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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
Servings 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


  • 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