Quick Dinner – Korean Beef Over Rice


A Flavorful Dinner Staple

It is so fun to stumble upon an easy, healthful and delicious dinner that I know will be a weeknight staple around here.  This recipe will be in our rotation because it pleased every single person in our family, which is not an easy thing to do!

The flavor of this dish is very, very similar to Mongolian Beef, it is sweet and salty and just darn good!  Using ground beef makes it quick dinner that you can making in minutes. It is amazing how developed the flavor is in such a short time!


To Substitute Or Not Substitute

It is key to use certain ingredients in this recipe, so be careful with substitutions.  The sesame oil adds a flavor that is impossible to get with anything else.  The green onions and ginger are also ‘must-have’s’ in this recipe. We are not huge onion fans in this family, but when cooked right, in the right dish, they are amazing.

The substitutions I might make the next time I make this dish is brown rice for white rice, and maple syrup instead of brown sugar — just to make it a bit more healthy.


Fresh Ingredients

You just can’t go wrong with a recipe that has such great, fresh ingredients like garlic, onion and ginger.  Yum!  They are not only full of flavor, but also full of amazing nutrients for the body.



Grass Fed & Organic Please!

I highly recommend using grass-fed beef from a farmer you trust.  I cannot tell you the difference in flavor when I buy ground beef from my local co-op, where I know exactly what farm the cow came from.  My family can even tell when I substitute cheaper ground beef for organic, grass-fed beef.  It is worth every penny of the extra cost.  Flavor and peace-of-mind is priceless.


My Favorite Rice Maker

I use and love a handy-dandy rice maker.  This is the model I have.  It never fails to produce the perfect texture of rice.




Korean Beef Over Rice

1 cup uncooked brown or white rice

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed (or maple syrup)

1/4 cup soy sauce ( I used tamari)

1 Tablespoon sesame oil

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes

1/2-1 teaspoon grated ginger

1 pound ground beef

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 green onions, thinly sliced



1. Cook rice according to package directions.

2. Mix together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, & ginger in a small bowl.  Set Aside.

3. Brown ground beef in a skillet, set over medium-high heat.  Once cooked, drain off an excuse fat.  Add garlic to skillet and saute for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.  Stir in sauce and half of green onions.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes until well coated and heated through. Garnish with remaining green onions.  Serve over rice.



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  • Granni
    March 24, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Yummy the kids loved it and want it to go into the every week series… lol

  • Renee Meyer
    June 24, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    Amy, we had this for dinner tonight, and it was so yummy and easy! I steamed some broccoli and tossed it in, it was so good. Thanks for the recipe!

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      June 26, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      So glad you liked it! Thanks for letting me know. <3

  • Kathryn
    February 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    We have Taco Tuesday every Tuesday night at my house, and I’m always looking for fun new ideas to shake things up a little. I made this beef with a simple Asian cabbage slaw served in home made flour tortillas, with a little plum sauce and/or sriracha and sesame seeds sprinkled on top and we LOVED them! They will for sure be in the rotation for future taco Tuesdays! I’m trying it out tonight for a vegetarian friend with her favorite vegan beef crumbles because she wanted to try after how much we raved. Thanks for sharing this simple, delicious recipe!

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      February 15, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      What great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing them…can’t wait to try the Korean Beef in a tortilla! Sounds amazing.

  • Rachel
    January 21, 2015 at 11:32 am

    A simple but delicious sounding recipe! I’m going to give it a try soon!! Thanks for sharing!

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      January 22, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Let me know what you think!