Korean Beef Bulgogi Bowl

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5 from 9 votes
This Beef Bulgogi Bowl is a Korean dish which centers around beef in a sesame and soy sauce marinade with a little bit of sweetness. It is that tangy, sweet, umami dish that bring all these Asian flavors together.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Beef Bulgogi over rice in a black bowl with red and white striped napkin

This Beef Bulgogi Bowl is a Korean dish which centers around beef in a sesame and soy sauce marinade with a little bit of sweetness. It is that tangy, sweet, umami dish that brings all these Asian flavors together.

Beef Bulgogi over rice in a black bowl with red and white striped napkin

But the meat is just one out of many highlights. Clearly one of the stars of the show is the Bulgogi sauce. It is so full of flavor,you wont believe how delicious it is. It makes this Bulgogi Beef Bowl so amazing.

What is Korean Bulgogi?

Bulgogi, literally “fire meat”, is made of thin, marinated slices of beef. Sirloin, rib eye or brisket are frequently used cuts of beef for the dish. Here we are using ground beef for a quick and economical switch. It’s generally prepared in a thick sweet and savory sauce, served traditionally over rice.

How to Make Beef Bulgogi Recipe Step by Step- 

  • Cook Meat: First, place ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. (Photo 1 below)
  • Brown Meat: Then brown the beef and chop so it is uniform small pieces.  (Photo 2 below)
  • Make the Marinade: Next, combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and mix well. (Photo 3 below)
First 3 steps to make beef bulgogi. beef in a pan chopping and preparing sauce
  • Add the Fresh Ginger: Fresh Ginger really adds to the flavor of the Beef Bulgogi Recipe, therefore, don’t skip this step, it is worth it.  (Photo 1 below)
  • Add Sauce: Next, add the sauce to the ground beef in the Skillet.  (Photo 2 below)
  • Simmer Beef Mixture: Finally, let the sauce and beef simmer for five minutes and pour over your rice. (Photo 3 below)
3 steps in making the finishing the bulgogi bowl. adding marinade to skillet and cooking

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Recommendations for Making Korean Bulgogi Bowls

When you go to a good Korean Restaurant, some of the best parts are all those delicious side dishes that you get to mix in your bowl or eat with your Bulgogi Beef Bowl. Here are a few suggestions of sides that you can serve with your bowl:

  • Kimchi – They have hot or mild
  • Pickled Vegetables
  • Tofu
  • Sesame Broccoli
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Sauteed Mushrooms or Eggplant
Close up of Beef Bulgogi bowl with rice in a black bowl

Rice for your Ground Bulgogi Beef Bowl

Traditionally, a short grained, sweet, sticky rice is served with Bulgogi Beef Bowls but like everything else, the rice can be changed to compliment your family’s taste.

Leftover take-out rice, brown rice, or alternatively, no rice but a substitute made with cauliflower could be used for a healthier version.


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Beef Bulgogi over rice in a black bowl with red and white striped napkin

Expert Tips for Making the Best Ground Beef Bulgogi

  • Spice it up: If you like a good kick I often add more Sweet Chili Sauce or some Red Pepper Flake
  • Fresh Toppers: Top your bowl with something fresh, consider, sesame seeds, scallions, green onion, or parsley.
  • Add Some Cool: Specifically, try drizzling a little cool ranch dressing or top with a little sour cream

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Beef Bulgogi over rice in a black bowl with red and white striped napkin

Korean Beef Bulgogi Bowl

5 from 9 votes
This Beef Bulgogi Bowl is a Korean dish which centers around beef in a sesame and soy sauce marinade with a little bit of sweetness. It is that tangy, sweet, umami dish that bring all these Asian flavors together.
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Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large non-stick skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until no longer pink.
  • Drain any excess fat from the skillet.
  • In a bowl, combine the garlic, soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and ginger.
  • Stir to combine and pour over the ground beef.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and serve over rice.

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Expert Tips

 

  • Spice it up: If you like a good kick try adding a more Sweet Chili Sauce or some Red Pepper Flake
  • Fresh Toppers: Top your bowl with something fresh, consider, sesame seeds, scallions, green onion or parsley.
  • Add Some Cool: Drizzle a little cool ranch dressing or top with a little sour cream

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1826mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3mg

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