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Asian-inspired beef bowls are bursting with flavor. Bound to be a family favorite, this Korean Beef bowl can be on your table ready to eat in just 20 minutes.
A quick version of the class Asian dinner, this Korean beef recipe is full of tangy flavors and tastes delicious served over a bed of rice or in a lettuce wrap.
Appealing to both kids and adults, Korean beef bowls take just 5 minutes of prep time. Then when it’s time to serve, everyone can customize their own bowl by adding the optional toppings of their choice such as sesame seeds or green onions.
So simple and appetizing, Korean beef bowls are made with just a handful of ingredients including ground beef, ginger, and garlic. Pair your Korean beef with other Asian-inspired dishes like Crab Rangoon or Egg Roll in a Bowl.
Korean Beef Ingredients
- Ground beef
- Oil – sesame oil
- Garlic paste
- Ginger paste
- Soy sauce – lite soy sauce
- Sugar – light brown sugar
- Red pepper – crushed red pepper flakes
Sesame seeds – toasted sesame seeds, optional topping
- Green onions – optional topping
- Rice – cooked white rice, for serving
Korean beef tastes delicious served over rice. Any type of white or brown rice would work for this recipe. This recipe cooks up incredibly fast, so you’ll want to start cooking the rice before you start browning the beef. In addition, the beef can also be served in lettuce wraps.
Toasted sesame seeds or finely sliced green onions are popular garnishes for Korean beef bowls. You could also top your beef with cashews, vegetables, or even a poached egg.
Both garlic paste and ginger paste dissolve quickly, making it easy for them to blend with the other ingredients. However, you can certainly substitute fresh garlic cloves or fresh ginger for the paste.
How to Make Korean Beef
FIRST STEP: In a 12-inch skillet, brown ground beef and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil until meat is no longer pink and is cooked through.
SECOND STEP: Add garlic paste to the skillet and brown for an additional minute.
THIRD STEP: 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.
FOURTH STEP: Garnish with additional green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
FIFTH STEP: Serve immediately over rice.
Can I use vegetable oil?
If you don’t have sesame oil, you can also use vegetable oil or olive oil in this recipe.
Can I serve Korean beef with noodles?
In addition to being served over rice or in a wrap, Korean beef would taste delicious served with noodles. Rice noodles or lo mein noodles would be two great options.
Can I use a different kind of meat?
Any ground meat would work in this recipe. Try it with ground pork, ground turkey, or ground chicken.
How to Store Korean Beef
How to Store Korean Beef
IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.
IN THE FREEZER: Leftover beef can be stored in an airtight freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator before reheating and serving over rice.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil plus 1 teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon garlic paste
- ½ teaspoon ginger paste
- ½ cup soy sauce (lite)
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- 3 green onions finely sliced
- 2 cups of cooked white rice (for serving)
- 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.