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Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry

I am loving this 20-minute Ground Beef Stir Fry! Using Korean inspired-seasoning such as Gochujang and soy sauce, juicy ground beef is tossed in a flavorful sauce, garlic, broccoli and carrots.

Serve it over white or brown rice, this makes for a quick and fantastic dinner on busy evenings!

Two bowls of Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry

Ground Beef Stir Fry

Ground beef is such a versatile and budget-friendly ingredient.

After having so many yummy stir fry recipes on the blog (check out Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry, Teriyaki Chicken Stir Fry, Shrimp Stir Fry, Mongolian Beef Noodles, Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry!), I want to share a stir fry recipe using ground beef because it’s such a common item most of us have at hand, and ground beef is so easy to make a quick meal.

In addition to ground beef, I want to incorporate a delicious sauce (key to an awesome stir fry), some crunchy veggies (for the texture, for health reasons…)

Korean flavors are some of my favorite. They are bold, powerful and contain delicious notes of sweet, savory and zesty.

This Ground Beef Stir Fry will incorporate delicious Korean seasonings and spices that will probably remind you of flavors from classic Korean dishes such as my Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef).

It is light, flavorful, with lots of delicious textures, and perfect served over white or brown rice for a delicious and easy meal!

Ingredients Notes

This Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry calls for easy-to-find ingredients. You should be able to get all of this from most mainstream grocery store (some of it in the Asian aisle!).

Top down view of two bowls of ground beef stir with vegetables fry over rice
  • Ground Beef – I like to use 90% lean beef, or even leaner if you can find them. We don’t want a lot of fat in this recipe and lean meat tastes the best in this Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry, or any Ground Beef Stir Fry really. Because we are using lean ground beef, the trick is to not overcook it so that it stays juicy and moist (more on that later).
  • Gochujang – this is a Korean red pepper paste, or red chili paste. It is the secret ingredient for the sauce that brings about complicated delicious Korean flavors. It does pack some heat, so reduce it if you prefer this dish milder. If you really don’t want to use this, you can omit it completely and substitute with soy sauce. This dish will taste different without it and you will lose a lot of amazing flavors that cannot be achieved by soy sauce alone.
  • Soy sauce
  • Minced garlic cloves – do not substitute with garlic powder, it doesn’t taste the same!
  • Sesame oil – gives it an umami nutty flavor.
  • Rice vinegar
  • Brown sugar – a little sweetness to balance out the savory, tangy and spicy
  • Broccoli – cut it into smaller florets so that it is cooked easily
  • Carrots – I like to slice them into coin-shaped but you can cut it up however you like. Avoid large pieces so that it is cooked through easily.

Step-by-step Instructions

Stir fry is a quick way to prepare your meals and I want to walk you through how I make this Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry, and provide you with some tips and tricks,

It is quick, but there is a little art to it. With a little practice, it really gets easier and even better.

Step 1: Prepare Korean stir fry sauce

In a small bowl, bring all the sauce ingredient together. We want to do this before starting the stir fry process to:

  • combine the sauce and blend all the flavors together
  • stir fry process is quick, so it’s easier to have one thing to pour into the pan versus measuring and pouring a bunch of sauces.

Step 2: Stir Fry Vegetables

I like to heat up my frying pan and stir fry my vegetables first.

Stir frying broccoli and carrots

Drizzle some oil on the pan so veggies don’t stick to it, wait till pan is hot, and stir fry broccoli and carrots until they turn a bright color and are softer (but still crunchy).

Do not overcook veggies to avoid becoming soggy.

Step 3: Stir fry ground beef

Next, remove vegetables from the skillet, and bring in the ground beef.

Stir frying ground beef in a skillet

We are cooking ground beef and vegetables separately because they take different amount of time to cook, and we want to ensure they are both cooked just right (not over or undercooked).

Also avoid overcooking ground beef because overcooked ground beef is tough and dry.

Step 4: Bring everything together

Once most of the ground beef is no longer pink, immediately add veggies back into the skillet, and also the stir fry sauce.

Give everything a good stir so that ground beef and veggies are well coated in sauce.

Ground beef, broccoli, carrots and Korean stir fry sauce in a skillet

This should take around a minute or so – not very long. Once everything is combine, and beef is no longer pink, remove skillet from heat promptly.

Ground beef should be juicy and coated in sauce (but the dish shouldn’t be overly soupy).

Broccoli and carrots should be crunchy and some sauce clinging onto it as well.

Step 5: Garnish and serve

Garnish stir fry with some sliced green onions and sesame seeds. Other potential garnishes: fried garlic, fried onions, crushed up seaweed, or cilantro.

My favorite way to serve Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry is over white or brown rice. If you are not familiar with making plain rice, this recipe will show you how to make rice on the stovetop.

