Sweet Potato Bibimbap

Sweet Potato Bibimbap Photos by Rikki Snyder

Bibimbap! Have you heard of it? You will love it!

What exactly is bibimbap? It’s a traditional Korean dish which translates to “mixed rice” (bibi = mixed, bap = rice). A variety of sautéed, raw, and pickled vegetables are served on top of white rice with a raw or over-easy egg and sliced meat. I took the Make it Meatless approach to this bibimbap by substituting roasted sweet potato slices for the meat. Sweet potatoes for meat? Does that sound like a strange substitution? I assure you, it simply works! The sweet potatoes are filling, flavorful, and add life to the meal.

Sweet Potato Bibimbap Ingredients
One of my favorite parts about this dish is how much variety goes into the bowl. You can pick and choose your favorite vegetables, and create a combination of raw and cooked vegetables with a tasty sauce. I went with sautéed shiitake mushrooms and sweet potatoes, which I served with raw shredded carrot, eggs, pickled cucumbers (I used store-bought, but I’ve linked to a recipe in the ingredient list if you can’t find them!), kimchi, and a gingery chili garlic sauce drizzled over everything.

Sweet Potato Bibimbap
These bowls are so flavorful and satisfying that it took only a split second to realize they would be a staple in my household.

Sweet Potato Bibimbap

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Sweet Potato Bibimbap

A vegetarian version of bibimbap made with roasted sweet potatoes. Inspired by Bon Appetit's Bibimbap At Home.

Ingredients

    For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • For the Mushrooms:
  • 1 tablespoon light sesame oil (or any other neutral-flavored oil with a high smoke point)
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced (discard stems)
  • 1 tablespoon sauce
  • For the Fried Eggs:
  • 1 tablespoon light sesame oil (or any other neutral-flavored oil with a high smoke point)
  • 4 eggs
  • For the Bowl:
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 large roasted sweet potato, sliced
  • Sesame seeds
  • Kimchi
  • Grated Carrots
  • Pickled Cucumbers
  • Mung bean sprouts

Instructions

    To Prepare the Sauce:
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients for the sauce together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. To Cook the Mushrooms:
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until the liquid is released and then evaporated, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the prepared sauce and cook about 1 minute more, until absorbed. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl and wipe out the pan.
  4. To Fry the Eggs:
  5. Heat the oil over medium heat in the same skillet you cooked the mushrooms in. Once the oil is heated, crack the eggs into the pan. (There should be room for all 4 if your skillet is large enough; if not, cook them in batches.) Let the eggs cook until set, then remove from heat. (You can flip the eggs and cook them on both sides if you're not a runny yolk fan!)
  6. To Assemble the Bowls:
  7. Divide the rice into 4 bowls. Top the rice with sweet potato slices, mushrooms, and one egg. Let everyone add the remaining ingredients to their liking; serve with sauce.

Notes

Roast the sweet potato at 400ºF for 40-60 minutes, until tender.

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About Julia

Julia Mueller writes the food blog, The Roasted Root, and is the author of Delicious Probiotic Drinks and Let Them Eat Kale!. A Lake Tahoe native, Julia loves to play outdoors, and enjoys developing recipes that are nutrient-dense and approachable to make any night of the week.   Read more from Julia →

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Comments

    • Julia Mueller says

      There’s something about a bowl full of sauteed veggies over rice that really does the body good :) The sweet potato adds so much character to the meal – hope you try it!

    • Julia Mueller says

      YES, you’ll love it, Kare!! Now that I’ve bibimbaped, it’s pretty much all I want to do for dinner. Cheers to many, many bibimbaps to come ;)

    • Julia Mueller says

      Awesome! Welcome to the wonderful world of bibimbap! It’s definitely a cinch to make and the sweet potato version is delicious! :D

  1. says

    I live for bibimbap! Really, I could eat it everyday…I think I did when I lived in Korea.
    And don’t worry, the pronunciation is phonetic, so you are right on track! :)

    I have yet to try sweet potato in my many variations, but one can never go wrong with sweet potato.
    One of my fav variations is mixed mushroom bibimbap…A whole bunch of fun mushrooms sautéed, and of course topped with the requisite fried egg.

    • Julia Mueller says

      Ooh I can see a mushroom medley being amazing in bibimbap. I’ll have to try that idea! Let me know how you end up liking the sweet potato version :)

  2. says

    I live for bibimbap! Really, I could eat it everyday…I think I did when I lived in Korea.
    And don’t worry, the pronunciation is phonetic, so you are right on track! :)

    I have yet to try sweet potato in my many variations, but one can never go wrong with sweet potato.
    One of my fav variations is mixed mushroom bibimbap…A whole bunch of fun mushrooms sautéed, and of course topped with the requisite fried egg.

    • Julia Mueller says

      So glad you ladies like the recipe. Thanks for the thoughtful compliment on the photos, but I actually didn’t take them – Rikki Snyder did. She’s an amazing and talented photographer, indeed! Hope you try the bibimbap and thanks so much for your feedback!

    • Julia Mueller says

      Wahoo! Thanks, Meg! I’m definitely going to make another round of it this week. Come on over, sister! ;)

  3. says

    I love bibimbap and how versatile it is. I’ve made it many times with just things I had in the fridge; however, I’ve never made it with sweet potatoes. What a great idea and what a lovely dish. Great pictures!

  4. Denise Carlin says

    Hi,
    I love your blog and your recipes. You didn’t mention if the rice and sweet potato were hot?? Is this a breakfast dish. I can see that it would easily work for lunch or dinner too.
    Thank you,
    Denise

    • Julia Mueller says

      Hi Denise. Yes, Bibimbap is served hot and I typically eat it for dinner although I have to admit, I’d never be opposed to eating it for breakfast ;) Let me know if you have any more questions and thanks for your interest in the recipe.

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