Korean Beef Rice Bowls

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Korean Beef Rice Bowls takes about 20 minutes to whip up, so quick and easy, loaded with flavor for under 400 calories!
Korean Beef Rice Bowls takes about 20 minutes to whip up, so quick and easy, loaded with flavor for under 400 calories!
I came up with this Korean beef rice bowl the other night and they tasted so DANG good I knew I had to share.  I used to work 2 blocks away from Koreatown when I worked full-time in Manhattan and loved having lunch with co-workers in nearby restaurants. Since then, Korean food is becoming really popular with Korean restaurants popping up everywhere. Unfortunately not as popular here in Long Island (yet) so if I don’t want to travel all the way to Manhattan I cook it myself.
One essential ingredient you will need is Gochujang sauce. It’s a Korean condiment that’s a little spicy and sweet, and has very distinct flavor only found in Korean cuisine. It also comes in a paste which requires you to thin it down. I use Annie Chun’s Gochujang Sauce since it’s available in my local supermarket and it’s ready-to-use, or buy it on Amazon!
And I’m obsessed with frozen brown rice from Trader Joe’s! It takes 3 minutes to heat up and the texture is perfect! If you live near a TJ’s, it’s a must!
Takes about 20 minutes to whip up these quick and easy Korean Beef Rice Bowls, loaded with flavor for under 400 calories!

Korean Beef Rice Bowls takes about 20 minutes to whip up, so quick and easy, loaded with flavor for under 400 calories!
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Korean Beef Rice Bowls

394 Cals 30 Protein 47 Carbs 9 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Asian, Korean
These Korean Beef Rice Bowls make a quick and easy meal, loaded with flavor for under 400 calories!


  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce*
  • 2 teaspoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • cooking spray
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 small sliced cucumber, skin on
  • 2 tablespoons Gochujang, or more if desired*
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 sliced scallions, white and green parts
  • *check labels for gluten-free


  • Combine the soy sauce, 2 tablespoons water, brown sugar, sesame oil and red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
  • Heat a large deep nonstick skillet over high heat, spray with oil and add the ground beef. Cook, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute.
  • Pour the sauce over the beef, cover and simmer on low heat 10 minutes.
  • To assemble the bowls, place 3/4 cup rice in each bowl, top with scant 2/3 cup beef, cucumbers, Gochujong, sesame seeds and scallions.


Serving: 1/4, Calories: 394kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 30g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 807mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 7g
WW Points Plus: 10
Keywords: easy korean beef, korean beef, korean beef bowl, Korean Beef Rice Bowls, korean ground beef

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  1. This is a phenomenal recipe. I didn’t have brown sugar, so I used coconut sugar. My eight-year-old grandson loved it.

  2. Love this recipe. Note to self…add matchstick carrots!

  3. This is a family favourite.! Easy to make and so delicious.
    Wondering how the WW points are now calculated ?

  4. Wonderful recipe and I only changed the red peppers to 1/2 t as I can’t take the heat but all in all loved it and will make again.

    As an aside Note,
    I recently came across Calrose Botan Rice that I have never heard of. I tried to find it in your recipes for rice but none were shown. Can you tell me about it and can it be used as regular rice? Thanks

  5. So easy and quick. Even my 2 yr old loves this 

  6. Will definitely be making this again!! Served in on top of cauliflower rice for less points!! So good!!

  7. Make this often. I always double the sauce as it is sooo good.

  8. Usually when someone uses an * there is a note below to explain something about that item. There’s an * following both the soy sauce and the Gochujang in the ingredient list, but there’s no later reference. Please explain? Thanks.

  9. We made this for the first time tonight after seeing someone post about this meal on Facebook. 
    We loved it.  It’s a simpler version of a hello- fresh meal we used to make, but this is much quicker to prepare for me.
    We’re already planning on making it again since we have leftover ingredients.  Thank you!  

  10. Inoticed this recipe does not have the WW personal point link. Will you be providing? I saw others that did not have link too.

  11. Husband and I love this one! Easily one of our top 3 recipes we like to make. We use grated ginger that comes in a squeeze bottle, which works fine instead of needing to have fresh on hand. Sometimes we do regular rice, and sometimes cauliflower rice, but it will take more cauli-rice to feel full just so you know. I like to eat it sort of like nachos: piling the beef and rice on a cucumber slice. It cools off the pepper-flake/gochujang taste perfectly!

  12. Soooooo good!! Hubby really, really liked it too! Thank you!!

  13. This was great even with meatless ground as the substitute! I just added the vegan beef bouillon cube to the sauce. Thanks! 

  14. I tried this for the first time tonight and everyone in my family loved it!  It’s easy and so flavorful!

  15. I made this last night, and it was AMAZING!!!   I did add some Bibigo Korean barbecue sauce, and toasted the sesame seeds. Served with steamed broccoli, and it was a PERFECT dinner, which we will continue to enjoy for tomorrow night’s dinner.

    Note about the ground beef: I at first was concerned about using ground beef and having just another “hamburger” meal. I learned, however, that using such lean gb (mine was 96%) it cooks up as though it was very cut-up steak. There was nothing “hamburger” about it! I will use this for future stroganoff recipes, as well as this recipe. 

  16. Another family favorite. I usually mix regular rice with cauliflower rice. This time I added roasted cauliflower with the rice. 

  17. Fabulous! My whole family will eat this even our pickiest eater who just eats just the beef and rice without all the extra goodies on top. 

  18. We loved this recipe! The two of us polished off the whole thing! I didn’t have fresh ginger so I used 1 tsp of powdered ginger and it worked fine. Next time I will make sure to have fresh ginger. Thank you for a new, quick go to dinner recipe!

  19. Delicious! I made my bowl with cucumbers and broccoli (google Korean broccoli banchan – very easy to make). My husband added some kimchi and loved it! I skipped the red pepper flakes in the sauce (I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy), and still very very flavorful. I’m so happy to find easy recipes like this, I’ve saved so much money from ordering out and lost a lot of weight from cooking at home. Win win!! 

  20. Super yummy! I subbed sriracha for the gochujang since that was what I had and it worked well. I think next time I make this I’ll try using pickled cucumbers!

  21. I have made this recipe several times and each time it’s a hit. By far one of my husband’s and my favorite recipe. I do pickle an English cucumber and use jasmine rice. 

  22. MEH. I guess it just takes a lot to make 93% ground beef desirable.

    • I usually make this with either ground chicken or ground turkey and my “I hate ground turkey” husband likes it, lol. I do prefer the ground chicken, though.

  23. Has anybody tried making this with thinly sliced steak of some sort??

  24. Tried this for the first time today. Added green beans and carrots for extra vegetables and doubled the sauce. I used brown rice to be a little healthier.  It was a hit so will try it again.

  25. Has anyone subbed in ground turkey for this recipe?

  26. How spicy is this? I have a couple of kids that love stir fry-type dishes but nothing very spicy. Trying to find something new that isn’t teriyaki!

  27. Amazing flavour. Super quick and easy. 
    Everyone loved. 
    Sauce is sooooooo tasty. 
    Thank you!!
    I have bought two of your books within the last week! Enjoying them immensely. 
    Beautifully illustrated. I treasure all my cookbooks and yours will be on the shelf with my most used ones. 

    Hoping my people pick up on my hints for the Air Fryer Book for my Birthday. 

  28. Wow! Nous avons adoré! Servi avec riz jasmin+ jus de lime + coriandre
    Wow! we loved it! Served with jasmin rice+lime juice+ cilantro

  29. Un-real!! We ended up making this as part of one of the weekly diet plans, it is amazing!! We meal prepped it for lunches this week and it reheats great! Thanks for this great recipe! It’s fantastic 

  30. This is so tasty and easy! Will be adding this to my heavy rotation. 

  31. I made this for dinner and my family loved it. My daughter and son both asked for the recipe. This will become a regular with us.

  32. I love easy and delicious recipes and this one fits my requirements!! Recipe was made as is, but in the end, I added fresh asparagus cuts as they were in my fridge and needed to be cooked right away. The dish was beautiful and tasted amazing!

  33. Love, love this! So easy and flavorful. Would you freeze with the rice? Want to take on our trip out west so would be nice to stash in our freezer. Thanks.

  34. This was so easy, quick, and got rave reviews from the fam. Definitely putting this into rotation. Maybe I would add veggies next time. Sauce was 💯.

  35. When you brown the meat, do you drain the drippings or include them in the sauce?

  36. I had to see what all the hype was about with this dish. I made half a recipe, since I am single and I want to try the cheeseburger salad later.  I’m here to tell you, the hype is real! For something that goes together this quickly, it has a ton of flavor. I did add some mushrooms and celery with the onion, because they were in my refrigerator. Added shredded coleslaw mix and pickled daikon radish to the toppings.Glad I have another serving waiting!

