Asparagus and beef rice bowl

By Katherine

A little rooster sauce goes a long way

We’ve been in a weeknight dinner rut. Both of us have been getting home later and that often translates to dinner after 8 p.m., when there are no leftovers to reheat. Ideally, we like weeknight meals that come together in 45 minutes to an hour, which can seem like an eternity when you’re hungry. Not that I’m grouchy or anything when hungry.

This one included a lot of steps, but quick ones, make rice, cook asparagus, fry eggs, throw it together.Β  OK, I admit I was glad Greg got home to help check things when he did. I’d wanted to have something like it since tasting a Korean bibimbap in London. Purists, relax, I know it’s not the same thing. We don’t profess to be experts at Asian cuisine and our quick meals usually include pasta, or chicken, or tortillas. But still we both thought this was pretty darn good. Like many of our meals it’s designed to serve two, but Greg can eat a bit.

Asparagus and beef rice bowl (adapted from April 2010 Bon Appetit)

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 dried chili pepper
  • 3/4 pound cubed beef
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil, divided
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped or 2 tbsp diced red onion
  • 1 tbsp hoison sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sherry (or sake if you have it)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10-15 asparagus spears, trimmed
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups freshly cooked white rice (I used half low-sodium beef broth and half water)
  • 2 tbsp coarsely chopped cilantro
  • srirachi to taste

Toast sesame seeds in small skillet over medium heat until golden brown, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Transfer sesame seeds to small bowl to cool. Grind sesame seeds, sea salt, and dried pepper in mortar with pestle until about half of sesame seeds are finely ground.

Whisk together soy sauce, one tablespoon sesame oil, hoison sauce, onions, garlic, sherry. Toss beef in soy mixture. Let marinate at room temperature 30 minutes, tossing occasionally.

Bake asparagus at 350 on a baking sheet until tender, about eight minutes. Sprinkle sesame salt over; drizzle with remaining tablespoon sesame oil, toss to coat. Tent with foil to keep warm.

Brush griddle or frying pan with extra virgin olive oil. Using just enough marinade to coat the beef, cook meat until done, about five minutes. Transfer to bowl; tent with foil to keep warm. Crack eggs onto hot griddle or pan. (I cleaned it first, but if you want more flavor, have at it.) Cook until whites are set but yolks are still runny about two to three minutes.

Divide warm rice between two bowls. Top with asparagus, then beef. Top with fried egg. Top with cilantro and sriracha.

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58 Responses to Asparagus and beef rice bowl

  1. Omg, I made a beef stir fry last night with asparagus, broccoli and whole grain brown rice! Looks good!

  2. ceciliag says:

    I have 500 asparagus plants out the back so believe me when i tell you .. ‘I’LL BE BACK!’
    in the spring!! and thank you so much for helping me with my facebook+wordpress wedding. Local knowledge is a powerful thing.. c

  3. nrhatch says:

    That’s a pretty elegant looking weeknight “supper.”
    I love roasted asparagus! One of my all time favorites.

  4. Carolyn Chan says:

    My husband and I are the same in that dinnertime is getting later and later because of work boooo I am hideously cranky when hungry so I actually have “first dinner” (or also can be called “second lunch”) ! Great combination of ingredients here.

  5. that looks great I’m such a fan of asparagus

  6. A_Boleyn says:

    I usually cook pasta as a quick dinner as well but this looks like a very tasty meal (I don’t eat asparagus nearly enough) though my patience is inversely proportional to how long it’s been since my last meal. πŸ™‚

  7. rutheh says:

    Love the typo- “cubed beer” or you could change a letter, add an “a” it could be cubed bear.
    I know you meant beef but I thought the beer was fun!

  8. Kristy says:

    I have to try egg like this sometime. It’s not something I’ve ever really tried and I’m not sure why. Looks like a great weeknight meal to me! πŸ™‚

  9. Whaaaat are you trying to do to me! It’s after 11 pm, end of a massive day’s work and social obligations, trying to wind down and all of a sudden I’m seriously craving this wildly tasty looking stuff. Yes, you did say it would be easy to put together in virtually no time, but am I not supposed to be thinking get-to-sleep thoughts? Beautiful combination.

  10. Those chopsticks are lovely. I collect them, lacquered, metal, wood, and occasionally vinyl. I have one twisted wood set, but they aren’t as lovely as these.

  11. I am soo grouchy when I don’t eat that it’s not even funny lol. And even though I prefer a sit down meal, I also embrace quick meals. Love this asparagus and beef rice bowl recipe

  12. kat says:

    YUM!! I love everything in that bowl! My boyfriend would love this πŸ™‚

  13. BrainRants says:

    I actually don’t like asparagus but I’d eat that.

  14. rsmacaalay says:

    Wow thats a gorgeous plate, I would easily want that for dinner!

