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Korean Beef Bowl

Tastes like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 min from start to finish! Seriously. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

Korean Beef Bowl - Tastes like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 min from start to finish! Seriously. It doesn't get any easier than this!

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.

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!


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!

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 like Korean BBQ and is on your dinner table in just 15 min from start to finish! Seriously. It doesn’t get any easier than this!

5 minutes10 minutes


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and ginger.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.

Adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 318.0 Calories from Fat 174.6
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.4g 30%
Saturated Fat 5.9g 30%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 55.9mg 19%
Sodium 584.2mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 16.0g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%
Sugars 14.0g
Protein 19.4g 39%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m watching my picky nephew who has refused to eat anything all day. (He’s 4 and a vegetarian. Okay. Sure.) 

    This plus vegetable protein and peas over cauliflower rice. He ate 2 bowls and passed out. Bless you and bless this recipe. 


    Forever A cool Aunt, never a parent. 


  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is fantastic! It was a winner for both the picky husband and a small child! I will probably try more vegetables in it next time but this recipe is definitely a winner and was super easy!

  3. Amazing flavor! I added cooked mushrooms to the beef before cooking in the sauce. I ate over rice, cooked zucchini and carrot sticks, which I also drizzled with some of the sauce and it was amazing! Will definitely be making again! 

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super quick and easy. I added sliced onion and red pepper since I had them on hand and topped with an egg and avocado.  None of this is necessary as the dish alone is fantastic. Great easy dish which can be supplemented easilyIf you have the time and ingredients. 

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe and super easy to make! Will definitely add this to my weekly rotation. 🙂

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very tasty and so easy to make. My family loved it and I make it all the time now 

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing flavour. Didn’t have red pepper but used chilli powder and 5spice instead. Absolutely delicious

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this today and put it on a sandwich roll as I was craving a bahn mi-type sandwhich. Added cilantro and siracha mayo and it really satisfied.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this, it has become my go to! (I made the vegetarian version of this using quorn mince).

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    So delicious!
    I use Truvia brown sugar blend to save on some calories.  I steam and mix in shredded broccoli and carrots and riced cauliflower. Tried tonight with a fried egg! Makes an already fantastic meal even better!
    Love your recipes!

  11. I’ve been using this recipe for over a year. Does not disappoint!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Quico and sooo delicious

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Needed to make something with ground beef and my leftover rice and this recipe was the answer! Had all the ingredients on hand, so easy to make and very flavorful! Going to add some veggies next time or maybe throw it in a salad. Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Love this!
      I made it so fas. My modifications were very small: tsp of garlic chili paste instead of chili flakes and i added a dash of fish sauce.

      I also served it with a medium fried egg. YUM!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    So delicious, quick and easy!
    I tried serving in lettuce bibs – even better! Thank you for the recipe – this is going to be a good go-to for a quick dinner with ground beef or turkey.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Soooo gooood!  Added a couple of dashes of fish sauce for umami (because no green onion) to the meat at the end.  Served with steamed broccoli, rice, chopped peanuts, and spicy mayo coleslaw on the side.  Can’t wait for the leftovers tomorrow.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wowza! Simple and so tasty!

  17. Rated 4 out of 5

    This a great recipe for a week night meal. I Added some quick pickled red onions and quick pickled radishes as a garnish. 

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    So good! Amazing. Tickled all the “Asian” food parts of my brain! Thank you!
    Served with grated fresh carrots on the side and steamed green beans.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy and flavorful! I topped it off w a runny sunny side up egg!

  20. Rated 4 out of 5

    My family loves this and it’s so quick and easy to make! I didn’t have ground ginger so I substituted Allspice. So good! 

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious and it really was quick and easy. I did make 2 substitutions – I used bottled minced ginger (out of powder) and I added a jalapeno that I had on hand. SO good, and my 7 year old liked it too 🙂

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have been failing on everything in quarantine cooking but this.  IT WAS SO EASY AND DELICIOUS.

    This is what I did different. 
    maple syrup instead of sugar and less of it.
    And frozen ginger because I ran out of fresh.
    and ground turkey instead of beef.

    Cannot wait to try more of your recipes.  

    Thank you so much!

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    We love this! Thank you. Everyone eats it happily (including kids).

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      My 15 yo daughter and I recently fell in love with bulgogi and 1 recipe we tried was VERY involved and much spicier than my daughter would eat. This was perfect – so much easier, more affordable, and just the right flavors and spice! Thank you!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good and easy to make! will definitely make again. I mixed my own sauce with teriyaki, soy sauce, general tso sauce and brown sugar and water with hot sauce and hot pepper flakes! please make this people.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve been making this since last year and it is my 15 year old daughter’s FAVORITE dish, which I love! Her favorite dish is something I can get on the table in under half an hour! We usually add broccoli and add a bit more sauce in order to get things really saucy with the extra broccoli! Thanks SO MUCH for this recipe!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was excellent, easy, and used what I had in the pantry and the freezer. I made it last week and I’m going to make it again tonight. A perfect, comforting, delicious meal for these trying times. 

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    What a delicious meal! So easy and cheap – but the taste was the opposite. 
    Have been trying many recipes while in isolation for the pandemic and came across this gem. We loves spicy food so we went heavy on the red pepper flakes. 10/10. Kids ate every bite!
    I added some shredded carrot, romain lettuce and shredded cucumber to make it pretty. Loved that I had everything on hand in the pantry. Am going to save this recipe and put it in our meal plans! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    We love this recipe with snow peas and rice. We often use your child garlic sauce in place of the red pepper and fresh ginger, but good both ways.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    So good!!! I used a little less brown sugar but otherwise followed the recipe as is. My husband went for seconds. Adding this recipe to our rotation!

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is a winner! I followed everything except I put a bit more ginger in and served it over somen noodles. My husband and I think it’d be good over rice or as lettuce wraps. Definitely putting this on rotation!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    used left over rice and ground turkey. I didn’t have green onions so I used a yellow onion. The rest of the ingredients I did have. The meal turned out very good. I added some green peas to the mix. Delicious!

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    I wasn’t sure what to make tonight and just I happened to find this recipe. I thought it would be an easy way to finish off my ground beef. It was excellent! I look forward to experimenting with it. Thank you for the inspiration !

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    Top this with a fried egg, some quick pickled asian style shredded carrots and some quick pickled asian style cucumber. Add a garnish of cilantro and some chopped peanuts.
    This is recipe is a staple in our house!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    I doubled this recipe for my family of 5, and it made enough for the boys to have seconds and my husband to have leftovers for lunch. It tastes even better the second day! My younger kids don’t really like ground beef, but they ate this dish with gusto. I made the recipe as written, doubling all ingredients and using an entire bunch of green onions (white and green parts). I left out the ginger because we didn’t have any on hand, and it had great flavor even without it. I will definitely make this again!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow, we loved it!  It was quick and easy, but super tasty.  Thank you for the recipe.

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super fast, super easy, super tasty!  I’ve been making this every 3 weeks or so.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    I make this ALL.THE.TIME…love it exactly as is!!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    A favourite in our house! 
    It’s requested at least once a week!  

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    This has been in heavy rotation for years. I always use fresh ginger. I top with cilantro if I have any. I also give each serving a fried egg on top, and that’s what seals the deal.

    I may experiment with less sugar and replace some sweetness with shredded pear. I don’t think the full sugar amount is needed.

  40. Excellent. 

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Is it better you use fresh ginger?

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    My family loves this dish! I double it and prep for lunches for the week. Question…does the nutrition info provide include the rice? My guess is no.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is amazing, I can’t believe I never thought to cook ground beef in this way. Much more cost-effective than using steak cuts. 

    I altered this a little bit for even more flavor. I sautéed the garlic in chili oil instead of plain vegetable oil for additional spice, and I also added a dash of Chinese 5 Spice Powder in the sauce mixture which gave the dish more depth. 

    I absolutely love how the recipe uses simple pantry ingredients and it’s so simple to put together. With some steamed vegetables it’s a complete meal and an easy meal prep recipe! This will be added to my rotation.

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    So good! I added broccoli and red pepper to it for a little vegetable and it was super yummy!

    • Did you increase the amount of sauce to accommodate for the veggies or was it fine as is? I also want to add broccoli!

  45. This is a terrific recipe!!  So easy and delicious!  Do try! I recommend this! 

  46. I love this recipe so easy and simple and delicious!

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this tonight over rice with steamed broccoli and it was amazing. We will be making this again! It was tasty and super simple. I almost always have these ingredients.

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this recipe! I modify and use ground turkey and add in onions, peppers, broccoli, carrots or whatever else I have on hand. It’s huge hit in our house and my go to meal when I am short on time or tired. Love it!

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you SO much for this delicious and so so easy recipe. I served it with yuzu marinated cucumbers and it was a big hit with my family. Its always great to have a new option for ground beef!!

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super delicious! My whole family loves it. 

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    I wanted to add a review for this recipe. I was a bit skeptical of the ground ginger but it works perfectly. I really appreciated not having to grate ginger for the sauce when I had come home late and I was rushing to get dinner on the table. I love this recipe as it is tasty, quick and loved by all family members. I served it with udon but I also have served it with rice.

  52. Awesome! So simple! My entire family loves this! That NEVER happens!

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    I didn’t have a few of the ingredients so I used apple cider vinegar, white sugar, honey, regular soy sauce and did not add Sriracha as I’m cooking for my kid. Sauteed chopped yellow onion before putting everything else in the pot. Turned out delicious! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is my go to recipe. It’s like spaghetti in everyone else’s house but in my house, this is it. My kids love this dish!!! I love it and my husband. I make a few adjustments because I don’t usually have green onions always at hand but everything else I do. I double the sauce and use rice noodles because it tastes so good! 

  55. easy, very tsty, will add broccoli chopped or peapods next time toot

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just tried this, it’s really good! And easy.  I might try to make it with less sugar but maybe not 

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a family favorite. Only thing I did different was instead of ground beef I used ground venison. No one even knows! Worked better I think less fat. Thanks

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super easy, super tasty! 
    All kids AND husband love it! 
    It’s a fav in our house! 
    Thank you ! 

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    A favorite and quick and easy. Thank you.

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    Awsome, not too sweet, the red pepper flakes make it. I tried it with hamburger and more brown sugar (another recipe) and my family wasn’t too crazy about it, but I really liked it. I made this last night, with stir fry sliced beef and it was a hit.

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love this! I modified a bit, by throwing in some sugar snap peas and sliced water chestnuts (skipping green onion). 
    It’s a household favorite and I admit to making it way too often.

  62. This recipe is amazing. The kids love it, so thank you for making my job easier.

  63. Thank you for such a super simple and delicious recipe! My family loved it!!

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this except I swapped out soy sauce with coconut aminos (required slightly less brown sugar due to coconut aminos being a little sweeter than soy sauce) and added sliced grilled mushrooms. I served it over brown rice, the family loves it and it is part of our meal planning now.

  65. Very good! Added zucchini noodles, shredded carrots and red paper. Will definitely make again!

  66. Rated 5 out of 5

    My family loves this recipe. My sister is very picky so it is always hard finding a new recipe she loves. She loves Korean Beef and can’t stop asking for it. My mom and dad back home have fit it to our normal rotation of dinner meals.

