Korean Beef Bowl

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

Cheater korean beef bowl – tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

There seems to be a notion that food bloggers enjoy lavish home cooked meals 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. After all, we cook for a living, right? But in reality, at least for me, I’m constantly eating out during the week. Jason and I rotate between In-N-Out, Chipotle, or sushi dinners right at home because at the end of a full work day at the office, I can’t lift a finger in the kitchen.

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

That’s when this Korean beef bowl comes in. It’s seriously one of the easiest recipes I have ever made. The cooking process itself takes just about 10-15 minutes, and if you have some leftover cooked rice, you’ll have dinner on the table before you know it!

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

Now this recipe is a twist on the traditional Korean dish, bulgogi, but it’s a cheater version using ground beef instead of thin slices of sirloin, making this a budget-friendly dish. Bulgogi is also marinated overnight to enhance its flavors and tenderness but with this ground beef version, you can have the same flavors in 15 minutes or less!

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

So while we cut down on eating out during the week, I’m sure this beef bowl will be in constant rotation at our house!

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

Korean Beef Bowl

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Yield 4

4

Korean Beef Bowl

Cheater korean beef bowl - tastes just like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Cooked rice, for serving

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and ginger.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat. Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with rice.

Notes

http://damndelicious.net/2013/07/07/korean-beef-bowl/


Comments

  1. Aloha, Jo says

    I’ve been looking for simple meals made with ingredients that wouldn’t require my (older) parents to do much specialty shopping. This might make the list.
    Question – Is that toasted sesame oil or regular that you use?

  2. karisa says

    I have made several times a thai version of ground beef. I was so excited to see this. Had made “real” stuff once, after having a hard time with the quality of meat when I ate at Korean Restaurants. This was a fun recipe to use up some hamburger. Had it with my parents end of year ” tomatoes of joy,” one of their zucchini’s all sautéed up, and brown rice. With much hot sauce’s passed at the table, a good time was had by all. Thanks for posting all your wonderful recipes. What a beautiful site.

  3. Hannah says

    I am literally making this every single week and we fight over who gets the leftovers… It is that good! I also add lots of veggies and the flavour is still amazing. Most of the time I do it with ground chicken… In case someone doesn’t have beef on hand, other ground meat works well too. Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. says

    I made this for dinner for me and my husband and we really enjoyed it. So easy to make and fast. I plan to make it again soon since the hubby requested it. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  5. Whitney says

    Just made this for me and my fiance. I added some roasted broccoli. It was amazing! We wanted to make it again immediately. SO GOOD!

  6. says

    This looks beautiful and delicious! Wanted to let you know that I’m putting this in a beef recipe round-up. I’ll be linking back to your site and only including a picture in collage format so that neither your photo nor your recipe can be “swiped” from my site. If anyone wants to see details, they have to come visit you! Please do let me know if you don’t want a mention and link shared for any reason. I hope the round-up brings you lots of traffic!

  7. Michelle G says

    This was amazing! My picky baby ate it all and my oldest asked to eat it every day. It’s a dream come true for a busy mom.

  8. Brian says

    Thank you for the recipe. Liked it a lot. I serve it with salad topped with coleslaw dressing, which I find is typical in Korean restaurants.

  9. Ben says

    Tbh, I went into this thinking it probably wouldn’t be very good becuase of how little effort is needed. After I tried it though, I was genuinely shocked! For something so simple and easy, it’s really yummy. I definitely wouldn’t mind making this again. xD

  10. CJ says

    WHY WAS THIS SO GOOD, I am actually upset that I never found this before… gotta love google Superb recipe. Instagram loves you also.

  11. Jocelynne says

    SOOOO DELICIOUS! I used Sriracha instead of the red pepper flakes since I didn’t have any on hand. I will definitely be making this again!

  12. Raine says

    Delicious! It will be in the regular rotation from here on out! I used sriracha as Jocelynne did. I think the sauce will be my go to for all kinds of things – from chicken to meatballs. Thanks for the great recipe!

  13. Charity says

    Made this last night and it turned out fantastic! I am making again tonight, but a double batch so that there is lots for leftovers! I added some steamed broccoli on the side and it was perfect!

  14. Cris says

    I made this last night for dinner and you’re right! It is damn delicious! And so easy and quick. I made my rice in a pressure cooker so this dinner took all of about 15 minutes to make! I will certainly be making this often! Hmmmm…. now I’m wondering if I can make a big batches of this and portion it out into freezer meals!

