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15 Minute Korean Style Beef. Slightly spicy and somewhat sweet, with a taste reminiscent of bulgogi from foodiewithfamily.com

15 Minute Korean Style Beef

Rebecca Lindamood
Adapted from and with many thanks to Amy of Very Culinary


  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil plus extra for garnish
  • 2 pounds 90/10 lean ground beef
  • 8 cloves garlic peeled and minced or pressed through a garlic press
  • 2 to 3 inch piece of ginger grated
  • 1/3 cup honey brown sugar, or coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened pear or apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon to 3 tablespoons gochujang or chili garlic sauce

For Garnish and to serve:

  • hot cooked rice
  • 8 green onions trimmed of root ends then thinly sliced
  • toasted sesame seeds


  • Heat the sesame oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet or frying pan over medium high heat. Break up the ground beef over it and cook, breaking the pieces up smaller and smaller with a wooden spoon, until the beef is browned and cooked most of the way through. Drain off any fat that accumulates and return the pan to medium high heat.
  • Add the garlic and ginger to the beef and stir-fry until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the soy sauce, pear or apple juice, honey or sugar, and gochujang to the pot and stir to evenly distribute. Bring to a boil and let it cook until the sauce has reduced and thickened a bit and clings to the beef. Remove from heat and serve over rice garnished with the thinly sliced green onions, sesame seeds, and a small drizzle of toasted sesame oil, if desired.

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