Sorta Kinda Korean Beef

Why “Sorta Kinda Korean Beef“?  The recipe’s based on the popular sweet Korean Beef recipe and I’m a fan of Korean Beef but it’s too sweet for my husband.  I’ve made it several times and he eats it but it’s not his favorite.  I’ve reworked recipes I’ve found and finally came up with a combination that he loves!  He even had seconds. So while the recipe is based on Korean Beef, it only sorta kinda tastes like it.

Korean Beef

I used less brown sugar than what’s normally called for and added some Sambal Olek, a chili paste that you can find in Asian markets.  You still get a hint of the sweet but the kick from the extra soy sauce and the chili paste give it just the right amount of heat.

Sorta Kinda Korean Beef
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 pound ground beef (I used 90% lean)
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp fresh ground ginger
  • ½ - 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Sambal Olek chili paste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • toasted sesame seeds (for garnish)
  1. Heat a large skillet with sesame oil over medium heat. Once the skillet is heated, add ground beef and minced garlic and brown until meat is cooked through. Drain all fat from the meat.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, red pepper flakes, chili paste, and salt and pepper. Pour mixture into the skillet over meat, stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
  3. Simmer the meat in the sauce for about 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and reduced.
  4. Serve over jasmine rice with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

Korean Beef

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