re super simple to prepare
- Kimchi fries. That’s it. Delicious!!
How to Make Homemade Cheese Sauce
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
Once the baked fries are almost cooked, you can get started on the cheese sauce.
It’s pretty much a standard type of cheese sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan, whisk in some flour to form a paste, and then gradually whisk in milk.
Once you have the base down, stir in a little salt, pepper and some sriracha. The sauce should be thick so that it coats the back of a spoon when you draw your finger through it.
Once you’ve reached the consistency that you like best, you can remove the sauce from the heat and gradually whisk in shredded cheese, not adding more until each batch has been incorporated. That’s it, easy homemade cheese sauce!
Tip: This cheese sauce is quite thick. If you want it thinner, simply whisk in a little more milk.
Do I Have to Make Homemade Cheese Sauce?
Not at all! If you want to use your favourite store-bought cheese sauce, go for it!
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Do I Have to Make Homemade Fries?
Homemade baked fries are super simple to prepare, but if you want to save time (or couldn’t be bothered with making homemade), use your favourite frozen fries and cook per package instructions.
Assembling Cheesy Kimchi Fries
This recipe yields two main servings or four side servings.
Divide the crispy fries between two serving plates (and, if you’re like me, snack on a couple of fries before they even land on the plate). A generous serving of kimchi (drain a little first) would go on top of the fries, then lots of thinly sliced green onion, a sprinkling of sesame seeds, cheese sauce, and drizzle of hot sauce for good measure.
Speaking of cheese sauce, I just drizzled a portion over top of the kimchi fries, then served the rest alongside for dipping. Obviously, the longer the fries sit, they won’t be as crispy. Still delicious? Oh yeah!
What Type of Kimchi Should I Use?
Use one that you enjoy best, really!
Just keep in mind that brands of kimchi can vary in spice level. I enjoy a version that’s on the spicier side of things, but you can totally pick one that best suits your taste buds.
The variety of kimchi that I use is chopped well, which makes it great for topping fries. If the variety that you use is in larger chunks, be sure to chop it a little before using so that you get nice bite-sized pieces on top of the fries.
More Recipe Tips and Variations
As mentioned, ensure that the kimchi is slightly drained before adding to the fries.
Don’t have fries or prefer to use potato wedges? Go for it! My homemade potato wedge recipe would work great here. If using those, you can omit the Parmesan in the wedge recipe, if you like.
Instead of green onion (or in addition to, if you really enjoy onion), try some pickled red onion on top of these kimchi fries.
More Easy Spicy Recipes
Hope you love these cheesy kimchi fries as much as we do!
If you try this kimchi fry recipe, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed!
Cheesy Kimchi Fries (so easy and so yummy!)
Homemade Baked Fries
- 2 pounds Russet or Yukon Gold potatoes
- 2.5 tablespoons avocado oil , divided
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
Homemade Cheese Sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2.5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk (or more if you want a thinner sauce)
- 1.5 tablespoons sriracha hot sauce
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese ('marble cheddar' or 'mild', about 1 cup)
Other Fry Toppings/Garnish
- ½ cup kimchi , chopped, if necessary, into bite-sized pieces and drained a little of any excess moisture
- ⅓ cup green onion , sliced
- 1 to 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- sriracha hot sauce , to taste
Homemade Baked Fries
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly rub a little oil over a baking sheet (about ½ tablespoon) to grease and set aside.
- Clean, peel (if desired) and cut potatoes into fries. To make fries, for each potato, slice a little off one side. Now, turn the potato over so it lays on the flat end (makes things easier to cut). Slice the potato (I like anywhere from a ¼-inch to a ½-inch thick). Now, cut those slices into fries. Place fries into a bowl of fresh water as you are cutting them so they don't brown.Note: Fries were a little less than a ½-inch in width. You can cut smaller or larger, should you wish. Your cook time may vary slightly.
- Place fries into a clean tea towel and pat dry of excess moisture. This is important because it will help the fries crisp up nicely.
- In a dry bowl, toss fries with remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika.
- Spread out onto prepared baking sheet and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and crispy, turning halfway, with a straight edge spatula.
Homemade Cheese Sauce
- Melt butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Once butter has melted, whisk in flour to form and paste and cook 1 to 2 minutes.
- Gradually whisk in milk, ¼ cup at first. Initially it will be very thick. Whisk in remaining milk, ¼ cup at a time, stirring for about 30 seconds to 1 minute after each addition.
- The mixture should coat the back of a spoon when you draw your finger through it. Once you've reached that consistency, stir in salt, black pepper and sriracha hot sauce.
- Turn off heat and whisk in shredded cheese, ⅓ cup at a time, not adding more until each batch has incorporated into the sauce and everything is combined and smooth. The sauce is quite thick (and will further thicken as it cools). If you want a thinner sauce, feel free to whisk in a little more milk.
Assemble Kimchi Fries
- Transfer baked fries to one large serving platter or divide between two serving plates.
- Top fries with kimchi, some of the cheese sauce (reserve some for serving alongside for dunking the fries), green onion, sesame seeds and a drizzle of sriracha hot sauce. Enjoy immediately!
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