Kimbap is a popular Korean dish that resembles sushi rolls but is uniquely Korean in flavor and ingredients. It typically includes seasoned rice, various fillings like vegetables and proteins, all rolled up in a sheet of dried seaweed (nori). Kimbap is perfect for picnics, lunches, or as a snack. Each bite offers a harmonious blend of savory, sweet, and slightly salty flavors.


For the Rice:

  • 2 cups sushi rice or short-grain rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Fillings:

  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1 cucumber, julienned
  • 5 strips yellow pickled radish (danmuji)
  • 1 bunch spinach, blanched and squeezed dry
  • 1/2 lb (about 225g) beef sirloin, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 4 sheets of dried seaweed (nori)
  • Sesame oil and salt for seasoning
  • Toasted sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. Cook the rice according to the package instructions or in a rice cooker with 2 1/2 cups of water.
  2. While the rice is still warm, mix in rice vinegar, sugar, and salt. Stir gently and let it cool to room temperature.
  3. For the beef filling, marinate the beef slices in soy sauce, sesame oil, minced garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper for about 15-20 minutes. Then, cook the beef in a pan over medium-high heat until fully cooked. Set aside.
  4. Sauté the julienned carrot with a little sesame oil and salt until soft. Do the same with the cucumber, but make sure not to overcook it (it should remain crisp). Set the cooked vegetables aside.
  5. Place a sheet of nori on a bamboo rolling mat. Spread an even layer of rice over the nori, leaving about an inch of space at the top.
  6. Arrange a small amount of each filling in lines across the rice, about a third of the way up from the bottom.
  7. Lift the bottom edge of the mat over the fillings, tucking the nori sheet to start a roll. Gently roll it forward, keeping the fillings in place with your fingers. Press down lightly with the mat to shape and seal the roll. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  8. Brush the finished rolls with a bit of sesame oil and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.
  9. Slice each roll into bite-sized pieces with a sharp, wet knife to prevent sticking.
  10. Serve the Kimbap with soy sauce or a dipping sauce of your choice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 300
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 15g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes


  • Serves: 4 people

Kimbap is a delightful and versatile dish, allowing for various fillings based on your preference. It’s a great way to explore Korean flavors in a fun and interactive manner. Enjoy these seaweed rice rolls as a satisfying meal or a portable snack!

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