  37. Made this for the first time tonight and it won’t be my last. It was delicious! The only changes is I didn’t have the gochujang sauce and used half the red pepper flakes. So yummy!

  38. This was DELICIOUS! I did marinate my cukes in a little vinegar and monkfruit sweetner for a bit first.

  39. Great easy weeknight recipe! I used boil in a bag brown rice so I could easily time it all together. Really good flavor, my husband cleaned his bowl!

  40. Delicious! I make it with ground turkey for a little less points and add in some sweet bell pepper for extra veggies. The spicy and sweet combo is perfect. I could eat this every week!

  41. I make this all the time. It’s delicious! I double the recipe and cook a ton of veggies with the ground beef.  Usually a couple zucchini’s and shredded carrots. I’m going to try broccoli slaw  and zucchini next. I put it over riced cauliflower and I feel super healthy 🙂

  42. How many blue points would this be if you didn’t have the rice with it? 

  43. Delicious will be making again and again**********

  44. This was so easy and delicious! Thank you! I used powdered ginger since I forgot to buy fresh and still great. Also I’m laughing at all of the comments about the gochujang sauce/paste. Whole Foods carries multiple GF brands. This isn’t mis-information on Gina’s part… people just look a little harder similar to finding gluten free soy sauce. Sigh.

  45. Made this for my family tonight was a huge success. Will be making again and again.

  46. What is the nutritional information for the beef only? I service mine over cauliflower rice. 

  47. Fantastic. Used ground turkey doubled the sauce. Added the Korean bbq sauce in at the end to taste. Marinated Zucchini carrots cucumbers and daikon with sesame oil soy sauce sriracha and rice vinager to pickle them. Added a great crunch. To the bowl. Everyone loved it. Even my picky 13 year old. 

  48. We love this recipe and make it often, sometimes with turkey instead of beef. The cucumbers are a must as the light, fresh flavor works well with the spice.

  49. My kids LOVE this receipe.  It is delicious and comes together so quickly. Great week night meal.

  50. I loved this dish, so easy, so filling and so tasty.   Will definitely make this again 🙂

  51. I made these into lettuce wraps.  So delicious!

  52. This was amazing. I didn’t have any gochung so I used sirachi. So delicious!!!  

  53. This recipe is a perfect bowl combination and is so satisfying. This is the second time I’ve made it, and I love trying different gochujang offerings.   This is beyond five star quality.   

  54. This was so amazingly delicious and so super easy to make!! We heated some edamame to go with it but Gina has done it again!! You amaze me with your culinary talents!! Thank you for such a crowd pleasing meal as always!!

  55. After making this for my husband last year, he has made this on his own no less than 2x a week (sometimes doubling the recipe). I’m making it for him tonight as he is working late as a surprise…this is a winner. Zero modifications needed…

  56. This is the best at home asian recipe I’ve ever made! Absolutely delicious!  I love Korean rice bowls in restaurants-never knew the name of the sauce. Annies is so good. I cant wait to try the Korean lettuce rolls 

  57. This recipe is great, but add some mushrooms w the onions and meat, and quick pickle those cukes in rice wine vinegar w some soy sauce, fish sauce, crushed red pepper and a tiny bit of sugar and it’s out of this world.
    Also— momofukus spicy Asian gochujuang sauce really kicks it up another notch if you can find it.
    Prepared with these modifications and it’s my husbands favorite meal. 

  58. Phenomenal flavor. Fast and super simple. I’ll double it next time so there’ll be one in the freezer. Thanks Gina!

  59. This is our favorite dish… favorite all around (not just when on WW and being healthy). These flavors are like nothing I’ve tasted. This week I subbed 99% ground turkey (did cook with some beef broth to make a meatier flavor) and we use the minute rice brown rice quinoa blend (slightly less points). And we add lots of extra ginger. This is incredible any way you tweak it. Thank you so much. (We have made it close to 30 times) 

  60. We made this one and really didn’t like it but it had so many rave reviews and comments on facebook, we tried it again. We messed something up the first time because the second time it was wonderful and super easy! We loved it. Will definitely make again. Still wonder what we messed up the first time.

  61. Hi Gina,
    For serving size it says “1/4”. Does that mean 1/4th of entire recipe? Thanks! 

  62. I made this but subbed the beef with Gardein meatless ground out of the freezer section. It turned out amazing! My 5 year old loved it (without the Gochujang) and asked me to make it again, so that’s a huge success.

  63. It was amazing and so easy to make!

  64. So very easy and delicious, one of our newest favorite recipes!

  65. FANTASTIC!!! This is a “keeper” in our house. However, the next time I make it, I will double the sauce. Everyone wanted a bit more sauce to put over their rice, but the meat mixture absorbed it. Might also try rice noodles for variety too. We also cut the cucumbers up in tiny bit size bits to mix in with the rice and ground meat.

    • Delicious. I make this all the time, and add chopped broccoli to the pot during the last 5 minutes… soooooooo good!

  66. Soooooo delish!!!! Easy & tasty!!! Big hit with my boys — I doubled the recipe so they had lunch for work tomorrow 🙂 I didn’t care for the chili sauce but they all loved it! Another Skinnytaste keeper!!

  67. It’s official. This is my absolute favorite recipe! And I’ve tried SO many of yours. It’s delicious. Thank you!!!

  68. This has become a regular for us! Thank you, Gina!

    For anyone looking for ideas on customizing, I quick pickle the cucumber (adding shredded carrots if I have any). I also cook 8oz. chopped mushrooms with the beef. I use the gochujang that Gina recommends, it’s great! I make 1.5x the sauce, although I do cut the soy sauce with water, since I’m watching sodium. Lastly, I top with a fried egg. Yum!

  69. I wanted to make the Asian Chicken Wraps but didn’t have the ingredients. Found this recipe but haven’t been to the store for 2 weeks…just hunkering down at home…so still had to sub regular onions for the green onions & sriracha for the Gochujang. It was so good, hubs said it should become a regular! Thanks Gina for the recipe!!

  70. Thank you for a delicious and simple recipe! We don’t eat a lot of red meat, but I received a package of ground beef in my latest grocery delivery and was looking for a new recipe. This was a great way to bring spice and umami flavors into a healthy, weeknight dinner. Will make again!

  71. Yum, easy and good.

  72. This is by far one of my family’s favorite meals. I have to double the recipe every time because we all go back for 2nds. If you happen to have leftovers, its incredible on day 2 as well. This was my first exposure to Korean food so thank you for the introduction!

  73. I wish I would’ve found this recipe sooner. So Delicious! And super easy. I made it exactly as written. We will definitely be adding this to the rotation. 

  74. So simple yet the flavours are so amazing and strong. Love it!!! Second time making it, gonna be a regular in our house.

  75. Excellent! Super easy and just as good without the Gohchujong sauce. This is definitely going in the rotation. Was great next day for lunch at work as well.

  76. Wow I can’t believe how flavorful this is! Loved it! Served it with brown rice and broccoli. Such a great strong flavor. If you can’t find Gochujang you still get lots of flavor without but even better with it.

    Easy to make and delicious!

  77. I made this one last week and both my partner and I love it !! Its been printed out and added to my cook book wall of fame !

  78. This was delicious! Easy to put together and my hubs loved it! 

  79. I cook several meals a week for myself and my husband and this is one I go back to frequently. It’s so easy (nice to take a break from more complicated recipes) and it’s delicious. Did I mention how easy it is? Seriously, the hardest part about this is cooking perfect fluffy rice. Try it!

  80. This is an easy go-to that both my husband and children love!

  81. Love this recipe! I use cauli-rice instead of regular rice & add sautéed mushrooms and add cooked baby bok choy. 

  82. Fantastic!!  My husband loved it and doesn’t normally like Korean beef. So flavorful. Who knew cucumbers in the bowl would be so perfect.  Going on our favorites and requested to be on weekly rotation 

  83. So good. I used  shaved steak instead of the ground beef. Definitely will be making it again soon ❤️!

  84. Absolutely delicious!!! I doubled the recipe using ground turkey instead of beef. My two teen boys both went back for huge second helpings, so it was a good thing I made extra!!!

  85. This was really good over cauliflower rice!  I was in a rush, so I used the frozen cauliflower rice and my picky kid loved it!!

  86. Absolutely amazing!!!!

  87. Gina, could you use shrimp or scallops instead of beef?

  88. This is one of my favorites. My family eats it about twice a month and this kiddos love it.

  89. I’d like to make this Keto friendly. I’d swap out the rice for cauliflower rice but can I sub the brown sugar with something or can I eliminate it without sacrificing flavor? Thanks!

    • I have used sugar free pancake syrup in the past while adjusting for the extra liquid. There is also brown sugar Swerve.

