(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!
- 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