Korean ground beef garnished with green onion and served over brown rice, with a side of fresh sliced cucumbers.
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Korean Ground Beef Bowls

Korean ground beef bowls served over rice, and ready in less then 30 minutes. This easy dinner is one of our family's favorites!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Servings: 4
Calories: 367kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger (*see note below)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauces , crushed red pepper flakes, or chili garlic sauce
  • 1 bunch green onion , chopped
  • hot cooked brown rice , for serving
  • Fresh cucumber , sliced, for serving


  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Season beef with salt and pepper and add to skillet. Cook, stirring and crumbling into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned.
  • Drain excess grease.
  • (Optional: put beef in a food processor. Pulse it 2-3 times into very small pieces, and then return it to the pan.)
  • Add sesame oil, garlic and ginger.
  • Stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, and sriracha (or crushed red pepper of chili sauce).
  • Cook for a few minutes, allowing some of the sauce to absorb into the meat.
  • Add half of the chopped green onions, reserving the rest for garnish.
  • Serve over hot cooked rice, garnished with chopped green onion.


*Fresh ginger really is best for this recipe, so here’s a TIP: freeze your leftover ginger to use another time! fresh ginger keeps really well in the freezer.


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 2264mg | Potassium: 570mg | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 3.2mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 4.3mg