      • Loved this recipe. Very easy!  I’m not a mushroom fan and for some reason found a bit of a mushroom type flavor in it. I use these spices all the time. Any idea what may have given it a touch of mushroom type flavor? 

    • Use Monk Fruit Golden Sweetener (zero points) and no aftertaste of any sort

  90. Has anyone added Thai basil to this? I have an abundance and would love to use it!

  91. This is one of my favorite Skinny Taste recipes! I sub ground turkey for the ground beef and it is so delicious. My husband requests this dinner at least one a week! It is so easy for a quick and delicious week night meal.

  92. This is not GF if you use gochujang sauce.  Check the ingredients.  My store bought one had wheat flour in the ingredients.   I checked the suggested sauce and it also contains wheat flour.   FYI.  I made this for my family… my daughter-in-law has celiac disease.  We didn’t catch this in time because I went with the GF recipe designation and neglected to check the sauce ingredients… with I usually do remember to do.  

    • There are GF gochujang options available-the recipe does state to check labels. Sorry if there was any confusion as I did not use a GF sauce.

  93. My husband and I are obsessed with this recipe. We have it atleast once a week! I sub ground turkey for the ground beef and add in some more veggies though and it is just as delicious!

  94. Hi Gina, 
    I’m relatively new to your cookbooks/ recipes. This was great, delicious!  I read a review that said they doubled the sauce so I did as well. I also tweeked and added sliced shiitake mushrooms,  an orange pepper thinly sliced and a cup of broccoli florets. I served it over riced cauliflower. My husband said it had a great flavor. Addionally, I’ve tried about 6 recipes from your latest book, all have been really good. Keep u the great work. Your recipes are making weight watchers flavorful. Thank you, would you please include point values with future cookbooks. Jackie

  95. Love this recipe but I swear I used to have your instant pot version!  Can you tell me how to convert it to IP?  Thanks!

  96. Yum! This was really flavorful and easy.

  97. I love this recipe! All 3 of my boys loved it too. Thank you!!

  98. Is there any less spicy replacement for Gojujang? My kids are zero spice.  Maybe hoisin sauce?

    • It tastes amazing even without the gochujang. You could even skip it entirely. I would also say you could try subbing in 1 tbsp tomato paste (not 2 like the gochujang) to get a similar funky umami flavor. But throw it in when you add the onions so it has a chance to cook a bit, unlike the gochujang which goes on at the end.

  99. This one is a winner! My husband loves it! It is so easy and comes together so fast! I’m not a huge fan of cucumber, so I just pickle them in rice vinegar with a little sugar and spices. It compliments the other flavors perfectly! This is in our regular rotation.

  100. Gina – I cook almost exclusively from your recipes, and I should really be better about leaving comments and reviews. This is one of my favorite things from you so far. The flavors are absolutely incredible. Thank you for all that you do!

    Tweaks I make, in case others are interested:
    – I chop up 8 oz. of mushrooms and cook with the beef. This enables me to get an extra serving, plus the extra veggies.
    – I add more red pepper flakes as I’m a spice fiend. 🙂
    – This last time I quick pickled the cucumbers, along with about 1/2 cup of matchstick carrots and some shredded cabbage I had left over. Added a whole new dimension of flavor!
    – When I’m eating this at home (versus lunch at work) I always top with a fried egg. Yum!

  101. Oh my…never has my husband ever reacted like this to a dish I have made…WOW WOW WOW!!!!!! This one is a keeper and I can’t wait to show off again with it! Thank you so much!

  102. So easy and so good. I used ground venison, cauliflower rice and omitted the scallions. It was so delicious!!

  103. This has become a regular meal at our house!!! My son loves it and makes it for us. Every now and then I use ground turkey and it’s really good that way too, but our favorite is with the beef. Thank you for all your recipes and thank you for putting WW points on them, it makes my meal planning so much easier!!!

  104. WOW!!!! Just made this and I can’t even believe how delicious it is. I added zoodles for some additional veggies and I made quick pickles and put them on top too. Thank you, as always, for figuring out these amazing dishes for us.

  105. Sooo good! Made this last night. But too spicy for my little kids, but used the leftover beef as lettuce wraps for lunch the next day! Will definitely make again! 

  106. Hi!, This dish looks delicious! I will be trying this tonight! Ive been on the hunt looking for different dishes that i can put together. I am on a fitness journey and I am currently down 34 lbs! Ive been using 𝗵𝘁𝘁𝗽://𝗯𝗶𝘁.𝗹𝘆/𝟮𝗧𝗵𝗔𝘃𝟭𝗖 along with intermittent fasting. But when its time to eat i just dont have the desire to eat brown rice and chicken anymore. So ive been trying to switch it up surfing the web looking for recipes. I scored today! i will prepare this dish and give a update tomorrow. Thank you for the post look forward to more recipes!

  107. If I bought the gochujang in a paste, how would I go about thinning it out??

  108. This recipe is marked gluten free, but with the Go Chu Yang sauce, it isn’t… thumbs down for mis-information

    • So many brands carry GF, like sauce sauce. Here’s one: https://www.amazon.com/Gochujang-Gluten-free-Unpasteurized-Artisanal-Korean/dp/B00O2RXEVY?th=1

    • Wow! Tough crowd! Gina, thanks for all your hard work that you put into this free website. All your recipes are very good to excellent. And as we all know, these calorie counts and nutritional information is not an exact science. Thank you!

    • Wow, I just can’t believe how people act so darn entitled like they are paying you for a service! Thank you Gina for all your amazing recipes!!! You are appreciated! 

    • My gochuyang sauce is rice-based, so is gluten-free. The tone of your post was very rude. Gina, thank you so much for what you are doing here. It is appreciated.

    • My sauce is marked as gluten free. If it’s that important that you don’t have the gluten, maybe do the research before commenting your own mis-information.

  109. I’m obsessed with all of your recipes, but I think this has been my favorite! Thank you for making it possible for me to be successful on weight watchers! 12 lbs down in 6 weeks and most of the recipes I’ve made have been yours! 

  110. I’m excited to try all the recipes this week but none of the SP’s are accurate. When I calculated the using the WW app almost every one of them are at least one point higher.

    • You have to use the recipe builder as that will figure in 0 point foods. If you just plug in the nutrition the SP values will count the calories, etc of 0 point foods. 

  111. This is one of my favorite meals. Its quick, easy and crazy delicious. I like to double the recipe so we have left overs. The recipe is great on top of brown basmati rice or in a lettuce wrap. Scrumptious!!!  

  112. This looks so good, I’m going to try and substitute the ground beef with Morningstar ground crumbles instead since my wife is a vegetarian. We both love Korean food so I’m really excited to try this recipe. Since buying your Skinny Taste cookbook, our lives have been transformed! My wife has lost over 25 lbs thanks to Weight Watchers and your cookbook, and I have now become interested in cooking for the two of us. Thanks again Gina for all you do!

  113. Do you have a substitute for the sauce? I noticed the sauce is not gluten free. 

  114. This was awesome. I doubled the sauce for the hamburger and pickled a micture of shredded cabbage and carrots with the cucumbers. I pickled them by making a sauce of rice vinegar, sesame oil, and sugar.

  115. This is fantastic. I used ground turkey as that’s what I had on hand but oh so good. I use the Gochujang Hot and Sour Sauce for my family, as they don’t like their food as spicy as I do. This is a definite add to our regular round of meals. 

  116. Gina, could you possibly work up the nutrition info for just the beef so I could work it into my carb budget?

  117. Can you substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce and riced cauliflower?

  118. Really delicious! Substituted venison for the beef!

  119. Made this tonight. Husband approved! Only change I would make next time is to double the sauce mixture. I found the beef absorbed all of it and was somewhat dry. Will make again for sure.

  120. I make this at least once once twicea month. Most times I use ground chicken breast or turkey breast ground. I always use a Trader Joe’s stir fried cauliflower rice so really low points. I serve with a cucumber salad as my husband doesn’t like hot and cold food together. But it is so delicious 

  121. So good. My family is already talking about what to do next time we make this. We think we may quick pickle some matchstick carrots and some of the cucumber slices. We will probably use cauliflower rice next time too. I tried mine with a fried egg on top this time and it was good. But it was equally as good without.
    We added frozen peas and carrots to the meat this time and used venison instead of beef.

  122. LOVE this recipe. I actually used this recipe as a guide and adjusted it to my IP and the frozen beef I had on hand. Because let’s be honest, I like to cook what I’m feeling that day and what I have on hand in my freezer.
    For those looking to make it in the IP, I steamed my frozen beef on the trivet with 1 cup of water on HP for 6 minutes, then drained and sauteed it with the onion until it was fully broken apart. It did get a little dry during the sauteing, so I added a tablespoon or two of beef broth. Then added in the garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add in the soy sauce mixture and stir, then go for 7 minutes HP. I did increase the measurements of the sauce slightly, since I love the flavors to be more potent. I let the IP do natural release while I was working on the rice, and when that was finished, I turned the IP on sautee and let the sauce caramelize on the meat. Unfortunately, there were no leftovers for me to take this work of art as lunch to work the next day. It was that good.