    As for myself, I am up at college and think Korean Beef is to die for. I have even added in mixed veggies corn, carrots, and green beans to make it into a nice stir fry dish. I have also on occasion made it with rice-a-roni instead of rice.
    I have also occasionally, substituted some of the soy sauce for teriyaki sauce to add some sweetness to it. Mmmm good tasted like desert for dinner.
    Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!

  67. Rated 5 out of 5

    We have made this several times now.  We added sliced mushrooms and onions.  We double up the sauce so there is lots for the rice.

  68. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a staple in my meal planning. Family loves it. In fact, I taught my college-age son how to make it today so that he can make it on his own. My other son has to be told not to take it all and to leave some for the rest of the family! Thanks for such great recipes!

  69. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so delicious, I am adding to my favorites! We added sauteed green/red pepper, water chestnuts and onion and blanched broccoli. Yum! The red chili flakes was just amount of kick. Thank you!

  70. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is my youngest son’s favorite dish! I’ve been making it for a few years and it’s so simple and delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

  71. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve been using this recipe of yours for years & just thought to leave a review. My husband LOVES and my smallest rates it a million stars. Thanks!

  72. Rated 5 out of 5

    I was desperate for a quick hamburger dish. I was “Hangry!”. I found this and fortunately had all ingredients except gr onions. It took me start to finish 23 minutes. I had to gather ingredients and mince the garlic. OMGoodness!! DELICIOUS!! I was too hungry to cook the rice so I topped my left over mashed potatoes. Still tasty! I will make more sauce and freeze it for future meals.

  73. Rated 5 out of 5

    So freaking yummy!!!!!

  74. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I have been using it for a long time now, and my family loves it. Since my husband is watching his fat intake, I use ground turkey, but this recipe is perfect as is. The ground turkey is leaner so I end up usually doubling the sauce. I also cut up extra green onions and put them in the turkey at the end of the cooking time. They wilt just a little and give a little more depth of flavor. For an added crunch, I use fresh lettuce. My girls take a spoonful of the rice and meat and add it into a leaf of lettuce (bibb, red leaf, or green leaf-I have tried other types, but they like these the best.), wrap it up, and eat it. I love that this meal is quick, easy, and uses items that most of us have on hand already. I would like to know what the fat content and nutritional information of this meal would be using turkey and not beef. Is there any way to post that?

    • We are so happy to hear this recipe is a keeper for you, Christina!

      Nutritional information, however, is provided only for select recipes at this time. If it is not available for a specific recipe, we recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”). Hope that helps!

  75. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good!!!  I added zucchini and cauliflower chopped finely and it was a nice addition.  

  76. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this and used honey for the sweetener instead of brown sugar. Paleo! I added green beans, and mushrooms and served it over cauliflower rice. i also doubled the recipe. A very big hit at my house! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  77. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a long overdue review. I have been making this dish for a good year now and it is one of my family’s favorite dishes. When it comes to food all 3 of my kids have different feelings and tastes, but this bowl they all 3 ABSOLUTELY LOVE! Thank you. I am a big essential oil user so I choose to replace the ginger with doterra ginger oil which works very well. We make this dish very often because it’s easy, quick and ALL 5 of us love it. Can dinner be any simpler?! My hubby is a texture person so we add egg rolls on the side for those who need a crunch (me, I’m so satisfied with the dish alone). I can’t thank you enough for this perfect recipe.

  78. Rated 5 out of 5

    So easy to make. My family loves it

  79. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this recipe!  Some where else I picked up a recommendation to add Bulldog Worstchestire (sorry I can not seem to spell it) specifically and I do- a teaspoon or so to taste.  I don’t know why that brand was mentioned, because it seems the same as any to me, but I like it in this dish.  I love how I can add any vegtables I have on hand to the cooking pot or on the side as toppers.  Tonight it’s rather green- soy beans, spinach, celery, green onions, plus mushrooms and a can of diced water chestnuts (which I almost always use because we like them.  Other nights I have cold quick pickled cucs and carrots, radishes…peppers, broccoli, squash.  Tonight I made three pounds worth to freeze for an easy post-travel meal when we get home late after an up coming trip.  

  80. Rated 5 out of 5

    It was super easy and very tasty. Everyone in my family loved it. 

  81. Rated 5 out of 5

    Korean Beef. Absolutely incredible. It can be served up with a variety of carbs, good organic rice seems the best. 
    But this is an outstanding go to option mid week. When you are tired but are like myself determined to cook for the family.
    Plated up with peas or broccoli or any other quickly prepared vegetable and a fruit at the end to cleanse your palette. Leftovers from this dish are incredible as well. Might be prudent to cook extra. 
    Thanks for this awesome recipe. We cook totally organic from start to finish. One of the venefyts is that the family never feels over fool post  prandially. Just satisfied. . 

  82. Rated 5 out of 5

    We skip the sesame seeds and green onions because i never have them. This is a go-to meal when we need something quick.

  83. Rated 4 out of 5

    Definitely quick -next time I would maybe double the sauce so it really gets sopped up by the rice. A touch less flavorful than I was expecting but that may be because I used a shortcut ginger paste instead of fresh, and ground turkey bc that’s what I had. Everyone still went back for seconds, and my second bowl had a lot more sauce/flavor (hence why I might double it next time).  Can’t beat the quick prep with pantry staples, so will make again. My husband called it a “divorced dad” recipe (that’s a compliment-it means quick and easy).  My 2 year old had 3 bowls so she’s was definitely a fan!

  84. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this for dinner and it was so quick, easy and really delicious. Was a hit at the dinner table.
    I added cilantro as a garnish and served it with kimchi. 

  85. I’m pretty upset that this recipe is not the top search for “ground beef bulgogi” anymore. It looks like another site copied your recipe and slapped on a white person story. Sad to see that Google dropped this page down.

    Anyway, the recipe is good. I use less sugar and soy sauce than the recipe.

  86. Rated 5 out of 5

    So easy and delicious! My entire family loves this meal and that is a rarity. I doubled the recipe and it was perfect. I also added a fried egg to the top of each bowl. Such yummy flavors. Great recipe.

  87. Rated 5 out of 5

    this is absolutely delicious !! my favorite 🙂 i was wondering though, what counts as a serving ? like, a cup, 1/2 a cup, etc. 

  88. Yum! Easy and damn delicious This will now be a new go to recipe! Thank you for another great recipe.

  89. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely awesome. Best go to I have in my arsenal right now.

  90. I’ve made this, and then added lettuce and other veggies on top, finishing with a ginger sesame Asian salad dressing.  I like to call it Korean Haystacks.

  91. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is so good! But I’m wanting to double the recipe, possibly triple. Do I double or triple ALL ingredients? I was thinking if I triple the meat, just double the rest of the ingredients. That way it’s not too sweet.. Any help is appreciated!

  92. Rated 5 out of 5

    it is the best korean food I have ever had

  93. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely an amazing dish! Super easy, quick and tastes! And different than meals I am used to cooking! This recipe will soon become your next favorite “lazy night” dish! I made it about 5x now without sesame oil and it still turned out perfect! Tonight will be my first time trying WITH sesame oil! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

  94. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this as a meal prep for last week and let me just say, this will definitely be a regular. I absolutely loved this recipe. I couldn’t find the sesame seeds at my commissary, sadly, but I did throw in some sauteed mushrooms and cooked my spinach and brown rice a tad longer than the instructions suggested. (It’s almost always good to slightly overcook rice if you’re going to be reheating it.) If you go by the recipe, it makes four perfectly portioned lunches. This meal heats up beautifully in the microwave in about three minutes, and it smells good too! It also doesn’t make your breath smell bad if you frequently deal with people during the day- the touch of ginger really masks the fact that you just ate. (Actually, I know this is gross, but the aftertaste is really good- and I’ve never said that about a food before! Must be the ginger?) Lastly, it does what food is supposed to do, it’s energizing and it makes you feel full until dinner. Wash it down with some hot tea or coffee and you’ll feel fresher than a newborn baby.

    This dish really is the *perfect* meal prep for work. Highly recommended.

  95. Rated 5 out of 5

    The best!    We have this almost once a week and have served it for family dinners.   Everyone asks for the recipe which we gladly share.   A keeper for sure!

  96. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love this recipe. Used it with Pork and Veal instead and it tasted delicious! Also didn’t have shallots, so used chives instead. I also added shredded carrot and beans for this for a veggie kick, and it was absolutely amazing. My husband and 3 year old loved this quick and easy meal.

  97. Rated 4 out of 5

    I was looking for something different to do with ground beef (nachos and tacos get pretty boring when they’re your only go to for a quick meal) when I found this recipe. It was pretty good! I had to leave out the sesame and sesame oil because my husband is allergic to it, and didn’t have the green onions on hand, but it still tasted great! Tangy and sweet.
    Another alteration I made was use paprika instead of red pepper flakes (I’m not a fan of spicy food and know that paprika is milder) and that still gave it a savory tang.
    I added some steamed brocolli on top for a vegatable and gave some extra flavor by cooking my rice in chicken stock with soy sauce and ginger. The entire bowl was flavorful.
    I will make this again!

  98. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow!! This was so good and I already had most of the ingredients. I usually buy a prepared Bulgogi sauce but now I can make it at home and make it G/F by using tamari sauce. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes.

  99. Rated 5 out of 5

    I doubled-ish the recipe because we have a big family and it was so good! I added some pickled cucumber that I cut into sticks, shredded carrots and a fried egg on top. AND a squirt of sriracha…. just because, sriracha! It was a bi bim bap of sorts, and totally hit the spot! Thank you! This is going into my recipe rotation! ❤

  100. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made it with ground turkey… it was awesome. I have a very picky eater son, and he devoured 3/4 of the pan! just the right amount of sweet and spice. so quick and very easy!! thanks!

  101. Rated 5 out of 5

    I started making this a few months ago. It’s now a family staple. I add different vegs, like sweet red pepper and jalapenos and a lot more red pepper flakes, but otherwise this is an awesome dish. Thank you for sharing it. We just love it!!!

  102. Rated 5 out of 5

    I loved this recipe! It was super easy and delicious to eat. I would definitely make this again.

  103. Rated 4 out of 5

    Very good recipe. We always add whatever fresh vegetables we have on hand. Broccoli, carrots, peppers anything will work.

  104. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is the one meal all 4 members in my family will eat. I put pineapple chunks in to cut the spice some for the kids and a bit of cornstarch to thicken the sauce some and make it stick to the meat more and everyone in the house cleans their bowl every time and asks for more. Definitely a household staple.

  105. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is a favorite at our house! I add in chopped mushrooms and thinly sliced carrots. You really could add any veggie and it would turn out great!

  106. Rated 5 out of 5

    One of my all time favorite recipes!  It’s so easy to make and the flavor is fantastic!  Today, I made a couple of substitutes using shredded beef and quinoa.  It was AWESOME!  Thank you providing such incredible recipes!  

  107. Rated 5 out of 5

    This dish has been a regular in our home for the past couple years at least. I love how simple it is to throw together and how I can whip it up without a trip to the grocery store. Thank you for this recipe!

  108. Rated 5 out of 5

    A quick and easy meal and my family loves it!

  109. This is a keeper for my kitchen; excellent and really tasty.  Thank you for posting!

  110. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy to make. Loved by ALL 5 in the family which is maybe done with 4 or 5 recipes. I usually make 4X the amount rice and meat and 6X the sauce because of it’s great taste alone on the JASMINE rice! Thank you for the inspiration!

