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

Healthy 20-Minute Korean Beef Bowl

4.54 from 347 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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182 thoughts on “Healthy 20-Minute Korean Beef Bowl

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

  • 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!!!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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”

  • 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!

  • 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! ❤️

  • 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. 🙂

  • 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!

  • 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 🙂

  • 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.

  • 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:)

    • 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! 🙂

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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!!!

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

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

  • 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!

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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!!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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).

  • 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!

  • 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! 🙂

    • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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!!!

  • 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

  • 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!

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