  123. By far the best Korean beef recipe I’ve made. Thanks served it with sides of sauteed celery and peanuts.

  124. This was delicious!! Defiantly making this again!! I made it with ground turkey instead of beef as we are trying to be healthier. I am thinking of integrating some shredded carrots and cabbage to the meat next time. Will let you know how it turns out!

  125.  This was delicious and it did not taste skinny at all !!   Great combination of flavors heat, sweet, salty, and textures. 

  126. I made this and my husband was happy that his craving for beef was satisfied.
    I knew that we aren’t a cucumber family so I pickled some shredded carrots with rice vinegar to put in the bowls, and it really added a great zing of flavor. And it was easy to do the night before!

  127. I entered this in my fitness pal and got a lot more calories for some reason??

  128. Super yummy! I served with half jasmine rice/half cauliflower rice stir fry. mixed together.

  129. We love this recipe in our house! My 16 year old son requests it weekly and we all get a healthy meal. I add red bell pepper strips in addition to the cucumber to get more veggies in.

  130. Tried this early in the week, and it was delicious! I appreciate a good recipe that’s simple to put together after work. The Gochujang was a little spicy for me, so will cut back the next time, but this tastes good without it too.

  131. My whole family loved this!! My grocery store didn’t have the Gochujang, so I used hoisin sauce and sriracha instead, which worked well.  Thanks for a great, easy recipe!

  132. Excellent dish. I made it tonight. I used 1 pound of ground beef and measure out just slightly less than 2/3 cup. It looks like I will only get 3 servings instead of four. Not sure what happened. Maybe bad measuring cup. Anyways loved it. Will make it again.

  133. I made this tonight and OH MY GOD!!!! This was so easy to make and amazingly delicious! My boyfriend loved it and we’re almost certain his 17-year old will devour the leftovers. Thank you Gina!!!

  134. This is one of our go-to favorites. It whips up quick and easy for weeknight dinners, but is also nice enough that you could serve it to guests. Plus it’s ridiculously tasty. We toss a few peanuts on ours.

  135. SO good! I think this is my new favorite!!! Was super quick to make! Served it over cauliflower rice instead of brown rice to save on some calories. Also couldn’t find Gochujan, so I mixed some sriracha and sweet and sour sauce instead. I also didn’t have fresh ginger, so I used 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger.

    This will definitely be in the weekly rotation!!!!!!!

  136. Doubled sauce. Added cilantro and sesame seeds at the end. Used strip steak   Can’t imagine using hamburger! And good Korean sauce and sunny side up egg on top.  Buddabing. 

  137. After eyeing this recipe for way too long because I couldn’t find Gochujang, I finally just made it today without it, and I can’t believe I waited so long! It is SO good!

  138. This was so tasty and so quick to make! I made this planning on having leftovers the next day, and that totally didn’t happen. We ate this over cauli rice and it was perfect. I couldn’t find the Gochujang (and I didn’t have time to wait to just order it), so I mixed up sweet and sour with a bit of sriracha. Will make this again and again!

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  140. I make this dish regularly for my husband and I and it is so delicious! I normally eat it over rice, but tonight I decided to try it over spaghetti noodles instead and it was so good! 

  141. This was delicious. I liked it even better for lunch the next day. The flavors had settled. I will be making this again SOON!!

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  143. Do you think Coconut aminos would work in place of the soy sauce. I can’t have soy?

  144. I made this last night and absolutely loved it! I did not add cucumbers to mine, but next time I am going to add broccoli or some kind of vegetable. This is so good & so easy to make! Everyone should try it.

  145. Have made this and love it. Wondering what the freestyle points would be per serving if I use lettuce rolls instead of rice.

  146. I made this tonight. it was a hit! don’t change anything.Going on our weekly rotation

  147. I made this tonight, my husband & I quite enjoyed it. The only change I made was to slightly pickle the cucumber slices in water, rice vinegar and 1/2 tsp granulated sugar.

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  149. I have also made this with gro7nd chicken greasy and Trader Joe’s Friday cauliflower rice s9 yummy and less points. 

  150. I love this recipe. It’s so easy and SO good! I like to halve the brown rice and add in roasted cauli and it works so well! It’s also really good with ground turkey. I can’t beleive all the flavor that comes from the few ingredients. 

  151. This recipe is a keeper! Excellent flavor for very little effort. For the cucumber, I thinly quartered and sliced it and marinated it all day with shredded carrot, sesame oil (very little), rice vinegar and sesame seeds. It gave the cucumbers a little extra kick and added flavor to the bowl. I plan to triple and freeze the beef portion of the recipe next time I make it. Thanks for the yummy and easy recipe!

    • My husband bought me a blank favorite recipe for me to write in. I always try new recipes and forget to go back to our favorites. He asked me to write this in. Super yummy.

  152. Gochung sauce is not GF might want to note that in recipe 

  153. I never have luck with grated ginger. Would powdered work?

  154. Love, love, love this recipe! My whole family is cooking it on the regular. I see that it is 5 WW points without the rice which is great if you are on that program but I am not and just keep track of macros. Do you have the breakdown of the dish minus the rice? 

  155. Love this recipe! I’ve made it twice so far and it’s been a hit each time! Enjoying some leftovers right now for lunch 🙂 thanks for sharing such great recipes!

  156. This is one of my go to meal have also made it with ground chicken 
    I also subbout 1/2 the rice for thinly shaved cabbage so good and less caloric. 

  157. Easy and so delish!

  158. Made this for dinner tonight. It was very good. I am a whimp as far as spicy. Followed the instructions but didn’t have the Gochujong . Made a paste using red pepper flakes and soy sauce. Even that was too spicy for me. So I enjoyed my meal without the extra spice. Another great meal, thanks Gina!!!

  159. I made this last night, but used ground chicken instead of beef. And instead of rice I stir fried Trader Joes Cruciferous Crunch (Kale, Brussell sprouts, broccoli and cabbage). Kept everything else in the recipe exactly the same and it was delicious!!

  160. Fantastic Korean beef. Easy to make and delicious. Another awesome recipe by Gina! Thank you!!

  161. This recipe is so ridiculously easy and so delicious! My husband was skeptical at first because it seemed too simple… now it’s a regular that he asks for! He LOVES it! I think we make this at least once or twice a month! Thank you for your incredible and delicious recipes! Never disappoints!

  162. Just made it; I tripled the ginger because I love the flavor of fresh ginger. Came out perfect. I bought Annie Chung Gochujang sauce and let everyone add it on their own. Was very delicious! Thank you for this quick dinner recipe. Will be trying with vegetarian ground beef in the future for my vegetarian friends. 

  163. Hi Gina!

    I want to make this without the rice for less points. Since 3/4 cup of brown rice is 5 pts, would the freestyle points be 5 pts without rice?

    Will make with cauliflower rice! Yum!

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  165. This is one of my favorite recipes and I just had to stop by to leave a little love! I found cauliflower rice on sale at my grocery store the last time I went, so I know what to make with it now! Korean rice bowls for dinner tonight!

  166. I made this for the first time tonight and it was absolutely delicious!!! It was my first Korean meal and it will be part of my regular menu going forward!!

  167. This was so delicious. I feel like I could make and eat it so often. My store did not have the gochujang, however, I looked up the ingredients online for the sauce and the store had a sauce with all the same ingredients, so I guessed it must be comparable! I think sauces can vary though so it’s good to test the spiciness on the sauce you use as mine was a bit fiery. I love that, but it was good to know so I left it off of my wuss kids food…. Every one of my kids devoured this as well and were racing to be the first to the leftovers the next day. I had taken a full serving and split it into two freezer containers and had it for lunch the next two days myself. This week I plan to make it again and make extra batches just for freezing for my lunches. I’m also going to try it with turkey just to get the points/sp even lower for the lunches. Thanks for the great recipe.

  168. Hi! Can I make this in the InstaPot? If so, how long would you cook it (and on high or low pressure)? Thanks!!

    • We make in the Instant Pot. Brown the meat using the saute function. (Use nonstick spray, or spray butter or a little oil or a little broth or water — whatever fits your diet plan.) Drain if necessary. Add onion, garlic and ginger and saute another minute. Pour mixed sauce over beef. Pressure cook on high for 5 minutes with 10 minute natural release. Release any remaining pressure.

