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Oil-Free Kimchi Fries

  • Author: Brand New Vegan
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop, Air-Fryer, Blender
  • Cuisine: Korean Fusion
  • Diet: Vegan


These are Kimchi Fries and oh my - where have you been all my life! Kimchi topped fries smothered with a spicy cheese sauce... just say yes!



Cheese Sauce

  • 16 oz yukon gold potatoes (about 3 small to medium)
  • 2 inch piece of  carrot
  • 1/2 cup water (used to boil potatoes - plus more to thin if needed)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup kimchi
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs Gochugaru (Korean chile flakes)
  • 1 Tbs Gochujang (Korean chile paste)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp brown mustard
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric


  • 3 yukon golds cut into fries
  • enough water to boil
  • 2 tsp salt

Kimchi Topping

  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 chopped green onions (white and green parts separated)
  • 2-3 Tbs veggie broth
  • 1/2 cup kimchi
  • 1 Tbs Gochujang (Korean chile paste)
  • 1 Tbs maple syrup


  • diced onion
  • green onion tops
  • cilantro
  • sesame seeds


  1. Prepare cheese sauce by cooking the potatoes and carrot until softened.  In an instant pot, I used 1 cup of water and set it to 7 min on manual with a 10 min NPR.  
  2. Add the contents of the IP to a blender with all the remaining cheese sauce ingredients.  Blend until smooth and creamy. 
  3. To make the Kimchi topping - add the diced onion, white parts of the scallions, and garlic to a skillet along with 2-3 Tbs of veggie broth.   Saute until softened, about 2 -3 min.  
  4. Then add the remaining topping ingredients and simmer until thickened and caramelized - about 3-4 minutes. 
  5. To make the fries - cut fries into 1/2" wide by 1/4" thick strips.  Add to a large pot of cold water with 2 teaspoons of salt.  Bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes.  Carefully drain. 
  6. If using an air fryer - arrange the (hot) fries in a single layer on the tray and cook at 450° F for 10-12 minutes - flipping or shaking occasionally.  
  7. If baking the fries - arrange on a parchment-lined sheet pan instead.  Same temp and time but keep an eye on them and do flip them occasionally.
  8. To plate - pile your fries onto a plate, add cheese sauce, then add the kimchi, then more cheese sauce, and whatever garnishes you like.  I used scallion tops, sesame seeds, cilantro, diced white onion, and a few shakes of Sriracha

Keywords: kimchi fries