  111. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi! I found your recipe on Pinterest and I had to try it. Let me tell you, it’s a HUGE favorite in my house with my teen boys (and me)!  I’ve already made it 3 times in about 6 weeks. And when I make it, I have to quadruple the recipe, so that we have plenty of seconds and lunches for the next day!

  112. Rated 5 out of 5

    made this a bunch of times. to me it tastes better with coconut aminos. I also add broccoli. kids love it too.

  113. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is delicious and so easy. Its one of my husbands favorite recipe. If you dont have sesame oil, buy it online or you will pay a lot in a grocery store.

  114. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is one of my all time favorite recipes. My teens and hubby loves it, and my picky toddler niece and nephew love it. I have this on rotation and always triple it.

  115. Made it twice this week! So good!

  116. Great recipe! Works great with some extra peppercorns. I stir fried the rice in and added an egg and it was extra tasty!

  117. This recipe is so good! It’s been a little while since we’ve had it and making again tonight. I like to serve it with Stir fry cabbage and broccoli, and omit the sesame seed garnish.

  118. This was really good, although I did make a couple tweaks. First I doubled the sauce recipe to pour over my rice. I also added some Sombal paste because we like a little more heat. And next time I will drastically cut the amount of sugar as it was way too sweet even though I didn’t use the full amount needed. A very good recipe though and will add to our weekly rotation.

  119. I’ve made this, and just by chance mixed my salad that had  Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger on it.  Now I just put the salad and dressing on top all the time!  So good

  120. This is a favorite in my house. I add onions, mushrooms, and peppers (any kind I happen to have) and serve it with Jasmine rice and baked broccoli. Adding onions took this meal to the next level. I also use ground turkey. Turned out great and works well for meal prep as well. I have used the same sauce here with angel hair pasta and chicken for like a stick pasta meal. Its delish!

  121. EXCELLENT recipe! Quick, easy and tasty! I made mine with ground turkey and it was delicious. Thank you for another “keeper” recipe 🙂

  122. This was delicious!  Thanks for the great recipe.

  123. Can I double this recipe? We are a family of 5 and plus I would love to have left overs. Thanks!

  124. This looks amazing, as usual.  Will be making this week.

      • We had this for dinner yesterday, and it was perfect.  However, because my teen son hates onions of any kind, but my husband and I love all onions,   I prepared them in a separate skillet, added some spices to it, then I put some on top of ours.  Everything was amazing.  Thans a gain for alway post such tasty meals.  Now they are asking me to make more this week.  I will be pulling up some of your older post to try and make everyone happy again.  Thank you!

  125. This recipe is awesome!  I actually crave it so much my family (which also loves it) is getting annoyed!  We love the amazing flavour and how simple it is to throw together. Definitely a keeper!

  126. I’m guessing a tsp or so of gochujang would be an appropriate substitute for the crushed red pepper?

  127. Since I am not familiar with Korean food, it would be helpful to have serving suggestions at the end of the recipe. I.e; what other items you serve it with? Sometimes having the right dish to go with can make a big difference in whether or not you like the recipe.

  128. This is so good! And sooooo easy to make!!

  129. Just made this today with ground turkey and it is delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  130. This is a massive hit in our house. I also have success freezing this in portions on rice for hubby who works away to heat for dinner. I usually make four times the amount so we get dinner, left over lunches and some in the freezer for hubby. Thankyou for shearing this recipe x

  131. Thanks so much for such an amazing recipe. I am officially obsessed 🙂
    I enjoy it plain as written, and also sometimes use it as a filling in a meat pastry which is also delicious.

    You can check out my full review of it here–>

  132. hi, chungah! long time follower, first time commenting. love this recipe so hard. i’ve made it countless times. its great with ground turkey, and i always use gochugaru (bc korean spice is life…and my mom left me an xl mason jar full in my freezer – not mad!). thank you for recipes that remind me of my favorite meals growing up.

  133. My favorite recipe of yours so far. So easy and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  134. Delicious and ridiculously easy to make, thanks for sharing! 

  135. This was an amazing dinner experience. I will be adding this to our normal rotation. Easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing this.

  136. Made 2 versions of this last night. One with ground beef and one with vegetarian crumble for my daughter. Both were absolutely delicious. Will make this regularly.

  137. i used ground wagyu beef, reduced the sugar, splashed some cooking wine and added carrot strips and mushrooms and they are DIVINE! you can eat it alone or pair it with spinach pita bread. A great way to finish off left over ground beef.=)

  138. Do you think vegan beef crumbles would be okay?

  139. Let me say, it was “Damn Delicious” I served it with Teriyaki Rice with celery added. Next time I will probably add more veggies. But it was good to the last forkful

  140. This is very similar to a dish my friend Okie from Indonesia taught me to make. Just use Indonesian Ketjap (sweet soy sauce) instead of brown sugar and soy sauce. It is more delicious. Also, I add about a pound of bean sprouts to the burger and Ketjap. It is so good.

  141. I make this recipe regularly for my family. I double the batch for a family of 4 and we seldom have much left over. I use sriracha instead of red pepper flakes – and I use quite a bit – 2-3 tablespoons at least. Also, I use the stir in ginger paste from Kroger (easy to use) and I use a lot of that too – I would say a tablespoon plus. I also use a bit more garlic than this recipe calls for. I make the rice in the instant pot and it is all ready at the same time. My youngest son says our house always smells like PF Chang’s when I make this. Highly recommend this recipe!!
    This is the ginger I use:

  142. I put one third the sugar and triple the ginger and it turned out well. It would have been way too sweet the original way.

  143. The recipe is so easy and tastes sooo good! Had to pull something out in a pinch because dinner plans changed so ended up eating home and this fit the bill to a T. Added onions and tricolor peppers for more colors and texture. Omitted the red pepper flakes as cooking for kids as well. It’s such an amazing recipe..thanks so much for sharing! Definitely in the meal rotation now! 

  144. Ok, my husband and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this meal! We use sushi rice instead, just preference. We’ve used regular rice in the past.

    Have you thought about a left-over dish for this? We always have extra and as happy as I am with leftovers, I’m not creative enough to turn it in to something else. Just a thought! Thanks!

  145. I have made this a few times now. Its officially been added to dinner rotation. Tonight I tossed everything into the slowcooker and used ground turkey. I serve with peppers ans onions, its a great weeknight meal!

  146. Can you substitute worcestshire sauce for soy sauce?

  147. This is one of my all time favorite recipes. So easy, fast, and delicious! Kid and husband approved. 🙂 There is never a scrap leftover. I always make it with some roasted broccoli. Thanks so much! I am currently making your one pot stuffed pepper casserole…Love your recipes! 

  148. We are allergic to sesame, is there anything I can substitute for the sesame oil?  I’d just leave the seeds out.  Thanks!

  149. Thank you!! At last a beef dish that my two year old enjoyed and ate willingly! 

    • This was delicious the last time I made it! I substituted the beef for ground veggie meat and the rice for riced cauliflower for an incredibly low carb/low calorie meal and it was amazing! I also added some veggies to it. However, this time I am all out of brown sugar…can I substitute it for white sugar or honey?

  150. I enjoyed the base of this recipe.  I used ground deer (yay friends who are generous!) and doubled the sauce since I added a pound of mushrooms and a bag of frozen veggies. My darn wellness coach was 50% veggies + 25% protein and 25% carbs; I don’t think I was quite there, but at least it isn’t McDonalds! 

  151. This is in regular rotation at our house, as are a few of your recipes. I have a 4 year old and 3 year old so I usually omit any spices (and I always feel red pepper flakes won’t distribute evenly and someone will end up with occasionally spicy bites so when I do add spice it’s powered or siracha) but tonight I felt maybe it needed SOME for balance so I put in a pinch of chili powder. My son recently saw an exhibit at our children’s museum on Korea and was asking to try the food. He didn’t remember having this dish so tonight it was extra special. I’m going to try your version with sliced beef next time but in my Instant Pot. We have to have a lean Christmas this year so I’m going to tell my hubby if he has to get me something it should be your cookbook.

  152. Can’t wait to try this out for tomorrow’s dinner. Can I use honey instead of sugar (if yes how many spoons)? What can the oyster sauce be substituted with?

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  153. Hi,
    So glad to have found this recipe on Pintrest. My husband and i love bulgolgi, but Korean BBQ isnt very popular here. So we rarely get to eat it unless we drive nearly an hour away and go downtown. To cut back on calories, I’ve started using ground turkey meat. I made it twice in one week and am about to make it again today. I sent my parents a picture and they want some. So doing 1 dish of it for then and 1 dish for me and husband.

  154. This looks good. I have a little one allergic to sesame seeds. Would olive oil be a good substitute?

  155. This is a great recipe. So good, so easy. The only substitution I do is a 1/2 tbsp. of minced ginger (jar) instead of a 1/4 tsp ground. It’s also a pretty great eggroll filling. For easy eggroll filling. Get a 16 oz bag of coleslaw mix, pour it in a large bowl. While it’s still hot (right after it’s done cooking) add the Korean beef mixture to the coleslaw mix. Add in green onions (double up on the green onions. 4 instead of 2) Blend well and let cool.

  156. This is such a great meal while so simple!  Many thanks.  Merci beaucoup.  This will become a staple for weeknight dinner.

    You are a great inspiration to me.  Being able to cook with your help makes me happy as I never fail!  (I used to hate cooking!).

    Merci encore.  (Thanks again).

  157. Excellent recipe! So fast to pull together and everyone in our family loves it! My husband said I could make this every week and he’d never get sick of it… so I do! 🙂

  158. Well, I made it tonight.  I can’t say that it was bad but it tasted just like the recipe it is, cheap and easy.  Tasted like a bunch of sugar and salt on top of greasy which is a perfect combo for tasty ( exactly what McDonald’s does)   but unfortunately not anything worthy of an entire blog post hailing its deliciousness.  Tasted like a last-minute recipe submission in cooking school worthy of a d- 

  159. Made this again tonight, threw in some broccoli- YUMMMM!!!! ❤❤

  160. I add shredded coleslaw mix too

  161. I made this tonight with rice for me, vermicelli noodles for the hubby because he’s not a rice fan(weirdo). It was pretty good! Super quick too. The taste honestly wasn’t what I expected, but still tasted nice. It’s not spicy, but has a mild zip to it. It totally reminded Me of honey garlic spare ribs! Even hubby loved it! I’m so glad I found this recipe! I may make some tweaks next time, but this is as it is!! It’s staying on the recipe shelf for sure. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

  162. Just made this and got approval from my 3 picky eaters! Took 20 min start to finish, with fresh rice being made, and is a huge hit! Definitely putting this into my rotation! Thank you!!

  163. This is one of my most favorite recipes! I mixed it up a little by using ground turkey and adding in frozen stir fry veggies. Add in those Hokkien stir fry noodles that cook in 30 seconds, and you got a full delicious healthy meal!

