Gyeran Bap (Korean Egg Rice)

By: takestwoeggsPosted: 29/10/2023 Updated: 30/11/2023
Prep 2 minutes
Cook 8 minutes
Total 10 minutes
Gyeran bap or Korean egg rice made with fried eggs with rice, butter, soy sauce, and sesame oil is incredibly tasty, satisfying and the best Korean breakfast that is extremely easy to make!
Gyeran Bap (Korean Egg Rice)

Gyeran bap or Korean egg rice made with fried eggs with rice, butter, soy sauce, and sesame oil is incredibly tasty, satisfying, and the best Korean breakfast that is extremely easy to make!

A spoon breaking open an egg yolk in a bowl of Korean egg rice.

Delicious, quick, and simple gyeran bap or Korean egg rice, made with fried eggs with rice, butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, green onions, and sesame seeds, is the ultimate 10-minute Korean breakfast. Nothing beats this delicious and nostalgic sunny-side-up fried eggs on rice made with only a handful of ingredients.

Serve this addicting gyeran bap by mixing the runny sunny side egg yolk with buttered rice, a drizzle of soy sauce and sesame oil, and a side of kimchi and seaweed sheets for the ultimate meal.

Eggs are our specialty. We love quick and easy yet incredibly savory and satisfying eggs and rice for breakfast. If you love this egg rice recipe, check out our caramelized spam and eggs recipe, gyeran Mari (Korean egg roll), and Chinese steamed egg.

Looking down at a bowl of gyeran bap.

What is Gyeran Bap?

Gyeran bap translates to “egg rice” in Korean. It is a simple yet incredibly popular Korean rice dish made with fried eggs rice and mixed with soy sauce, sesame oil, and butter. Gyeran bap is typically eaten as a Korean breakfast, as a quick meal, or as a snack.

The sunny side egg is typically mixed into the warm butter rice and seasoned with soy sauce, sesame oil, and sesame seeds. These Korean eggs and rice are then served with a side of kimchi and seaweed snack sheets for the most satisfying meal.

A spoonful of gyeran bap lifted from a bowl of korean egg rice.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

If you love eggs and rice, there is no doubt that you will love this gyeran bap recipe. Here are three top reasons why you should make this egg rice recipe.

  1. Quick and Easy. There is nothing easier than fried eggs with rice and a few seasonings. You can easily prepare this Korean eggs and rice recipe in under 10 minutes.
  2. Balanced flavors. The seasoned fried eggs add a savory, and salty flavor that complements the neutral flavor of the steamed rice.
  3. Customizable. You can easily customize this simple Korean breakfast by adding your own twist such as chili oil, stir-fried vegetables, or protein!
Looking down at a bowl of mixed together Korean egg rice.

Kitchen Equipment

You will need the following items of kitchen equipment to make this fried eggs on rice recipe.

Ingredients

You will need the following ingredients to make this fried eggs with rice recipe.

  • Eggs: eggs are the star ingredient. Use organic, free-run eggs for a deep rich golden yolk for the best flavor.
  • Rice: freshly cooked short-grain or medium-grain rice is ideal for Korean eggs and rice.
  • Unsalted Butter: butter seasons the rice for a rich mouthfeel.
  • Soy Sauce: a drizzle of soy sauce over your eggs is the best combination ever. It adds umami rich salty seasoning to your Korean breakfast rice and eggs.
  • Sesame Oil: toasted sesame oil adds a nutty umami fragrance and aroma.
  • Green onion: freshly chopped green onion for garnish and an aromatic finish.
  • Toasted sesame seeds: toasted sesame seeds add a hint of texture and crunch and a light nutty flavor.
  • Seaweed snack: seaweed snack adds an extra layer of umami salty flavor. You can either crumble the seaweed over the egg rice or eat spoonfuls of mixed rice in the seaweed snack like a taco.
  • Kimchi: kimchi adds a spicy, fermented kick of flavor to the fried eggs on rice.
All the ingredients for gyeran bap organized and labeled.

Additions

You can easily upgrade this egg rice recipe with the following additions.

  • Salmon Roe: salmon roe adds a delicious salty umami flavor to the eggs over rice.
  • Chili Oil or Chili Oil Crisp: add a drizzle of chili oil or chili oil crisp for added spice!
  • Gochugaru: for just a simple kick of spice add gochugaru.
  • Avocado: for a full breakfast experience add a few slices of creamy avocado.
  • Protein: bacon, sausage, beef, chicken, pork or tofu for added protein.
  • Vegetables: add sauteed spinach, shiitake mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, etc for a more balanced meal.

