20 minutes is all you need for this one-pan, healthy Korean Beef Bowl recipe! We use ground lean ground beef and simple Asian flavors to get dinner on the table quickly. Tangy, a little spicy, and slightly sweet– this versatile recipe is a party in your mouth!
I had a really hard time not constantly spooning more of this ground beef in my mouth. Who am I? Noshing on ground beef? That never happens. But when it tastes this good, this will be your official warning that you might find yourself in the same boat.
As a nutritionist, I love nothing more than healthy recipes that are not only good for you, but taste delicious too! Ground beef also has a special place at our table once a week. I love using grass-fed organic ground beef for it’s added Omega-3 profile. So whether it’s my Beef and Veggie Taco Skillet, or Spaghetti Meat Sauce, we love delicious tasting ground beef recipes!
What are Korean Beef Bowls?
So what is the deal with the flavors in Korean Beef? It’s kind of everything you would expect in typical Asian flair: ground beef, ginger, coconut aminos (in place of soy sauce), some coconut sugar for that salty/sweet combo, and then topped with fun some crunchy veggies: shredded carrots and green onion.
In an effort to change up our typical ground beef taco night, I decided to get a little creative. I combined taco and Asian night, and the whole family was over the moon EXCITED!!! Loving every bite, that we went through almost the entire recipe; rather than have those leftovers I was hoping we would. It happens. So let’s get to making this amazingly easy and yummy dinner!
How to make Korean Beef Bowls
Ingredients you’ll need:
Ground beef: I upped this to 2lbs so that you can feed hungry bellies, or have leftovers for meal prep lunch. Either way, you’ll thank me.
Fresh ginger: this elevates any Asian recipe. You could do ground ginger at 1 tsp, but the fresh stuff is so much better!
Fresh garlic: same as the ginger, you can always use garlic powder.
Coconut Aminos: This is for the salty Asian taste. Feel free to use gluten-free Tamari Soy Sauce if you don’t follow a strict Paleo diet.
Coconut Sugar: Just the right amount of sweetness! You can omit for a Whole30 and Keto Variation
Crushed red pepper: you like that little kick in your Asian recipes? So do my people. I love this addition, you can always omit.
Green onion: yes it’s a must
Matchstick carrots: that extra element of crunch, and let’s face it, we can always use more veggies!
For serving: wrap in romaine lettuce or serve over rice or cauliflower rice. Top with sesame seeds if you want!
Seriously this is the easiest recipe ever. Just browning the ground beef and ginger, then throwing the rest of the ingredients together. Just like tacos.
Can I make this with different protein?
Absolutely! I’ve used ground turkey, and even a vegan option using Impossible plant based “meat”.
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20 minute Healthy Korean Ground Beef Bowls
Just one skillet and 20 minutes is all you need to get this healthy Korean Beef Bowl recipe on the table! We use ground beef and Asian flavors for a simple recipe that delivers flavor and nutrition.
- 2 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos*
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar** (if using coconut aminos, only use about 1 tbsp of the coconut sugar or to taste! If using GF Tamari, use about 1/4 cup)
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion
- 2/3 cup grated carrots or matchstick carrots
- romaine lettuce for serving (optional)
- 4 cups cauliflower rice for serving (optional)
Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Once hot, coat the bottom of the skillet with oil. Then add the garlic and ginger. Cook for about 2 minutes until golden, then add the ground beef. Continue to cook the ground beef, stirring frequently, until beef is no longer pink. Remove from heat. Drain excess fat from the skillet.
In a small bowl, whisk together coconut aminos, coconut sugar, sesame oil, and crushed red pepper (if using). Pour in the skillet, and return to the stove. Cook for another 3-4 minutes, until beef is well cooked and sauce is incorporated. Remove from heat.
Serve on top of cooked cauliflower rice with green onion and matchstick carrots. Or serve in romaine lettuce wraps.
*You can substitute GF Tamari Soy Sauce for the coconut aminos if not following a Paleo or Keto diet.
**You can omit the coconut sugar for a whole30 variation