This cheater version of Korean Beef uses ground beef instead of flank steak, making it easier and cheaper, but just as tasty. And ready in 20 minutes!
What if we said we had an absolutely delicious, inexpensive, easy meal for you… that is ready in 20 minutes? That’s the bees knees, right? This Korean Ground Beef is it!
Traditional Korean beef uses skirt steak or flank steak and sometimes vegetables or cellophane noodles. This Korean Ground Beef recipe is quicker and cheaper, but just as tasty!
Korean Ground Beef Recipe Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Ground beef: We use lean ground beef.
- Green beans: Green beans are a great vegetable for this dish. You could also use asparagus, snap peas, or broccoli.
- Scallions: These mild onions have a subtle peppery taste and are great in stir fry.
- Garlic and Ginger: For wonderful aromatics and flavor. Use fresh.
- Chili garlic sauce: It’s hot and tangy, with a punch of garlic. Adds flavor and a tiny bit of heat.
- Brown Sugar: Some sweetness to balance out the savory and salty soy sauce. This flavor combo makes a big difference, don’t skip it.
- Soy Sauce: Low-sodium to cut down on sodium levels.
- Sesame oil: Toasted sesame oil is used to sauté the beef and green beans. It adds an extra layer of flavor, instead of using vegetable oil and gives the sauce authentic Chinese stir fry flavor.
- Seasoning: Salt and pepper.
What to Serve with Korean Beef
We alternate serving this Korean Ground Beef recipe over cooked white rice or as lettuce wraps, depending on our mood and what we’re craving. Hot cooked white rice is great to soak up the sauce and hits the spot on a chilly day, whereas serving a scoop of the beef mixture in lettuce cups is perfect for warmer weather. A sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds is a great finishing touch.
Allow to cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Cheater Korean Ground Beef
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 6 ounces fresh green beans , cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 3 cloves garlic , minced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
- salt and pepper
- 3 scallions , chopped
- toasted sesame seeds
- cooked white rice or lettuce , for serving
- Heat half the sesame oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add in the green beans and sauté for 3 minutes until crisp-tender. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate and keep warm.
- Add the remaining sesame oil to the skillet. Swirl to coat and once hot, add in the ground beef. Brown the beef, breaking it up into small crumbles with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds until fragrant. Drain off the fat.
- Return green beans to the skillet, along with the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and chili garlic sauce. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Simmer for 2 more minutes to blend the flavors.
- Remove from the heat and toss in the scallions.
- Serve over hot rice or as lettuce cups, with a small sprinkle of sesame seeds.