Grilled Turkey and Kimchi Melt with Sriracha Cream Cheese

I created this recipe for my client, GO VEGGIE!Grilled Turkey and Kimchi Melt

I’ve been really into sandwiches lately. They make a great meal – especially with a steamy bowl of soup – plus they’re easy to make. I’ve been getting home from work late a lot, so quick dinners are definitely appreciated.

This turkey and kimchi melt with sriracha cream cheese is one of my favorites. The tangy kimchi and melty cream cheese give this sandwich a reuben vibe, but with so much more personality.  It has plenty of spice, but the cream cheese helps mellow things out so you won’t feel like your mouth is on fire. I love how this sandwich pairs with a cup of chicken soup.

Grilled Turkey and Kimchi Melt

October is non-GMO awareness month and GO VEGGIE! recently announced that all of their vegan cream cheese’s are now non-GMO verified. I know a lot of people who will be excited about that!

Their cream cheese is the first GO VEGGIE  product that I fell in love with, all the way back when I used it in my cajun spaghetti squash. It’s definitely the best dairy-free cream cheese that I’ve tried and I love that it’s made from coconut. It’s delicious on bagels, but I also love the way it melts in recipes. It’s the secret to my ultra-creamy mac and cheese!

For the sandwich, I mix the cream cheese with sriracha to create a spicy spread that replaces the more traditional mayo or Russian dressing you would expect to see.

(Since I know people will ask, I use turkey on my sandwiches even though I’m using vegan cream cheese because I’m only focused on them being dairy free. For a vegan sandwich, you can use a plant-based meat alternative, like tofurkey, or just leave it off. You’ll also want to double-check the labels on your kimchi and sriracha, since some brands contain shrimp or anchovy paste.)

Grilled Turkey and Kimchi Melt

Grilled Turkey and Kimchi Melt with Sriracha Cream Cheese

Grilled Turkey and Kimchi Melt with Sriracha Cream Cheese

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup kimchi, drained
  • 1/4 cup GO VEGGIE! cream cheese
  • 4 slices marble rye
  • 4-6 slices turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon butter or margarine


  1. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and sriracha until completely blended.
  2. Spread two slices of bread with the sriracha cream cheese. Top with turkey and kimchi, then cover with remaining bread.
  3. Melt the butter or margarine in a grill pan over medium-high heat. Add the sandwiches and cook 3-4 minutes on each side, or until the bread is toasted and the fillings are warm.
  4. Serve immediately or let cool to room temperature.

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By on October 18th, 2016

About Lauren

Hi, I'm Lauren! I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook.

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