A can of spam makes very easy kimchi jjigae (stew). You will need only 4 ingredients, and all you need to do is to dump them in a pot and simmer.

Kimchee jjigae made with slices of Spam are garnished with green onion and served with rice.

Spam Kimchi Jjigae (Stew)

This super easy kimchi jjigae calmed my Korean food cravings after indulging the deep-fried turkey feast for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving feast is always fabulous but it is also tiring after slaving myself in the kitchen all day.

Besides, I got busy taking all the Christmas stuff out to decorate the house afterward. I simply didn’t have much energy to cook. But I gotta eat, you know. So here I am. I am going to show you how I made this Easy Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi stew) with a can of Spam.

Only 4 ingredients and you will get a nice pot of kimchi jjigae that can awaken your soul for the spirit of Christmas. All because I found a container of store-bought kimchi I purchased about 2 month ago that I totally forgot about its existence… (I left it in my 2nd fridge where I don’t check often)

I used a can of spam because that’s what I happened to have. You can use pork belly, instead, if you want to go all natural. I think I deserve to be lazy this week. Anyway, here is the world’s easiest kimchi jjigae recipe and it tastes fantabulous…

How To Make Easy Kimchi Jjigae With Spam

A can of spam, kimchi, onion, and chicken stock are displayed.

Only 4 ingredients this time and I’m LOVING it!

Sliced onion are placed on the bottom of pot.

Slice onion and spread on the bottom of stew pot.

A can of Spam is opened and showing.

Here is the can of spam in case you never seen it before.

A hand is holding and showing the back side of a can of Spam.
At a moment I was tempted to make this…

Span chunk is sliced  with a knife.

But I stick with my original plan. Slice the spam babe.

Spam slices are placed on the onion slices in a pot.

Scatter half the spam on top of onion…

A container of sour kimchi is displaying.

Here is my forgotten kimchi. Very, very fermented…, Oh, Lord! the smell…! You MUST use very fermented kimchi for the stew recipe.

Sour kimchi is being added to Spam and onion mixture in a pot.

Just dump over onion and spam in the pot.

More Spam slices are added on top of kimchi in a pot.

Put the rest of spam slices on top.

Chicken stock is being added to Kimchi and Spam mixture in a pot.

Pour chicken stock just enough to cover your kimchi…

A pot of kimchi stew is covered with a lid but slightly open on the side and placed over a stove.

Put the lid on but leave a little space so it doesn’t boil over.

Spam kimchi stew is simmering in a pot.

Boil first…

A pot covered with a lid is placed on the stove.

Reduce heat to low. Cover completely with lid and simmer for 20 -25 minutes until kimchi gets tender. Your stew will taste even better on the next day.

Turn your Christmas music on, grab a bowl of rice, and indulge yourself with a humble Korean stew.

Korean wooden Nativity set is displayed with some greenery.

After all, it all began in a humble stable far far away, long long ago.

A bowl of Spam kimchi stew is placed on a green table mat with spoon and chopsticks.
Easy kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew) made with spam

Easy Kimchi Jjigae with Spam

A can of spam makes easy kimchi jjigae (stew). You will need only 4 ingredients, and all you need to do is to dump them in a pot and simmer.
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  • 1 1/2 lb fermented kimchi
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 12 oz Spam, sliced
  • 2 1/2 cup or more low sodium chicken stock


  • In a pot place onion on the bottom, and put half the spam on top. Evenly distribute kimchi slices over and put the rest of the spam slices on top of kimchi.
  • Pour chicken stock over enough to cover the kimchi. Boil first and reduce the heat to low. Cover with a lid and simmer for 20-25 minutes until kimchi gets tender.
  • Serve hot with rice. The stew tastes better on the next day.
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