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Korean Beef with Rice

Krista S

“Korean beef with rice” refers to a popular Korean dish called “bulgogi,” which consists of thin slices of beef that are marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, and other ingredients, and then grilled or pan-fried. The beef is often served with rice and a variety of vegetables, such as lettuce, onions, and peppers. Bulgogi is a well-known and beloved dish in Korea and is enjoyed by people of all ages.

A Favorite of Korean BBQ Restaurants

It is often served at Korean barbecue restaurants, where diners can grill the beef themselves at the table. Bulgogi is also a popular street food in Korea and can be found at markets and food stalls throughout the country. It is often served wrapped in lettuce leaves or in a bowl with rice and vegetables.

Korean beef can be made with ground beef.  In fact, there is a popular Korean dish called “dwaeji bulgogi,” which is made with ground pork or beef. Dwaeji bulgogi is typically made by mixing ground meat with a marinade similar to the one used for bulgogi, and then grilling or pan-frying it. The resulting dish has a similar flavor to bulgogi, but has a softer, more finely textured consistency due to the ground meat.

Homemade Barbecue Korean Beef Bulgogi with White Rice

Dwaeji bulgogi is often served with rice, vegetables, and various Korean side dishes. It is also a popular filling for Korean-style street food items such as “mandu” (dumplings) and “bungeo-ppang” (fish-shaped pastries filled with sweet red bean paste and dwaeji bulgogi).  The ground beef option is also easier to make and tastes just as good with less of a mess.

This meal is great to make for the whole family, or to make for yourself and use as left-overs for the following few days.  Look for the simple instructions below:

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Korean Beef with Rice

  • Author: Krista
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Korean beef with rice is a hearty and flavorful dish made with ground beef, soy sauce, brown sugar, and spices, served over a bed of white rice. It is a simple and satisfying meal that is easy to make and can be customized to your taste with the addition of various vegetables or other ingredients.


Units Scale
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
  • Sesame seeds and green onions for garnish (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, brown sugar, water, garlic, sesame oil, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using).
  2. Heat a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is browned and fully cooked.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the soy sauce mixture to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and the beef is coated in the sauce.
  4. Serve the beef over the cooked white rice, garnished with sesame seeds and green onions if desired. Enjoy!


  1. Use lean ground beef: This will help to keep the dish lower in fat and calories.
  2. Adjust the level of spiciness: The red pepper flakes add a bit of heat to the dish, so feel free to adjust the amount to your taste. You can also add other spicy ingredients, such as diced chili peppers or chili paste, to increase the heat.
  3. Cook the beef thoroughly: It is important to fully cook the ground beef to ensure that it is safe to eat. Use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the beef has reached at least 160°F.
  4. Serve the beef over hot rice: To ensure that the dish is served hot and the flavors are at their best, be sure to serve the beef over hot, freshly cooked rice.
  5. Customize the dish with your favorite ingredients: You can add a variety of vegetables, such as bell peppers, onions, or carrots, to the pan with the beef. You can also serve the dish with additional condiments, such as kimchi or pickled ginger, on the side.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes

Here are a few side dishes that would complement Korean beef with rice well:

Pickled vegetables:

Pickled vegetables, such as pickled cucumbers or radishes, add a refreshing and tangy flavor to the dish.


Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made of fermented vegetables, usually Napa cabbage, that adds a spicy and tangy flavor to the meal.

Fried or steamed dumplings:

Fried or steamed dumplings, such as mandu or gyoza, make a delicious addition to Korean beef with rice.

Stir-fried vegetables:

A simple stir-fry of vegetables, such as bell peppers, onions, and carrots, adds color, flavor, and nutrition to the dish.


A simple green salad, dressed with a light vinaigrette, provides a refreshing contrast to the rich and savory flavors of the Korean beef.

Miso soup:

A bowl of miso soup, made with tofu and seaweed, makes a light and soothing accompaniment to the dish.

Here is another great Korean meal recipe to try, but stay tuned as more will be added to our site soon.

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