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Korean Bibimbap

Korean Bibimbap – Made with healthy veggies, a fried egg, and a homemade spicy-sweet Gochujang sauce, our easy Korean Bibimbap recipe is an exotic and comforting meal served in just one bowl.

Korean Bibimbap - Rice and Veggie Bowl with a Fried Egg and Gochujang Sauce #vegetarian #healthy #Korean

Don’t you just adore one-dish comfort foods? After a long day there’s nothing quite as wonderful as curling up with a big, warm bowl of deep savory flavors and satisfying textures.

Today I’m sharing a healthy and satisfying favorite, Korean Bibimbap.

This Korean specialty is an all-in-one meal that includes rice, raw veggies, sautéed veggies, a fried egg, and a sweet and spicy homemade Gochujang sauce over the top. Serve with kimchi on the side for even more tanginess!

Get the Full (Printable) Korean Bibimbap Recipe Below. Enjoy!

ice and Veggie Bowl #vegetarian #healthy #Korean

What Ingredients You Need This My Bibimbap Recipe

The key to making a great Korean Bibimbap bowl is to focus on fresh ingredients, perfectly runny eggs, and the homemade Gochujang sauce.

The vegetables can be adjusted to your liking, and this vegetarian dish can definitely be beefed up by adding Korean Bulgogi to each bowl.

Here’s what you need to make Korean Bibimbap:

  • Cooked sticky ricemake fresh or use leftovers
  • Veggiesloose leaf spinach (or kale), mushrooms, carrots, bean sprouts, and green onions… or whatever vegetables you prefer! 
  • Garlicminced
  • Sesame oilfor cooking
  • Vegetable brothhelps to infuse great flavor into the leafy greens
  • Sesame seedsfor lovely texture
  • Eggsfried easy to create a beautiful soft yolk
  • Beef Bulgogior other cooked protein

Gochujang paste can be purchased at Asian markets, as well as stores like Whole Foods. However, for this recipe we’ve elevated the store-bought Gochujang by adding:

  • Sesame oil
  • Honey
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame seeds

This bright sticky-sweet sauce adds a bold punch of flavor to every bite of your Korean Bibimbap.

Rice and Homemade Gochujang Sauce

How to Make Easy Korean Bibimbap

  1. First, cook the rice according to package instructions. I recommend prepping your vegetables during this time.
  2. Once your veggies have all been sliced and chopped, place the spinach or kale in a pot with sesame oil, some of the vegetable broth, sesame seeds, and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, sauté sliced mushrooms and garlic in sesame oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Once cooked and reduced, place aside in a bowl and cover to keep warm.
  4. Make your Gochujang sauce by whisking all of the ingredients together in a small bowl, and keep to the side until ready to serve.
  5. Next, wipe out the large skillet and fry the eggs in sesame oil while keeping the centers soft, about 1-2 minutes each side.

To serve, simply pile all of your prepared ingredients into one beautiful bowl. Start by placing warm rice at the bottom of the dish, layer fresh shredded carrots and beans sprouts with the cooked mushrooms and spinach, and top with beef bulgogi and fried eggs.

Allow each person to finish with a drizzle of the homemade Gochujang sauce and serve with kimchi on the side. Enjoy!

Healthy Korean Bibimbap

Can You Meal Prep Bibimbap?

You can prepare and refrigerate all of the individual ingredients a day or so before serving… Except for the fried eggs. Then simply reheat all of the components and fry eggs when ready to enjoy.

What Are Some Different Proteins I Can Use?

While I love classic bibimbap with Korean Bulgogi Beef, you can definitely swap out different proteins. Try adding cooked pork or chicken if you like!

Keep this a vegetarian dish by using cooked extra firm tofu; or skip extra protein all together and just top with fried eggs for an even easier meal.

Whether you serve Korean Bibimbap vegetarian style, or with beef, you are sure to love the robust flavors and healthy crunch in every bite!

