Korean Beef Recipe (+VIDEO)

This quick take on the traditional Asian dish can be eaten with lettuce wraps for a low-carb alternative or over rice. This quick Korean beef can be prepared in under 15 minutes!

Recently, I’ve felt the overwhelming need to eliminate all of the “stuff” we have going on and return to the fundamentals in our home and even in our dinner preparation.

Nothing crazy or extravagant because my kids don’t really appreciate it. The recipes for meals that you typically have all the ingredients for work best, in my experience.

I enjoy the flavor of this beef when it is prepared traditionally, but sometimes the texture of flank steak bothers me. I know ground beef isn’t exactly a traditional Korean dish, but it’s also less expensive and more likely to be on hand.

This Korean beef has perfectly balanced flavors that go together beautifully. It’s slightly sweet, slightly spicy…perfect.

This pairs well with steamed broccoli. Since I don’t particularly enjoy rice, if you’re looking for a low-carb option, try serving this over a salad or cauliflower rice. It’s great!.

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!

  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame seeds
  • Brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and red pepper flakes should all be combined in a small bowl.
  • In a sizable cast iron skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Cook the garlic for about a minute, stirring constantly, until it begins to smell good. Add the ground beef and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, crumbling the meat as it cooks; remove any excess fat.
  • Green onions and soy sauce mixture should be thoroughly combined before being simmered for about two minutes to reach the desired temperature.
  • If desired, top with sesame seeds and green onions before serving.

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Korean BBQ-Style Beef (Bulgogi)


What kind of meat is Korean beef?

The most popular Korean BBQ beef cut is called Bulgogi (Sirloin Beef Strips). There’s no denying that bulgogi is the most popular beef cut for a Korean BBQ, not just in Korea but also in other nations like Australia.

How is Korean beef different?

Although Korean BBQ uses a lot of the same meat as American BBQ, including pork, beef, and chicken, it typically uses marinades rather than dry rubs or sauces to baste the meat as it cooks. Pork is a common food in Korea because it goes well with many other traditional dishes.

What is special about Korean beef?

Hanwoo cattle are known for their high marbling, beefy flavor, and slightly sweet taste because they are fed an organic diet of mixed grains and grasses while being raised free-range in the countryside of South Korea. Locally raised Hanwoo is the preferred meat in South Korea, and it is priced as such.

What’s the difference between Korean beef and American beef?

The meat itself is one of the key differences between Korean BBQ and many American BBQ traditions. Korean BBQ typically centers on beef, pork, or chicken skewered and grilled as opposed to the large cuts of pork, ribs, brisket, or chicken that are roasted or slowly smoked in many American BBQ styles.

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