Easy Korean Bibimbap Recipe – Amazing Gochujang Sauce

Easy Korean Bibimbap Recipe

Hello everyone!  Are you ready for an easy Korean Bibimbap recipe?  I still remember the first time I had Bibimbap a little over a year ago.  It was heaven.  And then I realized that it was vegan, as long as I didn’t add any Korean meat to the dish and that the gochujang sauce was didn’t contain any animal products.

So I always had in the back of my mind to give this recipe a shot.  I finally did and the star of the dish was our amazing Gochujang Sauce.  I really risked it with this sauce too.  I went against the grain and made my own recipe.

Luckily everything came out great and I am happy to share with you a “how to video” below.  The video starts right at the Bibimbap recipe.  You can also “jump to recipe” by clicking the button at the top of this page.  Enjoy everybody!

Kitchen Products Used

  1. Knife Set
  2. Rice Cooker
  3. Manual Food Processor
  4. Stainless Steel Cookware

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It’s Not That Hard

I am by no means an expert chef.  I am as amateur as they come.  But I am relentless in finding quality recipes and then making them my own.  I have learned through trial and error.

However, something that would have made it a lot easier is if recipes had a quick outline of the cooking process.  So here is our easy Korean Bibimbap recipe outline.

Start Rice –> Prep Veggies –> Cook Veggies –> Prep Tofu –> Make Gochujang Sauce

What is Bibimbap Sauce Made of?

This was the first question that I asked myself when I first had Bibimbap.  So of course I had to do some research on this topic.  I found out that the main ingredients are Gochujang sauce, Sesame oil,  Rice Vinegar and Sugar.

Now the measurements of those main ingredients is what determines how well this sauce tastes.  Obviously, right? Balancing ingredients is the name of the cooking game.

In this recipe we added Garlic, Ginger and Liquid Aminos.  In my humble opinion, I think those 3 ingredients really took our Bibimbap sauce over the top.  I don’t know if they are traditional ingredients but the sauce turned out amazing.

What is Bibimbap sauce made of?

What Do You Serve With Bibimbap?

So this is where I stuck to the Bibimbap code.  I didn’t deviate too far from the original ingredients.  The main ingredients served with Bibimbap are Carrots, Zucchini, Spinach or Kale, Green Onions and a protein.  An optional topping is Kim-chi.

Since we are vegan, we used Tofu for our easy Korean Bibimbap recipe.  Korean BBQ is a very popular cuisine and so a lot of people do eat Bibimbap with meat.

Also, rice.  Can not forget about the rice.  The other toppings to garnish Bibimbap with are the gochujang sauce and toasted sesame seeds.  Some extra chopped green onions never hurt either.  This recipe is super fresh tasting in your mouth.  You will love it.

Easy Korean Bibimbap Recipe

Vegan Bibimbap Recipe

So if you are reading this far, then you already know this recipe is vegan because we are a vegan website.  This recipe is generally vegan any place you eat it at.

However, the sauce could not be vegan depending on the ingredients that they use.  So you always want to double check with the wait staff.

Other then that you should really have nothing to worry about.  This recipe is all about the rice and veggies.  Some restaurants do serve this with beef but most of them have that on the side and it is not touching the Bibimbap.

How Healthy is Bibimbap?

Healthy has become such a vague, misguided word these days.  This all depends on what your diet considers to be healthy.

In my opinion, as long as you are not overloading on cooking with oil then this recipe is as healthy as they come.  You also will want to go easy on the Gochujang sauce too because that is generally high in sodium.

Other then those 2 factors, this recipe is all vegetables and rice.  You could technically create this dish for a raw vegan too.  Bottom line is that this recipe will not disappoint your waist line or your taste buds.

Easy Korean Bibimbap Recipe

Easy Korean Bibimbap recipe that has a to die for Gochujang sauce recipe as well.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Easy Bibimbap recipe, knife set, manual food processor, rice cooker, stainless steel cookware, Vegan Bibimbap recipe, Vegan Korean Bibimbap
Servings: 2 people
Author: Eric

Equipment

  • Rice Cooker, Stainless Steel Cookware, Manual Food Processor, Knife Set

Ingredients

Rice

  • 1 1/2 Cups Rice white rice

Vegetables

  • 3 Carrots Julienned cut long ways
  • 3 Cups Spinach raw
  • 3 Cups Kale raw
  • 1 Zucchini Julienned cut long ways
  • 3 Green Onions diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • Kimchi optional
  • 15 Ounces Tofu cut into bite size squares

Gochujang Sauce

  • ½ Cup Gochujang
  • 3 Tablespoons Sesame Oil **TOASTED**
  • 3 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vingear
  • 3 Tablespoons Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid Aminos
  • 2 Teaspoons Garlic pressed or minced
  • 2 Teaspoons Ginger pressed

Instructions

  • Start cooking your rice in a rice cooker
  • Prep your vegetables and Tofu.
  • Start sauteeing the Spinach and Kale in 1 pan at medium low heat with 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil. Cook the vegetables just as they become soft and cook down in size. Do not over cook the leafy greens down to a soggy consistency.
  • In another pan. You need to start your Zucchini and Carrots with 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil at medium low heat. Cook them until they just begin to be soft.
  • You can now set aside the leafy greens and vegetables.
  • Lastly saute the green onions for around 2 to 3 minutes at medium low heat.
  • Now, all of your veggies should be resting and ready to serve.

While the rice is finishing and your vegetables are resting, start heating up a separate pan with 3 Tablespoons of Sesame Oil at medium low heat for 2 minutes. This is VERY important because we will be adding the Sesame Oil into the Gochujang suace and the heated oil will bring out all of the other flavors.

  • Now add all of the Gochujang Sauce ingredients into a bowl with the Toasted Sesame Oil and stir the mixture until it is a cohesive substance.
  • Everything is now done. You can serve the rice in a bowl and make the bowl pretty by putting each vegetable in a section of the bowl. Put your Gochujang Sauce where you want and add sesame seeds, scallions chopped and Kimchi to garnish.

Notes

***The contrasting flavors of the Coconut oil and Gochujang sauce actually makes this recipe amazing. Sweet and Spicy at it's finest***

Bibimbap Recipe

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Eric

Hello I'm Eric and I am striving to educate people about plant based diets. I enjoy bowling, gardening and nature in my free time. Marilyn and I hope you find our site helpful in learning about a proper Vegan diet.

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4 Responses

  1. I love Korean food, and maybe I have tried this one, but I am not 100% sure (I suck with names, people get offended because sometimes I can’t remember how are they called), and now I want to do it for dinner tonight.

    Quick question, though, my wife is allergic to ginger, do you have any recommendations to switch the ginger for? Or is it okay to do it without it?

    • Hello Juan.  You can absolutely leave the ginger out of this recipe.  In fact I don’t think traditional Bibimbap uses Ginger.  Hope that helps and you will love our Gochujang sauce recipe for this meal too. 🙂

  2. I would love to try this recipe. I am not a vegetarian and I have never had any traditional Korean meal before. I would love to have the experience of it. I hope that by adding meat I have not made it to lose taste and value? Because I am definitely going to add meat and like I said before am not a vegan. Its nice to read and know about these things though. I never thought I would actually ever want to learn how to make any Korean meal. 

  3. Hello there! Thanks for sharing this with us. Wonderful way to teach someone how to cook. Food has always been my best friend so you can understand the joy on my face seeing your article with so much new food to try. Mere looking at that plate of Bimpap, I’m salivating just as how I salivate while watching korean movies. Seeing that I can make it myself makes me really happy, thanks a lot..

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