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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!
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(Cheap) Korean Beef with Vegetables

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4


  • 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


  1. Steam/cook vegetables according to package directions. (About 8 minutes in the microwave.) Keep warm.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and ground beef. Cook until brown. Drain grease.
  3. 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. 

  4. Serve over rice and top with sliced green onions.

Recipe Notes

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