Easy Korean Beef and Rice {Ground Beef Recipe}

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I love to cook,and sometimes I don’t mind spending time making a great dinner. But other days, I want something FAST! I got this recipe for Korean Beef from the Six Sisters’ cookbook that I talked about a couple of weeks ago. It literally takes about 5 minutes of prep time (mincing garlic and slicing green onions), and it is ready in about 20 minutes. And my family loved it!! It is going into my “hectic family evenings when you don’t want fast food” recipe file.easy-korean-beefAt first my boys balked at adding the green onions to their servings, but I told them they had to try them. They really do add something to this dish. And much to their surprise, every kid decided they liked them on top. They are a good balance to the spicy sweet ground beef mixture.
korean-beef-recipeI served ours over white rice, but you could substitute brown rice if you prefer. I served ours with a tossed salad (that I made my teenagers prepare), and it was a perfect meal! I hope you’ll give this one a try!

Easy Korean Beef and Rice

1 pound lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
2-3 cups cooked white rice
3-4 green onions, sliced
Brown ground beef and garlic in a large skillet. Drain off any fat. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes. Simmer for 5-10 minutes (or as long as it takes your rice to cook). If desired, add more red pepper flakes to taste. To serve, spoon beef mixture over hot cooked rice. Sprinkle with sliced green onions.

-Serves 6
Note: The original recipe calls for browning the ground beef in 1 tablespoon of sesame oil. When I went to add it, I could not find mine. I searched every shelf in my pantry, but it was missing. (Maybe I loaned it out?) Anyway, that late in the game I just left it out, and this dish was still fabulous! And just in case you were wondering, my sesame oil is still MIA.


  1. Came out great! Added a little vinegar for a little acidity and for another layer of flavor.

  2. I doubled the meat and all ingredients. Too sweet now with the cup of brown sugar. I added more soya. Any suggestions on how to cut the sweetness. Serving it tonight and I know my family will say it’s to sweet if I serve it like this.

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  4. Made this tonight–was a big hit with the family–thanks for sharing!

  5. We eat this all the time! Sorry you can’t find your sesame oil. Just a tip, if you have Chinese Five Soice Powder, add a 1/2 teaspoon. It is a wonderful addition, my family loves it.

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