  15. Catie says

    This dish is a keeper. Easy and exactly what I have been looking for in flavors. I added some shredded carrot for color and topped the serving with fresh cilantro. Delicious.

  16. says

    Thanks for this recipe! I found it today on Pinterest, realized that I had all the ingredients and made it for dinner. It was as quick and easy as you said it would be. Note: My little boy likes the bulgogi sauce a LOT. So, I doubled the sauce and it was perfection. ;-) Thanks again!

  17. Christina Chan says

    Amazing! Was looking for something quick and easy and found your blog on Pinterest. We love Korean food and it gives us a break from our daily Chinese food that we cook. The husband was skeptical and thought it would be too salty when he saw the soy, but ended up loving it. I used the red pepper paste I had on hand from the Korean grocery instead of the flakes. It was great. This will be a staple in our house from now on! Thank you for an awesome recipe!

  18. says

    Thus was amazingly yummy. I feed 5 boys plus my husband and I at least 6 nights a week. This was quick, different and fairly cheap. Also the cat liked it too (we have a cat who eats some of the meat portion of our dinner everynight).

  19. Beth says

    Just made this tonight and WOW, it was so good and a perfect match to my bulgogi craving! The only change I made was using Bragg’s Liquid Aminos instead of soy. I was able to pull it together, and make burnt chili garlic cauliflower in under 40 min. I will definitely be making this again, thanks!

  20. Kora says

    I made this last night and couldnt believe how good it was. I was out of sesame oil so i subsituted with sesame tahini and didn’t notice a different. It is my new go-to comfort food.

  21. G says

    Just whipped this up. AND IT WAS AMAZING! I was inspired by the comment above to add broccoli, which I roasted with peanuts in my cast iron skillet while frying this up. SO GOOD! I used a pretty unhealthy but flavorful ground beef – 85/15 but I had bought it on a great sale – it was the Dakota grass fed organic – which I NEVER buy but I think my market was trying to make it move. Needed a good recipe for it and found you. Next time I’ll try it with ground turkey – and i could definitely see this inside a lettuce leaf! THANK YOU! Just discovered your Damn Delicious blog and you ain’t kiddin!

    • Chung-Ah says

      I’m so glad you had a chance to make this. I actually just made this tonight too – we have this at least once a week!

  22. Jenny says

    Delicious! My husband and I love Asian food and recently moved to an area that is sorely lacking in any Asian restaurants! So sad! But, I now will be making things like this delicious Korean Beef Bowl to help satisfy our cravings! Thank you for the recipe.

  23. Laurah says

    I made this last night and it was fantastic. I did a quick pickling (sugar and vinegar) of shallots, cucumbers and red cabbage which I let sit while I cooked the rice and the ground turkey. We topped the bowl with shredded carrots, the pickled vegetables, this fantastic recipe and a soft fried egg. We drizzled sriracha over the entire bowl and LOVED EVERY BITE. Thanks so much for the great recipe, Chung-Ah!

  24. Christine says

    I absolutely love your recipes. And this? Oh my delicious! Just made this for dinner, and I don’t think I have ever been so excited for left overs. Not that I left much…

  25. Kasey Cabral says

    Tried this recipe tonight and wanted to add some veggies to it round it out. I tripled the sauce and added shredded cabbage, broccoli slaw, carrots, mushrooms and a frozen veggie mix. My husband loved it! I didn’t take into account that the veggies would make it a little sweeter than usual. Overall it was good! It was the first meal that I have made in 2 weeks that my husband has enjoyed, so I thank you!

  26. Sherry says

    This is comfort food at its best! I made it even simpler by replacing the soy sauce, sugar and ginger with Yoshida’s Gourmet Sauce (my go-to sauce for everything from cooking chicken to marinating beef jerky). I’m a garlic fiend so I left that in. I also like the suggestions by others about adding assorted veggies to make it a one pan meal. Thanks for posting this recipe… I’m so glad I found your blog!

  27. g says

    Made this again last night as written though I swapped ground chicken breast for the beef. I also roasted cauliflower in my cast iron pan and topped it with the meat. I very nearly ate the whole thing – it was sooo good. And maybe a little healthy? this recipe is becoming a goto, for sure!

  28. Shakira says

    This dish was absolutely delicious. I used ground turkey instead of beef and Sriracha instead of chili flakes. Thank you for this wonderful recipe, I will definitely be making this again!!!

  29. ck says

    This recipe is THE BEST…….I mean THE BEST!!!!!! We have it about once a week and everyone loves it….even the pickiest eater loves it.

