Bibimbap is not only a delicious Korean dish but it is also a pretty dish. The lovely colours and spicy heat make this a very special and really comforting dish.

What is Bibimbap?

Bibimbap is a fantastic Koreon dish which means ‘mixed rice’. Although every time I have seen this dish it has been beautifully presented, it is traditionally mixed up all together. I like the idea of taking time to make a dish look beautiful only to completely mix it up before you eat it. 

It was only last year that I tried Korean food for the first time. Oddly enough it was whilst Mr Curly and I were on a trip to Copenhagen. When we’re away, food plays a huge part in our trips. We had had a very busy day walking around the city in less than ideal weather so we didn’t want to stray too far from our hotel for dinner. We did what we usually do and started to look at TripAdvisor for restaurants with good reviews near us. 

Tweak the recipe to make your own Bibimbap

I researched lots of different Bibimbap recipes before coming up with my own. There are some things I think you need to include and others you can adapt to your taste. Obviously you need rice to make this and it is traditionally made with beef. You do also need gochujang which is a Korean staple ingredient. It is a thick fermented soybean paste that is quite spicy. You can buy gochujang from Asian supermarkets or from the World food aisle of larger supermarkets. 

I think you do really need to include a fried egg on top and some beansprouts, but feel free to add any combination of vegetables. Mushrooms, spinach and kimchi are other popular toppings. Personally, I don’t mind the extra effort of cooking them separately, but if you wanted to make this dish quicker then you could cook them all together. 

How spicy do you like your food?

The sauce for this Bibimbap is quite spicy, especially if you taste it on its own. When it’s mixed in the dish I think it does mellow slightly. If you are worried about the level of spice, you could reduce the amount of gochujang slightly. But I really do recommend making this dish a little spicy if you can handle it!

If you like gochujang then why not try my Korean Chicken Wings. They have a delicious gochujang glaze that adds a subtle heat to them. 

Forget your chopsticks and use a spoon! 

I think this dish is really comforting and so delicious. I wouldn’t usually associate spicy food with comfort, but believe me this really is. It isn’t a dish to be eaten with chop sticks, a spoon is definitely advised. Make sure you mix the rice well before eating to distribute all of the delicious favours. 


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Bibimbap is not only a delicious Korean dish but it is also a pretty dish. The lovely colours and spicy heat make this a very special and really comforting dish.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Keyword Beef, Rice, Gochujang
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 800 kcal
Author Curly


For the meat

  • 200 g beef mince
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sugar

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp gochujang paste
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ½ tbsp sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½  tsp minced garlic

For the vegetables and toppings

  • 1 medium carrot peeled
  • 1 courgette
  • Handful of beansprouts
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200 g rice
  • 2 eggs + 1 tbsp oil
  • Sprinkle of sesame seeds


  1. Add the beef mince to a bowl along with the rest of the marinade ingredients and allow to sit for at least 15 minutes whilst you prepare the rest
  2. Mix all of the sauce ingredients together in a bowl and set aside. You want it to be thin enough to be able to drizzle so add a touch more water if needed
  3. Cook the rice as per the packet instructions with a pinch of salt
  4. Julienne (cut into matchsticks the carrot and courgette)

  5. Heat a small amount of the oil in a frying pan over a medium/low heat. Add the carrot and cook slowly until they have taken on some colour and softened. Season with a pinch of salt and set aside - you may want to keep them in a very low temperature oven on the bottom shelf to keep them warm once cooked
  6. Repeat with the courgette and beansprouts and set aside
  7. Using the same frying pan as you have cooked the vegetables in, on a high heat add the beef mince and cook for 5 minutes or until cooked through and starting to get crispy. Add a small amount of oil if needed
  8. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in another frying pan and cook the eggs
  9. To serve, add the rice to the bottom of the bowl and flatten the top. Place the cooked vegetables and meat in a circular pattern keeping each ingredient separate
  10. Add the fried egg to the top and drizzle with as much of the gochujang sauce as you want. Finish with a sprinkle of sesame seeds
  11. To eat, mix all of the ingredients together

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 800 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 874mg38%
Potassium 660mg19%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 196IU4%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 thoughts on “Bibimbap

  1. Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    I am a HUGE fan of bibimbap! (In fact, I’ll be posting my own version soon using beef bulgogi—our recipes are quite different [sigh of relief!], but I have no doubt that yours is at least as yummy!) I only recently became aware of gochujang: it brings so much to the party—not only spice, but also umami and sweetness. I love mixing all of the ingredients in with the rice when I eat bibimbap: no two bites are the same, but they’re ALL delicious. Beautiful dish, and I love how you finish with a sprinkling of sesame seeds!

    1. Cat Post author

      So glad someone else has heard of Bibimbap! Can’t wait to see your recipe, I’ve heard of bulgogi but haven’t had it so would love to know how to make it. Mixing it up is the only way to eat is isn’t it!

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