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close up shot of korean beef served over rice and garnished with onions in a bowl
Making an Asian style beef bowl has never been easier than with this Korean beef recipe. This makes beef that is full of tangy flavors that will make your taste buds happy, and is delicious served over a bed of rice.
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Table of Contents
  1. KOREAN BEEF INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS KOREAN BEEF RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. FAQ
  6. MORE RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE
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This Korean beef recipe is so simple and appetizing. It makes a tender beef bursting with flavor that tastes just like Koren BBQ. With just a handful of ingredients needed and five-step instructions, you won’t believe how quick and easy it can be to make this delicious recipe and get it on the dinner table. 

Can’t get enough Asian flavors and cuisine in your life? Neither can we. Here are a few more easy recipes that we recommend you try out. Our Mongolian Beef, Chicken Lo Mein, Asian Chicken Lettuce Wrap or Honey Garlic Chicken are all easy meals that will definitely hit the spot.

close up shot of korean beef served over rice and garnished with onions in a bowl

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KOREAN BEEF INGREDIENTS

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You will need: 

  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sesame oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon ginger paste
  • ½ cup soy sauce, lite
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

TOPPINGS: A couple of optional toppings would be to sprinkle the beef with a little bit of toasted sesame seeds or finely sliced green onions as a garnish.

RICE: This great recipe is best served over rice. Any type of white or brown rice would work!

GINGER PASTE: You can substitute fresh cloves or fresh ginger for the paste. The paste tends to dissolve really easily so it blends well with the other ingredients.

MEAT: Any ground meat would work in this recipe, change it up and try ground pork, ground turkey or ground chicken.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS KOREAN BEEF RECIPE

PRO TIP: This is a great recipe to make ahead of time. You can either prep all of the ingredients and store in the fridge in separate containers to make later in the week, or you can make the recipe and freeze it for later.

STEP ONE: In a large skillet, brown ground beef and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink and is cooked through.

PRO TIP: If you are planning to serve this over rice, start cooking the rice before you start browning the beef because this recipe cooks very fast.

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STEP TWO: Add garlic paste to the skillet and brown for an additional minute.

STEP THREE: Add ginger paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, 2 tablespoons of sliced green onions, and the remaining 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to the skillet. Saute until sauce is bubbly and cooked beef is evenly seasoned with the sauce.

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STEP FOUR: Garnish with additional green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.

STEP FIVE: Serve beef mixture immediately over rice.

HOW TO SERVE

There are plenty of ideas to serve this simple recipe. The classic option would be over hot rice (white rice or jasmine rice would be perfect) or even cauliflower rice. Add green beans or a salad on the side and you are all set. You could also create Korean beef bowls with other vegetables along with the beef. Or, you could serve the beef in lettuce wraps.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover Korean ground beef in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

IN THE FREEZER: Leftover beef also makes a great freezer item. Place in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator before reheating and serving over rice.

close up shot of korean beef served over rice and garnished with onions and sesame seeds on a white plate

This dish is as easy as mixing up ground beef with sauce and spices to give it an irresistible flavor, then, serving it over a steaming bowl of white rice. This Korean beef recipe is the perfect dinner item for busy weeknights and will instantly become a family favorite.

FAQ

What do I serve with this recipe?

This easy dinner recipe has several options. You can use the beef for rice bowls, or served on top of lettuce leaves.

I don’t have any sesame oil, can I use olive oil instead?

Olive oil or vegetable oil will work fine in place of sesame oil in this recipe.

Can I serve this on top of noodles?

Noodles would be an excellent option in place of rice for this recipe. Try rice noodles or lo mein noodles for two great options.

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close up shot of korean beef served over rice and garnished with onions in a bowl

Korean Beef

5 from 1 vote
Making an Asian style beef bowl has never been easier than with this Korean beef recipe. This makes beef that is full of tangy flavors that will make your taste buds happy, and is delicious served over a bed of rice.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce lite
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Optional Toppings

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 green onions finely sliced
  • 2 cups cooked white rice for serving

Instructions
 

  • In a 12-inch skillet, brown ground beef and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil until meat is no longer pink and is cooked through.
  • Add garlic paste to the skillet and brown for an additional minute.
  • Add ginger paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, 2 tablespoons of sliced green onions, and the remaining 1 teaspoon of sesame oil to the skillet. Saute until sauce is bubbly and meat is evenly seasoned with the sauce.
  • Garnish with additional green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
  • Serve immediately over rice.

Notes

TIP: If you are planning to serve this over rice, start cooking the rice before you start browning the beef because this recipe cooks very fast.
TIP:This is a great recipe to make ahead of time. You can either prep all of the ingredients and store them in the fridge in separate containers to make later in the week, or you can make the recipe and freeze it for later.

Nutrition

Calories: 570kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1711mg | Potassium: 476mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 164IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 4mg
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