Korean Beef and Rice

Our Korean Beef and Rice is the easiest meal you'll make ALL week. It's ready in less than 20 minutes, and it tastes just as good as takeout! Using ground beef instead of sirloin slices, it's not only budget friendly, but KID friendly, too.

I will be the first to admit that I am a lazy cook.

I would much rather throw a couple of ingredients in my crock pot and let it do all the work than slave over my stove top at the end of the day to get dinner ready.

When I wake up in the morning, I take a few minutes to put some stuff in the slow cooker and bam! Dinner is done!

But what happens when you forget to throw those ingredients in the slow cooker?! And 5 pm rolls around and your kids are whining because they are hungry and you are tired after a long day . . . it’s like a mom’s worst nightmare!!!!

{Please tell me that I’m not the only one this happens to!}

Well, we had this exact situation at our house the other night . . . threw this recipe together. The ingredients were simple and I had all of them ready to go, so I decided to give it a whirl.

I am SO happy to report that this recipe was a huge hit with the entire family and it will become a regular meal in our monthly rotation.

Looking for more easy skillet recipes? Check out our Chicken and Black Bean Enchilada Skillet, 20 Minute Skillet Lasagna, and our popular 20 Minute Skillet Pork Lo Mein!


How to make korean beef and rice

We love that this recipe is only a few ingredients – and it’s ready in 20 minutes!

Step 1: Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown beef with garlic in the sesame oil. We love to brown ground beef using this tool.

Step 2: Drain most of the fat (don’t skip this part!) and add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors.

You can also use ground beef with a lower fat content, or use ground turkey to cut down on fat.

Step 3: Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions.

Add-ins or substitutions

We love how easy this recipe is to make your own. You can take a look at some of the comments below to see how others have tweaked the recipe, or you can try some of our favorites:

  • Add in more veggies (we love green beans, kale, broccoli, or shredded carrots)
  • Substitute the sugar for honey if you’re wanting to cut back on added sugars
  • Serve over brown rice or quinoa
  • Use ground turkey or ground bison in place of ground beef
  • Use steak strips instead of ground beef
  • Serve with sesame seeds

Related recipes:
Try our popular Korean BBQ Chicken and our Korean Beef Tacos


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Serves: 4

Korean Beef and Rice

Our Korean Beef and Rice is the easiest meal you'll make ALL week. It's ready in less than 20 minutes, and it tastes just as good as takeout! Using ground beef instead of sirloin slices, it's not only budget friendly, but KID friendly, too.

20 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • Rice (cooked)
  • 1 bunch green onions (diced)


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown beef with garlic in the sesame oil.
  2. Drain most of the fat and add brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors.
  3. Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions.


Main Course
dairy free
egg free
seafood free
treenut free
mustard free



70 cal


16 g


2 g
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Recipe slightly adapted from Lizzy Writes

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137 Responses to “Korean Beef and Rice”

