Korean Beef with rice in a white bowl.

Easy Korean Beef

Korean Beef is one of the easiest Asian recipes to make with ground beef. Caramelized saucy meat served over rice comes together in under 20 minutes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword Korean beef
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 405 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 lb ground beef lean is the best
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
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  1. Heat up oil in a large skillet. Add chopped onion and minced garlic and saute until onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add ground beef and cook over medium heat, breaking it up into bits with a wooden spoon.
  3. Cook until done and no longer pink.
  4. In a measuring cup, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, oil, pepper flakes, pepper and ginger. Pour sauce over the beef, stir well.
  5. Cover the pan and let simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice, garnished with chopped scallions or parsley.

Recipe Notes

  1. I like to cook the beef just pass the done point, until brown bits appear on the bottom of the pan. They add more flavor to the dish. After you add the sauce, make sure you scrape the bottom with the wooden spoon so everything is in the dish.
  2. Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Korean Beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 615mg27%
Potassium 373mg11%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 75IU2%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.