Rice will soak up some of the juices from the ground beef, broccoli and carrots, and its fairly neutral flavor will complement the bold, flavorful Ground Beef Stir Fry with vegetables.

Ground Beef Stir Fry with Vegetables in a Skillet

Stir Fry Tips

A couple of notes to help you take the recipe from good to excellent!

  • Use a large enough skillet so that it’s easier to stir the items around which helps everything cook more evenly.
  • Make sure skillet is heated and fairly hot (medium high to high heat) when stir frying.
  • Process goes fast, so lay everything out next to the stove before stir frying, and keep stirring continuously to make sure everything cooks evenly.
  • Do not overcook ground beef and veggies! Since it’s cooked under fairly high heat, they will cook quickly so remove from heat promptly once cooked. Overcooked veggies are soggy and overcooked ground beef is dry and tough…in other words, not very yummy!

Substitution and Variation

Here are other ingredients you can use to make Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry:

  • Ground beef: use any other ground meat such as ground chicken, turkey, pork etc.
  • Broccoli and carrots: other vegetables such as bell peppers, green beans, snap pies, bak choy works great in this too. Try to cut the vegetables in a way where they cook for around the same amount of time. This will make stir frying them together easier.
  • Gochujang: use less if you like it less spicy. You can completely omit it and substitute with the same amount of soy sauce but the taste will be differently (flavors less complex).

Make Ahead and Storage

Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry is SUCH a great recipe to make ahead as meal prep, or store as leftovers.

It keeps well, it reheats well in the microwave, it tastes just as good after a few days. In fact, ground beef and veggies would have soaked in more of the flavors from the sauce after a few days, thus making the dish every more flavorful.

To store Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry, keep in air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Chopsticks picking up items from Korean Ground beef stir fry in a bowl

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Korean Ground Beef Stir Fry

Easy Ground Beef Stir Fry recipe for a quick and yummy dinner! Ground lean beef, broccoli, carrots, garlic tossed in a bold-flavored zesty, savory and sweet Korean inspired sauce.
4.93 from 27 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: korean
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 372kcal
Author: MinShien

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 stalks carrots peeled, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp green onions chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Korean Stir Fry Sauce

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp Gochujang adjust according to spice level
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Instructions

  • Bring all ingredients for Korean Stir Fry Sauce into a small bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • Heat large frying pan to medium high/high heat. Add vegetable oil. Once pan is heated, add broccoli florets and carrots. Stir continuously until they turned darker green/darker orange – this will take a few minutes. Remove veggies promptly from skillet and set aside. Do not overcook – they should still be crunchy.
  • Add ground beef to skillet. Break it apart into small pieces. Cook until most of the beef are no longer pink (some should still be pink). Immediately add garlic, broccoli, carrots and stir fry sauce to pan.
  • Stir continuously so that ground beef and vegetables are coated in sauce. Once ground beef is completely cooked, remove from heat promptly.
  • Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve over rice. Enjoy!

Notes

Do not overcook ground beef and vegetables. Overcooked ground beef will be dry and tough, and overcooked vegetables will be soggy. Stir frying process goes quick so make sure to stir continuously so that item cooked evenly, and remove items from heat promptly once it is cooked.

Nutrition

Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 849mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 402IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg
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14 Comments

  1. Shadi Hasanzadenemati says:

    5 stars
    I made this when we had friends over for dinner last night and it was a hit. Everyone loved it. The flavors are big and bold. I added more gochujang because we like our food spicy. Added some green beans and bell peppers instead of broccoli. Served with store-bought egg rolls. Quick and easy meal, but also very delicious and satisfying. Will definitely make it again.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you, Shadi. I’m so glad to hear everyone enjoyed it.

  2. 5 stars
    We had this stir fry for dinner last night and it was delicious! My whole family loved it and we will be making it often.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m so glad to hear! Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    love this recipe, thanks for the stir fry tips. I usually overload my pans with all the ingredients!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      You are so welcome! Happy to hear you enjoyed it!

  4. 5 stars
    I literally have a jar of gochujang in my pantry and didn’t know what to do with it, so I searched around and found this recipe. This stir fry was so simple and delicious. I followed the instructions exactly. In the future I will switch up with some different veggies, maybe try it with ground chicken. Thanks for this!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      You bet! Glad you enjoyed this stir fry recipe.

  5. Alison Saalbach Corey says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious and easy to make. It is perfect for a busy mom like me. A++

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much, Allison! Happy to hear that it was yummy and easy!

  6. Mum learning to cook says:

    5 stars
    made this for dinner tonight. super easy, super delicious and totally recommend making this. family of five loved this!! thank you for creating this website and sharing your recipes!!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, and I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. It was delicious. I doubled the amount of broccoli and sauce. Also added some green onion. I didn’t have the gochujang so I used thai sweet chile sauce. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yum! Your substitutions sound delicious! Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you liked the recipe!