Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls are so incredibly easy to make and will become a family favorite!  This makes the perfect weeknight meal.

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

This right here is my boys favorite weeknight meal.  They beg me to make it every week.  Since we have been so busy with Lacrosse we have been having it every week.  It requires minimal ingredients and requires little effort to make.

Easy, minimal ingredients, and my kids devour it.  This meal became my new BFF.

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The ground beef takes only minutes to brown but you still get that delicious Korean flavor in this meal.  The brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and ginger combination is the best.  It helps take the flavor to next level with the simple kitchen ingredients.  The best part is that because we love Asian flavors so much I always have these ingredients on hand.  All I have to do is buy a pound of ground beef each week.

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You guys are going to love this meal just as much as we do!  It is so delicious when served over rice and I even like to add some veggies to my bowl to make it a well rounded meal.  Sprinkle with some sesame seeds and freshly chopped green onions and you have about the easiest meal that you will ever make!  You will make this again and again!

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Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls are so incredibly easy to make and will become a family favorite! This makes the perfect weeknight meal.
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups hot cooked white or brown rice
  • sliced green onions and sesame seeds for garnish
  1. In a large skillet cook the ground beef and garlic breaking it into crumbles over medium heat until no longer pink.
  2. In a small bowl whisk brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes and pepper. Pour over the ground beef and let simmer for another minute or two.
  3. Serve over hot rice and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
Recipe inspired by Taste of Home

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I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. We loved! I made extra sauce bc we like a little extra. Next time I’ll cut the sugar in half, it’s pretty sweet. Can’t wait to try on steak!

  2. This sounds like a great recipe and can’t wait to try it! I think I’ll be adding a touch of rice wine vinegar and mixing in some chopped water chestnuts for texture. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Holy Hannah! I added some frozen stir fry veggies and poured it over coconut rice. Amazing! This will definitely be a go to recipe. I did add srichacha, as we like things a bit spicier, but that’s a personal taste; it was awesome without it.

  4. We LOVE this! I add celery and mushrooms, and a tad more brown sugar, and it’s AMAZING. It’s become my boyfriend’s meal; he says that this dish has the potential to “turns boyfriends into husbands!” Thanks, and I’m looking forward to trying more of your recipes in the future!

  5. I love this recipe/meal but my husband and sons have gone low carb. I’ll replace the rice with lettuce and do wraps but do you have suggestions for the brown sugar?

    1. You can substitute the brown sugar for any type of other low sugar, brown sugar. Maybe honey?? The brown sugar is a key ingredient for its flavor and sweetness in this bowl. Let me know what you are substituting it with! XOXO

  6. I just tried this and omg it’s so good!
    Thank you for this!!! Just one question can i substitute honey for the brown sugar?

  7. We love it!!! My family of 4 devoured it. I did make extra sauce. We didn’t think it was too sweet and it had just enough heat! I’m going to try it with steak and chicken! 😋 Thank you!!

  8. My family loved it and they are picky! It was so quick and easy too. Based on another review, I doubled the sauce then at the last minute added some fresh asparagus for a different texture. We will do this one again.

  9. Tried this recipe while looking for something new to do with ground beef and it was amazing. Tried it with cubed chicken and wasn’t that successful. Ground chicken, however, is pretty awesome. It is obviously a different texture than the beef, but both are great and there’s a nice heat to the dish as well.

  10. This was awesome! Doubled the sauce (except the brown sugar and pepper flakes). Added chopped bell peppers, steamed broccoli, and onions and about two tablespoons of flour to thicken the sauce once I added it. Can’t wait to try with steak and chicken. Thank you! This is a keeper!

  11. My toddler LOVED this. He held his mouth open and made a panting sound between bites hahaha. I even had to take a video! It was delicious, thanks for the recipe.

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