This tasty kimchi aioli is spicy, tangy and full of flavor and perfect for livening up any meat, seafood or veggie dish!
You don't have to love kimchi to love this kimchi aioli! It's because the kimchi adds a spicy and tangy flavor, which is downright delicious. You'll be licking your plate for any leftover sauce with this one!
It's made with just a handful of ingredients including mayonnaise, kimchi, garlic, rice vinegar and sugar-free sweetener (or any sweetener of choice). And it takes less than 5 minutes to make when you use store-bought kimchi. We buy Trader Joe's kimchi, but you can also get another one from Whole Foods or another grocer.
We love pairing this kimchi aioli with steamed crab, crispy chicken tenders and zucchini fries. But, this aioli can go with so much more including burgers, hot dogs, salmon patties or roasted veggies.
What is Kimchi?
Kimchi is a popular Korean side dish made of fermented vegetables like cabbage and Korean radish. The veggies are fermented in a tangy and spicy sauce, which typically includes gochugaru, spring onions, garlic and ginger. It can be served as a side dish or used as dip, condiment, or ingredient.
Is Kimchi Keto?
Yes, kimchi is low in carbs, usually 1 or 2 grams per ounce, about 2 tablespoons. However, it's best to check the label and compare the net carbs and ingredients with that of others. Some may include sugar, so you'll want to mindful of that. We buy our kimchi from Trader Joe's, which contains no added sugar and is only 1 net carb per serving.
Kimchi is healthy side or condiment since it's a good source of vitamins (A, C & K) and minerals, low in calories and contains probiotics.
Just a few notes on key ingredients:
- Mayonnaise: You can make your own mayonnaise or use a store-bought favorite. For best taste, we prefer using Sir Kensington's Mayonnaise or Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise.
- Kimchi: You can make your own kimchi or you can by it at most grocers. We buy our kimchi from Trader Joe's. Be sure to buy a kimchi that doesn't include any added sugars or is more than one or two carbs per serving.
- Garlic: Even though kimchi typically includes garlic, we find it necessary to add more to enhance the flavor.
- Rice vinegar: We use just a ½ tablespoon of rice vinegar for added acidity. There are no carbs in rice vinegar. If you don't have on hand, you could also use white or apple cider vinegar or even lemon or lime juice.
- Sugar-free sweetener: Just a touch of sweetener is needed to balance the aioli. We use sugar-free erythritol (Swerve granular), but you can use any sweetener you like.
HOW TO MAKE
Just a few simple steps to make and you're done!
Step 1: In a food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients. Be sure to drain or squeeze kimchi of juices before adding in order to prevent the aioli from becoming to runny.
Step 2: Serve or use immediately. Or, store in the fridge until ready to use.
Aioli should be stored in a covered container in the fridge for no more than 3 days.
Easy Kimchi Aioli (Keto, Low Carb)
- Combine: In a food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients. Be sure to drain or squeeze kimchi of juices before adding in order to prevent the aioli from becoming to runny.
- Serve: Serve or use immediately. Or, store in the fridge until ready to use.