Korean Beef Bowl

Simple, healthy meals are a must at our house. This Paleo + Whole30 Korean beef bowl is on the table in under 30 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!

Bowl of beef, greens rice and avocado with sauce on top

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Korean Beef Bowl

4.48 from 265 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Erica Winn
This Paleo + Whole30 Korean beef bowl is ready in under 30 minutes and is a family-friendly meal! It’s gluten-free, dairy-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 grass-fed ground beef see notes
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 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:


  • 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, onion powder and salt 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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144 thoughts on “Korean Beef Bowl

  • Bowls like these are always my favorite go-tos because they’re easy to make and delicious! I’ve never really tried a recipe like this before so I’ll be giving this a try later this week! Thank you!

  • I just made this for dinner. I didn’t have coconut aminos. I substituted soy sauce. I have to tell you I loved it. Thank you

  • As always this recipe was delicious! Very well received with my dinner guests that are Korean BBQ “experts”. Thank you for making a busy night dinner easy and delicious as you always do!!!

  • Is the nutrition information available? I’m doing Keto and tracking macros. Otherwise, do you know of a site I could use to figure it out?

    • You could try the recipe without the fish sauce and it should still be ok. You might add more coconut aminos in place of it though. But why not give the fish sauce a try? You can start with a smaller amount. It adds a ton of flavor (and isn’t fishy tasting). Let us know how it goes!

  • Just made this bowl tonight and I’m hooked!! I subbed the ground beef for ground pork and it’s sooooo tasty!!

    Thank you guys! 🙂

  • My parents are coming over tonight and I am going to make this. My mom doesn’t like spicy at all (she thinks black pepper is spicy). Is this recipe considered spicy? I was thinking about removing the red pepper flakes if it is. Thanks!

  • Made this tonight for my family and I am sorry to say that we did not enjoy it. I followed the recipe to a T and it came out very salty. Otherwise the flavor was not bad. I’m thinking of turning the leftover meat into jiaozi (Chinese dumplings).

  • Wow! Just made this in under 20 minutes and it is delicious! I subbed the beef for vegetarian meat crumbles and used cauliflower rice. Make sure you top with avocado, it really adds creamy goodness to it. I’ll definitely be making again soon!

  • This was excellent! Knowing that the other household members do not like hot sauce I did use Sweet Chile sauce in the mayo. Everyone was almost licking their bowls. Thank you

  • My family loves this dish!! We love Korean food and this is so easy to throw together. I will definitely be making this on a regular basis. Thank you!!

  • Wow. I wandered across this recipe while looking for easy, healthy, quick and delicious weekly work meal planning ideas. I made it for dinner tonite and it exceeded all my requirements! Plenty left over for the next 2 days of lunch! Tip: if anyone is making this (uh, don’t even hesitate… it’s about to be my new obsession), don’t substitute anything for aminos. It adds such depth and the right amount of sweetness!

  • This dish was amazing!!! My husband and son (who is a bit picky) loved it! I will definitely be making this again!

  • Amazing recipe … My finance is a picky eater and he asked that we make this more often !! Woohoo delish and healthy! Thanks for sharing.

  • I made this for dinner tonight for the first time and it was fantastic! I didn’t have any fish sauce, so I substituted worcestershire (using half as much). I put it on a bed of cauliflower rice and quinoa. My husband, son, and I LOVED it! Thanks!

  • SUPER DELISH! SO flavorful! Hubby loved it, too! Thanks for a quick and easy dinner that’s a keeper, and Whole30-compliant! 😀

  • We’d like to know if free range blueberry fed Black Bear is an acceptable substitute for grass fed beef?

  • This was delicious! I didn’t have a shallot, so I just used a yellow onion and that worked just fine. I served mine with kimchi and it was so yummy!!!

  • Very disappointed, was looking forward to eating this and was unable to. The meat was too salty, I read previous reviews and used coconut secret aminos. I reviewed the fish sauce and noticed it was high in sodium, I also cut down on the amount of salt used. Next time will probably go with a fourth of the amount of fish sauce.

    • Hi Lilly, sorry to hear that this turned out salty for your taste. We use coconut secret brand aminos and the fish sauce as noted in the recipe and find it perfect. Hopefully you can adjust the recipe to suit your taste in the future.

  • My husband and I loved this dinner! It was super tasty and easy to make! We put the beef over butter lettuce and rice, and highly recommend the sauce to top it all off!

