korean beef + rice bowls

5 from 3 votes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon chili garlic sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon toasted sesame seeds


  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup store-bought kimchi
  • ½ english cucumber thinly sliced
  • fresh cilantro chopped


  • In a small bowl, whisk together ¼ cup brown sugar, ¼ cup soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, ½ teaspoon chili garlic sauce, and ¼ teaspoon ginger (or one frozen ginger cube).
  • In a large skillet over medium high heat 1 tablespoon avocado or vegetable oil and add 3 cloves minced garlic (or 3 frozen garlic cubes); cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 1 lb. ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks.
  • Stir in sauce mixture and 3 sliced green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve immediately over cooked rice, garnished with kimchi*, sliced cucumbers,  and sesame seeds, if desired.


  • Serve with pot stickers and a salad.


  • Protein: The ground beef can be substituted for ground turkey or chicken.
  • Vegetarian: My favorite ground beef substitute is called Beyond Beef. I like it because it cooks very similarly to ground meat and the flavor is great.
  • Gluten-free: You can substitute the soy sauce for coconut aminos.
  • Kimchi: If you don’t like Kimchi, swap for pickled onions, shredded carrots, or finely sliced bell peppers.


  • Make sauce and store in an airtight container.
  • Prep veggies by slicing scallions, cucumbers, and cilantro and storing in an airtight container.


Calories: 622kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 832mg | Potassium: 571mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 156IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 4mg