Korean Beef Bowls

Ughhh. It was dinner time again and the standard question appeared, “What’s for dinner?”. Seriously, the most dreaded 3 words any wife wants to hear at the end of the day. Despite my best efforts, meal prep didn’t go as planned this week. Luckily, I had plenty of standby meats ready in the refrigerator. I knew hamburger meat was going to be the fastest thing to make, but I wasn’t feeling the standard tacos or hamburgers.

So to google I went and I landed on Korean Beef Bowls. Then, I hit another obstacle because I didn’t have half the ingredients required.  However, the picture looked amazing and I officially only wanted to eat Korean Beef for dinner so I went and modified the recipe using things I actually had handy.

Now, I may be biased but this turned out to be absolutely AMAZING. You know its a hit in this house when leftovers aren’t an option.  For this dish, I was lucky to even get a small serving of seconds.  The sweet and spicy flavor was spot on and we now have a new recipe to add to our meal rotation.  I attached the recipe I modified/made for you, in case you want to give it a whirl.  TRUST ME, you want to give this a whirl.


  • 1 cup rice (we used brown long grain)
  • 1 lb hamburger meat
  • 1 cup spinach (fresh)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped or shredded carrots
  • 2 hard boiled eggs (optional)

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (you can use regular or possibly liquid aminos)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (more if you like garlic)
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce (I used Franks)


  1. Prepare rice as directed on box.
  2. Brown hamburger. While hamburger is cooking, prep the sauce.
  3. Cut carrots and wash spinach.  Place carrots in skillet with 1 Tbsp olive oil to sauté.
  4. Once hamburger is 80% of the way cooked, drain.  Then, pour the sauce over the hamburger.
  5. Sautee spinach for 20-30 seconds, just enough to make the leaves warm and a darker green color.
  6. Place 1/2 cup rice in bowl. Top with beef, vegetable, and egg.  Sprinkle additional red pepper flakes on top.  Enjoy!

Yes, it really is THAT easy. Fast, delicious, and homemade. All the key components of a winning weeknight dinner in my opinion. I am sure you could use other vegetables like zucchini or broccoli in place of spinach or in addition too.  This beef would also be perfect for lettuce wraps/cups.

Let me know if you try it!

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