      I usually co-cook my jasmine rice while pressure cooking the beef. Rinse 1 cup of Jasmine rice and put the rinsed rice and one cup water in a medium stainless steel mixing bowl (or a small cake pan), Put a tall trivet down in the pressure cooker and set the bowl with the rice on top of the trivet and then put on the lid and proceed with cooking as stated, above. After 10 minute NPR and you release remaining pressure, remove the bowl of rice and fluff with a fork. Cover the rice to keep it warm until ready to serve.

  169. I didn’t have the gochujang sauce so subbed in sriracha and added some sliced avocados on top as well to offset the spice a bit…so good!!!

  170. I absolutely love this recipe! I meal prepped it this week for my lunches. I used cauli-rice with a little brown rice mixed in. I ended up adding some mushrooms to the beef mixture that I needed to use up and it was a really delicious addition to “beef” it up a bit. I also brought some bib lettuce to make little wraps. Next time I make it at home I’ll add a fried egg becuase that sounds delicious! I thought the cucumbers sounded strange, but I really love the addition. After a spicy bite with the gochujang sauce it helps! Thank you for such an easy but delicious recipe Gina!

  171. this is the recipe that converted my husband to Skinnytaste — he asks for it often. I get the gochujang on Amazon.

  172. This is one of our family favorites!  We’ve made it a LOT.   It comes together so quickly and everyone likes it, which is unusual in our house!   It’s a nice, easy to follow recipe. We sometimes add shredded carrots or broccoli to the meat for some extra veggies.  We’ve also made with ground turkey and it’s just as good. 

  173. I love this recipe because it is really easy and inexpensive but still has tons of flavor! My fiancé loves it and I never end up with enough leftovers so I have to double the recipe LOL.

  174. I have made this many times and my husband and I love it. We call it “Cheater’s Bulgogi!” : o ) It’s great with a fried egg on top, which is the traditional way Korean BiBimBap is served. We mix in various veggies we have on hand, not just cucumbers. The gochujang sauce really “makes” the recipe. Thanks, Gina!

  175. Excellent recipe!! Will be making this more often 

  176. Super wonderful quick meal, I also added Kimchi!

  177. Do the 10 smart points include the rice? Trying to make this with less smart points. Any tips? My guess would be cut brown sugar in half maybe even omit. This is one of my favorites!

    • I think it does – I built the recipe in the WW recipe builder, and left off the rice, using 90/10 ground beef (that’s what I got), and it comes up as 6 pts.

      • Hey, I built it too without rice and got 1 pt. Per serving Am I doing something wrong ? I added turkey,brown sug, soy sauce, sesame oil. And that it makes 4 servings . Everything else In the recipe is 0 pts. Just curious because I was excited it was so little point without rice lol 

  178. It’s in our weekly meal rotation!! So yummy and easy. I purchased my gochujang from Walmart and the brand is bibigogo love that sauce on more than just this dish so it is worth the purchase. 

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  180. This is my go to recipe whenever I have ground beef in the fridge. It’s so fresh and light considering its ground beef. I put the beef mix in lettuce wraps with a chili paste and fresh vegetables. My husband who usually eats it with just the plain brown rice loved the recipe even more in the lettuce wraps!

  181. Loved this! I sauteed some bokchoy with Garlic instead of Cucumbers and used ground Turkey instead of Beef. My daughter didn’t like the sauce so if I make in future for anybody who hasn’t had the sauce yet, I will leave it on the side. Thank you for all of these great recipes. So yummy.

  182. This is now a family regular! I triple it so I can freeze a couple of batches to defrost/reheat for a quick weeknight dinner. We love it!

  183. Can you please confirm if the 10 points per serving INCLUDES the rice?

  184. The great thing about this dish is that it actually is as easy as the video makes it out to be. The hardest part of the whole thing was chopping the onions. And it was delicious. I plan on making a double serving next time so it lasts all week. I bet you could make the calories even lower by omitting the brown rice and eating it in lettuce wraps or something.

    • Get yourself an electric chopper! Best purchase I’ve ever made! Makes cooking waaaaay easier.! 

    • Best find ever -in the freezer section of the grocery store where the vegetables are -purchase diced onions -we throw them in frozen in this recipe and just about every other recipe for cooking. GAME CHANGER! Usually they are up on the top section of the veggies…my husband is obsessed with this recipe -wants it several times a week!

  185. Family favorite and easy easy easy! Gina’s right, do NOT skip the gochuchang sauce. It’s a special treat & makes this dish sing

  186. This is absolutely DELICIOUS!!! And so simple! Definitely will be a go to around here. Thank you!

  187. This was AMAZING and so easy to make.  I used gluten free soy  sauce and brown rice.  The cucumbers were a nice touch!  I seriously can’t wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow.  

    Thank you for all of your hard work Gina; I have never been this excited about cooking  🙂 

  188. hubby made this and it was fantastic. It will become a regular.

  189. There is a very popular food truck here in Salt Lake City called CupBop. This recipe tastes just like it! They must use Gochujang sauce because that seems to be “the taste.” CupBop also adds sriracha mayonnaise on top of their rice bowls. I didn’t add any (due to the Smart Points) but my husband and daughter did. They really loved the addition. We put sliced cabbage, grated carrots, and chopped tomatoes on top (that’s what I had on hand). Really, really delicious!

  190. This was so easy and delicious! My kids (who tend be a bit picky) loved this dish! This dish will be in full rotation. 🙂

  191. I LOVE this dish, it’s a weeknight staple in my house. My husband and I love it with a poached egg on top.

  192. ! I used basmati rice cooked in beef broth instead of water. Didn’t have Go-chu-jang so I mixed 1 tbsp of hot chili flakes with a pinch of brown sugar and enough soya sauce to make it pourable. Also chives instead of the green onions. We loved it!

  193. Made this with lean ground turkey.  Would you be able to estimate the calories per serving removing beef and adding turkey?  Thanks!

  194. Made this Korean Beef Rice Bowl tonight.  Loved it!  And the Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice was terrific.  Thanks so much for that suggestion.

  195. Made this for lunch today! Wow..it wasn’t what I was expecting.  So delicious and filling.  I have a new found love for Gochujang sauce. 

  196. I could only find concentrated Gochujang paste.  What can I use to thin it out so it’s more like the Annie Chun’s Gochujang sauce?

  197. Just finished test tasting and it was delicioua. Cut the points by using Gina’s “cauliflower fried rice” instead of brown rice.  Knock-out combo!  Hubby loved it; keeper

  198. The family loved this one and it was super easy to make. Thank you for another great recipe!

  199. OMG. Loved this recipe. I substituted the beef for turkey and the rice for sliced
     Carrots, broccoli, bean sprouts and peppers. Family wanted more!!! 

  200. I just had to comment to say that I’ve had this on my weekly rotation for the last 4 weeks in a row – we absolutely love it! We have it over cauliflower rice and I’ve tried it with both ground turkey and beef – both are fantastic!

  201. I made the Korean Beef Bowl for dinner,  simple to make, yet delicious. Thank You!

  202. Wow!!! I made this tonight and my daughter and I loved this meal!! The flavors were AMAZING! This was quick and easy to make. I was able to get the Gochujang sauce from my supermarket. Another amazing recipe Gina. Thank you!

  203. Loved this! Kids and husband loved it too! Win! Win! Easy and delicious!

  204. Would it be possible to make this with tofu instead of beef? I’m a vegetarian and absolutely in love with this recipe.

  205. Is there a way to make this in a crock pot using a roast?

  206. Does anyone know how many smart points just the meat is if i substitute lean ground turkey for beef? 

  207. I make make this with julienned cucumbers (excess moisture squeezed out), julienned carrots, and cubes avocado! The raw veggies perfect for this dish. I’ve also thrown on some shedded cabbage when I have it on hand. 

  208. I made this tonight and substituted the plain cucumbers for Japanese quick pickles that I made the night before… so good!

  209. This sounds delicious! I ordered the gochungang (?) sauce from your link to Amazon. I crave flavorful foods and this sounds like just the ticket! 

  210. WhaT would be a sauce I could use for my kids that would be similar and not spicy?

  211. My son absolutely adores this one. He asks me to make it almost every week. He’s such a foodie already. He told me that he loves to put it with his scrambled eggs (he makes his own and has been since he was 5, now 17). He figured that one out on his own, although I see in the comments that many people love it with eggs.. Thanks for creating such a wonderful recipe!

  212. I like beef and then it looks delicios
    If I have a time I will make

  213. It’s similar what i was use to making. When gochujang and sesame oil add, everything is delicious.
    I’ll make it next holiday. Expect it!

  214. Bulgogi rice is a lot more common, but I’ve had this same basic recipe using chicken (tak bulgogi) and that is even better, imho . . .