  164. Stumbled upon this today while searching for a recipe for ground beef. Even 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes is too much for me! YIKES! I looked at the original recipe. I think I will try it next time with more brown sugar. Being Korean, I’m always after good Korean meals! It was decent. I’ll probably keep making it. It’s bookmarked though! My mouth is still burning. I don’t like spicy foods. Next time, I’m skipping the red pepper flakes. LOL! Also, for the record, NO, I HATE KIMCHI! LOL. I couldn’t get my hands on any ground ginger, so I’m missing that taste 🙁 Otherwise, not bad.

  165. I’ve made this once a week since my wife found the recipe a couple of months ago, and I’m about to make it again. Used the same general recipe with a sliced up round roast and with a sliced up top sirloin steak, too, but marinated them in the mix first.

    It might be my favourite meal in the rotation now. Thank you.

  166. I made this last week – OMG it’s so amazing. Thank you so very much! I’m so glad I found your page, you’re amazing!

  167. Is the nutrition information only for the beef or does it include the rice ? ( I am diabetic and trying to count my carbs >.<)

  168. I have made this recipe many times now, and getting ready to make it again tonight. Everyone loves it, and I love how easy it is to make. Thank you so very much for your website. Every time I pin something, it takes me right to Damn Delicious. The recipes are easy to follow, and I have yet to achieve a “Pinterest fail” with them. Thanks again!

  169. I just made this for a last minute dinner get together. I was lucky enough to have all ingredients on hand. It was meant to be! I added a bit of finely chopped red onion to the pan with the garlic, and about a teaspoon of Sriracha to the sauce. Everyone loved it! I’m definitely adding this to the meal rotation 🙂

  170. This was absolutely amazing and so easy and quick to make. I added steamed broccoli and my kids and fiancé fell in love thank you!!!!!

  171. Tried and loved this recipe!

    I’ve made it about 3x so far, and it never fails to impress the hubs!
    Obsessed – it’s definitely in our meal rotation.

  172. I love this but i have added a few changes, I use a mix of ground turkey and ground pork. I also shred a carrot and add a couple teaspoons of diced onions into the soy mixture. I use 3 tablespoons of honey instead of the brown sugar. I let the soy mixture sit for 30 mins. to an hour before i use it. My family loves it, even my husband who hates to try new things.

  173. Works well with ground turkey if you want to cut the fat.

  174. Not going to lie I was skeptical about this one, I wasn’t exactly sure how it was going to turn out, but made it regardless because the comments were so positive, and it did not disappoint!  And let me tell you, with a 18 month old and a 5yr old I am down with any meal that literally takes less than 20mins to make.  Both kids gobbled it all up, hubby said it was delicious, and no leftovers to be found anywhere!  Served over steamed rice and used siracha instead of red pepper flakes, and sautéed zucchini on the side, a perfect weeknight meal for busy families! 

  175. I made this tonight (added mushrooms and chopped onion) and it was so good!! Thank you for the delicious and easy recipe!

  176. Absolutely love this dish! I first encountered it when I smelled someone’s dish during a dinner break when I was in class. I immediately asked what it was she was eating and how can I get the recipe! She told me about your blog, and within 2 days I was cooking it too! Delicious! I have made this a few times since then and it is a family favorite. I make two versions – beef and vegetarian, with Morningstar Farms brand recipe crumbles. My only question is, I recently discovered that I am allergic to sesame. Although I never had an allergic reaction to sesame before, I do not want to take a chance . Can you recommend an alternative? Thank you, and keep the recipes coming!

  177. I made this today with some changes.    No sesame oil and seeds due to allergy.   Instead added julienne carrots and used fresh ginger.    It was delicious, everyone loved it. 

  178. Omg this is so good! I lightly sautéed some broccoli and red pepper and set that aside to add at the end and I doubled the sauce, it was so fantastic! I used sriracha in place of the chilli flakes as well. Thanks!!!

  179. Thank you for this recipe! We have made this many times and our family loves it. We serve it with a side of sauteed bok choy – yum!

  180. Made this today. It was super delish. I added Tofu to it, and made it with ground turkey. Thank you 

  181. This is one of our family’s favorite simple meals! Thank you!

  182. I make this at least a few times a month and I tell everyone else they should make it. We love it, I have 2 little guys and they love it too. I use real grated ginger instead and sometimes I add cilantro and hot sauce to mine. Excellent recipe thanks so much

  183. I love this recipe so much! It’s easy, affordable, and delicious and makes me feel like I ate out. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  184. This is one of my favorite things to make when I want something easy but delicious! So easy to add in some veggies to with with it. 🙂

  185. I made this last night and did not make any changes. It was DELICIOUS! Thanks for sharing another fantastic recipe.

  186. I struggle with money so things like this are great. I often make a savoury mince and mix it with rice, but I wanted something different. I made a couple of changes to mine. I used mixed porn and beef mince so it had the beefy flavour but the pork added tenderness. I also wanted to make it a little more nutritious so I slightly reduced the sugar content and added a small onion and a couple of finely sliced bell peppers which also added a fresh and fruity layer to the incredibly savoury sesame.

  187. Not sure what to replace the sugar with (seeing honey is a good alternative), but I will definitely try some things and get back to you. The recipe looks amazing and I plan on trying it out tonight!

    Let’s see how this baby goes!

  188. I love your blog and have discovered so many delicious recipes here. It is seriously one of my top go-to places for yummy dishes. 🙂 For that reason, I wondered if you could adjust some of your ads and videos? In recent months, your recipe pages have become so much harder to load and scroll through. Thanks for all of your work developing these awesome meals.

  189. I made this last night and it was really good! The only thing I did differently was use more sauce. I also don’t drain my ground beef, because there’s usually not a lot to drain, but this does make it a little more oily.

    Since I live alone, I had a little left over today and decided to make a little snack with it. The snack was not healthy, but it was so delicious that I highly recommend. I made a crepe batter and mixed in a little gojuchang before creating a really thin crepe. I then heated the beef with a bit of water and butter until all the water evaporated (extra browning/caramelizing on the beef) and mixed up a bit of sriracha mayo. I placed the beef, sriracha mayo, and green onions on the crepe and folded up like a burrito. Then I garnished my plate with a few drops of chili sesame oil and a tiny sprinkle of Chinese five spice (on the side only). It was truly amazing. If you’re not afraid to eat a little rich here and there, I highly recommend you try.

    Thanks so much for the delicious recipe. My little snack invention wouldn’t have been possible without it! 🙂

    • I’m usually good with checking my spelling on things, but apparently *gochujang is incorrectly spelled so often that the incorrect spelling pops in Google’s predictive search! This is my excuse for the misspelling above. 😉

  190. Super tasty recipe! I added a half of a bag of shredded carrots at the same time as the sauce and let it simmer the last couple minutes. Gave it a nice crunch and added a veggie to make it a complete meal.

  191. Just came across your site tonight and so happy I found you, Chungah! This dish was so incredibly simple to make and my family loved it. There were no leftovers whatsoever, and my kids want it for dinner again tomorrow night! I stuck to the recipe as written and it was perfect. The only thing I did different was to add some steamed broccoli along with the green onions and sesame seeds at the end. Thank you for a great recipe!

  192. This is so delicious and easy! I love to top my bowl with lots of cilantro, either peanuts or cashews, Sriracha, and a squeeze of lime. Really good over brown rice, or cauliflower rice.

  193. You SAVED me the other night! Now it’s going to be a school lunch!! My son is on a three-day food rotation diet for subclinical allergies and I needed something FAST 3 days ago. This was SUCH a hit. My child is a bit picky and protein is hard to get him to eat. He loves traditional bulgogi (which I had time to make over the last weekend.), but did;t have the time or beef to make on a weeknight. I have NEVER seen my child eat like this… What a hit! A million thank yous!

  194. Sounds delicious. Can I add Korean chili paste (gochujang) instead of the red pepper flakes?

  195. Do you think it would taste as good with ground turkey? 

  196. I made this for my son’s basketball team and it was a huge hit. I’ve actually made it 3 times in 2 days since so many others wanted to ty it too. Everyone loved it and three people asked for the recipe. I doubled the sauce and used Sriracha instead of the red pepper flakes, but those are the only changes I made. We’ll be making this often!

  197. Just made this and my family of 4 LOVED it! My kids are 14 and 11 and we all probably could have had bigger portions or gone back for seconds but there wasn’t enough so next time I will need to make more. Also, I thought I had ground beef on hand but it was actually pork so I just used that and it was really good. I’ll try it with ground beef next time though. Thanks for a delicious, quick recipe. This will definitely be one of my go-to weeknight dinners.

  198. Chungah,
    I just wanted to write a general ‘thank you’ for sharing your talent! I cannot wait to make this tonight because I have yet to make a recipe of yours I didn’t love.  This may sound silly but your recipes have really helped teach me many basics of cooking and as a new mom that’s been invaluable! My toddler (and husband) thank you!  

    I look forward to gifting your cookbook some day to all new moms looking for decious, healthy and beautifully simply meals to feed their families! 

    Many thanks again! 

  199. Made this tonight.  Delicious and easy!  

  200. Hi. Making this for dinner tonight and dang it! I have no brown sugar. Will white sugar work? Also, has anyone tried freezing this?

  201. I made this tonight (and am still eating this as I’m writing) and wow! Easy and delicious!! My family love it too, which is great! Thanks so much for such a wonderful recipe!

  202. Looks amazing! Just wondering if there is a sub for the brown sugar? Thanks!

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

    • We substitute honey for the brown sugar and we really like how it turns out.

  203. Made it and loved it! I made something like this a few times but never really had a strict recipe so it would always come out a bit different since the last. (I never write anything down-I keep telling myself to write it down but..) I do use garlic/ginger paste (use it last-do not cook) and I use red curry paste..(cook it with the meat.

  204. This has become a go-to meal for us. We loved it from the first time we tried it and it is so easy and quick to make and really tastes great! The only thing we have changed is that we add broccoli. Thank you so much for posting this!

  205. This was a wonderful dish. My whole family enjoyed this. May add some extra vegies next time, but otherwise a perfect recipe. Thank you. Will be a regular in our house now.

  206. Just made this and the family LOVED it! Only thing I will do differently next time is double the recipe! We have no leftovers! 
    I will also try adding some veggies next time. Fantastic flavor!

    I’m going to go and check out some of your other recipes!
    Thank you!

  207. Super-delicious! Had to restrain myself from eating the whole thing in one sitting. Although a little too salty for me (maybe the brand of soy sauce – it wasn’t a reduced sodium kind) so I will try substituting half of the soy sauce with some low sodium broth or water next time. Great quick recipe that gives the flavors you’re looking for without all the time marinating, slicing and grilling, etc. 🙂 Love your blog and look forward to trying some of your other yummy-looking recipes. Omissions/substitutions: didn’t have any sesame seeds and didn’t really miss them; didn’t have red pepper flakes so added dash of cayenne pepper instead; coconut oil used instead of vegetable.

  208. I don’t know what I’m missing but I found nothing special about this dish. Yes, it was easy to make but it was way too sweet and that’s with way more red pepper flakes and siracha then called for. I will not make this again as it was not worth eating.

    • I’m sorry that this recipe did not turn out the way you had imagined. I only post recipes that have been successfully tested in my own kitchen, and as you can see from the comments here, many of these readers have had great outcomes in the final dish as well. However, I understand that we all have different taste preferences, and I really appreciate your honest feedback.

