Korean Vegetarian Bibimbap (High-Protein Recipe!)
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If you’re looking for a meal idea that’s as exciting to look at as it is to eat then you will love our vegetarian bibimbap bowl!
It’s got a great combination of delicious veg topped with yummy tofu and eggs for protein, what more could you need for the perfect weeknight meal?
Take a closer look at the bibimbap ingredients:
In this classic Korean dish, we’re using sushi rice to keep the dish authentic to its south Asian roots. The sticky consistency of this short grain rice makes it a great base for everything else, quite literally a bed of rice!
Grate the carrot, slice the cucumber, and cut the zucchini into sticks – making them all the easier to pick up with chopsticks if you’re feeling inclined.
You’re going to cook some of these veggies and some you’re going to be keeping raw. This give a great way to compliment the rice, with a bit of crunch too!
Firstly for this easy bibimbap recipe, you’ll be adding tofu for protein, a great Asian ingredient that you can find in most grocery stores.
But if that’s not enough for you, you can add a perfect fried egg on top for a second boost of protein-packed power!
Seasoning and Sauces
To give it that authentic taste of Korea you’ll be using great Asian flavors.
You’ll be cooking in sesame oil, and combining honey, rice vinegar, and soy sauce to make a yummy dressing with an added kick from sriracha!
Once all the veggies and protein are added you can pop on some kimchi if you like and a drizzle of soy sauce to taste – so delish!
Part of the fun about this rice dish is you can get really creative, layering your toppings on top of the rice in any Instagram-worthy way you fancy!
How many calories are in bibimbap?
This vegetarian Bibimbap contains 462 calories per serving.
Here’s a quick overview of 1 serving:
- Calories 462kcal
- Carbs 60g
- Fat 14g
- Protein 25g
This is a vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free Korean bibimbap recipe. At under 500 calories, it’s a great dish when you’re counting the calories, and it provides a whopping 25 grams of protein!
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Zucchini, cucumbers, and carrots all have a great number of nutrients in them. They’re also all a great source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. Carrots are especially rich in vitamin A, just like zucchinis!
Protein from ingredients like tofu and eggs will do wonders to help you stay full in between meals so you’re not snack hunting and wasting those precious calories.
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As the national food of South Korea kimchi works really well in this recipe. The health benefits of kimchi are great!
Its fermented goodness is packed with vitamins, especially vitamin K, which is essential in helping your blood clot!
How To Make Bibimbap
Here’s a quick overview of how to make this delicious Korean rice bowl:
- Cook the rice
- Cube the tofu
- Grate the carrot
- Slice the cucumber
- Cut the zucchini into sticks
- In a small bowl mix the honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, cold water, soy sauce, and sriracha
- Fry the eggs, sunny side up of course, then remove and fry off the zucchini
- Add the mung bean sprouts and some soy sauce to the pan
- In a medium bowl put a single layer of cooked rice in a bowl and add a variety of toppings
- Drizzle over more sauce if needed
(For all the extra details for this bibimbap bowl recipe see our below)
Vegetarian Bibimbap FAQs
How many calories are in tofu?
There are 76 calories in 100 grams of tofu.
What is bibimbap sauce made of?
As we’re using in our recipe, traditional flavors used in Asian cuisines such as rice vinegar, sesame oil, and soy sauce can often be found in bibimbap sauce.
Is bibimbap healthy?
Yes, bibimbap is a great healthy choice. It’s full of nutritious veg, healthy carbs, and protein that will keep you feeling fuller for longer.
What to serve with bibimbap?
Like any good buddha bowl, there are so many different things that go well with bibimbap. The combination of bibimbap toppings really is up to you.
Why not experiment with a whole rainbow of vegetables or protein options?
How to store and reheat bibimbap?
Bibimbap should be good in an airtight container in the fridge for a day or two once it’s made, but I would suggest making the egg fresh when you’re ready to eat the leftovers. If you want to reheat it, make sure the bowl is microwave-safe and it’s warm all the way through before eating.
Can I make bibimbap ahead?
If you love to meal prep then this is a great one to make. Get ahead for lunches or even weeknight dinners by prepping the sticky rice and all the different vegetables.
Keep it all in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready for the eggs (or not if you prefer!).
Recipe Variations and Alternatives
Obviously, the first change you can make here is to remove the eggs and go vegan, it’s such an easy alteration to make a great vegan bibimbap.
You could even add more tofu to up your protein intake in lieu of eggs.
You could change out the vegetables from the original recipe if you prefer something different, maybe shiitake mushrooms instead of zucchini.
Or perhaps shredded red cabbage instead of carrot. Really any leftover vegetables will do.
If you’re really into your Korean cooking and you’re looking for an even more authentic flavor, you could add some Gochujang (chili pepper paste), or Doenjang (soybean paste) to your bibimbap sauce.
Love sesame seeds? Why not sprinkle some on top?
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Rice and Prep
- ½ cup sushi rice
- ½ tsp sesame oil
- 1 small carrot
- 1 small cucumber
- 8 oz tofu
- ¼ cup kimchi (optional)
Fried Egg and Zucchini Mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 small zucchini
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp sriracha
- 1 tbsp honey
- ½ tsp rice vinegar
- ½ tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp water
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
Rice and Prep
- Cook sushi rice according to package instructions. Once it's ready, add sesame oil and mix.½ cup sushi rice, ½ tsp sesame oil
- Grate the carrot. Cut cucumber into slices. Cut tofu into 2 cm/1 inch cubes. Cut the zucchini into sticks.1 small carrot, 1 small cucumber, 8 oz tofu, 1 small zucchini
Fried Egg and Zucchini Mix
- In a small non-stick pan, fry the eggs with sesame oil. Remove eggs and add zucchini sticks to the same pan. Cook until they soften, about 1-2 minutes. Add the bean sprouts, soy sauce, plus a pinch of salt. Cook until the bean sprouts are tender and translucent, about 1 minute.2 eggs, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 cup bean sprouts, 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
- In a small bowl add sriracha, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, water and soy sauce. Mix until combined.2 tbsp sriracha, 1 tbsp honey, ½ tsp rice vinegar, 1 tsp water, 1 tbsp soy sauce, ½ tsp sesame oil
- To serve, add rice, tofu, carrot, cucumber, fried egg, zucchini with bean sprouts and kimchi. Drizzle some soy sauce to season . Serve with the sauce.¼ cup kimchi
And there you have it, a great vegetarian bibimbap recipe that can easily translate for vegan diets (check out this list for more veggie Asian meals!). An all-rounder that is hitting all the goals for well-balanced comfort food, and it looks pretty too!
It’s actually become one of my favourite vegetarian Korean recipes recently. I wonder if it will become one of yours!
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