  215. I love beef, rice and gochugang. So this combination is really expect!

  216. Wow, l like this all ingredient. So l like this food veay much !
    Also beef and cucumber are good Combination.

  217. I think it would be better if you eat the lettuces and scrambled eggs together. 🙂

  218. This food looks like so delicious!!!!I’m so hungry????
    If i have a chance,i want to try and eat this food

  219. I am a korean student. I like gochujang sauce. Gochujang sauce is very delicious! (If you can’t eat spicy sauce, it is so spicy????)
    Looking at it, I’m really hungry.????

  220. I think it’s really similar with bibimbap which is most famous korean traditional food. It seems soooo nice. Im gonna try it with my mom 🙂

  221. Thank you for sharing!It looks like very very very delicious~~Next time I’ll try making this!!!

  222. Wow look so delicious!! Im hungry because I didn’t had breakfast.

  223. Looks yummy. It makes me hungry. ? Beef looks very soft and juicy. I want to try this right now.

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  226. It was delicious!! Thanks for introducing me to the Gochujang sauce! I loved it. 

  227. I made this last night for the first time. It is delicious and easy! Winner!!

  228. We have made this several times now! My husband absolutely loves it! I now serve it over your cauliflower fried ‘rice’. Perfection!!

  229. Hi Gina! I could only find the paste at Whole Foods – would you be able to recommend the best way to thin it down to a sauce? Is it just using water?

  230. I’m so excited to make this soon for my bible study group. One person is a vegetarian. I’d like to make one batch with beef and one batch (using this recipe) with vegetables. Any suggestions for a vegetable that would go perfectly with the flavors? 

  231. I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing. Simple ingredients come together in perfect harmony. Thanks for a great recipe!

  232. Made this recipe for dinner today. Holy smokes! It is so tasty! Thanks for another great recipe ????

  233. Just made this for the first time and WOW! This dish is amazing! Just a heads up for those who don’t like things too spicy the Gochujang sauce has a bit of a kick! Will definitely be making this over and over again!

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  235. Do you think this would serve well over zoodles instead of rice?? This is getting oooked up tonight!!

  236. A total hit! My kids even liked it! 

  237. I have made this dish multiple times. Tonight, I doubled th Em sauce recipe and added about 1 cup mushrooms and 1 cup broccoli. Yum!

  238. I made this tonight & it was simple and delicious. I will definitely make it again! Next time I’ll try substituting cauliflower rice too.

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  240. Can you substitute the sesame oil? My sons are both allergic.

  241. Really like this dish!  We have it in lettuce wraps instead of over rice.

  242. I’m so excited to try this recipe!! I went to a local Asian market looking for Gochujang sauce, I just realized I purchased the paste and not the sauce.  Can you recommend the best way to use it as a sauce?  Thank you….love all your recipes that I’ve tried so far!!!  Can’t wait to try more!!

  243. Thank you for a great recipe! Everyone enjoyed this dish. Leftovers were even better the second day.

  244. I got all of the ingredients for this BUT cannot find Gochujang sauce anywhere :(. I went to Giant, Safeway, our local markets Grauls and Green Valley Market with no luck. I’m going to check Whole Foods after work. Is there a substitute in the event I can’t find them? Need to cook the beef tonight. Would Sriracha work?

  245. Didn’t understand the directions. Sesame seeds plus more for topping?? They are not mentioned except as a topping. The Korean sauce? only mentioned as a topping. I put a bit in with the meat, because I didn’t see it as a condiment – it’s spicy. I use it for making kim-chee.

  246. The amount for Sesame Seeds says “1/2 Tablespoon, plus more for topping.” Do you put the 1/2 tablespoon with the meat and then sprinkle more when you plate it up? (bowl it up?) or is this a typo and it should just be ?1/2 Tablespoon split among the bowls when serving?”

  247. My husband made this for me tonight and it was amazing!!!! Can’t wait to make this again!

  248. Made this tonight! AMAZING!  Even my young kids (who are picky) ate it! Garnished it with matchstick carrots, edamame, cucumber, and seaweed sheets. Used cauliflower rice for first time too! YUM! 

  249. Thank you for the introduction to gochujang sauce!  I love all things spicy and am obsessed with sriracha.  This sauce is similar, but with maybe a bit of sweetness to it (compared to sriracha).  Love it!

  250. Re: Your comment to “thin” down the paste.. How do you do that? Just add a touch of water and stir?

  251. Is there anything I can use in place of the gochujang sauce?

  252. I’m going to make this today. FYI Gina, you have a typo in your intro. You say “…they tasted so DANG good I new I had to share.” That new should be knew — as I’m sure you know! I hate it when a typo gets by me so I wanted to let you know. Feel free to delete my comment. 

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  254. Loved this dish. I never tried Gochujang sauce before, and it was worth finding . I used ground turkey instead of beef and it work very well. However, I did put a bit of oil in the pan because the turkey is so lean. I will certainly make this again.

  255. Hi Gina, is there a veg you can recommend that I can use instead of rice? 

    Btw all of your meals are so delicious! Thank you for doing this. 

  256. Giina, this recipe is to die for. I used ground turkey instead of beef but the rest of the ingredients as written. The flavours were amazing. I paired it with JoCooks Shrimp and Avocado salsa. A five star restaurant quality meal. Thanks so much 

  257. This is delicious!

  258. I’ve wanted to make this for a long time and finally did last night. Yum! Super super easy and very flavorful. A friend stopped by and couldn’t get over how good the aroma was throughout the house.  Highly recommend!  2 big things up from Hubby so that made me happy too. 

  259. We had this for dinner tonight and OMG this was so flavorful and delicious. We used 93-7 ground beef from Aldi’s and I felt as if we were in our favorite Korean restaurant. THANK YOU again for another stupendous recipe! I should throw out all of my many cookbooks and just keep your 2 cookbooks.

  260. I made this tonight with ground venison (thanks to our neighbors who keep us supplied). DH loved it and so did I. It was delicious. This is definitely a keeper.

  261. Gina,
    I made this tonight and my kids and husband gave it a 10/10. Thank you for the recipe….it was so easy and I can’t remember getting such rave reviews from my family in a long time. Win!!  

  262. Is this a spicy recipe? Can I sub the pepper flakes for anything else or omit them? My kids are young and do not like spicy.

  263. Made this tonight but with ground turkey and cauli “rice” from Trader Joes! My husband was skeptical of the cauli rice at first but ended up loving it! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  264. Pleasantly surprised at how good this was! Super quick and easy! I didn’t have the special Korean sauce so I will look for that for next time. Thanks!

  265. My husband is diabetic…. Would not adding the sugar significantly alter this recipe?

  266. Hi,
    I am allergic to soy, what can I replace it with. Thank you so much for your


    Have a wonderful day

  267. Do you drain the grease from the beef after it’s cooked before adding everything else in?

  268. Is there a substitute for Go Chu Jang?

    • Gochujang is just a hot sauce that’s a little sweet. I think sriracha would be an ok substitute if you have that. 

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  271. Can I ask is the 10 WW points with the rice? What would it be if I used cauli-rice? Thanks

  272. Question — the Annie Chuns Go Chu Jang Korean Sweet and Spicy Sauce the list above says that it contains wheat. Is there an alternative that is gluten free? I want to try this recipe but need a non-wheat alternative.

  273. If used wth cauliflower rice – what would the points per serving be?

  274. I am making this again! Substituting ground chicken this time. Hope it’s as yummy as the ground beef recipe! 

    • how did it taste with ground chicken?  I love the flavor of the ground beef with this- but only have ground chicken on hand so just curious before I attempt?

  275. Looking forward to giving this recipe a try. Do you think it would work with bison meat?

  276. Made these tonight and LOVED them!!! We are not big fans of cucumbers, so I do draw carrots, roasted edamame and green pepper on top. With the scallions and gochujang… It was delish!!! Loved the crunch of the raw veggies!!! Thank you for all of your recipes!!! I make at least 3-4/every week!!!

  277. Made this tonight and my husband and I enjoyed very much. My 4 and 3 year old only took a few bites. Ugh! I can’t wait until they start enjoying a variety of flavors.

  278. Made this tonight. So simple and amazingly delicious! Already looking forward to my leftovers tomorrow 🙂

  279. Made this last night and it was so delicious and done in less than 30 minutes! Gina doesn’t disappoint!

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  281.  Made this tonight for the first time.  The aroma coming from the Kitching is mouthwatering    My kids and I are in love with this recipe.  Absolutely delicious quick and easy meal to make for a busy mom on the go with kids 

  282. Made this tonight and it was amazing! my husband is obsessed with this dish!

  283. My family loved this recipe! Making it again tonight.  Can’t wait till dinner. Thanks for the awesome recipe. 

  284. This is one of my go-to meals. It’s quick, easy, and sooo delicious! It also makes great leftovers! Thanks, Gina, for all of your wonderful recipes! You have even inspired me to be more creative when it comes to cooking whatever I already have on hand!

