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Cheater Korean Beef - a quick version of the classic served over rice or in lettuce wraps for a low-carb option. the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Korean Beef

This Korean Beef is  a quick version of the classic dish served over rice or in lettuce wraps for a low-carb option. You can make this Korean Beef in under 15 minutes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Korean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil (see note)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (add more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger minced (see note)
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper depending on how spicy you like it
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the ground beef in the sesame oil. Add the garlic towards the end of browning and cook for a couple of minutes. Drain the fat.
  2. Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red pepper. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions. If going for a low carb option, it's great over lettuce too!

Recipe Notes

If you're like me and don't use fresh ginger that often, remember that fresh ginger freezes well. They also sell ginger in a squeeze bottle by the produce and it lasts forever.

Sesame oil adds a special something to this dish but it can be pricey so you can use another oil.

Source: Lizzy Writes