  15. Charles says:

    The fried egg on top is just the “icing on the cake” for me – looks like a perfect meal! πŸ™‚

    • A_Boleyn says:

      Reminds me of a don buri so I’d probably use sushi rice on the bottom. πŸ™‚ Yay on the ‘rooster’ or cock sauce. My bottle of sriracha is getting pretty low after last night’s spicy red miso soup with home made Chinese bbq’d pork and bok choy. When in a hurry, miso soup takes the edge of my hunger pangs til the rest of the meal is ready.

  16. Misk Cooks says:

    This is a deffo brilliant dish. Good for a last minute meal when your head’s done in from Christmas preparations. Yummy, fast, and nutritious.

  17. niasunset says:

    WOW! This is so beautiful food photograph, first of all. And then, should be so delicious… Thank you dear Rufus, with my love, nia

  18. Veronika says:

    Gorgeous photo, and it looks like a wonderfully comforting dish to be put together so quickly – but then, I am biased, I think most things involving rice are comfort food! Can also related to not being any sort of expert in Asian food but still loving to cook and eat it. No one said only Italians can cook Italian after all, did they? Then why not Asian?

  19. Dinner after 8:00 p.m. – I thought that was only us! Great recipe!

  20. Delicious!
    πŸ™‚ Mandy

  21. This sounds really good. I’ve been making soup on Sunday for a few days of quick heat up leftovers.

  22. ChgoJohn says:

    I really need to steal a page or two from your book. My go-to meals are always pasta and I need to expand my horizons a bit. This dish here sounds and looks incredible!

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  24. This looks great! I love asparagus with eggs, or actually any ‘bowlful’ seems to come together even better when eggs are involved!

  25. Kim says:

    The asparagus look so delicious, Rufus! nice πŸ™‚

  26. Joanne Ozug says:

    Sometimes I just need food like this. I crave it every couple of weeks!

  27. egg me on says:

    I totally agree with you: when you’re hungry, 45 minutes feels like an eeeeeternity. But this dish is awesome. I love everything about it, it’s kinda fancy, but quick to make. The fried egg is a REALLY great touch.

  28. Rachel says:

    Yes, please… fast slow food suits me fine! Mmmm… and I do love your photos!

  29. Caroline says:

    Yum, sounds delicious Katherine! I hear ya–I get extremely grumpy when I’m hungry. My parents/friends have figured it out by now and know when it’s time to feed me. πŸ˜‰

  30. Sissi says:

    Please don’t tell me it’s asparagus season in your region! (I was almost crying when I saw “early December tomatoes”). Your dish looks excellent and I’m not surprised: a bowl of rice, soy sauce, a fried egg = the quickest and most delicious meal I know! If you add asparagus, I’m in heaven (I wouldn’t even need meat).
    (By the way, you have very original chopsticks! They are not completely smooth, so probably easier to eat with…)

  31. jo-lyn says:

    wow! that looks tasty!

  32. Gorgeous – and like Greg…we can eat a bit too!

  33. This is my kind of meal – low fuss deliciousness – love the Thai rooster hot sauce!! πŸ™‚

  34. I put srirachi sauce on almost everything! It’s such a great flavour and I love the heat that it imparts! This is a very nice weekday meal!

  35. must have this tonight! MUST HAVE THIS TONIGHT

  36. I’ve been in a weeknight meal rut too. I resort to my crock pot a lot when I know I will be home late (so my husband doesn’t starve waiting, ha!) But this looks amazing. I love asian food, authentic or not. Beautiful photo as well.

    Oh, and I never get cranky when I’m hungry either. πŸ˜‰

  37. Colleen says:

    This looks like a great weeknight dinner and I love love love asparagus.

  38. karencooking says:

    So many great flavors in this! Every bit of it is appealing on its own, let alone putting it all together!

  39. Hmm, I was wondering what to make for dinner tonight, anything bibimbap inspired is a good thing.

  40. Goodness gracious, this looks really good… I wouldn’t mind trying it out, although I’m no expert with Asian cuisine myself!

  41. nancyc says:

    That looks so good and healthy!

  42. Asparagus is one of my favorite things. I love it! This looks so good.

  43. You tell me something is similar to bibimbap and there is no way that I’m not eating it. πŸ˜‰

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  45. author says:

    Wonderful food! I’m hungry just looking at it!

  46. wok with ray says:

    This is a plate full of delicious meat, carbs, and veggies. Good post, Greg!

  47. I’m thinking my weeknight dinner rut will hit next week after my family has gone. But, New Year’s should fix that!

  48. That is a wonderful cure for weeknights rut

  49. pixilated2 says:

    Been seeing you all over the place Rufus, I should have checked you out sooner! Your food looks just wonderful! I look forward to trying this one soon! πŸ™‚ ~ Lynda

  50. janellebendycki says:

    yum! I will definitely be trying this one!

  51. SimpleP says:

    Having a real dinner, as opposed to cheese and crackers, in the evenings is one of my 2012 resolutions. This is a great start!

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