Easy Korean Style Beef Bowls

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These Korean style beef bowls are a perfect easy weeknight meal. They are ready within twenty minutes and the whole family will love them!

Easy Korean Style Beef Bowls

Julian and I wanted to have a delicious and healthy meal last week, but we did not want to fuss over making it. We also did not want to take very long to make this dinner. Enter this recipe! I love simple meals that capture flavors from all around the world. The flavors in this bowl are inspired by dishes Julian and I have tried at Korean restaurants. We did our best to recreate these flavors at home!

Easy Korean Style Beef Bowls

What Do I Need to Make Korean Style Beef Bowls?

While the full recipe instructions are available below, here are some tips to think of while gathering your ingredients. This is an incredibly easy meal to prepare, so you shouldn't have a hard time collecting everything you need!

  • Rice: I generally prefer to use brown basmati rice, but it does take longer to cook than other types of rice. You can use white rice to save time if you prefer!
  • Beef: To keep this meal as healthy as possible, I use extra lean ground beef. I find this recipe has so much flavor in it that you don't miss any of the fat from heavier ground beef! You will sauté your beef with onion and garlic, which will add lots of flavor as well.
  • Sauce: This is what gives your meal all of its flavor! For this sauce, you will need sesame oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes. Mix the sauce together until the sugar is dissolved. Add it to your meat once it is almost fully cooked. You do not want to cook your sauce for too long. This is important, because sesame oil will lose much of its amazing flavor if it is cooked for too long.
  • Cucumber: Adding sliced cucumber to your bowl will help to keep this meal tasting light. This is important, because it balances out the heavy flavors of the beef and sauce.
  • Toppings: The best toppings to add to your bowls includes sliced green onions, sesame seeds, and a drizzle of sriracha. This is important, because the toppings pull this whole meal together and made it extra tasty!
Easy Korean Style Beef Bowls

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Easy Korean Style Beef Bowls

These Korean style beef bowls are a perfect easy weeknight meal. They are ready within twenty minutes and the whole family will love them!

Author:
Kirsten

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown basmati rice (dry)
  • 1 spray olive oil
  • 1 cup white onion, diced (approx. 1 medium)
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 2 stalks, green onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • drizzle sriracha, to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook rice according to package directions. Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium-high heat. Spray olive oil on the skillet and add onion and garlic. Sauté until the onions have softened and the garlic is fragrant, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add the beef to the skillet and break it apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Sauté until no longer pink in the center, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. In a small bowl, mix together the sesame oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes. Pour it onto the beef and mix together. Remove from the heat. Add the rice to the bowl with the beef and cucumber. Top with sliced green onions, sesame seeds, and drizzle with sriracha to taste. Enjoy!

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