    • JEAN Haynes
      Make this as my ^ go to , don't know what to cook ^ ! Love it ! sometimes I add color ( and taste ) with sweet peppers , tomatoes , extra ginger . It's very good on noodles, burger bun ( Korean sloppy Joe ? ) too !! Serve with side salad = good enough for weekend guests ???!!!??
  1. autumn steed
    I never comment on blogs...but my boyfriend is about to purpose he loved this meal soooo much and it was SO easy & quick. Insanely good!!!!! .....and I used ground chkn, doubled the sauce and added broccoli. I'll probably be making this every week. Thank you for the awesome recipe!!
  2. This was absolutely fantastic! I used bison meat so I didn't even have to drain any fat. Less brown sugar worked well for our taste (probably 2/3 of what is called for). I served this on top of volcano rice, shredded red/green cabbage and cilantro for a huge 'salad'. Definitely a new favorite. My husband ate about 2/3lb of meat.
  3. This was absolutely fantastic! I used bison meat so I didn't even have to drain any fat. Less brown sugar worked well for our taste (probably 2/3 of what is called for). I served this on top of volcano rice, shredded red/green cabbage and cilantro for a huge 'salad'. Definitely a new favorite. My husband ate about 2/3lb of meat.
  4. Maximary
    I've made this recipe many times, with the addition of raisins, and garnished with some shredded or shaved coconut. My family love it on a bed of basmati rice. I think that the mixture of ginger,soy sauce, garlic and brown sugar is basically the same as teriyaki sauce.
  5. Cherish
    Made this for dinner tonight. Can't WAIT to fix it again. This is SO going into my stash of Quick Meals to fix in a flash!! (I buy hamburger in bulk at Sam's Club and cook it up before I freeze it. Then I have cooked hamburger prepared for Quick Dinners!!)
  6. Korean Beef | 4 Sons 'R' Us
    [...] I’m always on the lookout for something ‘new’ to do with it. When I found this Six Sisters’ recipe and tried it, it was amazing! Simple, easy, and satisfying anytime I’m craving those [...]
  7. This is FANTASTIC. Served it over brown rice and added some onion and diced waterchestnuts to stretch it a bit and garnished with a big handful of green onions on each bowl. Served it with kimchee which really makes the dish sing. There is a highly acclaimed restaurant here in Minneapolis which serves a very similar dish in a bowl with a soft fried egg on top. One of my husband's favorites and this recipe makes it easy to duplicate. He loves this with beer and I like KungFu Girl Riesling from Washington State.
  8. Tiffany
    This was delish! Quick and wonderful and my husband ate the whole bowl! I just got my wisdom teeth pulled 5 days ago and wanted to eat something 'real', this was perfect! Not too hard to handle with a sore mouth but loaded with flavor. Thanks for the wonderful recipes!
  9. This recipe is amazing! I work full time and am a single mother of 4 .I am always looking for quick meal ideas and not only is this quick but it is delicious!! ALL of my kids absolutely loved it!! From ages 18 to 7!! Amazing! Thanks for sharing, all of your recipes look great!
  10. Hi. I would love to try this recipe, and I'm planning on making it this evening. However, it would be very helpful if your "print friendly" version could be condensed to one page with a photo. One does not need the story line leading up to the recipe, I just need the recipe. I think that if you are able to make your pdf's a bit cleaner and more concise you will attract more people. Just a tip, thanks for sharing your great recipes!
  11. I made this last night for my 2 sons & myself t hey're a bit picky but I must say this dish was a winner they even went back for seconds. So this dish is a winner in our home. The only difference I might do for me would be I would use low sodium soy sauce..but either way this dish was easy quick & delicious ..thank you for the recipe.
  12. Renett
    I found this searching for recipes with ground beef. I did not have ingredients to make the typical dinners I would make. This looked easy, fast, and yummy. AND I had everything to make it. It was delicious! This is a keeper recipe that I will make again. Dinner was done in 30 min. Which made my boys happy because they were starving! :-)
  13. Michelle King
    Here is a version of Korean Beef I learned to make while I was living in Korea (and is always a major hit): 600g bite-sized beef chunks 5 tbsp soya sauce (I use reduced sodium) 2 tbsp sesame oil 2 tbsp brown sugar 1 heaping tbsp chopped garlic mixed veggies (we like onions, mushrooms, bok choy, spinach and bean sprouts) Mix all ingredients by hand in a large bowl. Cover tightly and place in the fridge to marinate at least 3 hours (overnight works best). When ready, cook in a large skillet, pan or wok and pour over cooked rice or rice noodles and serve. Yummy and will get even the pickiest kids to eat their veggies ;)
  14. I made for my sons & mom & I & it was a winner..my sons ate every bit up the sweet with a hint of spicy from the chili peppers was perfect to the last drop. I made egg noodles for my 1 son for this dish & I used the brown sugar soy sauce & ginger just as measured in the meal & when noodles were cooked I heated up extra sauce & put cooked noodles in it & tossed..yummm!
  15. Melissa
    I was skeptical of this... I'm half Korean and I grew up on this. :-) It exceeded my expectations! Will be making it again. I did make a couple tweeks. I added the green onions into the beef mixture at the end to cook it down a bit. I also made more than the recommended sauce mixture and added cornstarch to thicken it up a bit. Yummy- thank you! This doesn't take nearly as long as the original way.
