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Spicy Korean Beef (using ground beef)


Sweet and spicy beef is served over white or fried rice and garnished with green onions. See my note at end of recipe.

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  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I used 93/7)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red peppers, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5-6 chopped green onions for garnish
  • Cooked white, or fried rice for serving



Step 1

In a small mixing bowl, stir together the brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, crushed peppers, and black pepper. Set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat; add sesame oil and swirl around to coat. Add the ground beef and stir and cook just until no longer pink, then add the garlic and cook until meat is done. Drain off excess fat.

Reduce heat to medium-low and add the reserved soy sauce mixture, stirring to coat the meat. Simmer and stir for a few minutes to blend the flavors and slightly thicken the sauce.

Serve over hot rice and garnish top with green onions.

Instead of chopping the ground beef up as it cooked, I roughly shaped the raw beef into a log then wrapped in foil and partially froze it for a couple of hours, then sliced it off in irregular pieces before cooking.


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