Easy Korean Bibimbap - Rice and Veggie Bowl with a Fried Egg and Gochujang Sauce #vegetarian #healthy #Korean

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Korean Bibimbap

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Made with healthy veggies, a fried egg, and a homemade spicy-sweet gochujang sauce, our easy Korean Bibimbap recipe is an exotic and satisfying meal served in just one bowl.
Servings: 4

Ingredients

For the Korean Bibimbap:

  • 3 cups cooked sticky rice 1 1/4 cups dry rice
  • 8 ounces loose leaf spinach or chopped kale
  • 8 ounces sliced mushrooms oyster, shiitake, or cremini
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1 bunch green onions cut into 1-inch segments
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 4 eggs
  • Beef Bulgogi Recipe for non-vegetarian
  • Salt and pepper

For the Gochujang Sauce:

Instructions

  • Cook the rice according to package instructions and set aside.
  • Place the spinach in a pot and add 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1/4 cup broth, and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds. Salt and pepper. Then cover and bring to a simmer. If wilted, remove from heat and keep covered. If not wilted, stir and cover again for 3-4 minutes.
  • Place one teaspoon of sesame oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and garlic. Saute for approximately 10 minutes to cook and reduce. Salt and pepper to taste. Then place the mushrooms in a bowl and cover to keep warm.
  • In a small bowl, mix the ingredients for the gochujang sauce and set aside.
  • Wipe out the skillet, then place back over medium heat. Fry 4 eggs (maybe 2 at a time) on both sides keeping the centers soft, 1-2 minutes per side.
  • When ready to serve, place a heap of warm rice in four bowls. Arrange the wilted spinach, sautéed mushrooms, shredded carrots, bean sprouts and green onions around the rice. (If adding the Beef Bulgogi to the Bibimbap, arrange around the rice as well.) Then top with a hot fried egg and drizzle with gochujang sauce. Serve warm!

Notes

To meal prep, prepare and keep refrigerated all of the individual ingredients - except for the fried eggs - a few days before enjoying. Then simply reheat all of the components and fry eggs when ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 396kcal, Carbohydrates: 56g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 164mg, Sodium: 208mg, Potassium: 854mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 11060IU, Vitamin C: 29.3mg, Calcium: 123mg, Iron: 3.7mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Korean
Author: Sommer Collier

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39 comments on “Korean Bibimbap”

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  3. I saw Bibimbap many times in Korean drama, gonna try this dish soon! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

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  17. Hello. I have a quick question: I have gochijang paste-is that different from the sauce? And if so, is it possible to use it as a substitute? Thanks!

    • Hi Jess, I think it’s the same. Is it really really thick, or about the consistency of thick BBQ sauce?

  18. Looks delicious! I love making asian dishes at home and will have to try this out soon.

  19. We’re big bibimbap fans. Eric and I actually went out for some yesterday at a local Korean market. Will definitely need to try making it at home!

  20. I love bibimbap! The variety of toppings and gochujang sauce are the best!

  21. So much goodness in one bowl, YUM!

  22. I absolutely love Korean Bibimbap. This looks so amazing!

  23. Looks delicious—I love Asian influenced food—-except for the egg. I am one of those people who don’t like frazzle on their egg. However I have found out lots of people do. Love the diversity of the world!

  24. Your photos are gorgeous, per usual! I’ve never had Korean food, but that sauce looks outstanding :)

  25. GAHHH!!!! This looks SO good to me!!!!

  26. Nice job on the home version! This is a fav of mine and yours is looking so good!

  27. One of my favorite dishes ever!! Will totally use this recipe :)

  28. This dish is totally calling my name! It’s comfort in a bowl.

  29. This is BEAUTIFUL!! Do you deliver??? :)

  30. Bibimbap is my FAVORITE Korean dish!!! I’ve been meaning to make it at home myself but never got around to it. I wish I could come over and have you make it for me, haha :)

  31. Oh yum! Can I come over for dinner?

  32. Now that is one tasty looking bowl of bibimbap!

  33. Mmmmm, what a fun recipe! Love all of these flavors!

  34. I have never had bibimbap!! I am totally missing out I know. This looks incredible!

  35. This look AMAZING!! I love any and all Korean food. Especially when eggs are involved!

  36. What a fun and creative korean dish.