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  286. We added some kimchi on top and it added a really nice veggie crunch. Plus it’s low in calories so it keeps the recipe skinny. Thanks for another great recipe!

  287. This recipe is not GF – Gochujang has gluten in it.

  288. Absolutely wonderful! My picky almost-three year old LOVED it!! Thank you for getting my boy to eat!

  289. This is so delicious, different and easy! The cucumber gives a crunch and an added flavor that melds so well with the rice and the beef! Thank you for this!

  290. How do you grate your ginger- what’s the best way?

  291. I am on the whole 30 but I love this recipe! Do you have any ideas on substitutes since I can’t have sugar?

  292. This dish was delicious! I added carrots, zucchini, and spinach and doubled the sauce to account for the veggies. My husband was super impressed. This was a perfect 30 minute meal for a Wednesday! Thanks for the great recipe!

  293. I made this recipe this evening and it turned out fabulous! My grocery store didn’t have the Gochujang, sauce but I topped it off with Sriracha instead…though I really think the dish didn’t even need Sriracha because the sauce mix is absolutely wonderful.

  294. For those not on weight watchers, but counting calories (like through apps such as My Fitness Pal) i have calculated JUST THE MEAT portion of this recipe to be 223 calories (per serving). then you just need to calculate your portion of rice, cauliflower or other. 

    Gina, I love your recipes!! 

  295. This was delicious, thanks for sharing! It seemed a little fatty though, should I have drained the beef before I added the onion, garlic, ginger and sauce?

  296. I made this last night exactly as written and it was amazingly delicious! 

    I have lost 90 pounds, maintained for 2.5 years, and love that your recipes are big on flavor while remaining calorie-conscious. My husband doesn’t count calories so he loves that they don’t taste like “diet food”.

  297. Made these tonight and it was fantastic! Kids loved it and the recipe was super easy to make. Thank you! 

    The only thing is I couldn’t find the hot sauce anywhere so I just settled for hot chili sauce.  Still amazing. 

  298. I made this for for a quick weeknight dinner. My boyfriend told me that he didn’t think it was going to be good but I insisted that he try it. He then wolfed down two huge bowls, finishing off the rest of the beef after I only had one serving! I love your recipes and cookbook and can’t wait to buy your next book! Thanks!

  299. Hi Gina! Would subbing in ginger juice for grated ginger work? I have one on hand, but not the other. Thanks!

  300. I have given up rice for cauliflower.  What is the smart points for this, sans rice?

  301. I have a similar recipe of this but use ground turkey and at the end I throw in handfuls spinach or kale!!  

    Love getting your posts on FB!!!

  302. Gina,

    While I love all of your meals, I must say this one is the best. We have had it a few times and each time I can’t believe how good it is. It’s super fast to make too!  I can’t thank you enough for what you do. You’ve made eating healthy and losing weight easy and delicious. Thank you! 

  303. This is fantastic! My Korean husband even approves. Last night we decided to use it to make a “weeknight” bibimbop. It was perfect. I made a quick cucumber kimchi, steamed spinach and carrots and topped my husband’s bowl with a sunny side up egg. Delicious!!! 
    Thanks for sharing such delicious, flavorful, healthy meals. 

  304. Made this for dinner tonight and added a bag of cole slaw mix instead of eating over rice. Soo good! Thanks for another fantastic recipe!!

  305. I made this last night for my family and it was DELICIOUS!!!  I made it with Cauliflower Fried Rice instead of brown rice and it was amazing.  You are my FAVORITE chef.  xo  I am super exited for your next cookbook.  I pre-ordered it already.  Yay!

  306. This is my new favorite recipe!  We’ve made it a bunch, both with turkey and with beef, and my whole family eats it.    We’ve gotten a little creative and added some steamed broccoli or shredded carrots – both are great, but our favorite is the exact recipe with cucumbers.   It’s so rare that we find a quick and easy, and healthy, meal that all five of us love.  Thank you so much!!

  307. I made this a few nights ago, with some minor mods and it was fantastic!  I used 93% ground turkey instead of beef, didn’t have red pepper so just put some of the gochuchang into the sauce instead, and put rice and chopped salad mix into the bowls with the meat (cucumbers on the side).  The mix of sweet, savory, soft rice, and crunchy fresh salad in every bite was amazing.  I found the gochuchang (Annie Chun) at my local Walmart, so it should not be too difficult to find.

  308. Fried rice. 

  309. This beef is incredible! Delicious. I served it over cauliflower “ftied rice”and cabbage. Superb. 

  310. I made this and took it to work for my lunch, everyone wanted to try it because it smells amazing! They all loved it so much, I made a big batch and took some for all of them! Hands down my favorite on this site so far! Not spicy at all, just super yummy! 

  311. After finally tracking down the gochuchang sauce at a local Korean Supermarket, I made this for dinner last night. My husband and I both loved it and agreed it would be on regular rotation! It had a nice heat kick to it, which we both love. 
    I spiralized the cucumber and it added a nice cool contrast to the spice in the dish.
    thanks Gina… your recipes are the best!

  312. I just made this recipe last night and my boyfriend and I loved it!  We ordered gochuchang sauce from Amazon but when I was buying ingredients last night at Whole Foods I saw they sold it there, too (Annie Chun brand).  The dish was a little spicy but we love spice.  Spicy food lovers should reduce the red pepper flakes.  I thought that, while the gochuchang has a little kick to it, it’s not as spicy as the pepper flakes and the depth of flavor really added to the dish.  We used a mandolin to thinly slice the cucumbers and they were crisp and fresh paired with the meat and rice.  Thanks for another great dish, Gina!

  313. We had Korean Barbecue in San Francisco and would like to fix it here at home in Louisiana. Do you have a recipe for it? 
    Joan Martin

  314. I made this and we enjoyed it.  I found the gochuchang at a local Korean market.  We like hot, but I really felt that the gochuchang was so hot it overpowered the other flavors.  When I ate it leftover for lunch, I omitted the gochuchang and really enjoyed the ginger and other flavors.

  315. This is actually like a very simple version of a korean dish, bibimbap. It’s rice with marinated beef, different pickled or stir fried vegetables, a fried egg, gochujang and sesame oil drizzled on top. Have you had it before? It’s delicious! Also, you should try a korean guchujang. I promise it’ll be better than Annie Chun’s!

  316. LOVE this recipe. Tonight was the 3rd time making it since finding the recipe a month ago. My husband usually says “it was fine” or “good” when I ask how dinner was. He was very enthusiastic about this one. 🙂 Bonus that it’s so easy!!!

    Thank you 🙂

  317. I make it at least once a week! It has become a go to make ahead meal!!! Love love love it and the Gochuchang is now a staple in my house!!!

  318. This was soo good! My husband and I both loved it! Thank you for all the recipes 🙂 I have been a fan for years!

  319. This was so good! I used ground ginger instead of fresh and it turned out fine. Next time I will add green beans and bell peppers to the mix!

  320. This was sooo good! My husband and I really enjoyed it, but it served only 2, not 4 😉

  321. this was AMAZING!!!!  I love many of your recipes but this one takes the cake.  the only problem is I have a hard time with just one serving.  

  322. Made these tonight and they were amazing! Easy, fast, and incredibly delicious. My husband and I were practically licking our bowls. Thank you so much! Tomorrow night we’re making the cheesy baked penne with eggplant from the cookbook and after this recipe, I can’t wait!

  323. Made this and the sauce is off the charts! Then I made little egg-Korean beef -cheese bakes and topped with the sauce! I freeze a lot since I am single, and every single thing I make from YOU is awesome. Plan on using the freezer left overs for lettuce wraps this week.

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  325. I used the beef mixture from this recipe and made spring rolls with lettuce, cucumber, and carrots. It turned out delicious! I’m so happy I found your website. Every dish I’ve tried is so tasty. Thank you, Gina!

  326. finally got all the ingredients, (thanks to my special friend) made it tonight, w/ white rice (not brown),and it was so good. Will make again,although I will use less of the hot spice. I’m a wheenie w/ hot spice. Love the apiceness of the sauce tho…I plan on using it again…thinking chicken in the crock pot…Thanks Gina, your a real gem. rj

  327. Great dish! I ordered the sauce from Amazon! Thanks as always for a healthy and tasty dish!!!

  328. Gina – My husband and I are obsessed!! This is absolutely delicious and so straightforward to make.  Thank you!!

  329. This was ridiculously easy, cheap, and delicious. Thank you!

  330. This is just a super amazing, simple, flavorful and quick recipe to make!  I have made it three times, twice with grass fed beef and once with turkey….it’s just off the charts so good and quick and yummy!  