      Also, if the recipe is too sweet to taste, you can always reduce the amount of sugar as needed. Isn’t that the beauty of home cooking? 🙂

  209. Made this tonight after a long day, and it was SO good! Took virtually no time at all to make, very little clean-up, and was delicious! A big WIN in my book. I will definitely be making this again 🙂 I think next time I’ll add some veggies, too!

  210. I made this for the 2nd time last night and the whole family LOVED it; this includes a 10, 7, and 2 year old boys. I followed the recipe exactly. Everyone wanted seconds so I’ll have to make double next time to so we have leftovers.

  211. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Totally satisfied my Korean bbq cravings 😉 I opted for honey instead of sugar and tahini instead of sesame oil and it turned out perfect. Took the advice from other comments and mixed in some shredded carrot before adding the sauce. Served it with shredded cabbage on top, some nice fresh lettuce leaves (for wrapping) from the garden and sriracha. Yummo!

  212. I found this recipe maybe 2 or 3 months ago and it has been in our regular rotation ever since. It is so good even my kids ask for seconds! We love it!

  213. I’ve never left a recipe review again (all seem to exclaim how they  hated a recipe—then list 1,000 changes they made, rendering what they made nothing even resembling the published recipe!)  This one, though, deserves kudos. Today is Saturday. I made it for dinner on Thursday, and my son loved it so much he asked for it again the next night–in sufficient quantity to have it around all the time for lunches, etc. He’s got a good palate, and is well-versed in different cuisines, and cannot get ENOUGH of this stuff. (Right now, there’s a big Tupperware with four pounds of it—I won’t even venture to guess how quickly it will be devoured.)

    My daughter, who verges precariously close to a picky eater, loves it, too. 

    But it was my son’s first reaction that got me: “This is the most delightful thing you’ve added for as long as I can remember. Please make it a staple. ” (I’m not kidding. Those were his exact words. Not that he’s a toddler or anything–but it was high praise, indeed.) And every single serving he’s had since then? It’s been punctuated with similar accolades, attempts to extract promises from me to always have ingredients on hand, and lots of, “Mmmmm—this is SO GOOD. You’ve gotta keep this stuff around!” 

    I’m a chef. It’s not like my family is starving or does not get good food. Seriously! This is really, really good. It’s rare I use a recipe or more than an idea to use as a  springboard, but I made this as written—the only exception being that I had a knob of fresh ginger I wanted to use up, and subbed it for the dried. This  is DAMN DELICIOUS just as written. THANK YOU! 

  214. Thank you for this amazing recipe!!! This has become a staple for our family, and I make it about every other week. The whole family LOVES it. I usually reduce the sugar by about 1/2 and I add some fish sauce. So quick and delicious.

  215. I’m pretty amazed to see so many positive comments on a single recipe! I’m making this tonight as it fits in with my diet, and I’m hoping that it’s as delicious as it sounds. It looks too easy haha.

  216. We love this recipe at our home and I actually make this at least once a week, my kids LOVE it, I add broccoli to it and it’s delicious!

  217. Hi, 
    Just wanna let you know the link to your video is broken. Tried refreshing the page to see if it would help, but it didn’t. 

    • Thanks for letting me know, Gen. I apologize that it was not working for you – I just checked the video and it seems to be working right now! 🙂

  218. I was really happy with this recipe, instead of putting it over rice I topped it over your everyday ramen, and instead of sesame oil I opted to substitute it with olive oil and toast sesame seeds to extract the flavor out of them 

  219. I used sriracha instead of garlic and pepper flakes, and fresh ginger in the sauce with a little extra water. I also garnish with fresh jalapeno and cilantro, and serve it with steamed broccoli and carrots. It’s a family favorite!

  220. Just made the Korean Beef bowl for my family of 5 and LOVED it. Easy and FULL of flavor. First recipe I have used off your blog, but we will definitely be back!

    FYI, we are also the proud owners of 2 Corgies. Have to be the best dogs on earth!


  221. I’m making this again today.  It is easy.  All recipes should be this easy AND this good.  Nothing I hate more than bland salt and pepper recipes.  This is amazing.  I bought a medium spice jar of toasted sesame seeds to keep in my pantry and just got a jar of ground ginger.  Not a ginger fan but it works here nicely.  I’ll cook up some jasmine rice in my rice cooker (20 year old one from my mom…LOL). Dinner time.  I’m making three pounds of ground meat for the savages, I mean kids.  And omgosh, I can’t wait to buy your cookbook.  I keep checking every week and I know it’s not til September but I keep hoping the gods would grant me one wish. 

  222. So thrilled to have found this recipe! Wanted something new and not so heavy. My only regret was there weren’t any leftovers for me to take to work the next day. It was worth the jaunt to the grocery store, I was out of soy sauce. But it fed everyone and put a smile on their face. This will definitely become a part of my go to recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  223. This recipe is great! Simple but wonderful. Thank you very much.

  224. I made this for my Fiance who was stationed in Korea. He loved it! I doubled the sauce and added some cornstarch. I also used Chili Garlic Paste in the sauce. It’s a winner!

  225. I have made this a few times and I have to remember to make a double batch or my husband and two boys will complain.   

  226. This meal is fantastic! I subbed ground turkey but followed everything else. Super delicious. Tonight I’m going to add in some shredded cabbage for crunch and serve it atop cauliflower rice. Would you by chance have the nutritional info on this? I’d love a calorie count if possible. Thanks for the great recipes!

    • Nutritional information is provided only for select and new recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, I recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information.

    • 435 calories a serving to be exact.

  227. I have tried many recipes from your blog and have loved them all! I thought I’d write a note that I love this recipe- but 10x more now than my sister told me about how she makes it. In addition to the beef mixture (which she also adds sauteed zucchini and mushrooms to), she serves it over vermicelli noodles, and tops it all with grated carrots and cucumbers, and a drizzle of peanut sauce. Incredible!

  228. I have a daughter who is allergic to sesame so I’m going to try this with another oil. What would be a good substitute? Sesame oil has such a distinct flavor, is it even possible to substitute for flavor?

  229. Made this for my family of 5 so I doubled the recipe. 1/2 cup of brown sugar would have been too much so I stuck with 1/4 and then just doubled everything else. Still was a bit too sweet, but good. Added red pepper, onions and broccoli. Sprinkled the top with some cilantro and avocado slices. Yum!

  230. The flavor was so much better than any other Asian recipe I have tried, they are always more work than reward is worth but not this one. Super easy and tastes great. I was a little short on soy sauce that day so I topped off the measure with Worcestershire but had everything else on hand for a last minute supper. We served the beef over a bag of mixed veggies with noodles picked up from the local grocery and it was a hit.

  231. POWDERED Ginger?!?!? C’mon use the real deal. Completely different flavor.
    No comparison between powedered and fresh.

  232. would this be good with shitake musrooms?

  233. This was delicious. I followed your recipe with only a couple minor changes, using a half teaspoon of ground chili paste instead of pepper flakes and adding a couple tablespoons of chopped cilantro after taking it off the heat. It was delicious and a great change from the usual ground beef recipes. I served it with brown rice, sesame broccoli and carrots, and homemade kimchi. It’ll go in our regular rotation, thanks!

  234. My hubby and I both loved this. He has his with Jasmine rice and I had mine in lettuce wraps. This recipe is a keeper! Thank you.

  235. Absolutely love this recipe!  When the beef is almost done cooking, I like to add 1/2 cup of water and chopped vegetables to steam for a bit.  Great way to increase your veggie intake and add moisture throughout the rice!  
    I love your blog Chungah! 

  236. i know this is an old post, but I just made some, serving size for one, and this is so tasty! I’ll save this to use again and again. I’m glad I found your website. 

  237. This was another really delicious recipe I’ve made from your website. All of the things I’ve tried from you are absolutely awesome!!! Most of my “go-to recipes” are from your website, Thank you 🙂 

  238. I was skeptical about this recipe, but it is sooooooooo good. It is going into my permanent rotation for sure.  

  239. Just made this recipe and it was great. However, it was a bit too sweet for my taste. Definitely plan to make again with less sugar and more red pepper.

  240. I bow to the queen! Thank you for something quick, easy, cheap and DAMNED DELICIOUS! I’m a good cook but even my 12 year old daughter hugged me after eating this. You rock!

  241. I’ve made this twice now and it is super delicious! I mix in a little sriracha because we like spicy but besides that, it’s absolutely perfection! This was really good with the rice and lettuce wraps! This actually vaguely reminds me of Mongolian beef.

  242. I wanted to make this for dinner tonight i have made it once before and it was amazing. I have a question though is there anything else you can do with it. I don’t want to put it over rice again. Can you put it over pasta or something. or do you have any other good ideas. Thanks for the recipe its amazing again.

  243. I made this today with a couple of tweaks I omitted the red pepper flakes and the sesame oil, and in stead of using garlic and ginger I used garlic and ginger stir fry oil to fry the meet and I added in some hoisin sause to the brown sugar/soya sause mixture it turned out tasting exactly like bulgogi

  244. My 17 year old son is making this for us for dinner tonight. I am so excited! I shared the recipe with my student who is vegetarian because I think it would be interesting to try it using beefless crumbles.

  245. This was an amazing meal! I’m a full time student cooking for one, so making a dish that’s 4 servings means lunch for a few days and this one was easy to make and pack. I added some more green and crunch to it by steaming half green beans over my rice in the rice cooker while I cooked the beef. I recommend making a bit more sauce if you plan to add veggies though, and starting the rice a bit earlier than the meat.

  246. This was so delicious and easy, that my husband agrees your blog is perfectly named. Loved the taste, and the leftovers made great lunch. Started the rice when I started dish and both finished up close it time. Just perfect. Thank you. I have a list of recipes that I want to try!!

  247. I taught in Korea and there was a college kid restaurant that was delicious and cheap.  They served this there and I ate it at least once a week.  I cannot wait to make this!

  248. What precent ground beef did you use and it id OK to use pure sesame oil?

  249. This was delicious! I added a fried egg on top of mine. Ultimate comfort food! Thanks for sharing.

  250. I didn’t think I’d like this one because for some reason the sauce does not taste good to me by itself. But once combined with the beef, it’s amazing. I added only a splash of rice wine vinegar to the sauce because I like the flavor of it, but the recipe is fantastic by itself. It’s great to get the flavor of Korean Beef without all of the work, one of the easiest dinner recipes to make from this site. Even easier if you have a rice cooker..!

  251. I was dubious because I never had no-marinade bulgogi (on principle as a Korean!), but the flavor was excellent!  Took me longer to make b/c I didn’t have ground beef – had to use some short rib meat.  Added some onions.  But otherwise, fantastic meal for the family!

  252. This was so quick and easy and even the kids liked it! Will definitely be a regular on the dinner rotation! Thanks!

  253. I made this tonight. How. What. Where do I begin?? So EASY and fast ! I didn’t have any green onion on hand but it didn’t take away from the recipe flavored. I added cilantro just cuz I had that instead of the green onion. I’m in LOVE!! I made brown rice to go with it and I could eat the entire dish by myself, I would never have thought of creating something like this but I love these flavored! AND your site! You are soooo creative and thank you for your recipes!!!! You are a true inspiration to me! ❤️

  254. This was incredibly delicious! I will definitely be making again!

  255. Thank you for this awesome recipe! Everyone in my family LOVES it! It’s now a regular in my line up of recipes.

  256. This is DELICIOUS! My husband and kids (ages 10 and 12) loved it. My husband said it tastes just like typical korean beef dishes (in a good way!). This is now a regular in our meal rotation. I serve it with roasted or steamed broccoli or green beans. In fact, I’m doubling it tonight so we can have it again tomorrow. My friend has very picky kids and they loved it too. 

