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korean beef bowls

Korean Beef Bowl

  • Author: Megan
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Ready in only 15 minutes, this easy Korean Beef Bowl recipe is fresh and flavorful! It's made with ground beef cooked in the BEST simple sauce.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or sesame oil)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce (or coconut aminos for gluten-free)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for spice)
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper

For serving (optional):

  • Chopped green onions
  • Grated carrots
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Make the sauce: in a small bowl, stir together the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, red pepper flakes (optional, for spice), and black pepper.
  2. Cook the beef: add oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the beef and let it brown, undisturbed, for 1 - 2 minutes. Then crumble the beef and cook 2 - 3 minutes more, until browned. Drain any excess grease.
  3. Add sauce: pour the sauce into the pan with the beef. Simmer for 2 - 3 minutes, until the sauce is thickened and the beef is cooked. Simmer longer for a thicker sauce.
  4. Serve: serve warm, optionally over rice garnished with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with a side of grated carrots and sliced cucumbers.


  • Dietary Note: this recipe is naturally dairy free and can be gluten free if you swap out the soy sauce for coconut aminos or Tamari sauce.
  • Nutrition Information: calculations below only include beef and sauce (not rice or optional sides/toppings)
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Asian-Inspired


  • Calories: 296
  • Sugar: 9g
  • Sodium: 607mg
  • Fat: 10.7g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 35.6g
  • Cholesterol: 101mg

Keywords: korean beef bowls, ground beef, rice