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Beef & Soybean Sprout Rice | Kong Namul Bap

Beef & Soybean Sprout Rice | Kong Namul Bap

If you guys know me, I’m all about traditional home cooking, but I’m not going to lie, lately the instant pot and air fryer have been my best friend because I really don’t have that much time to be spending all day in the kitchen anymore. Now that I can no longer wear Tay in a carrier while cooking, not to mention she’s a horrible napper, it gives me little to no time to myself. Not to mention she ALWAYS wants to “help” cook and though I love how much she enjoys watching me and her eagerness to try things for herself,  I’ve found that I really do need to work smarter, not harder.

This is what makes this meal so perfect!  I make this dish on those days when you really want to just “set it and forget it”.  Kong Namul Bap is one of the easiest dishes to make and you can make it in your rice cooker or instant pot in as little as 15 minutes! Taylor doesn’t really like soybeans sprouts, but whenever I make this dish, she gobbles up her entire bowl and even asks for seconds, if not thirds.

I’ve been getting a lot more requests for more instant pot and air fryer recipes so today, I made this dish in the instant pot and it literally took a few minutes of prep and then 12 minutes to cook! It doesn’t get easier than this! To make this vegan friendly, you can simply omit the beef!

Ingredients: (4-5 servings)

  • 2 1/2 cups of short grain rice

  • 2 cups water (if making this in a regular rice cooker, use 2 1/2 cups of water)

  • 8-10 oz ground beef

  • 1/2 TBSP minced garlic

  • 1 TBSP soy sauce

  • 1 tsp Mirin


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

  • 1 TBSP sesame oil

  • 4-5 green onions,  finely chopped

  • 1 TBSP Korean pepper flakes (gochugaru)

  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds

  • 1/2 TBSP minced garlic

  • 1/2 TBSP sugar

(I prefer to dilute the sauce with about 2-3 TBSP of water, but it’s a personal preference)


Wash rice until water runs clear and add 2 1/2 cups of clean cold water and set aside


Trim and wash soybean sprouts making sure to discard browned sprouts and making sure to remove ends. Drain and add sprouts directly on top of the washed rice.


Add a TBSP of sesame oil to a skillet and once oil is hot, add minced garlic and ground beef. Add soy sauce and cook meat. Drain excess oil and add cooked meat over the soybean sprouts.


Close lid and use manual rice function. Quick Release.


While rice cooks, prepare the sauce.

Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and mix together.


Once the rice is cooked, using a rice scoop, mix together and serve with the sauce. For your little ones, omit the sauce or add a few drops of soy sauce to tatste!



Su & Tay

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