Rice with Korean Soybean Sprouts (Kongnamul Bap)

Rice is cooked with Korean soybean sprouts and beef. Served with seasoned soy sauce with green onions. Ultimate Korean comfort food. Easy, healthy and delicious.
Course Main Course, rice
Cuisine Korean
Keyword comfort food, family meal, one bowl meal, simple
KoreanCategory Bap (밥)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 653 kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 3 cups short grain rice *Note this is 1 rice cooker cup - equivalent to 3/4 C in standard volume measurements.
  • 3 cups water
  • 14 oz soybean sprouts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 lb seasoned , cooked ground beef (or thinly sliced beef strips)

seasoning for beef

  • 2 tsp soy sauce (Kikkoman)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp rice cooking wine
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

sauce for rice (양념장 yangnyum jang)

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 2 tsp ~ 1 T red chili powder (to taste)
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • dash of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp green chili chopped (optional)


  1. Prepare the ground beef by mixing in all the seasonings and then stir frying the beef on medium heat until fully cooked.
  2. Wash and clean the soybean sprouts
  3. Wash the rice. Mix the water and salt and pour over the rice.
  4. Spread the cleaned sprouts and the cooked ground beef on top of the rice.
  5. Make yangnyeomjang (sauce) by mixing all ingredients. Dilute with 1 Tbs water for less salty taste.
  6. When it is all cooked, mix the rice gently to evenly distribute the beef and sprouts throughout the rice.
  7. Serve with sauce on the side.

Recipe Notes

Sometimes, the sprouts and the beef are cooked separately and served on top of the rice instead of cooking together. This produces a bibimbap kind of texture where the vegetables are still quite crunchy and the rice is also less mushy.
You can use ground pork instead of beef or mix half and half.

Yangnyeomjang sauce is not included in nutrition facts caculation.

Nutrition Facts
Rice with Korean Soybean Sprouts (Kongnamul Bap)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 653 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 785mg34%
Potassium 216mg6%
Carbohydrates 120g40%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 7.1mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.