This kimchi mayo is a simple sauce that packs a seriously flavorful punch. Just two ingredients and you’ve got a tangy, creamy, probiotic-rich condiment with endless possibilities!

bowl with creamy kimchi mayo- orange tinted sauce with specks of red throughout

My thoughts on kimchi mayo:

You all know I’m a saucy gal. I actually believe sauce is the key to enjoyable healthy eating. Sauce can elevate just about any dish, so of course I am on a consistent mission to create the biggest arsenal of sauces possible.

My go-to mayo-based sauces are sriracha mayo and creamy chipotle sauce but I wanted a switch up. Blend kimchi and mayo? Sure! And guess what, it works so well. It is the perfect combination of spiciness, tanginess and creaminess. If you want you can add a pinch of sugar for even more balance.

What you’ll need to make it:

what you need to make the recipe: bowl of kimchi and bowl of mayo

Kimchi: traditional kimchi is a Korean condiment of fermented vegetables, typically napa cabbage and radishes, seasoned with Korean chili peppers, sea salt, garlic, ginger and white distilled vinegar. It is usually found in the produce section of the grocery store near the other refrigerated Asian ingredients like shiitake mushrooms, wonton wrappers, etc. I like the brands Cleveland Kitchen and Lucky Foods.

Mayo: I opt for a great quality mayo like avocado oil mayonnaise but any mayo will work. Kewpie mayo is another great option- it is made with egg yolks and has a smoother, richer flavor. You can find kewpie mayo in most grocery stores in either the Asian foods aisle or condiments aisle where regular mayo is found.

Sugar (optional): just a pinch of sugar can help balance out the tang and spiciness of the kimchi. My personal preference is without sugar, but it is delicious both ways.

blender cup with kimchi and mayonnaise

How to make kimchi mayo:

Using a paper towel squeeze just a little moisture/kimchi brine out of the kimchi. Combine the kimchi and mayo in a blender or food processor. Blend for 10-15 seconds until smooth. That’s literally it. Easy right?

blended sauce in the blender cup

What can I use kimchi mayo on?

I have many ideas, let’s talk about them.

Use kimchi mayo as a:

  • Drizzle for teriyaki beef, stir-fries or rice bowls
  • Dipping sauce for a veggie platter
  • Condiment for dunking French fries or roasted potatoes
  • Spread for sandwiches, burgers or hot dogs
  • Creamy salad dressing for an Asian-inspired pasta salad
  • Accompaniment for sushi rolls
  • Finishing touch for fusion tacos or Korean beef burritos
teriyaki beef bowls drizzled with kimchi mayo

Variation ideas:

Kimchi mayo is beyond simple but you can always add your own spin and add other flavor boosters if desired!

You could add:

  • pinch of cane sugar
  • drizzle of toasted sesame oil
  • squeeze of citric acid like lime juice or lemon juice concentrate
  • sprinkle of onion powder or garlic powder
  • minced or crushed garlic or ginger puree
  • dash of hot sauce or red pepper flakes

FAQs

How should I kimchi mayo?

Store in an airtight container or mason jar with a tight-fitting lid in the fridge for up to a week.

Can I make my own mayo?

Absolutely, yum! Homemade mayo is always a great option.

small bowl containing kimchi mayo and a spoon

If you like this kimchi mayo you will love these other simple dressings and condiments:

You’re going to love this creamy sauce with a zesty twist! Let me know if you try this recipe and make sure to tag me on Instagram and Tiktok-nothing makes me happier than seeing your creations.

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bowl with kimchi mayo and a spoon in it

Kimchi Mayo

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  • Author: Erica
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This kimchi mayo is tangy, spicy, creamy, and an irresistibly versatile sauce.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup kimchi
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • Pinch of sugar, optional

Instructions

Use a paper towel to squeeze just a little moisture out of the kimchi. Combine the kimchi and mayo in a blender or food processor. Add a pinch of sugar if desired. Blend for 10-15 seconds until smooth.

Serve on tacos, rice bowls, salads, burritos, pizza, burgers, sandwiches or whatever your heart desires!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 127
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
  • Sodium: 178.7 mg
  • Fat: 13.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 0.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.7 mg

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