  30. Rebecca says

    Made this over the weekend. Both my husband (who spent 2 years in Korea in the Army) and I loved it. My 3-year-old liked it pretty well, but shied away from the spiciness. I think next time, and until he’s a bit older, I’ll dial the red pepper flakes back to 1/4 tsp or so. Once his tastes have matured, we can come back to the 1/2 tsp.

  31. Chi-Li says

    I tried this recipe over the weekend since I had some ground beef in the fridge. It turned out DELICIOUS!!! My 21 month old son devoured a bowl of it and my husband approved that it’s a “keeper”. I added cubed soft tofu and cilantro at the end, it was great. It was like a “Korean Mapo Tofu”. I put kimchi in my bowl too, yum! Thanks for the great recipe! I’ll definitely make it again.

  32. michelle brodman says

    love this recipe, family loves this recipe, easy to make anymore easy recipes you would like to share?

  33. Cindy says

    A friend shared this recipe and suggested adding a tablespoon of natural peanut butter for a pad thai taste. Delicious!

  34. Bev says

    I have made this as well. It is awesome. I have used the sauce on chicken, pork and steak strips. Works great. This is a staple in my house now.

  35. Claire says

    Our family LOVED this recipe. My husband is Korean and he gobbled it up. Thanks for the great recipe.

  36. JoAnne says

    This was soooo damn delicious! Hubby and I LOVED it! I have tried a few of your recipes already and they are all so amazingly good and simple to follow. Love your site!

  37. Yrina says

    I really did want to love it, and after some changes it was alright. Did no one find it to be extremely salty? Maybe next time i’ll opt for my low sodium soy sauce, or cut it down some.

    • Chung-Ah says

      You can always reduce the amount of soy sauce to taste. Also, you should know that this is generally meant to be eaten with rice to balance out the favors. Hope that helps!

      • Yrina says

        Yes, I made white rice to go along with it. I gave it another go at it this weekend, and adjusted the soy sauce to my preference. It was great

        • emipie says

          I cut the soy sauce in half and used rice vinegar to do the cutting. I also did’t use any sugar. You can argue that I’m not making something “authentic” but that is the beauty of being the cook. We do what we want. PS I lived two years in Korea, so I have had plenty of authentic bulgogi.

  38. Jenny says

    Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! I had been looking for something new for a while, and my husband and I love Asian flavors, and this was exactly the right thing! We love it sooo much, we have been eating it at least twice a month! YUM!

  39. Kristina says

    My boyfriend and I regularly eat at a Korean restuarant here in St.Louis, bogogui is by far our favorite dish! We made this tonight and I’m sure our trips to the restuarant will be less frequent! It was delicious and I’m so excited I found your blog.

  40. says

    YUM! Tried this tonight as I needed a REALLY quick dinner – used ground turkey and brown rice but those were the only subs. I always use LS soy sauce, so ours wasn’t too salty at all. VERY quick, easy, tasty and if my husband doesn’t get home from work in the next 5-10 minutes, there may not be any left! ;-) Great recipe, thanks for sharing it

    ~ gem

  41. says

    Thanks for the great recipe. We just made it for dinner and everyone loved it. I used to make something similar, but your recipe turned out much better! The main difference is that I used to marinade everything for about 15 minutes instead of saving the soy sauce mixture for the end).

  42. Appa says

    Since I don’t usually have any Korean pear hanging around, I added some apple juice to the sauce. The extra flavor lends itself to pushing this even closer to bulgogi. We also let the meat and sauce reduce down a bit and eat wrapped in lettuce from the garden and bap. Served with some kkaennip-kimchi makes for a meal even my Korean mother-in-law would eat.

  43. Jessica says

    Just finished eating this….it was amazing! My husband gave it 5 stars. We used Romaine lettuce for wraps. I will be making it again…soon.

  44. Heather says

    Amazing! Kids love it and it’s super quick. Last time I made it I did add mushrooms, a can of baby corn and bean sprouts. It was delicious.

  45. Marisa says

    Tasted fantastic!! Even better the second time around when we improvised with ground turkey!!! Was just a little bit sweeter and we prefer that version now!! It’s a favorite!

  46. George says

    I made this last night at the very last minute. Can you say screaming? I had it for lunch today as well. I’m so glad I found your site!!! Keep up the awesome work!!!

