Rolling with Kimbap #SundaySupper

#SundaySupper is a group of bloggers who are on a mission to bring back sunday supper around the family table in every home. 

Kimbap (literally translated, seaweed rice) conjures memories of picnics on warm summer days, road trips, and home. There’s minimal time spent in front of the stove, it’s relatively easy, convenient, neat and travels well. It’s takes a bit of time, but you will not be disappointed. It’s (dare I say) a perfect meal in a roll.

I actually used to make this all the time in college. I would wake up early on a Saturday morning, assemble my fillings and start rolling. I timed myself once and I could make about 10-12 rolls from beginning to end in 1 1/2 hours. Less, if someone was helping me roll. It was breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of the weekend.

Kimbap is very adaptable in that you can essentially fill it with almost anything, but the combination should be pleasing awesome in texture and flavor. I’ve made rolls for my kids’ school lunch sometimes including hot dogs that have been sliced lengthwise or leftover roast chicken and sauteed greens. My most favorite combination includes bulgogi (Korean grilled beef), egg, seasoned carrots, and seasoned spinach.It’s a great color, flavor, and texture combination. A homerun!

 Some tips:

  • For best results, use a bamboo rolling mat like this one. Whole Foods also sells them.
  • Use a sharp knife when cutting the rolls.
  • Before slicing each roll, wet the blade with a few drops of water. This will prevent the rice from sticking to the blade ensuring clean pieces.
  • The fillings below can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • If you’re planning to pack some for a picnic or a road trip, wrap the stacked pieces in a food storage container with a tight-fitting lid. Make sure that it is packed snugly so there is little room for movement and air. It just keeps rice from drying out and the kimbap in place.


Yields 10-12 rolls or about 100 pieces

About 8 cups of cooked medium-grain rice (Nishiki is my favorite)
1/8 cup rice vinegar
1/8 cup mirin (rice wine generally used for cooking)
1-2 medium carrots, julienned
2 eggs, beaten
5 oz. package of baby spinach

About 5 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

1 lb. ground turkey (It’s what I had in the freezer! You can substitute sirloin or chicken.)
10-12 gheem a.k.a. roasted laver sheets a.k.a. nori sheets. (You can find this at Whole Foods or your local Asian market.)

White vinegar
More soy sauce
More roasted sesame seeds


Scoop the cooked rice into a large mixing bowl. Add 1/8 cup rice vinegar, 1/8 cup mirin, and 1/2-1 teaspoon of salt. Mix thoroughly. Cover the bowl with a damp clean paper towel or dish towel. Set aside.


Place the carrots in a small bowl. Add 1/4 -1/2 cup of white vinegar and a pinch of salt. Mix. Set aside. Periodically toss the carrots in the vinegar until ready to use.


Add a pinch of salt to the beaten eggs. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a couple teaspoons of cooking oil to the pan. Add eggs and swirl the skillet around to completely coat the bottom with the egg mixture. Let cook for about 1 minute. Loosen the edges and carefully flip the egg. Cook for about 30 seconds. Slide the egg onto a cutting board. Slice 1/4″ wide ribbons. Set aside on a plate.

Seasoned Spinach or sigumchi namul

In a medium-size pot, bring a couple of quarts of water to a boil. Add a splash of white vinegar. Blanch the spinach just until they start to wilt. Remove the spinach , rinse it in cold water, and drain until cooled. Take handfuls and squeeze out as much liquid as you can.

In a small bowl, add spinach, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds, and a pinch of salt. Mix until spinach is thoroughly coated. Set aside.


If you’re using beef or chicken, thinly slice the meat into strips.

Wipe the skillet that you used for the eggs. Heat the pan over medium-high heat. Add a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil. Add the ground turkey. Using a wooden spoon, break up the ground meat and brown the meat. Once the meat is cooked, pour out excess liquid and add about 2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper. Cook until soy sauce is mostly evaporated. Set aside in a bowl.

