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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.

Your Turn to try This Easy Beef Bowl

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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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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Ingredients

  • 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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Instructions 

  • 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.

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Notes

  • 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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