Weeknight Beef Bibimbap
with carrots / zucchini / fried egg
Bibimbap is a Korean dish with several components, but we've streamlined the process to make this flavorful meal a bit more weeknight friendly. This meal was last featured in 2020.
Smarts #1: If making Thursday's meal, follow the recipe notes to marinate and cook beef for that night at the same time.
Smarts #2: You’ll cook the ingredients for the bibimbap in the same pan in a few rounds to be sure it all cooks just the amount of time it needs. As each item finishes cooking, set it aside, covered to keep warm.
- Steak, boneless ribeye or sirloin - 1 1/2 lbs, thinly sliced against the grain (sub skirt or flank steak)
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Ginger, fresh - 1 tsp, diced
- Bragg's / coconut aminos - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Honey - 1 Tbsp
- Hot sauce, any variety - 1 1/2 tsp (plus more for serving)
- Vinegar, rice - 1 Tbsp
- Carrots - 10 oz, shredded (look for pre-shredded)
- Zucchini - 1 lb, cubed
- Green onions - 1 stalks, chopped, green and white parts separate
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
- Oil, toasted sesame - 1/2 tsp
- Sesame seeds, any color (opt) - 1/2 tsp
- Eggs - 4
- Cauliflower - 1 lb, florets
- Butter - 1 Tbsp
Freeze beef - (If making Thursday's meal, prep beef for that night at the same time.) Put beef in the freezer for about 15 minutes so it is very cold but not frozen (this is optional but will make it easier to thinly slice.)
Cauliflower rice - Pulse florets in a food processor until broken up into ‘rice’-sized bits. Cook rice in one of two ways: 1) Microwave for 4 to 5 minutes and then fold in butter. Season with some salt and pepper; or 2) Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add butter. Saute cauliflower in heated butter for ~5 minutes, until tender but still crunchy. Season to taste with some salt and pepper. Watch this video for the full how-to on cauliflower rice. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Garlic / Ginger / Carrots / Zucchini - Prep as directed. (If making Thursday's meal, prep garlic and ginger for that night at the same time.) Combine garlic and ginger. Store carrots and zucchini in their own separate containers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Marinate beef - (If making Thursday's meal, marinate beef for that night at the same time.) Combine garlic, ginger, aminos, honey, hot sauce, and rice vinegar in a bowl or baking dish. Thinly slice beef against the grain. Combine beef and marinade. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
Green onions - Chop green onions, keeping green and white parts separate.
Heat a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add first part of cooking oil and then white parts of green onions, carrots, and zucchini. Saute until tender, 6 to 7 minutes. (Add a splash of water if the pan starts to look too dry.) Season vegetables with some salt and pepper. Toss with sesame oil and sesame seeds.
Set vegetables aside, covered to keep warm. Return pan to heat.
To heated pan, add second part of cooking oil and then beef and marinade (the marinade will cook along with the meat). (Note: If making Thursday night's meal, cook the meat for that night at the same time but you may need to cook it in two rounds to prevent overcrowding the pan.) Saute beef until the marinade cooks off and beef is tender and golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes. If you doubled the meat, reserve the portion for Thursday.
While beef is cooking, heat a nonstick pan or skillet (for the eggs) over medium heat. Add third part of cooking oil. When oil is hot, crack eggs into oil and fry to your liking.
If cauliflower rice was made ahead, reheat it.
Serve cauliflower rice with vegetables, beef, and eggs. Top with green parts of green onions. Serve with extra hot sauce. Enjoy!
Great ‘make your own’ bowls. Use carrots diced. Great weeknight dish! Also made veggie version sub kidney beans...great! Try next time with Adzuki beans (co-op had them)0 Helpful
fairly easy and SUPER flavorful! I cheated and used pre chopped, frozen, philly cheesesteak meat in place of hand cut meat for the recipe0 Helpful
Couldn't find gochujang so had to leave it out, but the marinade was delicious anyway. I messed up the cooking of the meat, it turned out tough but that's on me. The zucchini took ages to cook. But it was all worth it in the end.0 Helpful
This was so much better than I expected and bonus that the kids loved it too. I subbed Thai red curry for Gojuchang0 Helpful
Couldn't find the adzuki beans, so used the lentil sub. Someone mentioned adding kimchi - that was a tasty addition. Overall, a good meal.0 Helpful
Nothing exciting.0 Helpful