Beef bibimbap stir-fry bowls are the perfect weekday meal. Make this recipe in bulk to spread for multiple meals. Eat seasonally by adding whatever veggies are currently in season, for the highest nutritional value!
Here in our home it seems that I kind of go through phases with meals. For a while I will consistently make the same weekly meals. Then, something else will come to mind and I will kind of switch my cooking for a bit. This is not done intentionally.
Because this is the case, I also center our meals around whatever meat we currently are stocked up on. We eat a lot of chicken and beef. This is because we buy beef in bulk, hanging, from a local pastured farm that we trust. I like to switch up the beef so we usually buy a box of frozen chickens from that same farm. The reason that I like to buy whole chickens is because that way I can utilize the whole animal. We use the bones of the chicken to make homemade bone broth at least once a week. Sometimes I will purchase the feet to help the bone broth gel up more.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Our beef supply is currently winding down, but I am still making a ton of beef recipes with the ground beef. One of our favorite ways to utilize ground beef is in a stir-fry of sorts. It’s a great way to get a balanced meal in and also prepare the vegetables in a way that our kids love to eat them. We love switching up the vegetables for what is currently in season.
Another reason we love this recipe is because it is something I can make in bulk to stretch for several meals. I do love to cook, but, I am currently in a busy season with several toddlers at home and so I really cling to recipes that allow me to be in the kitchen just once a day to cook. This meal also freezes well if you double the recipe and chop all of the veggies, but don’t cook them, you could pull this meal out to cook in just 10 minutes at a later date!
What Is Beef Bibimbap?
Bibimbap is technically a Korean rice bowl. I also just go ahead and call it a stir-fry because well…it is! Ground beef isn’t always what the authentic dish utilizes. It can also be made with chunks of steak rather than ground beef. We choose to use ground beef because it is usually what we have here in stock at home. Steak isn’t something we eat much of because we typically try to stretch the meat as much as possible.
Fill a bowl with seasoned meat, veggies, and topped with a fried egg and you have yourself a bibimbap style stir-fry dish. You may have made something similar without even realizing it.
Is Bibimbap A Healthy Meal?
The way that we prepare this Korean inspired dish is a healthy dinner option. It is a great balance of whole grains, grass-fed and finished beef, natural sweeteners, and organic veggies. Because I do not use an authentic bibimbap sauce, I cannot say the same for what is used in the authentic dish in Korea.
What Makes Up A Bibimbap Bowl?
These bibimbap stir-fry bowls are made up of brown rice, ground beef, veggies, and a fried egg. We customize what veggies we use in this dish each time depending on what we have on hand. It doesn’t change the flavor profile too much by swapping out veggies with different ones.
Kitchen Tools You’ll Need To Make This Recipe
- Instant Pot, optional for cooking rice
- Small and Medium sized bowls
- Cutting Board
- 2-3 Cast Iron Skillets or Stainless Steel Pans
- Kitchen Tongs
- Wooden Spoon or Spatula
- Strainer, for washing veggies
Ingredients You’ll Need For Beef Bibimbap Bowls
- Ground Beef, grass-fed & finished recommended
- Coconut Oil, Organic cold-pressed recommended
- Veggies, we like to use broccoli, carrots, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, cucumbers, and green onions
- Rice Vinegar, White Vinegar also works if you don’t keep Rice Vinegar on hand
- Coconut Aminos
- Honey, raw and local recommended
- Garlic, minced
- Ground Ginger
- Salt and Pepper
- Sesame seeds, optional
- Rice, we use brown rice
- Bone Broth, homemade recommended
How To Make Beef Bibimbap Bowls
Wash, chop, and strain each of the vegetables. Then place each veggie into their own individual bowl to saute` later.
Wash and slice cucumbers for topping the bowls at the end of the recipe. They will be added raw.
Add 2 cups of rice and 2 cups of homemade bone broth to instant pot, sprinkle with salt. Cook for 22 minutes on high pressure. We use brown rice, if you use a different kind then you may need to adjust cook time. See Instant pot cook times manual to be sure.
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Once it’s nice and hot, add a splash of coconut oil and the ground beef. Brown the meat.
Once the beef is browned add minced garlic. Cook until aromatic, about a minute.
To the skillet add coconut aminos, ground ginger, honey, and salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes to reduce some of the liquid.
In a separate skillet over medium heat, add 1-2 Tbsp. of coconut oil. Once the Oil is nice and hot, add each veggie one at a time to saute`. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir with tongs then remove from heat.
Repeat with remaining veggies.
Add 1-2 more Tbsp. of coconut oil to a skillet and fry and egg, over easy. Remove from heat and set aside for bowl assembly.
In a small bowl add chopped green onions and vinegar.
How To Assemble Bibimbap Stir-Fry Bowls
- To assemble the bowls add desired amount of rice, then meat mixture, and saute`d veggies on top.
- Top with optional sesame seeds.
- Add fried egg to the top.
- Garnish with fresh cucumber slices and quick pickled green onions.
Even our kids love this dish, this is one of their bowls mid-dinner. It’s a great way to get them eating their vegetables!
On a clean cookware note, we love these stainless steel dishes for kids. They are perfect because I don’t have to worry about chemicals leaching into the food, they are all the same color so they don’t get fought over, and they won’t break if they are dropped.
If you try this recipe, I’d love for you to come back and give it 5 stars!
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Healthy Stir-Fry Beef Bibimbap Bowls
- Instant Pot optional for cooking the rice
- Cutting board
- 2-3 Cast Iron Skillets or Stainless Steel
- Kitchen Tongs
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- Garlic Mincer if using whole cloves
- 3-4 Small and Medium Bowls
- 2 lbs Ground Beef grass-fed & finished recommended
- Vegetables of choice for sauteing
- Coconut Oil
- 3-4 Cloves Garlic
- 1-2 tbsp Honey raw recommended
- ¼ Cup Coconut Aminos
- ½ tsp Ground Ginger
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Cooking the meat
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once heated, add ground beef. Cook until browned.
- Mince garlic and add to skillet. Mix to combine.
- Add honey, coconut aminos, and ground ginger to skillet.
- Mix well to combine. Cook for a few minutes to cook down some of the liquid. Salt and Pepper to taste.
- Remove from heat and set aside.
Cooking the vegetables
- Wash and chop the vegetables.
- Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp. of coconut oil to skillet.
- Saute` each vegetable separately. Cook for a few minutes until vegetables are cooked through. Salt and Pepper to taste. Remove from heat and repeat with remaining vegetables.
Cooking the rice
- To cook the rice quickly, add 2 cups of brown rice to an instant pot. Add 2 cups of homemade bone broth. Set lid on and ensure it's set to "sealing." Cook for 22 minutes. Let steam release.
- Heat a small or medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1-2 tbsp. of oil to the skillet once it's hot. Add eggs for frying, flip only once and try to keep the yolk intact. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Wash and chop green onions. Add to a small bowl with rice vinegar or distilled white vinegar.
- Slice cucumbers for topping. Set aside.
Bibimbap Bowl Assembly
- In a bowl add rice, then meat mixture, then veggies. Top with a fried egg, cucumbers, and quick pickled green onions