Or beef bulgogi? Maybe? Probably not. I know nothing about Korean fare so I’m calling is Easy Korean Beef Bowls.
But what I do know is one day I happened to notice that the ingredients in the beef in easy Korean beef bowls like these is nearly identical to the sauce on my brown sugar sesame salmon. Aka magic sauce, as Mark calls it.
I also know that this cost me somewhere between $5-$6 for 6 bowls, took me like 20 minutes to make and is super delicious. So it’s safe to say this has become a regular in the Reynolds household. It’s also safe to say it isn’t even remotely authentic since, if I’m honest, I’ve never had authentic Korean food probably ever… But you I can promise you’ll love this. Whatever it is.
If you need this to be gluten free, use tamari instead of regular soy sauce. If you’re grain free, you poor soul, use cauliflower rice instead of the rice and just don’t tell me. Or maybe sweet potato noodles? I wouldn’t know if that would work since I just eat rice or noodles… but I suspect someone will do it and enjoy it. You can likely replace the brown sugar with maple syrup if you’re in to that and toss in some kimchi and/or finely chopped cucumber if the cucumbers aren’t outrageously expensive for you right now (they are here).
You do you. Go wild.
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp chili paste (I used sambal oelek)
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- fresh ground pepper
- 5 eggs, fried to your liking or hard/soft boiled
- shredded carrot
- chopped cucumber *optional
- warm jasmine rice, to serve
- green onions, to serve
- sesame seeds, to serve
- Mix together soy sauce, sugar, chili paste, sesame oil, ginger and pepper. Set aside.
- Heat a medium skillet over high heat. Once hot, add the beef, reduce the temperature to medium high and cook, stirring every so often until cooked through, adding the garlic cloves half way through, about 5-7 minutes. Drain excess fat off (if there is any) and return to the skillet. Pour sauce ingredients in to the skillet and stir to coat/warm through.
- Add rice, beef, shredded carrot/cucumber and fried egg to bowls. top with sliced green onions, sesame seeds and a drizzle of sesame oil, if desired.