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posted by Christy Denneyon Oct 11, 2022 (updated Aug 20, 2023) 216 comments »

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This Korean Beef is a quick version of the classic Asian dinner served over rice or in lettuce wraps for a low-carb option. You can make this easy Korean Beef in under 15 minutes!

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Do you ever feel the overwhelming need to simplify? Lately I’ve felt the need to cut out all of the “stuff” we have going on and to get back to the basics in our home and in even in our dinners.

Nothing crazy or fancy – it’s not like my kids appreciate the fancy stuff anyway. I’ve found that the best meals to have in your recipe box are those that you usually have all the ingredients.

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I love the flavor of the traditional way this beef is prepared but sometimes have issues with the texture of flank steak. Anyone else? I know that ground beef isn’t exactlytraditional Korean fare but it’s cheaper and you’re more likely to have it on hand.

The flavors of this Korean Beef are spot on and blend together beautifully. It’s slightly sweet, slightly spicy…perfect.

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This pairs well with steamed broccoli. I’m not a huge rice lover so if you want a low-carb option try eating this over a salad or cauliflower rice. It’s great!


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Korean Beef

4.80 from 95 votes

This Korean Beef is a quick version of the classic dish served over rice or in lettuce wraps for a low-carb option. You can make this Korean Beef in under 15 minutes!


Prep Time: 5 minutes mins

Cook Time: 10 minutes mins

Total Time: 15 minutes mins

Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil, (see note)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, (add more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce , (use coconut aminos or gluten-free soy sauce for a gluten-free option)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced (see note)
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, depending on how spicy you like it
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the ground beef in the sesame oil. Add the garlic towards the end of browning and cook for a couple of minutes. Drain the fat.

  • Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red pepper. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions. If going for a low carb option, it's great over lettuce too!


If you're like me and don't use fresh ginger that often, remember that fresh ginger freezes well. They also sell ginger in a squeeze bottle by the produce and it lasts forever.

Sesame oil adds a special something to this dish but it can be pricey so you can use another oil.

Source: Lizzy Writes

Serving: 1/6 of the recipe, Calories: 201kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 602mg, Potassium: 315mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 231IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 2mg

Cuisine: Korean

Course: Main Course

Author: Christy Denney

Beef Gluten-Free Main Dishes Super Easy Recipes

originally published on Oct 11, 2022 (last updated Aug 20, 2023)

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216 comments on “Korean Beef”

  1. Lucy Reply

    I literally make this once a week. It’s so good and so fast during a busy weekday! Thank you!!!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      thank you!

  2. Debbie Reply

    Quick easy meal!

  3. Mel Reply

    HI, we love this recipe. thanks for sharing! I’m sure I missed it, but can’t seem to find the nutritional info?

  4. Levon llorris Reply

    It’s amazing, best with stir fry beef. Thanks for sharing.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  5. Cass Reply

    I love this dish

  6. Linda K Reply

    So yummy and so simple! I’m so glad I made this recipe. I did add some gochugang as one reviewer suggested. And I added chopped peanuts on top along with the green onion. I served the beef on a lettuce cup with a small heap of white rice.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!!

    • Class Reply

      What is gochugang?

      • Ella Reply

        It’s a Korean chili sauce/paste that has a co bination of spices, some sugar, rice wine etc
        I have the one by O’Food and it’s good!

  7. Susan Saleem Reply

    This is my favorite lazy day dinner. So delicious!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!!

  8. Toni Reply

    Really enjoyed making this, eating it was even better thank you, it’s now a new family fave

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!!

  9. Marie Reply

    Would like to know if I did use skirt steak, because I was given one, would I do the same as you did with the ground beef?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Yes totally

  10. Jenna Reply

    Has anyone tried making rice bowls with this and freezing them?
    This is one of our favorite recipes! We make it regularly for meals and it’s a go-to when we are hosting friends or family. We are looking for meals we can prepare ahead of time for an easy freezer to microwave option and would love if this one worked.