You are now ready to rock and roll.

Kimbap rolling station

Rolling the kimbap

Here’s a video on how to roll kimbap. It’s so much easier to demonstrate than trying to explain it in writing!

1 – Lay the laver/seaweed sheet on a bamboo rolling mat.

2 – Spread a thin layer of rice on the seaweed sheet, covering about two-thirds of the sheet.

3 – Sprinkle some sesame seeds….not too much.

4 – Neatly lay your filling towards the bottom edge (the edge closer to you).

5 – Hold the bottom edge of the sheet together with the bamboo mat and tuck the edge into the rice.

6 – Release the mat, but keep rolling the kimbap. Give the roll an occasional squeeze as you’re rolling.

7 – Release and voilà!

8 – Moisten your sharp knife with a few drops of water. Cut the ends, and start slicing about 1/2″ slices. I like to cut the roll in half, and then quarters, and so on.

9 – To make a very simple dipping sauce, mix 2 parts soy sauce to 1 part white vinegar. Enjoy!

You can participate by joining us on Twitter all day today, and at 3:00 p.m. EST for our weekly #SundaySupper Twitter chat! All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat! We’ll be sharing great recipes and tips all afternoon, and we’ll be talking all things #BeatTheHeat during our chat! Here are the other participants and their recipes:

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  • Juanita’s Cocina

    It’s my dream to someday make my own sushi!  Gorgeous!  Thank you for participating in this week’s #SundaySupper

    • kimchi_mom

      This was a fun #SundaySupper! Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Isabel Foodie

    Can I come over and roll with you? These look so good. I must try these with my daughter when she comes home from college…. this is a recipe she will love.  I am so glad you are part of our #SundaySupper Movement! Thank you.

    • kimchi_mom

      You can totally roll with me! We can have a kimbap rolling party! The more hands you have the more fun it is!

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  • Sunithi Selvaraj

    My oldest & I love Sushi and this is a great variation !! Thanks for sharing 😉

    • kimchi_mom

      Kimbap is a derives from the Japanese futomaki. The seasoning definitely makes it Korean! You should try it!

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  • Baker Street

    Wow! My husband loves sushi! And this is such a fantastic variation! I can only hope mine turns out as well as yours :) 

    • kimchi_mom

      Practice makes perfect! Er, almost perfect!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Great #SundaySupper recipe! I haven’t made homemade kimbap in so long! Maybe I’ll make it this weekend and go on a picnic with Jason. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • kimchi_mom

      Awesome! Roll, roll, roll…you’ll be glad you did! :-)

  • diabeticFoodie

    Kimbap + bulgogi must be heaven in a roll! I’ve never tried making sushi, but with your instructions I feel confident I could do it.

    • kimchi_mom

      I was trying to figure out how best to explain the rolling part and just decided to shoot the video. I hope it helped! And yes, like I said, it’s a perfect little meal in each bite. :-)

  • Laura | Family Spice

    Gorgeous! I took a sushi-making class, but never tried making my own rolls at home. Your kimbap looks amazing!

    • kimchi_mom

      Sushi making class?! Awesome…you’re 90% there! I hope you give kimbap a try!

  • Cindy Kerschner

    My son-in-law makes his family sushi and he will love this!

    • kimchi_mom

      This is the Korean version so it’s very different in flavors compared to its Japanese cousin, the futomaki. I hope you and he give a try.

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  • Sandra’s Easy Cooking

    Kimbap look fantastic! I just watched your video and got to tell you it is very helpful! Thanks for the inspiration, I can’t wait to try making on my own!

    • kimchi_mom

      So glad you found the video helpful! It was a last minute decision, but I felt it was easier than trying to explain the rolling technique in writing.

  • Soni

    Oh Kimbap is one of my favorite things to eat in Korean cuisine!Every time I’m at our local HMart I get these and enjoy them for a my lunch :) Love them!!

