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Healthy 20-Minute Korean Beef Bowl

This delicious Korean beef bowl is ready in around 20 minutes and is a family-friendly meal. Made with ground beef, serve it with either white rice or cauliflower rice for a fast gluten-free dinner, and the leftovers make great lunches too!

Two bowls of korean beef with rice and greens, topped with chopped green onion and a spicy mayo sauce.

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Quick + Easy Korean Ground Beef

Quick, healthy meals are a must in our house. A few key ingredients and some simple seasonings are all you need to make this savory beef bowl.

  • Ground beef – We’ve also tried this with ground pork, turkey and chicken but our go-to is beef.
  • Shallot – Similar to onion but adds a more concentrated flavor.
  • Ginger – Fresh grated ginger is a must for us, but in a pinch you can sub ground dried ginger.
  • Sesame oil – Our preferred cooking oil for any Asian inspired dishes.
  • Coconut aminos – Gives the beef that sweet-salty flavor, similar to soy sauce. These are NOT liquid aminos, see the recipe card notes.
  • Fish sauce – Adds more salty, umami flavor.
  • Seasonings – Garlic powder, onion powder and red pepper flakes give the dish a slightly spicy kick.

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Close up image of korean beef in a bowl with rice and greens. Topped with chopped green onion and drizzled with spicy mayo.

The Easiest Sauce for any Korean Beef

It’s no secret that we love healthy homemade sauces, seasonings and dressings.

For this recipe, we added the easiest spicy mayo sauce that you can whip up in 1-minute! Seriously, you shouldn’t skip this sauce. It adds a creaminess to the bowl that pairs perfectly with the savory and salty Korean beef.

Korean beef served in a bowl with rice and greens. Topped with chopped green onion and drizzled with spicy mayo.

Making it a Healthy Korean Beef Bowl

We love bowl meals because you can whip up an easy protein, add some veggies and toppings and call it a meal! Here are some serving ideas to make a delicious bowl with Korean beef.

  • Keep it simple and serve it with white rice or cauliflower rice.
  • Dump it over any fresh greens you have on hand.
  • Use lettuce leaves to wrap the beef with avocado and the spicy mayo sauce.
  • Pair it with some roasted veggies or make it into a stir-fry.
  • Toss it on top of spiralized veggies or some gluten-free pasta.
Two bowls of korean beef with rice and greens, topped with chopped green onion and a spicy mayo sauce. Extra sauce and green onion on the side.

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Close up of one bowl of korean beef over rice and greens. Topped with chopped green onion and spicy mayo.

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Make life easier by adding this easy Korean beef bowl to your meal plan. Your family will enjoy it, and you’ll really enjoy how quick and easy it is to make!

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Cooked ground beef in a bowl with rice and sliced green onions and spicy mayo

Healthy 20-Minute Korean Beef Bowl

4.55 from 362 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
This delicious Korean beef bowl is ready in around 20 minutes and is a family-friendly meal. Made with ground beef, serve it with either white rice, cauliflower rice and veggies.
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  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and grated on a microplane
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos (see notes)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (see notes)
  • 4 cups cauliflower rice (can sub white rice if you’re not doing Whole30)
  • 6 cups greens of choice (chopped romaine, arugula, spinach, etc.)

Optional sauce:

Optional toppings:

  • chopped green onions
  • sliced avocado
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  • Start by preparing rice to have it ready. If serving with cauliflower rice, wait until the beef is almost done as it only takes a few minutes to cook.
  • Dice shallot and grate ginger to have it ready.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add sesame oil. Once hot, add in ground beef. Break the beef up into small bits.
  • Add the shallot, ginger, red pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder and mix with the beef. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned and developing some crispy bits, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the coconut aminos and fish sauce and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  • If you are making the optional sauce, mix the mayo and hot sauce in a small bowl. 
  • Serve beef in a bowl over a bed of greens with rice or cauliflower rice. Top with optional sauce and enjoy.



  • The recipe can also be made with ground pork, chicken or turkey.
  • The coconut aminos linked to in the recipe are the aminos we use (Coconut Secret coconut aminos). Braggs brand aminos are NOT the same thing. Braggs liquid aminos are a soy-based and much saltier than coconut aminos. If you use Braggs aminos, we suggest using only 1-2 tbsp to start and adjusting to taste. You can also omit the salt from the recipe.
  • As an alternative to coconut aminos, you can make your own using our DIY coconut aminos substitute recipe
  • If you wish to omit the fish sauce, you can replace it with more coconut aminos. Since fish sauce is salty, you may need to add more salt to suit your taste.
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185 thoughts on “Healthy 20-Minute Korean Beef Bowl

  • Delicious and easy! So flavorful. We are adding this to our regular rotation. We made a couple of minor adjustments. Our store didn’t have shallots or fresh ginger, so we subbed red onion and ground ginger. We served it over microwave jasmine ready rice and fresh spinach, with avocado on top. I totally forgot the green onion. Oops! Can’t wait for the leftovers tonight!

