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Korean Ground Beef

Korean Ground Beef

This Korean ground beef is absolutely fantastic! It’s ready in just 15 minutes, and has so much flavour. Everyone will love it!

A skillet of 15 minute Korean ground beef.

This is not a meal I had had up until a couple of years ago. But it has quickly become a family favourite.

This Korean ground beef is so simple to make, I always have everything I need for it, and everyone loves the flavour.

Korean beef in a skillet made in just 15 minutes.

I don’t claim any authenticity to this meal. I’m sure authentic Korean beef is different, although I’ve never had it so can’t say for sure!

We have made this with stewing beef as well, which I think is a bit more authentic, but we actually prefer it made with ground beef. Although both are delicious!

Korean ground beef with a spoon in a skillet.

This meal can literally be made in less time than it takes to make the rice to serve with it.

Brown some ground beef, whisk together a very simple sauce, stir it all together and cook for a couple of minutes, and then stir in some shredded carrots. It literally only takes about 15 minutes to get ready.

Easy Korean ground beef made in a skillet in just 15 minutes.

And if that time frame isn’t enough to convince you to make this Korean ground beef, then let me just say that the flavour is amazing.

This is one of the tastiest meals I’ve made lately, and it was also the easiest!

Korean beef made in a skillet in just 15 minutes.

What can I serve with Korean ground beef?

We like this Korean ground beef served over hot rice or quinoa with some steamed broccoli on the side.

This Asian broccoli stir fry also goes very well with this meal, and is quick and easy to make if you want a vegetable side with a little more flavour than just simple steamed broccoli.

Korean beef in a skillet with a spoon.

How to make Korean Ground Beef:

  • If your ground beef is frozen, you can cook it in the Instant Pot from frozen. Instructions for that are here: Instant Pot Frozen Ground Beef. Continue with the recipe from step two once your beef is cooked, using the “saute” function on the Instant Pot.
  • Leftovers will keep for up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge, or can be frozen for up to 3 months. Let the beef cool completely before freezing flat in a freezer bag.

Here are some more great ground beef recipes for you:

Korean ground beef in a skillet.
Yield: serves 6

Korean Ground Beef

Korean beef in a skillet with a spoon.

This Korean ground beef is absolutely fantastic! It's ready in just 15 minutes, and has so much flavour. Everyone will love it!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds (680g) lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 cup shredded fresh carrots
  • Sesame seeds, for serving
  • Chopped green onions, for serving


  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat, stirring and breaking it up as it cooks, until no pink remains. Drain the grease from the skillet.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, garlic, ginger, and corn starch until well combined.
  3. Pour the sauce over top of the browned ground beef and cook, stirring, over medium heat, for 3-4 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. 
  4. Stir in the carrots and continue cooking for another minute until the carrots are heated through.
  5. Serve over hot cooked rice or quinoa, sprinkled with sesame seeds and chopped green onion.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 868mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 5g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

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