Easy Gyeran Bap (Korean Egg Rice with Butter)

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Experience the nostalgia of my Korean American childhood with Gyeran Bap. Also known as Korean Egg Rice, it’s a simple breakfast or easy pantry meal made with rice and fried eggs. A small pat of butter adds richness. A drizzle of soy sauce and sesame oil adds so much flavor. Tasty, satisfying, and SO easy to put on the table!

Gyeran Bap (Korean Egg Rice with Butter)

Gyeran Bap is a popular Korean breakfast that’s frequently eaten as a quick meal or snack. As simple as they come, it’s essentially a fried egg over white rice.

The magic comes when the golden, sunny-side-up egg yolks are mixed into steaming hot, buttered rice. SO delicious and comforting. A drizzle of soy sauce and fragrant sesame oil completes the meal!

Gyeran means ‘egg’ in Korean, Bap means ‘rice.’ After a busy day, it’s one of my go-to easy meals. Make in 10 minutes and enjoy with a package of roasted seaweed snack and kimchi on the side.

Universally adored by kids and adults alike, Korean Egg Rice is a pantry staple and favorite easy meals in Korean homes. An easy breakfast, a quick snack between meals, or even a light lunch or dinner made more substantial with side dishes (banchan).

Nothing to eat in the house? Too tired to cook? Don’t know what to make? Gyeran Bap is the answer!

Ingredients:

  • Eggs. Organic, free-run eggs provide the best flavor and color.
  • Rice. Freshly cooked short-grain (also known as sushi rice) or medium-grain white rice is ideal and lends to the comfort factor. The residual warmth cooks the runny egg yolks into velvety smoothness.
  • Butter. A small pat adds buttery richness. A classic must!
  • Soy Sauce. A drizzle adds all the umami-rich seasoning you need.
  • Sesame oil. For nutty fragrance and aroma.
  • Sesame seeds. For crunch.

Instructions:

This Korean breakfast or easy snack/meal recipe is more about assembly. In a bowl:

  1. Cook eggs. In a non-stick skillet, add a little cooking oil. Carefully crack open two eggs and gently cook over medium heat until the yolks are runny with nearly-set whites. *Be careful not to overcook the eggs; they should be runny.
  2. Assemble. Add freshly cooked, steaming hot rice into a bowl. Add a pat of butter. Add the fried eggs. Add a drizzle of sesame oil and soy sauce. Add a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
  3. Enjoy. Break the egg yolks, mix, and enjoy!

Watch how to make it:

PRO Tips:

  • Serve with warm rice. Freshly cooked white rice from the rice cooker tastes best. But reheated leftover rice also works. Be sure to reheat in the microwave until steaming hot!
  • Cook eggs to your liking. Make it your own! Sunny side-up fried eggs with runny yolks are my recommendation; when you break the yolk with a spoon, it creates a velvety smooth “sauce” with the buttered rice. Some people add a raw egg yolk; others prefer over-easy eggs. Even scrambled eggs work, if that’s your preference.

Serve with:

Think of Korean Egg Rice as a base. Serve with different sauces and sides, depending on what’s in your fridge and pantry. Change it up often – that’s what I do!

Some suggestions:

  • Gim. Also known as roasted, seasoned seaweed snack. Crumble one entire package over the egg rice. Or, eat spoonfuls of mixed rice and egg wrapped in Gim like a taco.
  • Kimchi. Adds a spicy, fermented kick of flavor. Eat on the side or directly mixed in!
  • Furikake. Similar to Gim, this Japanese seasoning contains seaweed flakes and adds savory, umami-rich flavor. Sprinkle all over the top, mix, and enjoy.
  • Salmon roe. A spoonful of rich, plump, salty, coral-colored salmon roe tastes so delicious mixed together with hot rice and egg.
  • Tobiko. Smaller than salmon roe, the nubby, salty bits are just as delicious. Tobiko is easier to find than salmon roe with a lower price point. Plus, it stores well in the freezer.
  • Green Onions or Scallions. Aromatic with subtle onion flavor, they add soft crunch and freshness.
  • Gochujang Sauce. Also called Cho Gochujang or Bibimbap sauce, drizzle all over for spicy-sweet flavor.
  • Chili Oil or Chili Crisp. Another way to spice things up. Make homemade Chili Oil or buy a jar at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or your favorite online retailer.
  • Scallion Ginger Oil. A dollop is all you need for a gingery-aromatic kick of flavor!
  • Nuoc Cham. Vietnamese dipping sauce. Sharper than regular soy sauce with sweet-spicy notes.
  • Avocado. Creamy, buttery avocado – YUM!

FAQ:

How do you pronounce Gyeran Bap?

Gyeran Bap is a tricky word to say in English. A phonetic translation would be, “gyuh-rahn bahp.” But the “r” is a soft rolling r (like ribbet), not a hard r (like rain).

Also, all 3 syllables have equal weight and length. There’s a tendency to elongate some of the syllables and shorten others. But all 3 syllables are the same length.

Is Gyeran Bap healthy?

Growing up in my Korean American home, I did not view Gyeran Bap as “health food.” When Instagram health food accounts started reposting my Gyeran Bap reel, I was surprised! Gluten free, protein-rich, and low in calories — I understand why it could be viewed as an easy, healthy meal.

What kind of rice should I use?

For everyday eating, Koreans usually eat short grain (also called sushi rice) or medium grain rice varieties. Some common, easily accessible brands that can be found in North American grocery stores are: Calrose, Nishiki, or Kokuho Rose.

Jasmine rice (medium grain) also works. But long grain rice (such as Basmati or Carolina long grain) won’t be quite the same, as the rice grains are too fluffy and soft.

Other easy Korean recipes:

gyeran bap or korean egg rice in bowl with spoon

Gyeran Bap (Korean Egg Rice with Butter)

The Subversive Table | Lis Lam
Experience the nostalgia of my Korean American childhood with Gyeran Bap. Also known as Korean Egg Rice, it's a simple pantry meal made with rice and fried eggs. A small pat of butter adds richness. A drizzle of soy sauce and sesame oil adds so much flavor! Tasty, satisfying, and SO easy to put on the table!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Korean
Servings 1
Calories 530 kcal

Equipment

  • Non-stick Skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 2 eggs (preferably organic, free-run eggs)
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 Tbsp butter (unsalted)
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (or to taste)

Serve with:

  • 1 package Gim or roasted, salted seaweed snack
  • 1/2 cup kimchi

Instructions
 

  • Cook Eggs. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tsp vegetable oil. Crack two eggs into the skillet and fry to desired doneness. (I recommend sunny side up eggs.)
  • Assemble. In a bowl, add warm rice. Add a pat of butter directly on top. Add eggs. Season with soy sauce and sesame oil. Add a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy. Use a spoon to mix the eggs and buttered rice together. Eat immediately with Gim and kimchi. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

  • Serve with warm rice. Freshly cooked white rice tastes best. But reheated leftover rice also works. Be sure to reheat in the microwave until steaming hot!
  • Cook eggs to your liking. Make it your own! Sunny side-up fried eggs with runny egg yolks are my recommendation; when you break the yolk with a spoon, it creates a velvety smooth “sauce” with the buttered rice. Some people add a raw egg yolk; others prefer over-easy eggs. Even scrambled eggs work, if that’s your preference.

Nutrition

Calories: 530kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 25gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 357mgSodium: 1568mgPotassium: 750mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 7381IUVitamin C: 49mgCalcium: 179mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Eggs, Gyeran Bap, Rice
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15 minutes, All Recipes, Breakfast + Brunch, Korean, Rice, Snacks, Weeknight Meals
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