    • Hi there! There actually is a recipe video in the post! It looks like the link up top is going to the wrong place for it though. Thanks for bringing that to our attention. We will work to get that issue solved.

  • The Korean Beef was delicious ACS so easy to make. The whole family enjoyed it, which is always a bonus!!!

  • SO GOOD! Ate this with roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts over greens and a bit of rice and I will definitely be making this again.

  • I loved this recipe but wish I had put it in the nutrition calc before making it as my meal prep for lunched for the week. It came out with
    733 cal,
    Total Fat 48.7 g
    Total Carbohydrate28.1 g
    Dietary Fiber2.6 g
    Sugars1.5 g
    Protein 39.1 g That seems crazy high for one recipe that is 4 servings. And I used organic and lean Ground beef etc. Anyone else get a crazy result when entering it in a nutrition calc?

    • If your using my fitness pal some of the spices enter in as powdered sugar. Double check your ingredients to see if this happens to you. Also if you decrease the ground beef to 1.5 lbs it drops the calories to 454.

  • This was great!! All three teenagers and my husband liked it!! We will be adding it to our weeknight rotation for sure!

  • I absolutely loved this recipe. It’s so simple and delicious and pretty good for you! I love coconut aminos over soy sauce any day!

  • So good! I added a jalapeño for some extra spice but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It was delicious! I will definitely be making it again.

  • this recipe is amazing!! i’m currently doing whole60 and this is a definite “go to” if i’m feeling any food boredom. this recipe has so much flavor, it’s the furthest thing from boring food 😉 this is definitely a staple recipe in my household now <3

  • This is so good! My kids liked it too. I served it with rice and a big green salad. I think it will make a great lunch tomorrow. It was easy, relatively fast, and used ingredients I happened to have on hand.

  • This was soooo yummy! I made it with rice on the side and on a bed of butter lettuce. Added green onions and avocado and it was fabulous. For the sauce, I did a mixture of mayo, siracha, and rice vinegar. Thanks for the recipe! Will have this in our meal rotation!

  • This recipe was easy and hands down delicious! I had to make a sub with the sesame oil due to allergies, but it was still amazing. The hubs even went back for more!

      • Yes, I just used some olive oil and it turned out great! That’s one thing I for sure love about your recipes: they use whole food ingredients so finding subs for my other allergies isn’t as challenging as with other recipes!

  • This is easy and yummy, but the extra salt is not needed and makes the dish very salty. Next time I will omit the salt.

    • Sorry if yours turned out too salty, did you use the coconut aminos recommended in the recipe? Either way, hope you enjoy it even more with a less salty version next time.

  • Was absolutely delicious. I used low sodium soy sauce as I didn’t have coconut aminos, that was only change. Also served with avocado. Yummy!!

  • This was really delicious! I skipped the cauliflower rice and added avocado and served with cilantro. I did use Bragg’s coconut aminos (which don’t contain soy, at least mine didn’t) and still went with 1/2 a cup. I will probably use less next time, but I didn’t find it too salty (in fact, I added more salt) but I’m eating very low carb right now so I need the salt.

  • Switching over to an all paleo diet, I absolutely LOVE this recipe. The sauce is literally AMAZING – i put it on EVERYTHING. Not just the beef bowl! Keep the paleo recipes coming 🙂

  • I’ve made this recipe several times and I can’t get enough of it!
    My favorite part is that you can make it your own by adding your favorite toppers and vegetables of choice 😬

  • Oh my gosh! I made this last night. Used spinach (greens on hand) and brown rice instead of cauliflower rice. I cut the recipe in half and we still had enough for a repeat tonight. Absolutely delish!

  • I absolutely loved this bowl!! I have been looking for ways to eat less simple carbs and more complex carbs and this is just the best! I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get the beef to not taste “ground beefy” haha, but the flavors mixed together wonderfully and the crunchy bits were sooo good!! And layering on top of my power greens…I mean come ON! What did I do to deserve eating this good?!! 😆 I literally want to eat this every night 😬 Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • Delicious–and so simple to make! Great for meal prep. Our whole family LOVED it, so it’s earned a primo spot in our regular meal rotation! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • This was really good. Didn’t make the sauce or the cauliflower rice.We used lettuce leaves to wrap the meat with avacado, cilantro and hot sauce. This we will make again.

  • Delicious! Little spicy, which I loved! My kids loved it and it reminded us of a Korean place we used to eat at all the time. Thanks for sharing! ?

  • I made it too spicy but the flavor was amazing! This dish is going to help me get through my Whole30!

  • Hello! My family loves this recipe! Thanks for sharing. Do you know if it would freeze well? Thanks!

  • So good and filling! The recipe was very easy to follow even for someone like me who is not culinarily inclined at all. Definitely one I’ll be making again!

    • We’re so glad you loved this one and found it easy! Thanks again for sharing on IG and for taking the time to come leave your rating and review. We appreciate it! 🙂

  • I have made this multiple times and LOVE ❤️ It. The flavors are amazing! Thank you for the great addition to our “go to” recipes.

  • Such a flavorful and easy recipe! Love how simple it is and that our whole family enjoys it.

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