Korean Beef and Rice

Updated: Mar 6


This dinner!! It's one of my go-to's because it is SO EASY, but the flavors are amazing. It tastes like something from a restaurant, but you can make it in the time it takes you to cook the rice (less actually). This is a great dinner to make when you don't know what to have for dinner and everyone is starving and hangry! You most likely have all of the ingredients on hand, and if not now, you will once you make it. It saves us from doing another Chick-fil-A run (although I ❤CFA) and EVERYONE loves it!


Korean Beef and Rice

Serves 6


1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 lb. ground beef

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/4 cup soy sauce (La Choy is GF)

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional

3-4 cups cooked rice

green onions, diced, optional

toasted sesame seeds


Heat the sesame oil in a skillet or pan over medium heat until you can smell it. Add the ground beef and minced garlic and brown until no longer pink. Drain the meat, then add the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper, and crushed red pepper. Simmer on low for a few minutes to enhance the flavors. Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.


Step-by-step tutorial:


Gather your short list of ingredients. These are most likely things you just have in your pantry. I ran out of my crushed red pepper, but always have a few backup packets that I get from take-out pizza. 😉


In a saucepan or skillet, heat the sesame oil over medium heat until you can smell it. Add the ground beef and garlic and brown until no longer pink. Drain the meat.


Add 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup soy sauce. La Choy is our go-brand because it has always been gluten free. Watch out because many brands are not.


Add 1/4 teaspoon ginger, salt and pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper. This can be left out if you think your kids would be sensitive to it, but mine love this because it really just adds flavor without the heat. You could always add more or less depending on your liking.


Once everything is combined, allow it to sit and simmer while you get the table set, rice out of the pressure cooker, family wrangled to the table, and toppings prepared. If you have a pressure cooker and don't use it to cook rice, YOU MUST. Fluffy white rice in 10 minutes?! You can't beat that.


We love to top this dinner with diced green onions (well, most of us) and toasted sesame seeds. In the Asian aisle of the grocery store, you can buy the sesame seeds already toasted! Score!


This comes together so quickly, you won't be mentally ready for it. 😂 Once you sit down and take a breath, you will realize that this recipe is AMAZING and will wish you could have leftovers, but you won't. Just wait and see how your kiddos gobble this down!


Recipe Source: Recipe adapted from Six Sister's Stuff


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