How to Make Gyeran Bap

Here are the instructions on how to make egg rice. You can easily customize your gyeran bap with any of the following additions listed above.

  1. Fry your eggs. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil on a small non-stick skillet over medium heat. Crack 2 eggs into the skillet and cook until desired doneness. Drizzle extra oil along the edges of the egg whites for extra crisp.
Two fried eggs in a skillet.
  1. Prepare the gyeran bap. In a small bowl, add the cooked rice and butter. Then place the eggs on top and season with soy sauce and sesame oil. Then garnish with green onion, and toasted sesame seeds.
  1. Serve. Break the egg yolk and mix the egg with the rice until combined. Serve the gyeran bap with kimchi and seaweed snack and enjoy!
Looking down at a bowl of gyeran bap.

Tips for the Best Gyeran Bap

  • Use fresh rice. Gyeran bap is best enjoyed with freshly cooked warm rice.
  • Use fresh organic eggs. Splurging on fresh quality organic eggs with deep golden orange-yellow yolk will yield the best flavor for fried eggs with rice.
  • Cook your eggs to the desired doneness. You can cook the sunny-side-up fried eggs until runny or until well done based on your preference!
  • Preheat the pan before adding the eggs. Make sure the pan and cooking oil are hot over medium heat before adding your eggs for the ultimate crisp.
  • For added crispy edges, add a drizzle of oil along the edges of the egg white to crisp up the fried egg edges.
  • Season to your preferences. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed and serve with kimchi and seaweed snacks for the ultimate Korean rice and eggs.

Storage Instructions

These fried eggs with rice are best served immediately. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheat: drizzle a few drops of water over the Korean rice and eggs to rehydrate and then microwave covered until warm.

Frequently Asked Q’s & A’s

What does Gyeran Bap mean in Korean?

“Gyeran Bap” (계란밥) translates to “egg rice” in Korean, as “gyeran” means “egg,” and “bap” means “rice.”

What type of rice should I use for Gyeran Bap?

Traditionally, short-grain or medium-grain rice is commonly used for Korean egg rice.

Can I use other types of rice for Korean rice and eggs?

Yes of course! You can use any white rice or brown rice that you prefer.

Can I use leftover rice to make this egg rice recipe?

Yes, you can use leftover rice to make this egg rice recipe.

Can I substitute soy sauce with a gluten-free alternative?

Yes! You can use tamari or coconut liquid aminos as a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce. 

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Gyeran Bap (Korean Egg Rice)

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Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Gyeran bap or Korean egg rice made with fried eggs with rice, butter, soy sauce, and sesame oil is incredibly tasty, satisfying and the best Korean breakfast that is extremely easy to make!
Servings: 1 bowl
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup cooked short or medium grain rice
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Garnish

Instructions

  • Fry your eggs. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil on a small non-stick skillet over medium heat. Crack 2 eggs into the skillet and cook until desired doneness. Drizzle extra oil along the edges of the egg whites for extra crisp.
  • Prepare the gyeran bap. In a small bowl, add the cooked rice and butter. Then place the eggs on top and season with soy sauce and sesame oil. Garnish with green onion and toasted sesame seeds.
  • Serve. Break the egg yolk and mix the egg with the rice until combined. Serve the gyeran bap with kimchi and seaweed snack and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use fresh rice. Gyeran bap is best enjoyed with freshly cooked warm rice.
  • Use quality organic eggs. Splurging on quality organic eggs with deep golden orange-yellow yolk will yield the best flavor for fried eggs with rice.
  • Cook your eggs to the desired doneness. You can cook the sunny-side-up fried eggs until runny or until well done based on your preference!
  • Preheat the pan before adding the eggs. Make sure the pan and cooking oil are hot over medium heat before adding your eggs for the ultimate crisp.
  • For added crispy edges, add a drizzle of oil along the edges of the egg white to crisp up the fried egg edges.
  • Season to your preferences. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed and serve with kimchi and seaweed snacks for the ultimate Korean rice and eggs.

Nutrition:

Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 358mg | Sodium: 1151mg | Potassium: 294mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 3mg

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