  47. Megan says

    I just made this tonight. I’m pregnant and at the end of my first trimester- so basically throwing up most of what i eat (unless it’s carbs, meat or cheese) and exhausted. This was delicious!!! I had it over a big bowl of rice and will be making it again soon. :) thanks for the new easy recipe I can actually eat.

  48. Tracy Q says

    Making this now because it’s easy ingredients. I’m substituting Braggs Liquid Aminos for soy sauce because it’s significantly lower in sodium. Smells great!

  49. cynthia says

    I have never commented on anything, but I do want to say that this was delicious, easy and a keeper. I cook a lot, but this is easy for me to throw together when I’m not sure what to make or have my teenagers put together on my work days. I used turkey meat and was very tasty and added cooked broccoli to my leftovers for work. Good job.

  50. Trisha says

    This was SO YUMMY!!!!! I’m not a big beef fan but I LOVED this. My husband was stationed in Korea in the Airforce & we’re always looking for a great Korean inspired dish. I was wondering, I see sesame seeds in the picture, did you omit them from the recipe?

  51. Shelley says

    Just made it tonight and it was soooo good! Will definitely be in the regular rotation and it’s awesome to have on hand for a quick meal on those crazy nights. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  52. Amanda Z says

    This recipe was so good! I feel like I can’t make it that often, because I love it so much I eat myself sick every time I make it! This is spicy, sweet, and delicious! Thank you for a quick and amazing meal!

  53. Lisa S says

    Do you think that I could mix the sauce with the uncooked burger and then freeze? I’d love to be able to make up a bunch at once and be able to pull down to thaw and make!

    • Chungah says

      Lisa, it’s best to freeze after crumbling the ground beef. That way, all the flavors are soaked up within the meat, rather than a slab of uncooked ground beef.

  54. Hannah says

    I don’t know if I’ve already left a comment, but we sure do love this recipe! With a full-time job, two university courses, four kids, a hungry husband, and a schedule that has us all going in six different directions, it’s difficult to find something that’s fast AND healthy AND filling. This recipe fits the bill. Tonight I threw in chopped zucchini, onion, and red pepper and everyone gobbled it up. Thanks for making this busy mom’s life a little easier.

  55. says

    I tried this recipe last night and it was delicious it was the best bulgogi I have tried and its so simple to make! thank you so much for this recipe! x

  56. says

    I was looking for new recipes when I ran across your site, and I’m so glad I did! I made this but with sliced beef and marinated it in the sauce overnight (because my weirdo husband doesn’t like ground beef) and my family loves it! I’ve doubled the recipe and it still isn’t enough, so I’m tripling it this time. The flavors are just phenomenal, and it’s pretty healthy too. I serve it with rice and broccoli. Thank you for a new weekly classic!

  57. Kim says

    I live in Korea and love dishes like this.
    I made it tonight using your recipe and it was really really tasty! Plus it was so quick and easy to make. Perfect for after work.

    Thanks a lot!

  58. Barbara B says

    I’ve been meaning to review this recipe for a while, but when I made it again today I knew I had to leave you a review! This recipe is AMAZING! My husband and I have both been dieting and losing weight this summer (just over 30 lbs each now!) and this is a great dish to modify and eat as lettuce wraps! I cut the sugar down, use ground turkey, and add celery, onions, mushrooms, water chestnuts, whatever sounds good!! This is a big hit with both of us, and I love that it can be so easily modified for spice as well. Thank you!

  59. Lydia says

    This was so yummy
    I doubled up on the sauce part of it to have it be a little “saucier” over the rice and I added some veggies. Made a delicious rice bowl, thanks for the recipe!

  60. Jillian says

    This looks delicious! Do you think I might be able to do honey or maple syrup in place of the brown sugar? If so, would I use the same measurement? Thanks!:)

    • Chungah says

      You can certainly substitute honey or maple syrup but I cannot speak for how much this will change the overall taste/texture of the dish as further recipe testing is needed. It is always best to use the ingredients listed in the recipe to obtain the best results possible.

  61. Meighan says

    I recently came across this recipe and decided to give it a try. I made it with ground pork as that is what I had in the freezer. My husband and 4 year old daughter loved it! She asked me to make it again the next night. Thanks for sharing!!

  62. Larissa Wardrip says

    This was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever eaten, let alone made! And so quick and easy! I doubled the meat and tripled the sauce (though, cut down on the sugar). I added in broccoli and shredded carrots. Topped with sesame seeds and green onions and served over jasmin rice. My (very hard to please) 5 year old son, rated this 500%! This will definitely be a regular! Thank you!!

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