  11. Kim Reply

    This is a grat recipe. I have substituted agave or honey for.thr brown sugar though….because that’s what I had on hand.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      So glad you liked it!

  12. Sandy Ryska Reply

    Delicious! Great meal if you are in a hurry. I used ground pork and elk, 50/50/sesame and Mongolian Fire Oil and Shredded Carrot. Took longer to cook the rice then prep and cook time of the meat. Definitely a keeper recipe!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Glad you liked it!

  13. Peter Paynter Reply

    Very quick and easy

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  14. Sharon Reply

    So easy and so very good.

    Quick to prepare also.

    Loved it. Thank you 🙂

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re welcome

  15. Monica Reply

    Can I use low sodium soy sauce for this recipe? Not a health concern, it’s just what I have on hand lol

    • Christy Denney Reply


  16. Renee Reply

    This is an all time favorite. Easy and quick. Fresh ginger is my favorite in this. Use Trader Joe’s vegetable fried rice instead of white.

  17. Deb Reply

    This is so good. I tried it when a friend made it and being the avid cook I am, I had to “fix” it. Really there’s nothing to fix because it’s fab but if you want to take it to the next level, fry up a large onion with the beef and add a heaped tablespoon of gochugang (more if you like it hotter). Top with toasted sesame seeds too. We serve it bibimbap style with ban Chan like Korean carrots, mushrooms, spinach, cucumber and bean sprout side dishes and sometimes with a fried egg on top! Rice underneath of course.

  18. Leland Reply

    So so good!! This recipe was so delicious my wife thinks I’m the Iron Chef now. Meanwhile it was super simple and easy to follow. Thank you 🙂

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Haha awesome!

  19. Alice Reply

    Loved it! Was very delicious.
    Can I also try it with chicken cutlass?

  20. Jeannette Reply


    This has become a staple in our house. I make if often when my sister and niece come to dinner. Even my pickiest eater loves it.

    Checking the recipe again as my niece requested I make this for her birthday dinner this week.

    The only adjustment I make is I lower the spice. We have a very low spice tolerance between me and my kids. I use a small amount of crushed pepper and I grind it to work away the clumps. My husband loves spice, so he adds tapatio before eating.


    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  21. Melissa D. in TX Reply

    Thanks for a great, quick recipe! This was a hit and will be on regular rotation from now on (loved that it was easy to convert to gluten-free as well).

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  22. Miriam Gelarden Reply

    Hi I hope this finds you well. I have made this recipe now twice. I did make it larger though. I have now served this meal to 200 of our closest friends that are experiencing homelessness
    Even cooking it for 100 people at a time this is a nice easy recipe. I appreciate it and everybody loved it

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Oh wow, you are so kind to do that

  23. Jill Scott Reply

    My weekly Go- to. So easy. Very flavorful as written.

    I typically double all the ingredients except for the ground beef.

    Sometimes I use pork chops or meatballs instead of ground beef.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Awesome to hear!

  24. Laura Reply

    Any recommendation on what oil to use if sesame oil causes migraines?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      It just adds flavor. you can use any oil

  25. Lindsay Reply

    This is an absolute favorite in our house! I make it several times a month and I always double the recipe to make sure we have leftovers. I recently tried it with ground chicken and added some chopped green beans and matchstick carrots! It’s so quick and easy and always get eaten! Thank you!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  26. Stephanie C Reply

    I make this fairly often to go over jasmine rice and alongside steamed broccoli. I usually double the recipe and add chili pepper paste instead of flakes for extra kick. It’s delish and satisfying without being too heavy. It keeps well and makes for great leftovers if your family people will eat leftovers. Mine won’t, but I will, more for me! 😉

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  27. Asia Reply

    I have 1 lb of hamburger in my fridge and ask my husband what he wants for dinner. I said chili, hamburger soup, tacos….. he said that Asian spicy meat stuff you put on rice. He loves this recipe!!! I make it at least once one twice a month for the last 3 years. Don’t know why I am only posting a comment now. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Haha that’s funny! Thank you for posting a comment!