  257. Made this for me and my DH. Tonight. Was one of the easiest Asian dishes I have ever made. So flavorful.This will definitely be one I will make again. Thanks for posting this.

  258. I have been waiting two long days to make this! I love that I have all the pantry ingredients. Plan to serve with rice and fresh asparagus, with Sirachi on the side. I think dinner will be early tonight!

  259. This was so easy, so fast, it’s awesome! It will be a regular in my meal rotation. The second time I made it, I forgot to get more rice at the store and served it over udon noodles. Still great. It’s almost too sweet for my husband tho, so now when I make it I had about a half tbsp to a table spoon of rice vinegar or fish sauce to it. Thanks for the awesome meal

  260. This was very easy and so good. I added shredded cabbage to it which was really good. Thanks for sharing. Tamara

  261. This was amazing. My kids loved it. I normally don’t change a recipe the first time I make it, (And then comment on my changed dish) but I didn’t have sesame oil. So, I used coconut oil. Otherwise, I stuck to the recipe, and we didn’t have leftoverd for lunch tomorrow. 🙁

  262. I have never commented on a food blog before but I have made this for the third time in the past two months and it’s a hit every time. My husband loves it and eats almost the entire pot every time. I never have leftovers. lol. I don’t deviate from the recipe at all. I only add sriracha because we love spicy!

  263. I made this tonight for dinner. I had to substitute some of the ingredients due to not having some things on hand but OMG this was delicious! So good.


  264. I’ve been coming back to this recipe for about a year now.  I make a huge batch at least monthly.  Everyone loves it!  I serve it with skinny rice noodles and cucumber salad made in the spiralizer with lime juice and fish sauce dressing.  It’s lovely.  Leftovers get taken for lunch the next day.  Thank you for great, simple ideas.

  265. Wow! This was so easy, quick and delicious! I made it as is and served with brown rice and broccoli. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes!!! 🙂

  266. I took this recipe and made burgers out of it. Fantastic!

  267. I found this recipe by googling “easy ground beef recipe.” It was just what I was looking for: fantastic tasting and so easy to make. We all cleaned our plates, including my 9-year-old. The only thing I did differently was add broccoli, which I highly recommend! If you love Asian food, like I do, make this dish! Thank you!

  268. This recipe was so delicious. They only difference was that i used soy crumbles instead of beef and it worked great. This one is a definite keeper. Keep them coming 😉

  269. This is absolutely delicious. I have never commented on a recipe before but this one is so outstanding I had to. Thanks for sharing, I will use this often. 

  270. This is very much like an Indonesian dish I make, just add fresh bean sprouts and serve over rice.  Love it ! : )

  271. This is amazing! Just as promised easy to make and delicious. Made a double batch and froze half…cant wait to eat it again. Yum! 

  272. This is sooooo good!! Next time I’m making double!!

  273. This was SO good! And so easy! My daughter and her two friends (they are 12) devoured it. I should have doubled the recipe.

  274. I tried this with ground pork and added sliced onion and leftover cooked cabbage. It was yummy. 

  275. I made this tonight for dinner it was AMAZING! We only eat gluten free so I had to use a gluten free soy sauce, I also substituted tahini for the sesame oil (I was out of oil). Thank you! 

  276. Thank you so much! This was delious! 

  277. OMG!  This is soooooooo good.  I had taken out ground beef for dinner and the last thing I wanted was meat loaf.  So I found this.  It was amazing.  I added a little lemon to the rice.  Next time I make this I may add more veggie to the meat just because it was so good.

    Thanks for a great and easy recipe!

  278. This was so delicious. The only complaint that my family and I had was that it wasn’t spice enough but that’s nothing some extra chili flakes and hot sauce can’t fix. It’s a great last minute throw something together dinner.

  279. I’m a Malaysian living in Ohio–made this tonight. It was SO STINKIN’ GOOD that I HAD to post a comment although I almost never comment on blog recipes. I’m so impressed with how complex the flavor is given the simple ingredients and the whole 15 mins it took to prep! Perfect for a work night. I’ll be making this again… and again… and again. Thanks!

  280. My husband and I just made this for dinner. It was yummy! So simple to prepare. We will definitely make it again. Thank you!

  281. Really enjoyed this. My husband says it’s going into the dinner rotation.

  282. I had some fresh ground beef on hand, plus all the other ingredients yeaaa. I needed to make something quick for my husband so I found your recipe. My husband isn’t picky at all! He just eats and won’t say much, but said: That was actually really good! Lol, thanks again I’m hugging you through the computer. 🙂

  283. This looks amazing! But would it taste any different if I used ground turkey??

  284. Wow, this recipe tastes amazing, quick and easy to prepare too! My daughters loved it. The only complaint was that there  was not enough left over for their lunches tomorrow

  285. I’ve made this twice now, and it’s amazing.  So easy and so delicious!  We like more sauce, so I doubled the sauce.  Will be great with any vegetables mixed in.  I think I’ll saute up some green peppers and add them to the mix.  Yum!  Thanks for such an easy, great recipe.

  286. This was very good, very easy, and just the ticket for “I’m too tired to fuss” work nights.  I did use fresh ginger (well, fresh from the jar…) and Sriracha instead of the red pepper flakes.  Will definitely make again…great flavors.

    Love this blog…

  287. Made it in 15 minutes and everyone thought it was great!!

  288. super yummi! Made this in Germany tonight, wish I had more 😀

  289. This was posted on a FB page a few months ago and I finally made it tonight.  It was absolutely wonderful!! 

  290. I absolutely love this recipe. I first tried it about a year ago and it has since become a staple in my kitchen. Tonight I added chopped onion and shredded carrot for some additional color. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

  291. We LOVED this!  It’s definitely going to be in the rotation! 

  292. This recipes is now a family favorite!  We’ve made this a half a dozen times, and our 3 kids (not to mention me and my wife) can’t get enough of it!  We usually add whatever fresh (or frozen) veggies we have on hand to make the dish stretch. We absolutely love it!  Thank you so much for sharing it!

  293. This dish was a hit! I love that it’s reminiscent of bulgogi but with a lighter feeling. 

  294. I made this recipe last night, it was very flavoursome however it was just too sweet for us. I will definitely use less sugar if we cook it again. I am going to try the beef and broccoli slow cooker recipe tonight – I will add less sugar and then taste after to see if it needs more. Great recipes 🙂

  295. This is so good! And my whole family liked it, something which rarely happens. I know I will serve this often!

  296. I hate it when people change half the things in a recipe and then comment, but I did just that today and it was delish! I added onion, celery, and red pepper and decided to double the sauce because of it. The soy sauce bottle didn’t have enough in it for a double recipe so I used 1/4 cup oyster sauce. So good! We had it on rice, but I think I will use the leftovers in chow mein tomorrow with lots of stir fried veggies and noodles.

    Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  297. I just made this for dinner tonight….whooooooooo weeeeeeee! We LOVE bulgogi here, so trying this “cheater” recipe with ground beef was such a great idea!!! My 14 year old sons can’t wait to eat it…..we’re waiting on roasted broccoli. Thank you!!

  298. My family really enjoyed this. Spicey and sweet! Will make again.

  299. Oh my. . I made this last night and it was simply amazing. Quick and easy for a weeknight. Everyone wanted seconds and my husband went back for thirds. I paired it with brown rice, egg rolls and broccoli.

  300. Has anyone tried it with ground turkey?

  301. The flavor was so delicious! I will definitely use the ingredients for the flavoring again however I will probably try strips of beef and maybe some broccoli along with the rice, I’m not a big fan of the consistency of the ground beef with rice. Thanks for sharing this recipe it has given me a great idea for a new dish!

  302. This was PERFECT for us! I am a busy mom who works and goes to school and I will definitely be putting this in our dinner rotation. A nice salad with ginger dressing goes perfectly as a side!

  303. A very good recipe! Thank you for posting it! YUM!

  304. My husband and I absolutely LOVE this dish. It is so quick and easy and it’s damn delicious! 🙂 I’m making it again tonight and putting it in lettuce cups. YUM.

  305. WOW!!! I really needed something new to use my ground beef so a quick google search brought me here and I’M SO GLAD it did! I made this recipe and took the comments into consideration. I doubled the sauce recipe, and added roasted broccoli (with olive oil and fresh garlic), fresh mushrooms and double the green onions. It was amazing!! The flavor was great. Many of the other comments mentioned a fight over left overs…….NOT in my house because there weren’t any! SO YUMMY!!!

  306. Made this tonight using ground turkey and it was amazing. Thanks for the recipe !

  307. “In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and ginger.” (Do I stir this into the ground beef when it turns into brown and after i drained the excess fat?)

    • Yes, that’s correct. This is referred to as the “soy sauce mixture” here:

      Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.

  308. There are so many comments on this recipe that it seems silly to add yet another, but I thought there might be others out there with the same questions about it as I had. I have gestational diabetes and am on a very strict diet that requires ridiculous amounts of protein, and i’m always looking for another way to get enough in that actually appeals to me. So I had to modify this recipe to make it fit my diet needs. Instead of sugar I used unsweetened applesauce, and was worried it wouldn’t taste as good, but it was still delicious! I had to have it over a ton of veggies instead of the rice but that worked out just fine too. i also used Sriracha instead of red pepper flakes, just because I really like Sriracha, and used the less sodium soy sauce. i’m sure that the original version of the recipe is really great but for those of us that need to modify, it still works out just fine. Thanks Chungah!!

  309. This sounds like a good way to use ground beef, besides hamburgers. Besides rice or lettuce cups, what vegetables would you recommend as a side?

  310. The beef in your picture has a very fine grind to it- do you grind it yourself or have your butcher grind it down? Usually mine is a lot coarser!

  311. This recipe so
    rocks !!!!!….even better done with pork..a fave in our house…

  312. I’m going to start by saying I just made this for dinner and I love you recipe.
    I’ve been in the military for years and have spent time in Korea as well as have many friends who’s wives are from Korea and have eaten a lot of authentic Korean food, bulgogi being by far my favorite. I have a Korean BBQ restaurant I frequent just to get my bulgogi “fix”.
    That being said, your recipe tastes very authentic, especially for being a knock-off version. I’m so happy with this recipe especially since it will save me money on eating out.
    I did make one tiny adjustment, I doubled the amount of sauce because typically with bulgogi BBQ you take the little bits of meat and sauce left towards the end of the meal and mix it in rice to make a “soup” out of it and it’s one of the best things about bulgogi. The rice sops up all the liquid and has such a magnificent flavor. So I served mine similar to yours except I poured all the extra sauce over top of it to make it similar to the end of meal “soup”.
    Oh, did I say thank you?

  313. Turned out freaking delicious! I had to swap red pepper flakes for a little cayenne pepper since I was out, and I used low sodium soy sauce instead of the regular stuff since my family isn’t a fan of salty things. Also added some edamame at the last minute for a pop of color and some more veggies. Not too salty, not too sweet, very quick to make. I’m a college student back home from university for summer, but I know I’ll be more than happy to make this after a long day of classes and work.

