Bokumbap – Korean fried rice


A tasty fried rice recipe made with the flavours of sesame and garlic.  Mixed up with ground beef, vegetables and egg, it is a complete meal in a bowl!

It was getting late and I hadn’t thought about supper yet.  This happens to me all the time.  Especially when it is sunny.  I feel like if the sun is shining, it is still day time and I don’t need to think about what I am going to make for dinner. Then the troops start getting hungry and this mama needs to start cooking!

When I have no idea what to cook, I always put on a pot of rice.  Surely in the 20ish minutes it takes for rice to cook, I can whip up something to go with it.  I know there are homes where potatoes or pasta are put on in the same way, but in our house, it is rice.

Still at a loss, I fry up some ground beef.  Directionless I cut up some veggies and figure inspiration will have to hit at some point.  And it did!  Just in time because the kids were really hungry now.  Bokumbap, Korean fried rice!

The things you need:

  • 2 cups rice uncooked (= 4 cups cooked rice)
  • 3/4 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic (2-3 cloves)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • pepper to taste

The how to:

  • cook the rice. For directions see here.
  • Slice up all the veggies thinly (a mandolin is great for this!)
  • brown the ground beef with the garlic. Drain and add sesame oil, soy sauce and sugar (I realize it sounds funny to drain the fat to add oil but the sesame oil adds lots of flavour). Set the beef aside.
  • scramble the eggs. Set them aside.
  • using the same fry pan (because who likes dishes?!), cook the veggies.
  • when the veggies are done, add the rice.  Mix it around really well.  You don’t want any rice to still be white!  Add the beef and the egg and continue to mix it up.  Add pepper to taste.
  • Serve it up!

taron bokumbap

 “Hey Mister! Try some of this bokumbap!”

5 thoughts on “Bokumbap – Korean fried rice

  1. So this looks so yummy too! I love getting these new ideas. I hear ya on the “oh no, what’s for dinner?” front. Love another idea for cooking up some eggs. I have a feeling this recipe will be coming in handy soon! And since I pinned it, I will never lose it 🙂

  2. I was lucky enough to get a Korean grandma in my family, so I can get all the home made kimchi I want. I love how this recipe can be varied into infinity, and it all tastes great! I’ll definitely try it with ground beef and zucchini now.

    • You are lucky! I have yet to tackle homemade kimchi… will have to try it soon. I love zucchini and if you have noticed, I put it in most of my dishes 🙂

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