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Beef Bulgogi Bowls Recipe

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Asian


Beef bulgogi bowls is a delicious Korean-inspired recipe made with savory ground beef served over jasmine rice with shaved pickled cucumber, shredded carrots, and fresh cilantro.


  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef
  • 2 cups (uncooked jasmine or basmati rice)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon table sugar
  • 12 green thinly sliced green onions, for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 12 tablespoons Canola/vegetable oil

Sesame sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Dash sriracha

Creamy Lime Sauce (Optional)

  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 12 tablespoons water
  • Squeeze of fresh lime juice


  1. Remove the skin from the cucumber using a peeler and discard. Using the peeler, shave the cucumber into long thin strips until you just reach the seeds (a little is OK). Rotate the cucumber to a fresh side and continue to shave. Repeat on all 4 sides. Toss in a small bowl with sugar and vinegar until well coated and set aside.
  2. Thinly slice green onion and set aside. Prep the sesame sauce by mixing all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir and set aside. If making the creamy lime sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix. Add additional water to thin if needed. Should be runny enough to drizzle. Cook the rice according to the package, keep warm.
  3. Meanwhile, heat cooking oil in a medium/large pan on medium-low heat. Add carrots and cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and transfer to a bowl and set aside. Turn the heat up to medium heat and add a dash more oil and add ground beef. Use the tip of a spatula to break into small granular chunks. Cook until fully cooked through and nicely browned, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Drain excess fat from the pan if desired. Add the sesame sauce and mix with the beef until evenly distributed. Let slightly caramelize until beef is browned, 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve beef over rice topped with shredded carrots, pickled cucumber, and fresh cilantro (stems are edible). Garnish with sesame seeds and green onion. Serve with sriracha and optional creamy lime sauce.


Steps 1-2 are mainly prep and can all be done 1-2 hours in advance if preferred (except the rice of course).


  • Serving Size: 1/4 or 1 bowl (no sauces)
  • Calories: 710
  • Sugar: 7.1g
  • Sodium: 422mg
  • Fat: 28.9g
  • Saturated Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 73.1g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Protein: 36g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg

Keywords: beef bulgogi bowls, korean beef bowls


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