  314. Yummy-yum-yum! I made this tonight and it was a total hit! I used 2lbs of ground beef but didn’t double the rest of the recipe, I did this to make it less sweet and it came out perfect. I used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce and coconut aminos are a little sweeter so that helped, I also added a bit more ginger to taste since there was more meat. I’m so glad I read the comments first, I went and bought TOASTED sesame oil rather than using the regular sesame oil I already had, I could really taste the toastiness (not a real word) and I loved it. Next time I will add carrot matchsticks and serve over shredded cabbage.

  315. This was great. Mine came up a little to the dry side. I would like to know what and how I would add some vegetables. I didn’t have sesame oil on hand, so I just used canola oil. I love how quick it is, and I loved the test.

    • Thank you for trying my recipe! But was the meat overcooked? It certainly should not have a dry outcome. You can also add veggies such as broccoli, bell peppers, and various other stir-fry type veggies. It may be best to saute them first and set them aside to make sure they are not overcooked.

  316. made this at the beginning of the week, for the first time, and am making it again tonight :). It was so delicious!! Even my “I don’t like rice” kid ate it up!

  317. Is it dry ground ginger?

  318. Found this recipe to use up my ground beef. It’s delicious and my kids literally devoured it! It is so easy and really flavorful. I skipped the red pepper flakes, my kids are 1 and 3, and added carrots. I will definite;y make this again and again.

  319. I made this and it was delicious! I eyeballed the red pepper flakes which in my house means shake until it’s completely red. The extra heat was really good!

    Mine felt a little dry and I wonder if it’s because I used fresh grated ginger since I didn’t have ground ginger. Could the fibers of the ginger have made the meat have a dryer texture the way lemongrass sometimes does to some proteins?

  320. I love the flavor and simplicity of this dish! I tweaked it a bit:
    I cooked the meat through and drained excess fat before adding finely chopped 4 garlic and 4 shiitake mushrooms! added the same sauce mix
    I cooked grilled onions, broccoli, and carrots separately from the meat and used as toppings.
    I also added a poached egg! it was heavenly!

  321. I just made this today and it was delicious!!! I will definitely be making it again.

  322. This recipe was a hit with the family at dinner tonight! I was looking for something that combined the ingredients I wanted to use up in my refrigerator- 1 lb. ground elk, fresh ginger root, green onion, and garlic. I was thinking of some kind of teriyaki-like concoction with a lot of sauce using those ingredients, but I’m so glad I came across you recipe instead! It was great with ground elk, which I have a ton of after hunting season and always need new and interesting ways to prepare. This is a winner to add to my pinterest recipe box. Thanks!

  323. Made this twice – first time same as your recipe. Tonight I used sirloin steak and added an orange pepper. Delicious both times but better tonight. I feel like it needs the pepper and maybe I’ll add mushrooms next time too. But really, really delicious!!

  324. I made this and added 1 Red Bell pepper chopped into square chunks, 1 head of baby bok choy (I will add 2 baby bok choy heads next time), whole white mushrooms cut into slices, and 1/2 lb of beef as well as all of the other ingredients and green onions. It was delicious. You could probably use the whole pound of beef, but I would make some extra sauce so that you have some for the rice. It was so good, my husband has been waiting for me to make a good asian dish, the others were sub par…this one was Excellent! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  325. Just finished making this and it is the best thing I have ever made. Thank you!!! Yummmm.

  326. I have tried various Korean restaurants since my deployment to Korea and they have not hit the mark. This recipe flooded my taste buds with the EXACT flavor I had been craving since I left Korea. Thank you so much for sharing this will definitely become a staple in my household.

  327. I have made this several times already. My husband actually texts me from work and asks me to make it for dinner. 😀 We love it. Thanks for sharing. I have also used 7% lean ground turkey in place of beef when I didn’t have any, and it turned out great!

  328. really easy and really yummy! the only change i made was to use fresh ginger instead of powdered. i served it over brown rice and steamed broccoli. my hubby LOVED it, he even ate it TWO nights in a row!!!! (which is actually saying a lot cuz i typically can’t get him to eat leftovers ever) next time i am going to try it with ground turkey since i am not a big beef fan, but this recipe is definitley going into the regular dinner rotation 🙂

  329. I just made this recipe. Wow, came together so fast and tastes delish, too!

  330. I made this for dinner for my family and all my kids ate it, even the toddler who is a very picky eater.

  331. I made this last night, and it was DELICIOUS. Somehow I had all the ingredients, go figure. I just cut the red pepper and ginger down a little to make it less spicy for my kids. I ate the leftovers for lunch, definitely going to make it again!

  332. I made this with ground pork and this was awesome!

  333. This recipe is so good! I made it for my family the other night and everyone enjoyed it. I use brown rice and it was perfect with your recipe! I didn’t have the green onions at home so couldn’t use them but my husband and I added Sriracha to ours. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes. 🙂

  334. made this recipe for my family tonight. I couldn’t believe how easy this was to make! the longest part was cooking the rice; I used brown rice, so it took about 45 minutes. it was a huge hit! not a bit left over. the only change I made was subbing Sriracha for the red pepper flakes. while everyone found it super delicious, my dad even went back for seconds (he is notorious for hating anything remotely of asian descent), I found it a bit too sweet. so I think next time I’ll cut back on the brown sugar a bit.

    overall, an amazing recipe. as always, thank you for taking the time to share this recipe and making it accessible for self-taught cooks, like myself!

  335. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t very optimistic when I bookmarked this recipe, and thought it’d be something to use up some ground meat and call it dinner. But oh my goodness. This was surprisingly flavorful and easy. I made a couple small changes and made it with some Chinese egg noodles. This is something I can just push into my weekly menu plan when I’m drawing a blank. And I can already tell it’s going to be so versatile for any bit of ground meat and veggies in the fridge. I think I may even teach the fiance to make it for nights when I’m not up to cooking.

  336. I made this for lunch today. It was really good. I followed the recipe exactly except I used low sodium soy sauce instead of regular. I also doubled the sauce because we like it saucy. This will be going in the rotation. Yummy!

  337. I made this this evening and it was so good! I’m sorry to say there are no leftovers 🙁
    The only change I made was to use fresh ginger, because for once I actually have fresh in the house, and not the dry spice version. Next time I think I’ll make a double batch so we have some leftovers. Oh yes…I cheated even more by using frozen jasmine rice from Trader Joe’s.

  338. This is insanely good! I’ve started making it with chicken when we don’t have ground turkey/beef and it is still really yummy!

  339. This recipe is great! Quick and easy and tastes really good. I used ground turkey instead and did it once with white rice and then a couple times with brown – all times were great! I also doubled the sauce and it was even better! Thank you for sharing!

  340. LOVED this. I have to comment (which I have actually never done on any recipe…) since this is the tenth recipe of yours I’ve made. Great flavor. I added green beans and a red bell pepper plus spicy sesame oil instead of plain… could’ve eaten the whole batch but saved some for lunch tomorrow. Yum.

  341. This dish was awesome & different! Very easy to prepare. The only thing I will do differently the next time I make this is to add a little salt to the ground beef as it’s browning, just to give the meat more flavor… I look forward to trying some of your other recipes!

  342. I had never had Korean Beef until meeting my boyfriend who lived in Korea for two years. Bulgogi was one of his favorites and I love to cook so I decided I needed to learn how to make it. I tried a recipe from scratch and two crockpot sauces before giving up. Neither of us were happy with the results and I was wasting expensive meat. It beat me and I had accepted this and settled for trips to the Korean Restaurant three hours away a couple times a year. I saw this recipe and nothing but positive comments so I tried it. When it was done cooking I asked him if it smelled like Korean Beef and he said, “No, sorry.” Then he tried it and loved it! I just found your slow cooker Korean Beef and since beef was on sale this week I decided to try it tomorrow. He’s disappointed because this one was so perfect but I told him the recipes came from the same place and I trusted you. Here’s to hoping he loves it just as much but if not, we’ll be using this one a lot! Thanks!

  343. Loved it! Amazing!

  344. This recipe is fabulous! It has quickly become a family favorite. I use ground turkey and have been swapping in garlic powder for the minced garlic to save a few more seconds. I love that such a simple and fast meal can be so delicious! Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

  345. I made this for dinner it was off the chain very very good.

  346. This was great! The husband went back for seconds and said he wanted the rest for his late night snack. I think the red pepper gave it a nice little kick. I personally think it was a bit salty due to the soy sauce so maybe I’d use a tad less or go with low sodium. Next time I’m going to throw a fried egg on top!! Mmmm.. Thanks for the recipe!

  347. Has anyone tried freezing the cooked beef bowl? My family loves it, by the way – thanks!

  348. This looks so good. Going to make for dinner tonight. I only have minced ginger on hand, wondering if that would be good to use instead of ground?

  349. Delicious! I wanted to do something different with the ground beef and already had the rest of the ingridents on hand so I went for it. This came together in a snap which is always a plus but more importantly the flavor is amazing. A little spicy to go along with the sweet and the fresh crunch of the green onions makes for a tasty dinner. I glad I stumbled across this!

  350. Made this meal the other nite it turned out great! My wife is first generation and she said it was amazing and asked me to make it again, I think that it being 20$ cheaper with ground beef was the kicker! My 3 year old loved it too def an easy goto in our house from now on!!

    The Ireland’s

  351. Made this for dinner tonight….AMAZING. It was quick and easy to prepare and very tasty! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. This will be a regular favorite in our home for sure!

  352. This was delicious. Thank you!!!

  353. Making this tonight with ground turkey … seems so easy & so yummy….can’t wait!

  354. Our family LOVED this dish and I had it on the table in no time. It is joining our rotation. I really like a lot of the flavors your blog provides, I haven’t had a single thing I didn’t love!

  355. Super recipe – we love Korean food after living there for awhile but good recipes are hard to find. I switched from ground beef to a stir fry beef and since my husband and I love heat added extra crushed chili and several sliced Thai peppers. The sauce is great and we really enjoyed the sweet and spicy contrast. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for a great recipe.

  356. I like to try new recipes, but I always seem to end up with new chicken dishes. I was so pleased to find this new ground beef recipe. I made it last night with a little apprehension as to whether my family would like it, but it received unanimous thumbs up. The sauce is a great combination of sweet and spicy. Low sodium soy sauce may be a good option for some people, but we loved it as written. The sesame oil is a must and adds a wonderful flavor to the sauce. Thanks for the awesome, easy recipe!

  357. My family loves this! I make it about once a week. The sauce is incredible tasting! I’ve done it with ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, even meatballs for a party. Last time I made it I diced chicken breast into small pieces and it was fantastic. Tonight I’m dicing pork sirloin into small cubes. Can’t wait! Thank you for this recipe!

  358. I discovered this recipe a few months and make it once a week now!! It’s super delicious and so fast and easy. I literally crave it every few days. 🙂 Thanks for the great recipe.

  359. Made this tonight. It is so yummy. I used ground pork instead of the beef. Turned out great! Thank you!

  360. Have made this once and am totally in love with it! I added spinach and next time I am thinking of peppers as well because I am really into loading my food with veggies! The flavour was just so excellent! Thanks!

  361. Going to try tripling for about 20 people? I will be putting it in little lettuce wraps as an appetizer. Hope it works!?

