Korean Beef Bowl Recipe

This 20 Minute Korean Beef Bowl recipe is a shortcut version of traditional Korean Bulgogi Beef served over white rice. A super easy meal perfect for busy weeknights, it’s great for meal prep and is freezer-friendly too!

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Korean Beef Bowl Recipe with chopsticks in a white bowl.

This recipe is a shortcut version of traditional Bulgogi (Korean Beef). It has the same sweet, salty, and tangy sauce but is made in a quarter of the time! While the beef is cooking I cook my rice and mix together the sauce ingredients. The sauce is made up of soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. It is so simple yet so amazing!

This 20 Minute Korean Beef is the perfect meal for a busy weeknight. The beef gets served on top of white rice and garnished with sesame seeds and green onions. You could also substitute cauliflower rice or brown rice to lighten it up.

We love making this recipe for meal prep too! Simply divide the rice and beef between storage containers and add in your favorite veggies. Reheat in the microwave and serve! It’s great for lunches or easy dinners.

Ingredients for this Korean Beef Bowl Recipe

  • Garlic: & ginger: I try to always use fresh garlic and ginger where I can. You can buy it pre-minced from the grocery store to save a little time.
  • Ground beef: I prefer to use lean ground beef but feel free to use what you have on hand. You could also substitute ground turkey, chicken, or pork if desired.
  • Sugar: I used light brown sugar, however, you can substitute dark brown sugar or honey if you prefer.
  • Soy sauce: To cut back on salt, I like to use low sodium soy sauce. You can also use regular soy sauce cut with a little water or gluten-free soy sauce.
  • Sesame oil: Rich and nutty, sesame oil adds a ton of flavor to so many Asian recipes!
  • Crushed red pepper flakes: For a little kick of heat I add crushed red pepper flakes. You can substitute chili powder or a little sriracha sauce.

How to make Korean Beef Bowls

  • Start by heating oil in a large skillet. Add in beef crumbling as you cook it and saute until brown, 4-5 minutes. Drain any excess fat.

browning ground beef in large cast iron skillet

  • Add in garlic and ginger and cook for an additional minute.

adding minced garlic and ginger to beef

  • Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and red pepper flakes.

adding soy sauce to Korean sauce in clear bowl

  • Stir the sauce mixture into the beef and simmer for 2-3 minutes until the sauce is heated through and thickened.

stirring sauce into browned ground beef

  • Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.
  • Serve immediately over a bed of white rice.

taking a bit of Korean ground beef with chopsticks

  • If you want a kick serve with sriracha or a bit of chili oil on top!

Korean Beef Bowl Recipe with a wooden spoon.

Tips for Success

  • Meat substitutions: Ground chicken, ground turkey, or ground pork can be substituted for beef.
  • Add a kick of heat by serving a drizzle of sriracha or a bit of chili oil on top!
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat in the microwave or in a pot on the stove until it’s heated through.
  • Freeze: This is an awesome freezer-friendly recipe! Freeze this Korean Beef Bowl recipe in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to 3 months.

What is Korean beef called?

Korean beef is called “Bulgogi” (불고기) which literally means fire meat because it is traditionally thinly sliced meat that is barbecued or grilled over a fire. You can also stir-fry it as we do in this Korean Beef Bowl recipe.

What cut of beef is bugogi?

Bulgogi is rib-eye steak, which is quite easy to cook when sliced thinly. To save on time I used ground beef. You get the same beefy flavor with minimal effort.

What do you eat with Korean Beef?

Traditionally it’s served over rice, however, I love fried rice and I think it goes SO well with that as well! Here are my favorite side dishes to serve:

Korean Beef Bowl Recipe with chopsticks in a white bowl.

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Korean Beef Bowls

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

20 Minute Korean Beef Bowls! A shortcut version of traditional Korean Bulgogi Beef served over white rice! A super easy meal perfect for busy weeknights!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes or more to taste
  • green onions for garnish if desired
  • sesame seeds for garnish if desired
  • white rice for serving

Instructions

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet. Add in beef crumbling as you cook it and saute until brown, 4-5 minutes. Drain any excess fat.
  • Add in garlic and ginger and cook for an additional minute.
  • Meanwhile in a small bowl whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and red pepper flakes.
  • Stir the sauce mixture into the beef and simmer for 2-3 minutes until the sauce is heated through and thickened.
  • Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.
    Serve immediately over a bed of white rice.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Damn Delicious

Nutrition Facts
Korean Beef Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 614mg27%
Potassium 448mg13%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 74IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: Korean Beef Bowls

 

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  • Binny

    I decided I was going to make this for my fiancé so I sent him a screen shot of it and his response was ehh. I made it anyway and he loved it! It was fantastic! Trying a new recipe tonight from you, excited for his reaction to this one!

  • Lori

    I just made this for my husband and myself. We loved it. It was a quick easy delicious meal different from the usual.

  • TAIBAH ALRABEAH

    hello! i tried some of your recipes and they are really good! but since i just started cooking i messed up a lil bit hehe!
    can i suggest that you add a quick videos of recipe’s process

    • Hi!

      I am working on adding a recipe video for each recipe! Keep a look out for new ones!

      Thanks!

      Kelley

  • Juanita

    Tried this recipe and we enjoyed it. Had it with rice and also used it in my lettuce wrap. When I make it again, I will add water chestnuts for the crunch.

    • Nathan

      Hi Ron,

      Thank you so much for making this recipe! We are so glad everyone liked it! Have a great day!

      Nathan

  • Kath

    Super EASY & QUICK! Very tasted, everyone went back for seconds. I did severe it over white rice but added steamed veggies on top ( carrots, broccoli, asparagus, & green cabbage) We love our veggies! And California has amazing produce all year. Thank you for this delicious and simple recipe. It is a delicious keeper.

  • Rosemary

    Yum, this is one of my favorite Korean dishes and I’m especially loving your short cut or easier version. This is one I can make with ease. Thanks for the delicious recipe and inspiration.

  • GUNJAN

    such a stunning recipe with such detailed explanation. The combination of ingredients are super and I am excited to try it soon.

  • Dana

    These beef bowls are *everything*! I’m obsessed. It was so quick to put together and so flavorful. I’ll be making these a ton!

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