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Oyster Rice Recipe (Gul Bap)

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Oyster Rice Recipe (Gul Bap)
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This is an easy recipe for Korean oyster rice (gul bap), which makes the most of the sweet, meaty, ocean-y flavor of good oysters. (Oyster season is usually during the winter, or traditionally months with the letter "R" in them). Served with a spicy soy dipping sauce, this Korean rice dish is tasty and comforting.

Gul=oyster and bap=rice

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

    • 2 cups rice
    • 1 lb oysters (about 12), shelled, rinsed, and drained
  • For the sauce:

    • 6 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tsp kochukaru (crushed red pepper)
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • 2 tsp finely chopped scallions

Preparation:

  1. Cook rice in the rice cooker or on the stove as usual.
  2. 5-7 minutes before rice will be done, add oysters, mix quickly, and replace cover.
  3. Mix together sauce ingredients and set aside.
  4. Serve with sauce for mixing into sauce.

Some Notes about Oysters:

Even though it used to considered unsafe to eat oysters in the the months without the letter "R" (Spring-Summer), experts say it is safe since most of the oysters we eat are farmed. The prime months for flavor and taste are still the "R" months though.

If you're buying fresh oysters, make sure they are alive. Their shells should be closed or try to close when you tap them or move them.

From About's Nutrition Guide: "Oysters might be a superfood (and some say it's a aphrodisiac) that's good for your health and may even make you feel sexier. They are an excellent source of zinc, which your body needs for hundreds of different biochemical processes to occur (but don't worry - eating lots of oysters won't cause a zinc toxicity). A zinc deficiency can be bad for your immune system and can inhibit growth. A serving of oysters is also a good source of calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium (magnesium deficiency can cause fatigue and other problems), and vitamin B-12."

Oyster Health Facts:

Oysters are low in fat and high in protein. They have an above average amount of nutrients and minerals like selenium, zinc, iron, magnesium, and B and E vitamins. They also have high levels of heart and brain boosting omega-3 fatty acids.

Oysters are a sustainable seafood product because they can be cultivated as a renewable resource.

From Rodale.com: One of the many environmental benefits of wild oyster reefs is increased protection against soil erosion. Reefs stabilize ocean shorelines, making them less susceptible to damage by hurricanes and strong storms. Being filter feeders, wild oysters also remove bacteria, sediments and even oil spills from waterways, making oyster reefs cleaner habitats for shrimp, clams, snails and crabs, and the improved water quality encourages seagrass growth, which creates better habitats for fish.

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