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Korean beef is as simple as dinner gets! Comes together in less than 25 minutes and has so much amazing Asian flavor!
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Korean beef recipe

This Korean beef recipe is as simple as dinner can get!

I’m a huge fan of Asian flavors and you won’t be missing that at all in this Korean beef recipe.

The flavors of this dish will be dancing a happy dance all over your taste buds.

I want to say this tastes exactly like Korean bulgogi but with ground beef.

This is a mouth-watering, extremely simple recipe that you must try and get on your dinner table, ASAP!

Korean beef is also a great meal-prep recipe! It makes a decent amount and you can divide it up on a bed of rice for lunch or dinner.

It reheats marvelously!

Korean beef is as simple as dinner gets! Comes together in less than 25 minutes and has so much amazing Asian flavor!

How to make Korean beef

It is actually really simple to make.

The ingredient list is short and all you have to do is cook the ground beef and break it apart into pieces then mix in the sauce and you’re done!

Seriously, easiest dinner ever.

Korean beef is as simple as dinner gets! Comes together in less than 25 minutes and has so much amazing Asian flavor!

Can I make this with ground pork?

You sure can!

Can I mix this with noodles instead of rice?

That would be delicious!

I suggest mixing the Korean beef with rice noodles and tossing it all together with the sauce!

Korean beef is as simple as dinner gets! Comes together in less than 25 minutes and has so much amazing Asian flavor!

How can I make this vegan?

You can make this vegan by substituting the meat for tofu or another plant-based protein.

How long will this keep?

This should keep for at least five days in the refrigerator in an airtight glass container.

Korean beef is as simple as dinner gets! Comes together in less than 25 minutes and has so much amazing Asian flavor!

Other recipes with Asian flavors:

Everything but the Eggroll Bowl

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Korean Bulgogi

Honey Soy Chicken

Air Fryer Asian-Glazed Chicken Thighs

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Korean Beef

Korean beef is an easy dinner for those craving some Asian flavor!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound (454 g) lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup (59 ml) low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (24 g) packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, brown sugar, onion, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes together.
  • In a skillet, on medium high, cook your ground beef with the sesame oil until well done.
  • Pour in the soy sauce mixture over the meat and combine together. Let it simmer for a few minutes.
  • Serve over white rice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving, Calories: 228kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 655mg, Potassium: 491mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 7g

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173 Comments

  1. This was super quick and easy. The fresh ginger really adds zippy flavor and the kids want to know when we can have it again.

  2. Loved the simplicity of this recipe! Great flavor and super easy to modify (I added bell pepper and paired it with ramen noodles). Plus it’s a creative way to use ground beef :).

  3. I made this and added broccoli florets half-moon carrots sliced mushrooms.Garnish with diced scallions. It turned out great. Served with rice.

  4. We love this dish! I’ve added it to the rotation. Thank you Julie!
    Only a few small changes I make. I add onion to the meat about halfway through to soften them, rather than the sauce. Towards the end I add green onion too. Mushrooms are a great addition as well.
    We do like our sauce to mix in with the rice, so I usually double the sauce, sometimes triple. It always turns out great!

  5. Made this twice now. Definitely need to double the recipe if you’re trying to feed a family. This is really good, fast, and easy. The best 3 things you need when working and trying to feed your family.

  6. My family LOVED this!! It’ll definitely be added to the rotation. I can’t imagine how those saying it’s too salty used the light soy sauce. A+ perfect!