Easy Korean Beef Bowl

Korean Ground Beef Bowl combines all the delicious flavors of Korean BBQ in under thirty minutes. With notes of sweet and tangy, this simple dish is a great way to make dinner easier!

Easy Korean Beef and Broccoli is a simple 30 minute meal that consists of rice ground beef, sweetened soy sauce, and broccoli florets.

Why You’ll Love It

Needless to say, with the school year just starting, I’ve been needing some easy and fast dinners. This Korean Ground Beef Bowl has become a family favorite just by the sheer simplicity of the dish and the layers of flavor. Sweet and tangy does not sound like it belongs on ground beef, but just trust me. You can’t go wrong with 30-minute meals that require few ingredients and taste like this!

Chef’s Tips

  • Use grassfed beef that is less than 10% fat. The more fat, the more greese. If you are using more than 10% fat, drain the beef after it is cooked before adding the soy sauce mixture.
  • Use fresh ginger and garlic. Here’s my favorite tip: freeze ginger and use it when you need it! It is so much easier to grate.
  • Use minute rice to make this dinner even easier and quicker!
  • Use honey as the sweetener. To avoid sugar, use honey to sweeten this dish to give it that perfect tanginess!
Easy Korean Beef and Broccoli ingredients consists of soy sauce, sesame seed oil, garlic, ginger, ground beef, honey, broccoli, and rice.


  • Beef: 1 LB grass-fed ground beef. For a leaner option, you can use beef with less than 10% fat.
  • Vegetables: Broccoli florets. You can also add bell peppers or snap peas for more crunch.
  • For the Sauce:
    • Base: Soy sauce for saltiness.
    • Heat: Red pepper flakes. Adjust to your desired spice level.
    • Sweetness: Honey. Maple syrup can also be a substitute.
    • Aromatics: Freshly grated ginger and minced garlic cloves.
    • Oil: Sesame oil for that distinctive Asian flavor.
  • For Serving:
    • Rice: Best with jasmine or basmati. Brown rice for a healthier option.
    • Optional toppings: Toasted sesame seeds, sliced green onions for freshness, pickled radishes, and carrots for a tangy crunch.


  • Vegetarian: Substitute ground beef with tofu or tempeh.
  • Gluten-free: Use tamari or a gluten-free soy sauce alternative.
  • Spicier: Add extra red pepper flakes or a dash of sriracha or gochujang.

Pairing Suggestions

This dish pairs well with Korean barley tea or a light beer. Kimchi, Korean pickled cucumbers, or a fresh Asian-inspired salad would make great side dishes.

Easy 30 minute korean beef and broccoli is made quickly in a cast iron pan.

How to make Easy Korean Ground Beef Rice Bowls

  1. Make the sauce by mixing the soy sauce, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, and honey. Set aside.
  2. Boil water and cook rice according to package instructions.
  3. Heat a medium cast-iron pan over medium heat. Cook ground beef until it is no longer pink, then add sauce and broccoli florets and cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Serve these bowls by adding rice, then topped with ground beef and broccoli, then top with sesame seeds and green onions. Mangia!
Easy 30 minute meal korean beef and broccoli rice bowl is topped with siracha sauce and sesame seeds.


  • Storing: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Reheating: Microwave the beef and broccoli mixture for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, you can reheat it on the stove over medium heat. If the mixture seems dry, add a splash of water or a bit more soy sauce.
  • Freezing: The beef and broccoli mixture can be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.
Korean beef and broccoli with rice is topped with sesame seeds and scallions.

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Easy 30 minute meal korean beef and broccoli rice bowl is topped with siracha sauce and sesame seeds.

Easy Korean Beef and Broccoli

Sea Salt Savorings
Korean Ground Beef Bowl combines all the delicious flavors of Korean BBQ in under thirty minutes. With notes of sweet and tangy, this simple dish is a great way to make dinner easier!
4.96 from 46 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, korean
Servings 6


  • 1 LB ground beef
  • 1 TBS sesame seed oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 TBS honey
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups cooked rice


  • In a medium pot, cook rice according to package details. Set to the side.
  • In a medium-sized cast iron pan, cook ground beef until it is well done over medium heat. Drain the beef, and set to the side.
  • Return the pan to the stove. Toss in the sesame seed oil. Finely chop the garlic and add to the pan, sauteing for 2 minutes. Add in the broccoli florets, soy sauce, ginger, red pepper flakes, and honey. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add beef and stir.
  • To serve, add rice to the bottom of the bowl, and top with beef and broccoli. Add sesame seeds and scallions, and serve immediately! Mangia!

Nutrition values are estimates, for exact values consult a nutritionist.

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Recipe Rating


  1. 4 stars
    Excellent taste that is balanced between sweet and spicy. The only adjustment I would add it either low sodium soy sauce or 50/50 soy sauce and water. The original recipe was overwhelmingly salty.

    1. sherry brubaker says:

      Thank you so much for your input!

    1. sherry brubaker says:

      So easy to make!

  2. 5 stars
    I had all of these ingredients on hand already which made this an easy weeknight meal for us! Sooo good and easy too, thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh this bowl looks delicious. I love the combination of soy and honey.

    1. sherry brubaker says:

      Super savory and delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    This is a perfect and healthy recipe. I love the nice balance of flavours.

    1. sherry brubaker says:

      YAY! So glad you enjoy!

  5. 5 stars
    There is nothing like a 30 minute meal! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

    1. sherry brubaker says:

      YAY! I hope you enjoy!