This Kimchi Fried Rice with Bacon and Shiitake Mushroom Recipe comes to us from our Partner Anson Mills, featuring their Carolina Gold Rice!

Before you begin, a few cooking notes:

Cold, firm, and crumbly grains fry up well and keep their form unlike hot, just-cooked rice. After cooking, spread the Carolina Gold out in a baking dish or on a small sheet pan to cool quickly, then transfer it to a sealed container, get it into the fridge, and give it at least 4 hours or even a couple of days get used to being cold.

If you prefer to make a meatless fried rice, make sure to use vegan kimchi like this one from Simply Kimchi, then omit bacon from the recipe and replace it with 1 tablespoon of peanut oil to sauté the onion.

Kimchi Fried Rice with Bacon and Shiitake Mushrooms

by Anson Mills

4 Servings


  • 11 ounces plus 1½ tablespoons spring or filtered water
  • 3 ounces bacon or bacon ends, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • Peanut oil, if needed
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and discarded, caps halved if large, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 9 ounces (1½ cups) drained kimchi, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, plus more if needed
  • 4 or 5 scallions, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil, plus more if needed
  • 4 fried eggs


First, cook the rice:

  1. Place the rice in a large fine-mesh strainer and rinse it under cool running water, gently stirring it about, until the water runs clear. Shake the strainer to remove excess water, set the strainer over a medium bowl, and let the rice drain for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Turn the rice into a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Add the water and swirl the pot to settle the rice into an even layer. Set the pan over medium-high heat and bring the contents to a simmer. Cover the pan, turn down the heat to low, and cook the rice for 13 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice steam, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover the pan and fluff the grains with a silicone spatula.
  3. Turn the rice into a wide, shallow vessel, such as a pie plate or square baking dish, and distribute it in an even layer. Let cool until barely warm to the touch, cover, and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours or up to 3 days.

Next, fry it up:

  1. In a 12-inch skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and rendered, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate. You should have about 1 tablespoon of rendered fat. If you have more, pour off and discard the excess; if you have less, supplement with peanut oil.
  2. Set the skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, then cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and another pinch of salt, increase the heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to brown, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the kimchi, rice, and several grindings of black pepper, then drizzle in the remaining 1½ tablespoons water. Stir to combine the ingredients, and once everything is well mixed, distribute it in an even layer, turn up the heat to high, and cook, stirring only once or twice, until the mixture forms crusty brown spots on the bottom, 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the soy sauce, scallions, sesame oil, and bacon, then stir well. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Divide among 4 bowls and top each with a fried egg.