Easy 15-Minute Korean Ground Beef Bowls

Easy 15-Minute Korean Ground Beef Bowls

15-Minute Korean Ground Beef is the perfect weeknight dinner! Cook the budget-friendly ground beef with a simply Korean sauce that uses just a few ingredients from your pantry. Serve with some rice and steamed veggies for a healthier and more affordable takeout alternative. Korean Ground Beef Bowls will be a new family favorite!

Korean Ground Beef Bowl with text overlay

What You’ll Need to make Korean Ground Beef:

  • Ground Beef
  • Garlic
  • Canola Oil
  • Sliced Green Onions and Sesame Seeds – for garnish
  • Cooked Rice and Steamed Veggies – for serving
  • Sauce: Brown Sugar, Soy Sauce, Sesame Oil, Red Pepper Flakes, Ground Ginger
Cooked Ground Beef in skillet with sliced green onions

How to make the Korean Ground Beef:

  1. Make the sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and ground ginger.
  2. Cook the beef. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and brown, crumbling as it cooks. About 3-5 minutes. Drain off the excess fat and return the skillet to the stove. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute, until fragrant and softened.
  3. Combine with the sauce. Add the sauce to the ground beef. Stir to combine and allow to simmer over medium about 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens. 
  4. Serve and enjoy. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with cooked rice and steamed vegetables. Enjoy!
Korean Ground Beef Rice Bowl with chopsticks

Can I use something else other than ground beef?

Absolutely! You can substitute another ground meat. Ground chicken or ground turkey are great swaps for a lighter option.

Can this be used for meal prep? Leftovers?

This recipe is PERFECT for meal prep! I like to package up containers with rice, the beef, and some steamed veggies so I have pre-portioned meals for the week. It heats up well in the microwave and keeps in the fridge for up to 5 days.

What should I serve the beef with?

  • White Rice, Brown Rice, Cauliflower Rice, or another grain such as Quinoa
  • Steamed or sautéed veggies – I love broccoli with it!
  • Garnish with some sliced green onions and extra sesame seeds
Korean Ground beef, rice, and broccoli in glass meal prep containers
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Korean Ground Beef Rice Bowl

Korean Ground Beef Bowls


  • Author: Kathleen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Skip the takeout and make 15-Minute Korean Ground Beef. Budget-friendly and healthier than take-out. An easy Korean sauce that uses pantry staples turns ground beef into a new family favorite dinner!


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Ingredients

Beef

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 cup white rice, cooked according to package directions. For serving
  • Steamed Vegetables, for serving

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, adjust to spice preference
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and ground ginger.
  2. Cook the beef. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and brown, crumbling as it cooks. About 3-5 minutes. Drain off the excess fat and return the skillet to the stove. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute, until fragrant and softened.
  3. Combine with the sauce. Add the sauce to the ground beef. Stir to combine and allow to simmer over medium about 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  4. Serve and enjoy. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with cooked rice and steamed vegetables. Enjoy!

  • Category: Main Dish, Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Korean Beef, Rice Bowl, Korean Ground Beef



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