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Sometimes, when I am in a rush, I need a quick meal in between work and errands. If you are like me and are looking for a quick, easy, and cheap meal, this Korean egg rice recipe, known as ‘gyeran bap’ fits this need! Learn all about this dish below!
What Is Gyeran Bap?
‘Gyeran bap’ (계란밥) is a quick, easy, and incredibly cheap Korean egg-based meal. In English, ‘gyeran’ (계란) translates directly to ‘eggs,’ while ‘bap’ (밥) translates to ‘rice.’
In South Korea, people often consume this dish when they:
- Are too tired to make anything complicated
- Have nothing in the house to eat/cook with
- Need to save some money on the cost of groceries, and/or
- Are children cooking a snack for themselves
I think all of us can relate to all three of those reasons for making a meal like this!
In this recipe article, I list the ingredients used to make this dish while linking ingredient articles associated with the ingredients, cooking tips & tricks, and answers to some frequently asked questions you may have. So, let’s get started!
Note: In South Korea, more often than not, people refer to this dish as ‘ganjang gyeran bap’ (간장 계란밥). This translates to ‘soy sauce egg rice.’ Outside of Korea, you will see it often shortened to just ‘gyeran bap’ (계란밥), as you see here in my article and recipe.
Korean Egg Rice Ingredients:
Below, I list the ingredients used to make this quick, cheap, and easy Korean meal. I also linked any informative articles on my site connected to these Korean ingredients:
Gyeran Bap Ingredients:
- Rice (Learn about this ingredient here)
- Unsalted Butter
- Toasted Sesame Oil (Learn about this ingredient here)
- Soy Sauce (Learn about this ingredient here)
- Regular Soy Sauce
- Gluten-Free Tamari, or
- Gluten-Free and Soy-Free Coconut Aminos
- Toasted Sesame Seeds (Learn about this ingredient here)
- Green Onion
- Olive Oil
- Dried Seaweed Strips (Learn about this ingredient here)
Optional Add-On Ingredients:
- Fried Kimchi
- Fish Roe
- Leftover Korean Side Dishes
You can add any additional ingredients that you wish. This easy Korean meal is not formal. Rather, people tend to throw whatever they have in the fridge and mix it together when making this!
Korean Egg Rice Tips & Tricks:
Here, I list some helpful tips & tricks to help you make this Korean egg rice recipe. If you have any questions, leave a comment below or email me at [email protected]!
- For the best flavor, I recommend using freshly cooked hot rice when making this dish. You can also use reheated rice, though I always prefer and recommend making kimchi fried rice with day-old rice instead. Using fresh rice makes this a 30-minute meal.
- If you are using leftover rice, reheat your rice by microwaving it. Using leftover rice makes this a 5-minute meal.
- While the rice is hot, add the butter and mix well. The butter will melt and coat the rice!
- Then, fry your egg. Once fried, top your rice with the egg. Then, pour over the soy sauce and sesame oil. Finally, sprinkle on the green onion, sesame seeds, and dried seaweed.
- While this dish looks beautiful when served, I recommend mixing together before eating. I prefer to eat it that way!
- Serve with a side of kimchi!
Gyeran Bap Frequently Asked Questions:
Now that we learned some tips & tricks for making this Korean egg-based recipe, I want to answer some questions you may have as well! If I do not answer your question, feel free to leave a comment in the section below or email me at [email protected].
Does This Recipe Contain Major Allergens? (Gluten, Soy, Etc.)
This recipe does not contain 4 of the 9 major allergens. It does not contain:
- Tree nuts
- Crustacean shellfish
This recipe does contain 5 of the 9 major allergens. It contains:
- Wheat (Gluten)
Below, I list substitutions or omissions you can make for this recipe if you have a major allergy. If you have further questions or need help with another allergen, let me know in the comments or email me!
For those with an egg allergy: Unfortunately, the main ingredient for this dish is eggs. If you would like to make a similar dish without eggs, pan-fry some tofu or spam!
For those with a milk allergy: You can easily make this recipe dairy free! This recipe contains butter. Simply omit the butter to make it safe for those with a milk allergy.
For those with celiac disease, gluten allergy, and/or wheat allergy: To make this recipe gluten and wheat-free, switch out the soy sauce for gluten-free tamari. You can find my list of gluten-free tamari brands in my article on the subject.
For those with a soy allergy: Like those with a gluten allergy, you need to avoid soy sauce if you have a soy allergy. Instead of using soy sauce, I recommend using coconut aminos. It is an excellent soy sauce alternative and is naturally soy and gluten-free!
For those with a sesame allergy: If you have a sesame allergy, you need to omit the toasted sesame oil and sesame seeds. This dish tastes delicious without those ingredients, though you will miss the nutty flavor.
Is This Recipe Vegetarian or Vegan?
Unfortunately, this recipe is neither vegetarian nor vegan as it contains eggs. The main ingredient for this recipe is eggs–if you want to make this recipe either vegan or vegetarian, you can fry up tofu instead, though the dish would then be ‘tofu rice’ instead of ‘egg rice.’
Where Do I Buy the Ingredients?
Excitingly, you can buy all the ingredients needed for this recipe at your local well-stocked grocery store.
How Do I Store Leftovers?
You can store leftovers in a few different ways. If the ingredients are already mixed together, you can transfer everything into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. Or, if you have leftover ingredients that are not yet combined, store them in separate containers in the refrigerator.
Note: If you have kimchi at home, all the leftover ingredients in the post can be used to make kimchi fried rice the next day!
I Hope You Enjoyed Learning How to Make This Korean Egg Rice Recipe (Gyeran Bap)!
In the end, I hope you enjoyed learning how to make this cheap, quick, and easy Korean egg recipe! If so, let me know in the comment section! Also, let me know if you have a favorite quick and easy meal that helps you save a few pennies!
If you would like to read more about cooking, you can find further recipes on this blog. I listed some of my favorite Carving A Journey recipes below! For reference, many recipes are influenced by my family’s blended Korean and Southern heritage.
Further Carving A Journey Recipes:
- Korean Egg Soup (Gyeran Guk)
- Korean Anchovy Broth (Myeolchi Yuksu)
- Korean Acorn Jelly Salad (Dotorimuk-Muchim)
- Korean Acorn Jelly (Dotorimuk)
- Korean Plum Tea (Maesil Cha)
- Korean Sausage Stir fry (Sausage Yachae Bokkeum)
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