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Korean Beef Recipe

Korean Beef Bowl

Korean Beef Bowl is a simple 30-minute dinner recipe that is perfect for busy weeknights. Made with ground beef & pantry staples, it’s so quick & easy.
Course dinner
Cuisine Korean
Keyword 20 minute dinner, beef, korean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 cups rice for serving
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds for garnish if desired


  • Brown the ground beef and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat, cooking until no pink remains. Be sure to change out your spatula midway through to avoid cross-contamination.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes, and pepper.
  • Once the ground beef is cooked, pour the sauce mixture into the pan, stir and simmer for 1-2 minutes before serving over a bed of white rice.
  • If you want a thicker sauce, combine cornstarch & water in a small bowl and then stir into beef. Simmer for 1 more minute to thicken. Sauce will also thicken as it cools.