  16. ohjennran
    Made this last night and it was quick, easy and everyone ate it. I added the green onion to the mix at the end. Also added some peas and carrots to get the veggies in for the kids. Will def make again. the meat was done by the time the rice cooker went off. love this kind of quick weekday meal.
  17. My son is from Korea but only loves bulgogi and rice when we eat Korean food. When he smelled this cooking, he came into the kitchen and asked what it was. He wanted to eat it before it was even done! Thank you for this simple recipe that even my son likes.
  18. StephanieB
    I make this for my family of 8 at least twice a month (I usually triple it, though). Tonight I used beef strips that were 50% off at the grocery store. It was DELICIOUS! Thanks for a great, easy, yummy dinner that my whole picky family enjoys!
  19. I made this last night for my daughter and I, using veggie crumbles instead of meat, and it came out amazing. I left out the red pepper, because all I had for sesame oil was the hot kind, and it had a lot of heat! I also used fresh ginger, and coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar. Served it with jasmine rice and kimchi. Loved it, and will definitely make again.
  20. Val from PA
    Made this last night and it was delicious! I added a bunch of peppers that a friend had given me that needed to be used up, and had to leave out the sesame oil because I was out of it, but it turned out great. Garnished it with the green onions, Sriracha sauce and some chow mein noodles and served it over brown rice. Yum! Can't wait to make it again since it was so good and so easy and quick - just the things I look for in a weeknight meal. Thanks for sharing :)
  21. This is really good. I didn't have any soy sauce so I got a recipe for it from allrecipes, took it down to 1/4 cup recipe and made it right in the pan with the burger adding the other ingredients also. I also added frozen peas to my husbands and frozen chopped broccoli to mine. It was very delicious and so quick and easy. I posted it on my 2nd fb page Good Eatin (look it up and "like" the page for more recipes). This is a must try!
  22. I make this pretty often and was always trying to figure out what to serve with it. I've done broccoli and that is delicious, but last time I added frozen green beans and let them cook in with it and it was a huge hit with my boyfriend. This time I added green beans and a fresh red pepper. I can't imagine it being bad! Thank you so much for this quick and delicious week night meal!
  23. I really didn't think this dish would be that great considering how simple it was, but it was the only recipe I could make without having to go the the grocery store for more ingredients. WOW! It was great, I threw in 1 cup of frozen kale while it cooked. My husband gobbled it up and said I should make it again soon. He recommended topping it with a fried egg, so we might try that next time. He also covered his with sriracha. So glad I gave this a shot!
  24. This was amazing! My husband is a major nit-picker when it comes to food, and had nothing negative to say about it - he really liked it too. It makes great leftovers too - we ate it for a few days! I'll definitely be sticking this in the cookbook to put on dinner rotation! Thanks for the great recipe.
  25. Michelle
    I was scrolling through pinterest for a ground beef recipe that was fast and easy. I was excited to find out I already had all of the ingredients! I made it before I went to work for my family to eat for dinner. I doubled the recipe, but after tasting it, I really should have tripled it! So yummy!! Great recipe, thank you!!
  26. Victoria R
    Great recipe, added a bit too much fresh ginger and I did not have red pepper flakes so I had chili garlic sauce on hand and added that. I loved it, hubby found it too warm. Delish!!! Will make again for sure, just will add less ginger and chili garlic sauce.
  27. I have made this before but this time I layered some cole slaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots) over the rice and under the beef. Added a nice crunch! Also, using the full 1 tsp of red pepper flakes adds just the right amount of spice.
  28. I love this recipe! And I love y'alls blog! But I hate that you have added so many ads that your site freezes and loads SO SLOW now! Makes it tough to want to use it! It took me 6 tries on different computers and web browsers to even be able to write this comment! PLEASE GET RID OF SOME OF YOUR ADS TO KEEP YOUR LOYAL FANS!
  29. Stephanie
    I have a 3.5 year old who will not eat ground beef--he literally eats around it in everything I make. BUT he gobbled this UP!! I mixed the beef and rice together before serving (so it could soak up the sauce) and he's eating it without my nagging! Thanks--this just made my weekly menu :)
  30. Shawna
    I have made this recipe so many times! :) I may have even commented already, I can't remember. Tonight I pulled the recipe up to use with some shredded chicken I had in the freezer. Added broccoli and carrots and another 1/4 cup of soy sauce and served it over brown rice. Perfect! Thanks again.
  31. Thanks you very much for this delicious and healthy food.I have review these days restaurants are adding digital menu for customer ordering. I have try nice one menu system with menu pads in my restaurant through they have great ideas for future restaurants.
  32. Ellie G
    This recipe is so good!! My family likes onions, so I brown the meat and after it browns a little I add some sliced onions and let them cook until they soften. I always have to double the recipe because they like it so much! Thanks for the recipe!

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