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Korean Beef and Rice

Korean Beef and Rice has a wonderful balance of ginger and garlic. It and cooks up so fast, it is truly a perfect weeknight meal.

Korean Beef and Rice is a super quick dinner packed with flavor. I love the fresh ginger, garlic and green onion. This is a great freezer meal. Sometimes I double the recipe and freeze the leftovers for a later date.

I like to mix the rice in with the beef but you can leave it on the side if you prefer.  I originally found this recipe in my Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2016 Annual Recipes Cookbook.

Cost Per Serving $5.09 as of July 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $20.36.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost you about $8.08.

  • Cost per serving reduces to $2.02.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top & Rice Maker

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1/2 cup beef, 2/3 cup rice

Equipment needed: 1 deep skillet and rice cooker or pot to cook rice

Total time: 15 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a stocked pantry it will save you about $12.28.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $12.28 as of July 2022

  • brown sugar $1.70
  • ground ginger $4.44
  • sesame oil $3.22
  • soy sauce $1.58
  • red pepper flakes $1.34


Total: $8.08 as of July 2022

  • 1 - pound ground beef $5.88
  • 1 - garlic bulb $0.54
  • 1 - bunch green onion $0.88
  • 1 - bag brown rice 16 oz $0.78

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete prep from prep tab above.
  2. If you have a rice maker then start equivalent of 2 ~ 2/3 cups rice. If you don’t have a rice maker then start the equivalent of 2 ~ 2/3 cups of minute rice. If you don’t like brown rice then make white rice.
  3. When the rice is 10 minutes from being cooked start cooking the beef. In a skillet brown the beef breaking into small pieces for about 4 minutes. 
  4. Add garlic and cook for additional 3 – 4 minutes or until the beef is fully cooked. Drain if necessary.
  5. Add the sauce to the beef and cook for 1 – 2 minutes. Serve with rice. Enjoy! 

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 2 under $70 – Menu 1

Side Options

Silky Edamame Soup

Side Salad

Vegetable such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, etc. 

Roasted Vegetables

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