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Korean Beef and Rice Recipe


Are you looking for a good meal to top your night off but want it to be a simple one that doesn’t require a ton of ingredients or only needs a little effort to make? Then you’ve stumbled upon a great dish that can totally become your new favorite weeknight meal.

This Korean Beef and Rice recipe is simple yet packed with incredible flavor. Try it out!

What is Korean Beef Called?

In Korea, beef is typically referred to as bulgogi, which literally means “fire meat.” It is commonly cooked on a stove-top griddle or grilled on a barbecue. It is also stir-fried in a pan when cooked at home.

What Cut of Beef is Used for Korean Beef?

It is made from thin slices of sirloin, brisket, or other prime cuts. Ribeye is also commonly used due to its tenderness and fat content.

What Cut is Used for Bulgogi?

Tender, well-marbled cuts like top sirloin, rib eye, or skirt steak work well for bulgogi.


  • 2 cups white or brown rice
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cups sugar snap peas
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Cook the rice as you usually do. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, soy, sesame oil, and seasonings. Set aside.
  3. Set your pan on high heat. Once hot, add a teaspoon of oil and add the sugar snap peas. Let the peas rest for a minute and allow them to sear. After a minute, mix the peas with a spatula. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from the pan.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-high heat. Add a bit of oil, then add the bulgogi, garlic, onion, and ginger. Cook until bulgogi is no longer pink or about 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. Pour the sauce into the pan. Mix and ensure the bulgogi is covered in the sauce.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Garnish with green onion and sesame seeds on top. Serve with rice.

Final Note

With the right ingredients, you can level up a simple beef rice dish into a Korean Bulgogi dish. Its tremendous flavor will take you on a trip to Korea right in your kitchen.

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Hui Yin

Hui Yin moved from Hong Kong 🇭🇰 to the USA 🇺🇸 when she was just 8 years old. Now in her late 20's she enjoys writing and taking long walks in the park to burn off the copious amounts of rice she eats for dinner.

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