Healthy 20-Minute Korean Beef Bowl

Simple, healthy meals are a must at our house. This Paleo + Whole30 Korean beef bowl is on the table in around 20 minutes and is a family-friendly meal. Serve it with either white rice or cauliflower rice for a fast gluten-free dinner, and the leftovers make great lunches, too!

Korean beef bowl topped with chopped green onion, avocado and drilzzled with sauce.

Quick + Easy

Pretty much all year long, but especially when life gets busy, quick and easy meals are our favorite! We love cooking and spending time in the kitchen together, but we also love having dinner ready in under 30 minutes! I mean, who doesn’t?! Justin is coaching a boy’s flag football team this Fall and I am heading back to teaching barre classes, which means 3 evenings out of the week will involve activities that take us away from our home. While it’s fun, it can also be tiring some weeks and makes getting dinner on the table quickly a priority! This Korean beef bowl is great because you likely have all the ingredients on hand already or will only need to grab a couple of things at the store, and you’ll have it all ready to go in about 25 minutes!

Three bowls of this Korean beef bowl on the table with extra sauce and green onions.

Grass-Fed Ground Beef

We love cooking with grass-fed ground beef mostly because it’s easy and it always tastes great! It’s also really versatile. You can make something like this Korean beef bowl or you can make patties/burgers or meatballs, etc. Then, switch up the seasonings, veggies and sauces, and it takes on a different flavor every time! What are some of your favorite ways to cook with ground beef?

Close up shot of Korean beef bowl, topped with chopped green onion, avocado and drizzled with sauce.

Make It A Bowl

Have you caught onto my favorite way to eat yet?? Bowl meals! They rock my world. I used to like all of my food separate when I was younger, like nothing touching anything else. I’d eat each thing separately. I was doing it soooo wrong! These days, I love making bowl meals and mixing everything up so that I get a little of all the flavors in every bite! It’s so much more satisfying, and of course my favorite way to top a bowl is with a yummy sauce. The sauce on this bowl is optional, but I highly recommend adding it! It’s only 2 ingredients and extra tasty!

Three bowls of this Korean beef bowl with extra sauce and green onions all lined up in a straight line.

More Quick + Easy Bowls To Try

Your Turn To Try Our Korean Beef Bowl

Fall seems to be one the busiest times of the year as everyone shifts back into a routine and schedule again. Make life easier by adding this 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! Leave a comment below to let us know it goes. Also, take a pic to share on Instagram! Tag us @realsimplegood, and give us a follow if you don’t already. We’d love to stay connected!

Healthy 20-Minute Korean Beef Bowl

4.52 from 315 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Erica Winn
This Paleo + Whole30 Korean beef bowl is ready in around 20 minutes and is a family-friendly meal! It's healthy, gluten-free, and makes great leftovers! 
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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)

Optional sauce:

Optional toppings:

  • chopped green onions
  • sliced avocado


  • 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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171 thoughts on “Healthy 20-Minute Korean Beef Bowl

  • 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?

  • 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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