The obsession with Korean food here in America is still going strong. Gochujang is now the new Sriracha, kimchi is almost as common as dill pickles and bibimbap bowls are the new go-to takeout option. Instead of ordering your favorite bowl, you should probably learn how to make your own. Make your way down the page to discover 16 variations paired with a few non-bowl plays on the traditional ingredients. Trust us: It’s easier than it sounds, and your dinner guests will be thanking you for ages.


1. Bacon and Egg Bibimbap: Rise and shine! Okay, so you don’t have to make this one for breakfast, but it would be a pretty epic way to start the day, don’t you think? (via Olive)


2. Bibimbap Tacos: If you’re just dipping your toe in the bibimbap pool, try it out as a taco first. You’ll get the same sort of flavor profile but in a familiar handheld package. (via The Kitchn)


3. Bang Bang Shrimp Bibimbap Noodle Bowls: Bang bang shrimp is your favorite appetizer, so adding it to your bibimbap is a natural step. Typically, your bowl will start with rice, but if you fancy a change, try swapping it for stir-fry noodles. (via The Girl on Bloor)


4. Beef Bibimbap: Thin strips of bulgogi or rib eye add protein and insane flavor to this bowl. Make your own gochujang sauce to go on top and you can basically call yourself an Iron Chef. (via Great British Chefs)


5. Korean Tofu Bibimbap Sandwiches: If umami had a profile picture, this would be it. Kimchi, crispy tofu and about a gallon of spicy pepper sauce make this bibimbap-inspired sandwich a hit with just about everyone. (via Connoisseurus Veg)


6. Quick Bibimbap Bowl: This plant-based version hits its protein quota with diced tofu. Prep all of your toppings the night before, and this has the ability to be a very quick weekday lunch. (via Vega)


7. Fast and Easy Sesame Chicken Bibimbap: Your first instinct when the bibimbap craving hits is to order in. May we suggest you try this quick sesame chicken bowl that is ready in just 20 minutes? You *won’t* be sorry. (via Seasons and Suppers)


8. Crispy Shrimp Bibimbap Bowls: These crispy fried shrimp are so addicting, they may not even make it to your bowl. In case they do, finish them off with a generous sprinkle of sesame seeds before diving in with your chopsticks. (via The Peach Kitchen)


9. Pork Belly Bibimbap: If pork belly wasn’t enough to draw you in, then nothing will be. To keep this Paleo, try to find a kimchi that has minimal ingredients or make your own. (via Paleo OMG)


10. Korean Rice Bowls With Turkey and Mushrooms: Maybe your presentation won’t be quite this clean, but it will taste divine either way. This one is great to serve to kids because it’s not spicy, it’s interactive and there are nutrient-packed mushrooms hidden in the ground turkey. (via The Foodie Physician)


11. Korean Bibimbap Bowls With Cauliflower Rice: If you’re all aboard the low-carb train, these cauliflower rice bowls will be your bibimbap dream. Tons of veggies are necessary, obvi. (via Destination Delish)


12. Brown Rice Pork Bibimbap: While white rice is customary, brown rice is a fine alternative to impart even more nutrition. Serve this at a Korean-themed dinner party with plenty of Soju and you’ll have a major crowd-pleaser on your hands. (via Chowhound)


13. Salmon Brown Rice Bibimbap: You know that salmon is extremely nutritious, but it’s difficult finding different ways to prepare it. Try it in your next bibimbap bowl with brown rice, spinach and carrots for a unique twist on your favorite. (via Season With Spice)


14. Spicy Salmon Bibimbap: If you’re a more adventurous foodie, this raw salmon tartare will be a fun dish to experiment with. Top with a pasteurized raw egg yolk and get to channeling your inner Anthony Bourdain. (via Lady and Pups)


15. Vegetarian Quinoa Bibimbap: To up the protein of your vegetarian bibimbap without adding meat, swap the rice for quinoa. Whatever you do, don’t forget the fried egg! (via Yuri Elkaim)


16. Whole30 Grilled Steak Bibimbap Bowls: To make your bibimbap Whole30 compliant, stick with high-protein meats like steak. Use cauliflower rice as the base and make your own mayo and Sriracha to dress. (via Girl Carnivore)

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