Korean Beef and Veggies | Rice Bowls & Lettuce Wraps

One of my favorite things to do is cook, but many days I’m rushing to get dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. When I’m in a pinch for time, my go-to meat is ground beef. It’s quick to cook and easily adaptable for so many meals that everyone in the family can enjoy. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite recipes that takes only 20 minutes from start to finish!

This recipe for Korean Beef and Veggies is flavorful, super easy to make (and perfect for leftovers), and can be adapted for those on lower carb diets by serving in lettuce wraps instead of rice. This meal is made with ingredients you likely already have in the pantry/fridge (aside from sesame seed oil which I totally recommend keeping around as it’s flavor is spectacular). It’s a perfect simple and flavorful meal for week nights or when it’s the day or two before grocery shopping day when your pantry/fridge contents are dwindling.

While I’m talking about ease, I recently tried a new option when it comes to purchasing meat for our family. Farmers To Families is a company that provides single-sourced meats from their community farms delivered right to your doorstep. Most meats that you buy in the supermarket are sourced from multiple animals, if not dozens, which increases the risk of meat being contaminated (such as Listeria) through the processing that occurs in industrialized meat industries. In 2016, over 58 million pounds of meat product were recalled which is pretty staggering. Finding a company that provides single sourced meat products definitely is important to me as less processing means there are less opportunities for contamination.

Farmers to Families allows you to choose different size shares of meat (beef, pork and sausage) to purchase what is best for your families lifestyle and budget, and the best part is that it comes from only ONE animal. Their stock is pasture raised with no unneeded antibiotics or hormones which is definitely a huge selling point for me as well. I love the convenience of it being delivered right to my doorstep and that I have a large selection available to choose from. It saves me time due to not needing to continuously purchase meat and peace of mind not having to question the safety and quality as well. I definitely recommend giving Farmers to Families service a try! Every cut of meat that we have cooked has tasted great (for what it’s worth, I’m really picky about meat)!

Korean Beef | Rice Bowls and Lettuce Wraps

Korean Beef and Veggies | Rice Bowls & Lettuce Wraps

This variation of Korean BBQ is one of our favorite meals! It can be cooked in under 20 minutes and is perfect served on rice or lettuce leaves for a healthier, low-carb option. Perfect for busy weeknights!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or liquid aminos
  • 2 teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger may add more, if desired
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes may add more, if desired
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 to 5 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 cups coleslaw mix
  • green onions optional
  • sesame seeds optional


  • Heat vegetable oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (or about 1 minute) and add in ground beef. Cook until brown, stirring often and breaking into crumbles as it cooks. Drain off fat.
  • While beef mixture is cooking, mix together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, ginger, and red pepper flakes.
  • Add in coleslaw veggies to meat, stir well and continue cooking for 1 minute over medium heat.
  • Stir in soy sauce mixture and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Serve over rice or inside lettuce leaves. Garnish with fresh green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.

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Have you thought about trying or purchased single sourced meat before? What are some of your favorite ways to cook up ground beef?

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  1. Rose January 22, 2018 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    These look good. I think that lettuce wrap would be nice to have out for finger food/appetizers.

  2. Jordan January 22, 2018 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    That looks delicious. And the lettuce wraps are great for me, since I just started doing keto. πŸ™‚ How vital is the brown sugar to the whole thing? (I’ve never quite understood why brown sugar is used so much in cooking.) Is there something else that can be substituted?

  3. Shell January 23, 2018 at 9:47 am - Reply

    These look absolutely delicious and amazing! It looks like such a healthy recipe to make for my family to enjoy!

  4. Sarah January 23, 2018 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    This looks like a great recipe. I’ll have to try.

  5. Meagan January 23, 2018 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    These looking amazing and easy to make. I can’t wait to try the recipe

  6. Crystal Wachoski January 25, 2018 at 9:20 am - Reply

    The recipe sounds great, and I’m heading to the website to check it out. I hate chemicals!

    • Amber January 25, 2018 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      I really loved their meat. Great taste and so nice to know it’s from one animal instead of dozens.

  7. Rachel Dean January 25, 2018 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I’m going to have to try this. Do you have an instant pot for cooking quickly?

    • Amber January 25, 2018 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      I do! I actually have two because I use mine very often. I’m actually working on a few posts with healthy recipes soon. πŸ™‚

  8. Liz @ Yes/No Detroit January 25, 2018 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Pinning this – I love Korean-style beef. Can I use olive oil instead of vegetable oil, though?

    • Amber January 25, 2018 at 10:00 pm - Reply

      You definitely can substitute olive oil instead of vegetable oil! πŸ™‚ You want to be sure to use sesame oil for the sauce though as it has a very distinct taste.

  9. April Kusewicz January 25, 2018 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    Omg , This looks sooo good . Going to make this anytime soon. I love Korean beef

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