    • Thanks so much, Kathy! We’re so happy you love this one! It’s one of our favorites, too! Thanks for trying and taking the time to come back and share! We really appreciate it, and we’re so grateful to have you as part of our community! 🙂

  • This recipe is amazing! I meal prep every Sunday and it’s been in my rotation a few times. So much flavor and also keeps well all week. I put it over lettuce too for more crunch. You guys have a lot of fantastic recipes. You’re one of my favorite blogs for Paleo:)

  • This recipe is so easy to make! It comes together quickly and is perfect for a quick dinner and meal prepping lunches with the leftovers. 10/10 I would make this again.

  • Hi, just found this recipe from Buzzfeed and i’ve been lurking on this recipe for a while bc I want to make it for my boyfriend soon. Does the recipe actually call for 2 lb of ground (bc in the video, it didnt look like 2lb) and is it ok to sub the coconut aminos with soy sauce without it being too salty?
    Can’t wait to try out this recipe, I bet it will be great like everyone says 🙂

  • Third time I’ve made this dish and my hubby and I cannot get enough of it!! There’s so much flavor and the simple sauce on top is a must. We also load avocado on top. You must add this to your dinner rotation- it is SOOO GOOOD!

  • The Korean Beef Bowl was a DELICIOUS recipe! I added some Lemongrass in to the sauce as well, and at the end I chopped up some Kale and Broccoli and stirred that in too. It steamed up nicely and was great to have some hearty green veggies among all of the beef.

    • We’re so thrilled you enjoyed this one, and what great additions you made! Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for giving our recipe a try and taking the time to come back and share! We appreciate it. 🙂

  • My family LOVES this recipe!! So much flavor and yet it’s so easy to make!! There are very few things that all 5 of us love, this and your Sweet Potato Pad Thai are two things we can all agree on! Thank you!! From your fellow PNWers! ❤️

  • Husband and I made this recipe tonight for the first time. It was delicious. We used cauliflower rice and a mix of arugula and baby spinach for the greens. The Mayo and hot sauce drizzle was a perfect topping too. I did add some sliced scallions on top as well! I’m trying the lemon chicken recipe next. Thanks!

  • Found this recipe towards the end of my first Whole 30 challenge. I’m not a fan of cauliflower rice but since I can’t have normal rice decided to give it another try. It works perfectly in this recipe and actually when I make it in the future I’ll use cauliflower rice instead of normal. I also took the advice of a comment on Pinterest and added a bit of white wine vinegar to the mayo mix to make it thinner and more “drizzly”

  • This is a go-to favorite for us! Don’t be afraid to add things to your bowl… we add whatever we have on hand! Avocado, fresh cucumbers, pickled veggies, pickled ginger, sweet potatoes, greens, really anything! My kids always ask for seconds, even my two year old! We make the sauce with mayo and sriracha and it’s so good!

  • UM WOW!!! These were by far my favorite paleo meal I’ve made so far. SO GOOD AND SO EASY!! I would 10/10 recommend this for anyone looking for quick, healthy and delicious meals! Plus it made plenty of leftovers! Can’t wait to try more recipes from Justin and Erica!

  • Quick, easy, delicious, and picky family approved! We used cauliflower rice with greens as the base and topped with avocado – nice and easy nutrient packed meal!

  • Super simple dish to throw together for lunch! Incredible tasty and versatile and love that the recipe allows for the serving size to be altered. I changed a few things based off of what I had at home, but used this awesome recipe as a guideline. I used a touch more ginger and red pepper flakes and substituted EVOO for the sesame oil, soy sauce for the fish sauce and minced garlic instead of powder. Didn’t have coconut aminos or onion powder at home so left those out. I used less soy sauce and served my dish with basmati rice, garlic roasted green beans and mushrooms and topped it with sesame seeds. Will be making this again!!!

  • My family enjoyed this recipe. It’s delicious and I had all ingredients in the pantry!! It reminds us of a dish we order at a Japanese restaurant which has a name we can’t recall. The spices were perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  • This is one of my staple recipes for my family. Delicious and easy, but not boring or typical!

  • This is one of our favorite recipes! The first time I made it I wasn’t so sure as I’d never used fish sauce before and didn’t like the smell, but it really is so delicious. You guys really deliver on the flavor! We served it over white rice with a salad and it was the perfect, quick weeknight meal. We used Trader Joe’s coconut aminos and it worked great and wasn’t overly salty at all.

  • These have become one of our favorite go-to easy recipes! We don’t change anything about the sauce and the rice and greens are customizable to what is in the fridge. Thanks for the meal inspiration on this recipe!

  • One of my staples, love this recipe, so easy and delicious. I love doing sautéed cabbage on the side…

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

  • 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! 🙂

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

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

  • 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! ?

  • 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–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.

  • 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!

  • 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’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 😬

  • 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 🙂

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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!

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