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Quick Korean Beef

Korean beef and rice is a family favorite that comes together in less than 20 minutes and tastes better than take out. Enjoy ground beef browned to perfection with a delicious homemade sauce!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 401kcal


  • ¼ cup soy sauce low sodium
  • ¼ teaspoon chili pepper flakes
  • 1 ½ tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger or ½ teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 lb ground beef I used 93% lean
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds


  • In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, pepper flakes, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and corn starch. Set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat. Saute ground beef until brown and no pink left. Add the sauce and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the rice.
  • Serve cooked Korean beef over Jasmine rice and top with green onions and sesame seeds.


  • The key to make a delicious Korean beef is making a good sauce. Please taste the sauce to make sure it has enough flavor. 
  • If you like this dish saltier, add one more tablespoon of soy sauce. 
  • Use lean ground beef for this recipe if available. If the ground beef has a fat content higher than 7%, please discard the rendered fat after browning the beef. 
  • Fresh garlic and fresh ginger always bring more flavor to dishes like this. If you don't have fresh ingredients, use powdered garlic and ginger to your taste.
  • You can leave the sugar out and use two tablespoons honey instead.
  • What makes this dish super tasty is perfectly browned beef, so please don't skip this step and brown it all the way through (but make sure it's not dry!).
  • Feeding a crowd? You can double and triple this recipe easily to feed more people.


Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 774mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg