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If you need a new recipe for your fast dinner rotation files… here it is! My keto Korean beef bowl checks all of the dinner check boxes. Let me tell you a little more about this Korean ground beef recipe. It’s super flavorful, thanks to coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil, plus delicious and satisfying ground beef that gets a little crispy from the stir fry sauce. Then it’s served over a bed of cauliflower rice for a full meal. Told you this easy Korean beef recipe would become a new favorite!
Many traditional Korean beef recipes are made with sugars and rice, but you’ll love this version that utilizes simple low carb swaps.
How To Make Korean Beef Bowls
This paleo Korean beef bowl is easy and ready in just 30 minutes! Here are the simple steps:
- Make the cauliflower rice. You can use frozen riced cauliflower or make your own riced cauliflower. Either turn out great. Some frozen cauliflower rice takes a few minutes longer to cook, so you can always follow the instructions on the package.
TIP: Stir fry cauliflower rice over medium-high heat. This ensures that it fries instead of steaming, reduces any cauliflower smell, and makes for a better flavor.
- Mix up the sauce. Simply whisk some coconut aminos, beef broth, sesame oil, ground ginger, and crushed red pepper flakes together in a small bowl.
TIP: If you like it sweet, you can add 2-3 tbsp sweetener to the sauce – I recommend powdered monk fruit allulose blend. If you use a sugar-free sweetener, it’s best to use powdered to avoid a gritty texture. See my low carb sweeteners guide here for other powdered options. Otherwise if you are just making this as a healthier dish but don’t need it to be low carb, a natural liquid sweetener such as honey would also work fine.
- Cook spicy ground beef. First you’ll brown the beef, then add more minced garlic and saute that for a minute.
- Add the sauce and simmer. After you add the Korean beef stir fry sauce to the pan, it will be liquid, but will thicken up and absorb into the meat if you simmer it for just a bit.
Korean Ground Beef Recipe Variations
If you want to mix up this recipe a bit, try using another meat or protein. You can really use any type of ground meat that you have or that is your favorite.
Try ground turkey or chicken for a bit of a lighter meal, or try ground pork for a similar version.
Is Korean Food Keto Friendly?
Korean food can be keto! But not all of it is.
Rice is standard in Korean food, so obviously that is out. But it’s easy to swap out for cauliflower rice.
And I’ve found some ways to infuse Korean flavors into keto-friendly dishes… like this keto Korean beef recipe!
Is Korean Beef Keto?
Traditional Korean beef recipes would not be keto. The marinade usually contains a sugar of some kind and then there’s the rice that’s usually served alongside it.
Which is precisely why I created this version! There’s no reason we should skip out on this flavorful Korean ground beef recipe.
Can You Make Easy Korean Beef Ahead?
Yes, you can definitely make this spicy Korean beef ahead of time. Keto ground beef recipes like this one are great because you can make the cauliflower rice and the ground beef stir fry in advance.
Then, just portion out the cauliflower rice and beef into four different containers and you have Korean beef bowl meal prep ready-to-go for the week.
How To Freeze Korean Beef
If you want to freeze this easy Korean beef, simply store the cauliflower rice and ground beef in airtight containers in the freezer once it has cooled down.
When you’re ready to eat, you can reheat it in the microwave or a hot skillet until hot. If you have leftovers, I highly recommend using these glass meal prep containers. You can store leftovers, freeze them, and then re-heat all in the same container.
More Low Carb Asian Recipes
I love making low carb versions of my favorite keto recipes! Here are more ideas to try:
- Low Carb Hunan Beef
- Keto Beef & Broccoli
- Oriental Asian Cabbage Salad
- Cauliflower Rice Sushi Rolls
- Ground Turkey & Rice – Just use a low carb sweetener and cauliflower rice to keep it keto friendly.
- Orange Chicken & Kung Pao Beef – Both found exclusively in The Wholesome Yum Easy Keto Cookbook!
Tools To Make Korean Beef Bowls:
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- Nonstick Wok – This wok is great for cooking my Korean beef recipe and there’s lots of surface area to easily and quickly brown the meat.
- Stainless Chopsticks – Not required, of course, but I love these for all my low carb Asian meals. They are shown in the pictures.
- Glass Meal Prep Containers – These glass containers have two compartments are perfect way to meal prep Korean beef bowls for the week. (And see note about freezing, above!)
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Easy Keto Korean Ground Beef Bowl Recipe
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Heat 1 tablespoon (15 mL) olive oil in a large wok over medium-high heat. Add cauliflower rice. Season with sea salt and black pepper, if desired. Saute for 3-5 minutes, until cooked through.
Remove the cauliflower rice from heat, set aside, and cover to keep warm.
In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos, beef broth, sesame oil, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes. Set the sauce aside.
Turn heat back to medium-high. Add another tablespoon (15 mL) olive oil to the wok. Add the ground beef and season with sea salt. Cook for about 8-10 minutes, breaking up with a spatula and stirring occasionally, until browned.
Make a well in the beef and add the minced garlic. Saute for about a minute, until fragrant, then mix into the beef.
Pour the sauce over the beef. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes, until the sauce is reduced and thickened. There won't be much liquid left.
Divide the cauliflower rice among plates.Top with ground beef. Garnish with sliced green onions, sesame seeds, and cucumber slices.
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Serving size: ~1/3 cup ground beef + 1 cup cauliflower rice
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Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Net carb count excludes fiber, erythritol, and allulose, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. (Learn about net carbs here.) We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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