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Korean Beef Bowl

This Korean Beef Bowl recipe is a quick meal you can have on the table in 30 minutes. Sweet, spicy, and totally delicious. Your family will love it, try it!

This Korean Beef Bowl recipe is a quick meal you can have on the table in 30 minutes. Sweet, spicy, and totally delicious. Your family will love it, try it!

As Christmas approaches, I am all about quick meals that I can get on the table in 30 minutes or less. This is such a busy time of year with visiting family, baking treats, shopping, baking treats, parties, and baking treats that I don’t want to have to spend any extra thought or time on dinners. This Korean beef bowl fits the quick and delicious bill, it is one of our favorite recipes!

Most often when I make this I use ground beef, however, it is also great with ground pork. If you want to make it using leftover meat – DO IT! I’ve made this with leftover pot roast and leftover pork tenderloin and it turned out delicious. It’s a pretty versatile recipe because you essentially make a sauce, add the beef, and cook everything together for a few minutes to meld the flavors.

Korean Beef Bowl

If you’re like me and are in a serious relationship with your freezer, Korean beef bowl is perfect. Make up a few batches, bag them up and toss ’em in to that frozen wonderland. When you want to eat them, thaw and reheat or just heat from frozen with a little water.

Additionally, if keep browned ground beef in your freezer, toss it in this recipe! That will make this a 15-minute meal. Which is basically like you waving a magic wand and having dinner appear.

On a slightly unrelated note, I was editing these pictures and Andy came over to see which recipe I was working on. After he looked at them silently for a few minutes he informed me that when he lived in Japan, people only placed chopsticks in meals like that at funerals.

And that it was his understanding that most Asian cultures have the same custom. AHHHHHHH. But too late, I already took these funeral Korean beef bowl pics. If you know if this factoid is true, you should comment and tell me.

Andy only lived in Japan for two years so I’m hoping he is just mistaken and that these pictures don’t look like they were taken at a funeral. Otherwise, I may feel compelled to retake them…

Korean Beef Bowl

Although, this mishap pretty much illustrates a major theme in my life: A series of awkward events interrupted occasionally by food {scrolling through my FB feed gives me major insight into my life – ha!}.

Like that one time in church I got up to play the piano and stepped on my long skirt, causing it to be pulled half way down my bum. In front of everyone. It was real cute. As a fun bonus, my white shirt offset my bright red face beautifully. After that, all I wanted was a batch of chewy chocolate crinkle cookies.

So maybe the Korean beef bowl funeral pictures are fitting for my blog. Just another story to add to my repertoire.

But, regardless of how you place your chopsticks, make this recipe! It will save your sanity this holiday season, cross my heart.

Close up of a small bowl with rice topped with korean beef next to a pan with korean beef.

Korean Beef Bowl

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 375 kcal
Author: Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley
This Korean Beef Bowl recipe is a quick meal you can have on the table in 30 minutes. Sweet, spicy, and totally delicious. Your family will love it, try it!


  • 1 pound ground beef or pork
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Brown beef (or pork). Remove from pan and drain excess grease (if necessary).
  2. Heat sesame oil in pan until shimmering.
  3. Cook onions until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  4. Cook garlic and ginger until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Add soy sauce, brown sugar and both vinegars.
  6. In a small bowl, combine beef broth and corn starch to make a slurry. Add the slurry to the pan, stirring constantly.
  7. Put beef (or pork) back into the pan and simmer until thick and the flavors have melded, about 5 minutes.
  8. Serve over rice and garnish with green onions, if desired.

Recipe Notes

 You could also use shredded or leftover beef or pork (great way to use leftovers). Just start with step 2.

This meal freezes great. Thaw and reheat or reheat from frozen with a little bit of water.

Nutrition Facts
Korean Beef Bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 1001mg 42%
Potassium 385mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin C 1.8%
Calcium 3.7%
Iron 14.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This Korean Beef Bowl recipe is a quick meal you can have on the table in 30 minutes. Sweet, spicy, and totally delicious. Your family will love it, try it!

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  • Reply
    Sammi Windley
    December 30, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    I never think of making ethnic food, mainly just because I’m scared I’ll mess it up, but I think this dish is something I could definitely make on my own!

  • Reply
    January 28, 2017 at 9:57 PM

    The “chopsticks in rice” custom is definitely true in Korean culture as well. I’ve also heard that in some families (maybe in older times?), if the oldest son did so it was a signal to his parents that he wants to marry. But I’m not too sure about the veracity of that statement.

    • Reply
      January 30, 2017 at 12:16 PM

      That is so interesting Kris! I’m glad you weighed in, thank you! I am definitely clearing asian-inspired food photo shoots with my husband before I take the pictures from now on. HA 🙂

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