  331. Could I use trader joes sweet chili sauce instead of the gochujang sauce? And any other veggie recommendations to go with this dish?

  332. WOW AMAZING!! Thank you for sharing it! I am Korean and it reminded me of “Bibimbap”. just need a fried egg on top to make it fancy and even more delicious! 

  333. This looks yummy!
    Letting you know that the Gochujang sauce you listed indicates Wheat as an ingredient on the bottle, therefore not Gluten Free.
    I looked online and found this brand is available and only $10. “Seriously Korean Gochujang, Gluten-Free Chemical-Free Vegan (16.6 OZ) Classic Hot Pepper Paste”

    Bon Appetite!

  334. I made this for my family this past Friday it was an instant hit? I did use ground chicken instead of beef  since I had it on hand but loved how quick and easy it is. thank you for sharing I know I will be making it again

  335. Do you know if there is a gluten free substitution for the sauce? It has wheat in it. Love all your recipes btw! Been following them for 4 weeks and lost 10 lbs! 

  336. I love your website and cookbook!  I actually made this resume with these slightly pickled cucumbers.  It was the perfect blend with the sweet and spicy sauce with the beef bowl.  http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/momofuku-kirby-cucumber-pickle-18659

  337. This dish was so delicious. We’ll definitely be making this again and again!!!!

  338. One of your best recipes!  Thanks to you I’ve lost almost 20 lbs this year while eating some delicious food!

  339. I made this last night and it was delicious. and family approved  Definitely saved it in my recipe box.  Definite winner for me!

  340. Is there a substitute for the sweet and spicy sauce  as I can’t get it locally ..thanks 

    • I actually did a blend of equal parts Sriracha, oyster sauce, and sweet red chili sauce and it was delicious!

  341. OHMYDELISHNESS!  This is amazing!  I have never had the Gochujong, sauce before but know that I will be looking for other ways to use it.  

    I love how fast it is to make.  I started my brown rice in the pressure cooker and by the time everything was done browning and simmering my rice was ready!

    • So happy you enjoyed it!

      • So I have made this again!  

        Leftovers (I am as shocked as you are)  were made into the most amazing omelet!  I added the gochujang into the eggs.

        The filling was the left over meat, cucumbers, scallions, a few slices of thinly sliced jalapeno and 1/8th of a diced avocado and a few cilantro leaves.  


      • Love that idea!!

  342. this was a hit last night!!! thank you for another showstopping recipe 🙂

  343. I was scared to try this because of the Gochujong.  I bought gochujong online and I tasted the tiniest bit on my finger, and I nearly DIED!  But weirdly enough, after my brave husband mixed it into his meat, the spice mellowed WAY out and it was FANTASTIC!

    Thanks for making this recipe look so amazing and encouraging me to try new foods!

  344. So good!!! Writing this while enjoying my bowl! ????

  345. Made this last night and it was a winner. Thanks! The best part is that the sauce was made up of household staples for me.

  346. This was very delicious and the family enjoyed it! The Go-Chu-Jang was a new unique flavor for me too. I’ve made something similar to this – Martha Stewart’s Inside-Out Pork Dumplings – maybe you can skinny up a version of that one too! Love your recipes and happy to have found your web site. Thank you for providing us with such delicious easy to make food!

  347. How do you recommend thinning down the Gochujang  PASTE. They only had the paste in my local grocery store. I want to make sure I use the correct proportions. 

  348. Do you think I should try it with ginger sauce? It looks spicy and I love spicy. Noting the recipe in the app now. Seriously these save a lot of time. https://mobiwoz.com/ten-top-cooking-apps-for-new-chefs/ You don’t need to read and cook.

  349. This looks delicious! We have a sesame allergy in our house. Would it make a huge difference to leave out the sesame oil or is there a substitution you would suggest? Thanks!

  350. Made this with 99% fat free ground turkey and cauliflower rice – so good!! 

  351. I made this and loved it. Then my husband ate my leftovers and now he wants me to make it for him for his lunch this week! So…thanks? Yes. Thanks! 🙂 Delicious.

  352. Do you think this would work as a crock pot dish if I brown the meat, ginger, onion and garlic and then throw it in with the sauce for a few hours on low?

  353. I'm making this tomorrow! I got lucky and found that exact same Gochujang at Walmart 🙂

  354. This looks amazing! I think anything that jazzes up dinner with spices and seasonings is a great idea.

    I just bought Gochujang for a different recipe, so I'm so glad to come across another recipe I can use it in.

  355. I love this!
    As a korean american, it is so great to see people making good, healthy korean inspired dishes!
    Even the brown rice doesn't bother me! (we only eat white rice) haha
    great job Gina! 🙂

  356. This dish was pretty amazing! I marinated the beef with the onion, garlic and ginger for a few hours, then cooked it. I arranged the plates like a bibimbop I used to get a korean fusion restaurant place near me; spirilized cucumber, carrots and daikon, cut up some lettuce, added bean sprouts and corn kernals. wonderful!

  357. Made this Monday night served over cauli rice because I had some in the freezer that I've been wanting to use up (though I do love me some TJ's frozen brown rice!). Delicious! First time trying Gochujang sauce and I loved it! Thanks for another great recipe Gina! 🙂

  358. Thank you Gina! Thank you Gina. Have i said thank you enough. I love this dish and tried to make it once before and it was not good at all. Plus in order for me to have a version of this dish, i have to go to a local restaurant called TaKorean. But instead of getting the rice, i get the Kale salad – which has purple shredded cabbage and shredded carrot with the gochugaru sauce. I am assuming that that sauce is very similar to the Gochujang sauce. This will be on next weeks menu.

  359. do you use trader joe's frozen brown rice or the organic frozen brown rice….went to buy and had a choice of the two

  360. this sounds and looks delicious. Is there anything I can substitute for Gochujang?

  361. This was amazing–I ended up just using Gochujang instead of red pepper flakes directly into the sauce for the beef and then topping with a little dollop. My boyfriend loved it as well and he's really picky about rice dishes not having "enough flavour". So delicious. 10/10 will make again.

  362. We have been making this and using Trader Joe's cauliflower rice. It's in the frozen foods section and it is amazing with this dish. Cuts down points as well!!

  363. There is a Korean restaurant next to the Korean market on the corner of South Oyster Bay Rd and Old Country Rd. Plus you can shop in the market after.

  364. is it possible to use organic ground ginger if fresh isn't on hand?

  365. Gina, check out Jane Cafe in Mineola for incredible, authentic Korean food. Our Korean friend said it was the best he's had in New York. Everyone I have brought there becomes obsessed – the best bimimbap around!
    -Deanna in Long Beach ?

  366. I made this last night and it was delicious! Next time I might try cutting the cucumber into little matchsticks instead of slices. They made the whole meal taste so fresh, I wanted a little in every bite!

  367. OMG I'm going to do this immediately, it looks good and tasty love this recipes

  368. Looks good but for me, seems like too much sodium.

  369. How much would sp be if you use cauliflower rice instead of regular rice?

    • 3/4 cup of rice is 5 points so the meat part of the recipe would be 5 and no points for cauliflower and cucumbers.

  370. I've made this with shredded lettuce instead of rice when I was on a pre-op, extremely low carb diet once. Subbed the sugar for Splenda too. It was still amazing. I do still occasionally have some rice now and prefer to only use real sugar. I've also considered making lettuce wraps with this and also making using a egg roll style bowl instead of the rice. There is lots you can do with this. I haven't tried (or even heard of) Gochujang sauce but now I'm intrigued. 😀

  371. I am also wondering if there is a sunstitute for Gochujang sauce or something similar that I can whip up in the kitchen with a few ingredients?

  372. @skinnytaste – I gave up red meat a year ago for health & environmental reasons. Every time I see a recipe like this I want to cheat and go back! Would you recommend any substitutes? Maybe pulled chicken or pork? It's been a year and it's still difficult but I feel amazing! All of your recipes are awesome! I'd love any suggestions that you have!

  373. What would the nutritional value be if I substituted the brown rice for cauliflower? I'm trying to eat less carbs.

  374. Any chance sriracha could sub if I cannot find this sauce?

  375. Does this taste similar to bulgogi? My husband is Korean and I want to see if I can get his approval on this one! 😉

  376. Made this tonight and it was insanely good!! Don't skip the gochujang sauce, it makes the dish! It is husband and 10 yr old approved!

  377. 10 smart points seems high. Are you sure?

  378. Do the smart points include the rice?

  379. GochujAng ?

  380. Not into spicy too much so can I omit the crushed red pepper? I'm with you on the Trader Joe's frozen brown rice. Love their products.

  381. Not into spicy too much so can I omit the crushed red pepper? I'm with you on the Trader Joe's frozen brown rice. Love their products.

  382. totally making this! I love Korean food.