  28. Jerrad Reply

    I hate asians food but this taste like creamy and yum yum!!

  29. Emma Reply

    Love making this. I have it bookmarked and I also share it with my friends when they’re looking for inspiration.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  30. Jenna Reply

    This meal was so simple but soooo tasty!! The sauce was incredible! It’ll be a staple recipe in my house for sure 🙂

  31. Barbara Reply

    Hi. I make this for dinner at least once a week and it’s always a hit.
    Thank you for an easy, delicious and satisfying recipe! ♥️

    • Christy Denney Reply

      You’re welcome!

  32. Audrey McClure Reply

    I just made this last night and it was a hit with my whole family! I doubled the recipe. I added in shredded carrots and was pretty generous with the crushed red pepper flakes, as we like the heat! I served it over sticky rice. I shared your link on my FB page and lots of “likes” and shares!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing!

  33. Julia Reply

    Does the nutrition facts for this include the rice or without rice?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Without rice

  34. Jamie Reply

    We’ve made this a few times and it’s a hit! Even the picky kid likes it.

    • Christy Denney Reply


    • Christy Denney Reply

      So happy you liked it!

  35. Joyce Buetti Reply

    Combine 1 tablespoon agar powder with 1 tablespoon water.

  36. Renee Reply

    Recepies like this get me so excited. This was truly good. Made as is, and it was simple. Served with Jasmine rice and egg rolls. Fills you up fast. It’s a keeper.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank yoU!

  37. Steven Courtney Reply

    This is a grand slam – Quick, easy, inexpensive, and really good! I added thinly sliced white onion and shredded carrot to the beef after it was nearly browned. I served over jasmine rice and topped the dish with cilantro, thinly sliced jalapeño, and green onion. This will be added to a regular rotation at our home!

    • Christy Denney Reply


  38. ShanJ Reply

    So good, so easy – even my littles like it! Although I go light on the red pepper flakes for them. Tomorrow I’m going to try adding some red pepper to it.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Yes good call

  39. Jane Reply

    This is delicious. Calling it slightly spicy is misleading though. It’s pretty spicy but I will definitely make it again and again just with less spice.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      I guess we all have different tastebuds

  40. Yomarie Reply

    Hi, do you think it is ok to use ground turkey instead?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Yes, of course.

  41. Vicki Reply

    Love Korean food….or about anything asian. I plan on making this and making it low carb by adding the brown sugar substitute Swerve. Sounds yummy!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Yes! Great idea

  42. sierra Reply

    amazing recipe! i didn’t have ginger, but other than that it was delicious. when adding the brown sugar, i recommend sprinkling it (like you would salt) so that way the sugar gets an even coating on the beef. my family loved it.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      THanks Sierra!

  43. Beverly Reply

    OMG! The hardest part of this meal was waiting for the rice. Next time I’ll use instant rice. I used leftover ground beef I had from making meat pies so seriously was a matter of 5 minutes to heat the beef mixture up. I added extra brown sugar and pepper flakes. Hubs absolutely LOVED it! Definitely a keeper.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      So happy you liked it!

  44. Manda-Sabrina Reply

    Best recipe ever!!! Family favorite for sure. So easy to make. Can make a lot for a big family if you just double the recipe!

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thank you!

  45. Dee Bruck Reply

    Thank you so much. I am doing meal planning for my
    daughter who is a single parent of 3 beautiful children. I am borrowing some of your recipes.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      What a nice mother you are. What a gift!

  46. GirlMoM Reply

    This looks delicious and easy! Can I substitute Ground turkey for the beef?

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Of course!

  47. Susan Larke Reply

    This is a terrific recipe, easy and delicious. I serve it in bowls over rice, then top with shredded lettuce and chopped peanuts. I like to add a can of drained, chopped water chestnuts for crunch.

    • Christy Denney Reply

      Thanks for your feedback.

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