(Cheap) Korean Beef with Vegetables + Video
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This cheap and easy Korean Beef recipe is made with ground beef instead of flank steak. It’s simmered in a simple, yet flavorful sauce with added vegetables for a well-rounded meal. Serve with rice, and you’ve got a delicious dinner ready in 20 minutes or less!
(*Update 8/23/17: New pictures and a video!) This Korean Beef recipe is a keeper! We’ve made it dozens and dozens of times since I first published this post on December 2nd, 2011. The recipe is so easy, so cheap, and has LOADS of flavor! It feels like take-out, but is made quick and easy at home!
We love the addition of fresh steamed vegetables to make it a more well-rounded meal. I could meal prep this and eat it the whole week long. I love it so much!
The best part about this Korean beef is how quick it comes together. If you use pre-minced garlic, ginger paste, and instant rice, this meal is a cinch to pull off in 20 minutes or less. It’s one meal I have completely memorized and don’t even measure ingredients for. Definitely a family favorite! I hope you love it too!
(Cheap) Korean Beef with Vegetables
- 1 Tbsp sesame oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 tsp)
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 (16oz) bag frozen/steam-able California or Normandy Blend vegetables
- sliced green onions
- cooked rice
- Steam/cook vegetables according to package directions. (About 8 minutes in the microwave.) Keep warm.
- Heat sesame oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and ground beef. Cook until brown. Drain grease.
- Return beef back into the skillet. Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, crushed red pepper, and cornstarch. Stir until sauce simmers and thickens; about 1 to 2 minutes. Add steamed vegetables and mix with beef.
- Serve over rice and top with sliced green onions.
TIPS: To make this super quick, use pre-minced garlic, ginger paste, and minute/instant rice. (I love Gourmet Garden Ginger Paste found in the refrigerated produce section.)
*Recipe altered from Lizzy Write
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
32 Comments on “(Cheap) Korean Beef with Vegetables + Video”
Bring back the old version of this recipe please.
The old version of this recipe is very similar. What about the new recipe don’t you like? The only thing I added was vegetables, and corn starch.
This dish is amazing and so quick and easy.
Glad to hear it Tony!
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This is one of my very favorite things to make! We love it! Such a quick and easy way to make sure we eat something delicious! Thanks for sharing 🙂
We totally had this for dinner again last night! It’s one of our favorites too!
Do you think this dish would freeze nicely?
The meat would be fine, but I wouldn’t re-freeze the frozen vegetables after they’re cooked, or the green onions.
My 2 year old LOVED this! Definitely will use less, or low sodium, soysauce next time, but I realy enjoyed the flavor 🙂
Great! I only use low sodium soy sauce, but I am glad it was still good, even if it was salty.
Thank you for this! It’s def. one of my fav go to recipes! My family will eats every last bit!
OH I am so glad you like it! We make this frequently as well!
I just made this for dinner tonight. It was a hit! I used 1/2 cup of brown sugar and added 2T extra soy sauce. I also sliced up the white/light green part of the green onion and cooked it with the beef and garlic. If I added the greens to the top my kids wouldn’t eat, but if I cook it in the meat they don’t notice the difference LOL. Oh and I only used 1/4t red pepper and it was still too spicy for me 🙂 Thanks and I will be sharing this one.
Nice way to sneak in those green onions 🙂 Glad you liked it!
Sara, I am so glad you are trying my recipes! It makes me feel a little better that I am actually helping someone else find some new things to try for their family, despite just me & my family. Glad you liked it & that I am not the only spicy wimp 🙂
Hey Amber, I tried this recipe out tonight. I was so excited to make something a little different. It was delicious, I am definitely making it again. I probably should have taken your warning about the spice a little more serious. I added just a tiny bit more than what you suggested and I was feeling the pain, I guess I am whimp too when it come to spiceness.