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Sweet Potato Rice (Gogumabap) Recipe

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I taught in South Korea for two years before moving to Houston, Texas. I enjoy writing about thifty finds, recipes, DIY, and more.

Sweet potato rice (gogumabap).

Sweet potato rice (gogumabap).

A Korean Rice Dish

Last week, I knew I was going to be super busy, so I prepped my lunch boxes with some delicious, roasted sweet potatoes. With sweet potatoes on the brain, I decided to also make gogumabap (고구마밥), or sweet potato rice, for lunch. This is a Korean dish that is quite healthy since sweet potatoes are filled with vitamin A.

Of course, since I am not in Korea or very close to an H-Mart, I did substitute some of the usual ingredients for what was more readily available. I also amended a few of the steps you’d use to make traditional gogumabap so that it was easier to make. It still turned out delicious! So, if you want to take your taste buds for a spin, then try this spin on sweet potato rice (the easy way)!

Equipment and Utensils

  • Pot or rice cooker
  • Spoon
  • Bowl
  • Knife
  • Baking sheet


  • 1 to 2 sweet potatoes (mine were quite large, so I only ended up needing one)
  • 1 cup rice (brown or white)
  • Water
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For the seasoning sauce:

  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped (it's usually made with Asian chives, but feel free to substitute)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (I only had apple cider vinegar, so I used 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  1. If using a rice cooker, go ahead and wash and prep your rice. This involves swishing the rice around in water and draining out the water about 3–5 times. Once that is finished, you can add 1 cup of water to your rice and put it into the rice cooker and hit cook. (Don’t have a rice cooker? No problem! Go ahead and wait until after the sweet potatoes are roasted to boil your rice. Most bagged rice only takes 10 minutes to cook.)
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Peel your sweet potatoes, cut them into 1-inch cubes, and then rinse them off.
  4. Prepare to bake your sweet potatoes. For easy cleanup, I lined my small baking pan with tin foil, added my sweet potato cubes, and drizzled some olive oil on top.
  5. Allow your potatoes to bake for around 20 minutes. Occasionally check to see if they are soft.
  6. If you aren’t using a rice cooker, then go ahead and start prepping your boiled rice after 15 minutes have passed.
  7. Once your rice is ready, you can go ahead and prepare the seasoning sauce by simply combining all of the listed ingredients in a bowl. Save some of the green parts of the onions to top your dish. (Don’t throw them away!)
  8. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and check that they are soft enough to eat.
  9. Add the rice to the bowl/bowls for serving, then add the sweet potatoes on top followed by the seasoning sauce and the extra green onion garnish.
  10. Congrats! You have now made a Korean dish! Dig in!

Photo Tutorial

Peel, cut, and rinse the sweet potatoes.

Peel, cut, and rinse the sweet potatoes.

Bake the sweet potatoes in the oven until they're soft.

Bake the sweet potatoes in the oven until they're soft.

Mix together the ingredients for the seasoning sauce.

Mix together the ingredients for the seasoning sauce.

Flavorful and Healthy

This dish is simple enough to make, and it packs a lot of flavor into it. Plus, it happens to be both plant-based friendly and vegetarian. This meal is great for lunch or dinner, so I definitely recommend that you try it out! If you like this recipe, leave a comment below. Also, feel free to tell me what you’d like to see more of!

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