Spicy Korean Beef Bowl

There is definitely something to be said for a simple dish that requires no fussing and has a real punch of flavor.  For me, that dish is this one, a spicy Korean beef bowl.

When I want comfort food in a hurry, and I want something spicy (because lets be honest most comfort foods are absolutely not spicy), I reach for just a few simple ingredients to create this heaven in a bowl.

When I was in college, one of the cheapest dinners I made was just ground beef with sauteed onion served over brown rice.  Simple, delicious and satisfying.

Since college though, I have apparently refined my taste buds and graduated to flavor-town (do I sound like Guy from DD&D's?!).

All you need for the sauce is a little brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes and some freshly sliced scallions.

Brown up your meat, pour the sauce over, nuke the rice in the microwave (I love the frozen Trader Joes rice) and bam!  Dinner in less than 15 minutes, and so so delicious!

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Spicy Korean Beef Bowl
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Serves: 4
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • 1/3 C low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 TBS sesame oil
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1-2 TBS red pepper flakes (more for added spice)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 scallions, sliced thin
  • 2 C brown rice (1/2 C per serving)
  1. Heat a pan over medium-high and add a small amount of oil to coat the pan. Once the oil starts to shimmer, add the garlic and stir quickly, only letting it sit in the oil for 1 minute, then add the beef.
  2. Cook beef and break it apart with a wooden spoon.
  3. In a bowl, combine sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and red pepper flakes.
  4. Once beef is cooked, add the sauce and stir to combine everything.
  5. Serve the beef over brown rice with extra pan drippings and a sprinkle of scallions.


Lauren Collins

I'm a health coach and plant-based recipe creator from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In a few short words, I love to cook, eat, travel, play around with food photography and most of all, I love to help people live healthier and happier lives. A lot of the recipes you see here are adapted from my Mom, or from just throwing a few ingredients together until something magical happens.

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