Super Easy Loaded Kimchi Fries (Video!)
These Super Easy Loaded Kimchi Fries are topped with spicy marinated steak, red chilies, jalapenos, cilantro, scallions and a spicy mayo drizzle – they're the ultimate weeknight dinner!
I am bringing you something very important, and very delicious today.??
Say hello to these Super Easy Loaded Kimchi Fries. If you're a fan of pretty much anything spicy, you're going to fall in love, just like I have.
But before I dive into just how much I love my latest version of loaded fries (I think I've done like a billion loaded fries recipes by the way if you're as obsessed as I am, including buffalo chicken, shawarma, popcorn chicken and a Greek version!), I must talk to you about how I actually discovered the amazingness that is kimchi fries.
Toronto is a really cool city in that it's huge compared to most other municipalities in Southern Ontario, and it has this really amazing world class city vibe. I still vividly remember the first trip into the downtown core when I was 17, staring up in awe at all the glass towers on the GO Train and feeling like the tiniest human being ever. I know, I say this as I was always the second shortest kid in every single class throughout grade school.
I fell in love with Toronto initially because it thrilled and intimidated me, it was a new adventure to tackle and there were so many new things to do. But over the course of the six or so years that I lived there (and hopefully the next several to come when I move back), I discovered I loved it so much because it also has this sweet community vibe, a marriage of a wide web of cultures and industries with unique little subsections of neighbourhoods. It's big in that it's a major North American city, but it's still relatively small at the same time, especially when it comes to the media and arts industry.
In the fall of 2013, I had just come back from working a four-month long construction job in Alberta and rural Manitoba, which is another crazy adventure from my past that we won't get into here (at least not now hehe). Entering my final year of university, I was desperate to get into grad school and build up some experience in the media industry. Now this is basically pre-social media Taylor, with the exception of my Facebook account. Hard to imagine now that I consider myself the content queen and a social media strategist…
Part of this desperation to explore my career options in digital media was creating a Twitter and LinkedIn account – you know, to network. I had actually created my personal Twitter account a few months prior to heading out west but didn't really understand how it worked, and I basically just tweeted out new blog posts from my now-defunct first website writing about women's issues, pop culture, news analyses, etc.
While probably doing a horrible job of tweeting, I ended up getting a direct message from this guy who had read one of the posts from my very tiny and almost unknown blog and we talked a little bit about it before agreeing to meet for coffee to connect. It wasn't a date, because we both had partners at the time, but it was a gateway into a friendship that we have four years later, stemming from our personal and professional interests.
He's helped get me a job at his workplace, and we've explored some of what's become my favourite food in Toronto together – a little hideaway ramen spot, some crazy amazing tacos, my favourite-ever Caribbean-style vegan restaurant, One Love Vegetarian, and this place called Banh Mi Boys, which, as you guessed it, makes Kimchi Fries!!!
Phewwwwww, long story ehh?
Well, my point is that you meet people in the most unexpected ways in Toronto – it's just that kind of city. My horrible Twitter account landed me a good friend who has since helped me professionally and showed me some of the best food the city has to offer (which, technically since I work developing recipes now, has helped me professionally even more than I imagined!?), and I don't know if this would be possible in a place that is less focused on community and connection.
I think one of the first times we went for food outside of our initial coffee meeting was specifically for kimchi fries, and it's been on my mind to make my own version of it for quite some time now.
I did cheat just a little bit and use frozen fries here to speed up the process, but I promise it's worth it to get these delicious Loaded Kimchi Fries into your mouth just a little bit faster!?
This recipe isn't exactly the healthiest, but it's certainly a lot lower in calories I would imagine than if you actually went and sought out Kimchi Fries at Banh Mi Boys themselves, though I highly recommend you do if you ever find yourself in downtown Toronto.
But kimchi is a fermented food, which is really good for your gut health, so I'm going to just go ahead and prescribe you like a billion doses of these Loaded Kimchi Fries. I should mention I'm not a doctor, but I would hope you already know that 😉
Will you be trying these Super Easy Loaded Kimchi Fries?
They are seriously the best way to spice up (hehe, get it – spice up?!?) your weeknight dinner menu this week, and I hope you end up having great memories about them just like me. Even if the memory just involves eating them. No need to get friends involved like I did.
They'll just eat them all.
Super Easy Loaded Kimchi Fries (Video!)
- 1 bag frozen fries
- 1 sirloin steak, diced
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp Sriracha
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 each red and green pepper, diced
- 1 cup kimchi
- 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced
- 1-2 red chilies
- 1-2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 4 scallions, sliced
- 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup mayo
- 1-2 tsp Sriracha
- Preheat oven to 450 F. Bake frozen fries for 20 min, flipping halfway through (or according to package directions).
- Mix soy sauce, sriracha and sesame oil with raw chopped sirloin steak. Saute for 4-5 min on med-high heat until fully cooked. Wipe pan clean and saute bell peppers on high heat for 3-4 min then remove from heat and set aside.
- Mix together mayo and sriracha, then put into a plastic bag and cut a hole in one of the bottom corners to drizzle over fries. Set aside.
- Remove fries from oven. Top with steak, bell peppers, kimchi, jalapeno, chilies, sesame seeds, scallions, spicy mayo and cilantro. Serve and enjoy!