  362. Yum! Made this and added a red pepper to it, it was delicious! I’m planning on adding more veggies next time. My boyfriend loved it to! Thank you!

  363. Hey there – this was floating around my FB newsfeed last week, and it sounded tasty. (I’m Korean, but being adopted, I’ve never really been exposed to Korean food – I’ve never had actual bulgogi.) Tried it tonight and really liked it! I even bought sesame seeds to go in it like it shows in the photo, but then I followed the recipe and forgot to put them in. Ah well… I’ll sprinkle them in the leftovers. Thanks again for an easy, yummy, and new-to-me dish. 🙂

  364. I made the beef bowl a couple of weeks ago (so glad Buzzfeed featured it!) and with the addition of extra soy sauce to our taste, it was, as advertised, Damn Delicious. We both liked it so much that I copied the sauce recipe (double the soy) to use as my standard beef stir fry sauce. I’ve been searching for one that didn’t require me to use everything in my pantry, but still delivered great clean flavors. This is it. I briefly marinate sliced beef in a little of the sauce, and use the rest (with cornstarch) to finish the stir fry. So quick and easy, yet so very good!

  365. Saw this on my favorite bloggers site “Hot Mess Mom,” I had already planned on making it, March made in heaven

  366. I have had beef bulgogi many times from H Mart; the flavor in this recipe are spot on!!

  367. Just made this, it really is easy, quick, and just so delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe! 🙂

  368. Made a veggie version of this (with soy crumbles) tonight…was delish and so quick and easy. I think it’ll become a regular part of our rotation, esp. as we love Korean flavors. Thanks for the recipe!

  369. This was great! Sooooo simple, and tasted great! What a great find, thank you!

  370. I love Korean food and tend to always make bulgogi so I’m glad I came across this post to try out something new.

  371. I cooked this for dinner tonight and both husband and I love it! I modified the ingredients based on what we already had at home – used paprika instead of red pepper flakes and I could only find minced beef at my local grocer in London. Adding it on to my meal rotation – so quick and easy! Thank you (and BuzzFeed for sending me here)!

  372. This was fantastic! Thank you for another perfect recipe. I doubled it for my family of 6 and served with sushi rice and a side of stir fry veggies and it was a wonderful, quick meal.

  373. Ita just like korean bulgogi but with gound beef instead of sliced beef

  374. Made this last night and it is DELICIOUS and so easy! Thanks for the recipe!

  375. I used coconut oil instead of sesame oil cause I didn’t have any on hand. Was really good amazing combination of sweet and spicy, husband didn’t like it fully sweet but did like it, I will try sesame next time to see if the sweetness changes. Amazing and fast loved it!

  376. Thanks so much for the recipe!!!My family absolutely loved it!!!We added carrots,almonds,& used organic coconut oil instead of sesame oil..Also topped it off with cilantro..mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmm delicious!!Thanks again!!☺

  377. Wow! This is good! The only thing I might change for next time is reduce the soy sauce and add a bit of water or use reduced sodium soy sauce. Served this with rice and a cabbage, carrot and yellow pepper simple stir fry. I was so very happy with this meal.

  378. After cyber stalking this blog for the past week, I finally made it my purpose in life to make this dish tonight. Used 93 % lean ground beef, sriracha (thank you to the folks above who mentioned that substitution) instead of red pepper flakes, and cut back on the garlic to compensate for what’s already in the sriracha. I totally scorched the garlic before I added the ground beef but it didn’t seem to matter at all. The dish was delish!!! I will probably cut back on the sugar a bit and use olive oil to sauté the garlic (not sure how that will alter the taste but this time I used canola oil). I had to make rice using one of those boil in the bag brands this time but this recipe already has me looking at rice makers/steamers. Just wanted to give a much appreciated “thank you” to Miss Chungah and all of the posting peeps who contributed thoughts/comments. Keep them coming folks, this woman needs to learn how to cook more than a few dishes…

  379. Delish and easy! This one’s a keeper!

  380. I am not sure if someone has suggested this, But I eat rice with almost every meal and for this one i wanted to switch things up so I used vermicelli noodles and the different texture along with some mushrooms and snow peas softened up on top of the beef after it was cooked and the mixture was added was very good.

  381. I was looking for a recipe using ground beef because I hadn’t had a chance to go to the grocery store. I made this for dinner and I didn’t have sesame oil so I used vegetable oil in it’s place. It was delicious! I used brown rice instead of white rice too. My boyfriend who doesn’t care for leftovers boxed it up for later. This us a real easy mean and a real winner!

  382. Thanks for the recipe! Made it tonight with just a few changes. Cut the brown sugar to 1/4 cup, and used 1 tsp. of sambal oelek in place of the dried chili flakes. Next time, I’ll do 1 1/2 times the amount of sauce, and up the sambal just a touch. Really good stuff!

  383. This was VERY good. Thanks!

  384. I made a bit my own version of this yesterday.
    Used some olive oil with 6 dried piri-pri peppers in it which I grinded to powder.
    Mixed a good amount of sriracha sauce with the ground beef.
    All the rest (soy sauce, garlic and such) I mixed a bowl, then added some more sriracha and water till I had 0.5l.
    First heated the olive oil with the piri-piri and baked a fair amount of union in it, then added the ground beef while the rice was cooking.
    When the beef was ready I added the mixed sauce/rice into the pan and then let it simmer till the rice took in all the juice.
    It was so delicious, sweet with a good hot aftertaste

  385. Bingo dinner tonight! You’re a genius and a cutie patootie. Just had a granddaughter whose mom is asian and my son scottish-french. Now I have the cutest granddaughter on 2 continents!

  386. This is soooooooooo delicious. I just made it and its perfect! Thank you!

  387. I can not wait to try to make this tonight! I spent a few years always having dinner with a Korean family that my dad was friends with so I always have a soft spot for nori, squid and all things korean barbeque and I’m always on the hunt for some new recipes to add to my index, so happy this is different but still sounds amazing and traditional! You are one of my new favorite food bloggers!

  388. This was very good & quick. I love bulgogi. I doubled the recipe. The only thing I would do differently next time is cut back on the sugar a bit. It was a little too sweet for me. Thanks!

  389. I pinned this recipe a while ago thinking my husband would like it. I made it this evening and boy was I right. He loved it. I LOVE simple recipes that are delicious as well and this fits the bill. I paired it with Jasmine rice cooked in coconut milk and it was so good. Thanks for the recipe.

  390. I’ve tried your recipe about 5 or 6 times since I’ve pinned it. It was a hit. My teenage daughter always requests this recipe at least once a week. It was so easy to make and very easy to follow recipe. Thanks for sharing this AMAZING recipe. Keep it coming…:)

  391. I’m super late to this flavor party, but I had to comment and thank you for such an amazing recipe. I just whipped this up for a late supper for me and the BF, and OMG. I’m feeling a little territorial over the leftovers. As in, they’re ALL MINE. (I squirted a bunch of sriracha into the sauce, too, because sriracha belongs in everything.) This was just knock-your-socks-off fantastic!

  392. Wow! Made this last week. It was super quick and easy to make and so flavorful!

  393. 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!!

  394. 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!!

  395. This dish was so yummy and EASY!! Hubby and I both loved it. Next time…I double the recipe!

  396. 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!:)

    • 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.

  397. 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!

  398. Would this recipe work with ground pork instead of beef? Do you think anything would need to be adjusted? It looks amazing!

  399. 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!

  400. 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!

  401. 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!

  402. What are the equivalent measurement in tablespoon?

  403. 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

  404. 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.

  405. 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!

    • 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.

  406. 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!

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  408. Amazing love this recipe

  409. 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!

  410. 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?

  411. 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.

  412. 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!

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  414. 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.

  415. 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!!!

  416. 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!

  417. 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.

  418. 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.

  419. 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.

  420. 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).

  421. 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

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  423. 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.

  424. 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!

  425. 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.

    • 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!

      • 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

        • 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.

  426. 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!

  427. I made this tonight and we all loved it!! Thank you!

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

  429. 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.

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

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

  432. 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.

  433. 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.

  434. I forgot to add that I love eating this wilh a little raw cole slaw mix mixed in. It is great!

  435. 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.

  436. 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!!!

  437. This recipe was quick, cheap, and delicious!! The holy trinity for a poor college student:}

  438. 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!

  439. 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!

  440. 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!

  441. 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…

  442. 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!

  443. 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.

  444. This was delicious, thank you!

  445. 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!

    • 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!

  446. 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.

  447. 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!

  448. 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).

  449. Fabulous!! My kids devoured this! Served with a side of Japanese cucumber salad

  450. I just made this (with the addition of sliced orange pepper) and my daughter loved it!

  451. 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!

  452. 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!

  453. 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.

  454. 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!

  455. 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!

  456. 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!

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Fast, flavorful, and fantastic!! Added some crushed peanuts and a squirt of lime, so good! 

  457. 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!

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

  459. 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

  460. Nice recipe. Thanks so much.

  461. 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.

  462. 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.

  463. 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!

  464. 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!

  465. 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 🙂

  466. Making this for the second time this month.. We love it!

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  468. So easy…. My son “Mmmm” until he was done with it… Made the perfect lunch.. Thanks 🙂

  469. 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!

  470. 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.

  471. 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?

  472. Can not wait to make this for dinner over the weekend! Italian/Irish but LOVE the Asian flavors especially Korean!

  473. I’ve been looking for a different meal idea so I can use up my ground beef. This looks perfect! Thanks.

    • Made it, ate it, LOVED IT!!!! This was quick, easy,  and delish! Thanx for sharing 🙂

      • what can you use besides SUGAR……?????? trying to get off it. Plus the worst mix with meat – just sticks to those arteries…..

        • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

          • If you’re using a sweeter soy sauce like kikoman’ that helps. Also don’t be afraid to add onions, when they carmelise their natural sugars fill the gap. I reduced the amount of brown sugar by half and it’s still quite delicious, better even.

        • I’ve done this successfully using maple syrup in place of the sugar – it’s delicious both ways but nutritionally superior 🙂

          • Sugar is sugar.  Syrups, honeys, etc all equal sugar.  On the g factor it’s the same. Unfortunately the only way to reduce sugar intake, is to eliminate some.

          • Try a grated Asian pear. That’s what my Korean aunties use for their bulgogi marinades instead of sugar

        • I use honey and it’s great! 

        • Stevia to taste works well with Soy sauce recipes as the aftertaste is covered by the strong soy flavor

          • not only did you not use sugar, you used fake sugar…is that amount of sugar in this recipe really going to make a difference unless you’re diabetic or 400 pounds!

          • Molly – while I don’t care for the taste of stevia, your comment regarding it is uneducated. Stevia is not fake sugar. It is a natural sweetener and much, much less than sugar is required to sweeten a dish.

            Now, if you want to trash talk true fake sugars, I’ll be in line right behind you!

          • Stevia sweeteners contain very little of the beneficial components the leaf actually has. Most are mainly made up of erythritol. The plant and the sweeteners are very different. Just use sugar.

        • Sugar free apple sauce:)

        • I eliminate the sugar altogether. It’s very tasty. I also add cilantro and a squeeze of lime at the end for a little brightness and freshness.

        • I’ve made this a few times without any sugar at all and it’s still quite tasty.