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Gyeran Bap (Korean Egg Rice Recipe)

by Emily
A side shot of Korean egg rice. In a white bowl, rice, a sunny side up egg, green onion, and seaweed strips. The bowl sits on a blue tray next to wooden chopsticks.

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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:

  1. Are too tired to make anything complicated
  2. Have nothing in the house to eat/cook with
  3. Need to save some money on the cost of groceries, and/or
  4. 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. 

A close up shot of a sunny side up egg yolk. Sesame seeds are sprinkled over the eggs.
Doesn’t This Sunny Side Up Egg Look Delicious?!

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:

Optional Add-On Ingredients:

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! 

A side shot of gyeran bap. This rice bowl contains seaweed strips, green onions, and a sunny side up egg. The white bowl sits on a blue tray.
Do You Like Rice-Based Dishes?

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: 

  • Fish
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Crustacean shellfish

This recipe does contain 5 of the 9 major allergens. It contains: 

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Wheat (Gluten)
  • Soybean
  • Sesame

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! 

Allergy Substitutions: 

An overhead shot of gyeran bap. Thia bowl of rice has a sunny side egg sitting on top of rice. Green onions and seaweed strips are in the bowl. The bowl sits on a blue tray next to chop sticks.
Are You Looking for a Cheap and Easy Meal?

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!

A closeup side shot of a sunny side egg over a bowl of rice. The bowl also contains green onions and seaweed strips.

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.

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Gyeran Bap (Korean Egg Rice Recipe)

Recipe by Emily
5.0 from 1 vote
Course: EntréeCuisine: KoreanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 1/2 Cup Short-Grained Rice

  • 1/2 TBSP Unsalted Butter

  • 1 TSP Sesame Oil

  • 1 TBSP Soy Sauce, more to taste

  • 1 TSP Sesame Seeds

  • 2 TBSP Green Onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 Egg, sunny side up or over easy

  • Dried Seaweed Strips, cut up seaweed to taste

  • 1/2 TSP Vegetable or Olive Oil, for pan-frying


  • Prepare your rice either by making a fresh pot or reheating leftovers. If making fresh rice, this takes up your 20-minute cooking time. If you are using leftover rice , this becomes a 5 minute meal. Once cooked, mix it with the butter until well combined. Then, transfer it to a serving bowl.
  • In a set to medium-low heat, add cooking oil. Fry your to either egg sunny side up or over easy. Fry your egg until the white is cooked but the yolk is still runny. Place egg over the top of the buttered rice.
  • Next, sprinkle over your sliced green onions, cut-up dried seaweed (to taste), and sesame seeds onto your egg and rice. Finally, pour over the sesame oil and soy sauce (you can add more of each to taste if you want your rice nuttier or richer).
  • Mix the egg and other ingredients into your rice and enjoy.* Serve with a side of kimchi.


  • *You can add further ingredients to taste as well. Examples include fried spam, avocados, gochugaru, leftover Korean side dishes, and more!

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