Biggest and Best Bibimbap

Bibimbap is one of my favorite recipes - because I love eating vegetables. I think it is the perfect dish, and really healthy. I always think that two-thirds of your plate should be covered with veggies. The variety of vegetables does not matter really - use whatever you have at home. Even add chopped lettuce leaves or cucumber to add a nice crunch.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil

5 cups (641 grams) cooked white rice

Bibimbap Sauce:

3 tablespoons gochujang

2 1/2 tablespoons mirin

2 teaspoons sesame seeds

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon thinly sliced scallions or spring onions


3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons mirin, plus extra for deglazing pan as needed

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 teaspoon grated ginger

1 teaspoon crushed roasted sesame seeds

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 cup (2 ounces or 57 grams) bean sprouts, with yellow heads

1 cup (76 grams) julienned carrots (1 medium carrot)

1/2 medium zucchini or courgettes, thinly sliced on the bias (8 grams sliced or 1/2 cup sliced)

1 cup (67 grams) snow peas, trimmed and pods split open in half (butterflied)

6 cups (300 grams) baby spinach leaves

4 ounces (94 grams) shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (2 cups)

3 1/2 ounces (100 grams) ground/minced beef

2 teaspoons sugar

1/2 cup (100 grams) kimchi, snipped into 1-inch (3-centimeter) pieces


3 egg yolks

Black sesame seeds

Micro cress (optional)


  1. Heat a large (12-inch) heavy cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Drizzle the sesame oil into the pan and gently spread the rice in a loose layer.
  2. For the bibimbap sauce: Mix together all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl until smooth and set aside.
  3. For the toppings: Mix together the first 6 ingredients in a small bowl to make the seasoning sauce. Set aside by the stove.
  4. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon oil in a medium (9-inch) nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add the bean sprouts and 1 teaspoon seasoning sauce and saute until crisp-tender, about 30 seconds. Arrange nicely on the rice. Cook the remaining toppings in the same manner using the following measurements and times and arranging each on top of the rice: carrots, 1/2 teaspoon oil, 1 teaspoon sauce, until crisp-tender, 30 seconds; zucchini, 1/2 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoons sauce, until just tender, about 1 minute; snow peas, 1/2 teaspoon oil, 2 teaspoons sauce, until crisp-tender, 45 seconds; spinach, 1 teaspoon oil, 1 tablespoon sauce, until just wilted, 30 seconds; mushrooms, 4 teaspoons oil, 1 tablespoon sauce, until tender, 1 minute; beef, 2 teaspoons oil, stir in the sugar and remaining sauce, until cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Spoon the juices over the meat on the rice. Deglaze the pan with mirin as necessary.
  5. Arrange the kimchi on the rice. For a more attractive arrangement, place the ingredients so that similar colors are separated. Spoon the bibimbap sauce on the center, or serve on the side, if you like. Make a little well in each of the mushrooms, meat and spinach. Gently place an egg yolk into each well. Garnish with black sesame seeds and micro cress. Bring the whole pan to the table and mix tableside.

Cook’s Note

Cook in a pot, like paella. The sauteing in this dish is very quick so be sure you have all the toppings ready before you start cooking.

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