    • kimchi_mom

      You should try making your own. Or have a kimbap rolling party!

  • Suzi

    Wow, these look perfect.  I haven’t made these in such a long while.  Thanks for the inspiration, I am going to put this on my to make list for the coming week.

    • kimchi_mom

      Awesome…so glad you stopped by. I know people are very particular about their fillings…what do you usually include?

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  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen

    I love this kimbap recipe ! Must make this soon. My kids will adore this. Thanks for sharing your Sunday Supper!

    • kimchi_mom

      My kids love these rolls. And they’re great for on the road or for lunch!

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  • Karen Hartzell

    I totally want to learn how to roll sushi. Your pics are awesome!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks! You should give the rolls a try. It’s easier than you think! :-)

  • Renee Dobbs

    Looks so good I think I could eat a whole platter.

    • kimchi_mom

      I’ve done it…I wouldn’t recommend it. 😉

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes

    Gorgeous rolls, and with turkey! A great recipe to file

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks for stopping by! And yes, have fun with it!

  • MamaMommyMom

    This looks delicious! So yummy!

    Jamie @

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Juli

    Love the family supper idea.  I was just asking my hubby tonight what he would like for upcoming meals – kimbap was his reply.  I know what I am going to be doing next weekend.  Thanks for the easy to follow directions!

    • kimchi_mom

      Awesome! So glad to hear that the directions were straightforward for you. The video should help to if you’ve never rolled before.

  • justcooknyc

    how weird is it that i’ve never made kimbap!?

    • kimchi_mom

      that IS weird. what kind of korean are you? 😉

  • Hezzi-D

    I like that these are rolled with turkey and no seafood in sight!  These look delicious

    • kimchi_mom

      I typically make this with beef, but turkey totally works!

  • Kim Bee

    This is fantastic. I’ve never tried this. Need to change that.

    • kimchi_mom

      yes you do! :-)

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  • Renee

    Love your photography! I also use that nishiki for sushi rolls. This looks like a really great flavor combination, going to have to put this on my list of sushi to try. :)

    • kimchi_mom

      thanks on the photos! I hope you do try it…it’s very different from the japanese version.

  • Patti

    Gorgeous Amy!  I’m forward your post to my son, he’s going to love this!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thank you!

  • Sarah

    Hi Amy,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment. You would be interested to know that I too am a former Architect. Being bored, pregnant and unemployed is what got me to start cooking. Looking forward to sharing recipes.

    • kimchi_mom

      thank you! nice blog and i enjoy your writing!

      and yes, former architect, but keeping my toes in design doing freelance graphic/web design and also doing kitchen design part-time. keeps me busy, but sane!

      • sarahklee79

        Thats great that you are still involved in the industry. I’ve completely left Architecture and work in communications for an international corporation. It’s very different from Architecture but I like it. I use food photography as my creative outlet now. lol

  • Sarah

    Also I love how simple and user friendly it is to leave a comment on your blog. What widget or program are you using?

    • kimchi_mom

      I just installed disqus and it’s been really great especially building dialogue with readers and fellow bloggers. give it a try. i have to say that i had to make 3 or 4 attempts to leave a comment on your post! super secure! can you change the settings?

      • sarahklee79

        ahhh that’s makes sense why I had hardly any comments left on my give away. I installed disqus but it wouldn’t show all my past comments. I have a few layer of security because I had 300 spam comments a day. Do you have recommendations?

      • sarahklee79

        I’ve reinstalled disqus and it work much easier now. Thanks for letting me know!

        • kimchi_mom

          If you still have spam issues, you can install akismet by automattic. That was one of the first things I did.

  • Sook

    I love kimbap! It reminds me of my childhood! Yum!

    • kimchi_mom

      yes, me too! i love it and i need to make it more often! thanks for stopping by!

  • Samantha

    Mmmm I love kimbap!!

    • kimchi_mom

      Hi Samantha! We do too! :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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