Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls

Get ready for a flavor explosion with my Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls! 🍛 Quick, easy, and perfect for busy days. Packed with savory beef, steamed broccoli, and rice, this meal is a total win! 🌟
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I’m excited to share my latest kitchen creation with you—Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls! 🍲 These bowls are super easy to make and absolutely delicious. Perfect for those busy days when you want something quick and tasty. Imagine juicy, savory beef, tender broccoli, and fluffy rice all coming together in one amazing meal. Let’s dive in and get cooking!

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What you’ll need to make Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls

Ingredients (Serves: 4)
1 lb. (450g) 90% lean ground beef
3 garlic cloves minced
1.8 oz. (50g) brown sugar
2 fl oz. (60ml) tamari
2 tsp. sesame oil
1⁄4 tsp. ground ginger
1⁄4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1⁄4 tsp. black pepper
14 oz. (400g) white or brown rice, cooked
6.3 oz. (180g) broccoli florets, steamed
green onions, sliced, for garnish (optional)
sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)

Let’s dive into the goodies that make these Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls a hit! First up, we’ve got some lean ground beef—super easy to cook and packed with protein.

Then, we add minced garlic for that irresistible aroma and brown sugar for a hint of sweetness. Tamari steps in as our savory hero, perfect for those who need a gluten-free option.

We can’t forget the sesame oil, giving us that rich, nutty flavor, and a sprinkle of ground ginger and red pepper flakes for a bit of spice. Of course, we need a base, so we’re using cooked rice—white or brown, your choice!

And to keep things fresh and green, we’ve got steamed broccoli florets. Top it all off with some sliced green onions and sesame seeds if you’re feeling fancy. These simple ingredients come together for a meal that’s not only tasty but also a breeze to whip up. Enjoy! 🍲😋

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Easy Peasy: Whip up these Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls in no time—perfect for busy days.

Flavor Explosion: Juicy ground beef cooked with garlic, ginger, and a hint of sweetness from brown sugar.

Customizable: Use white or brown rice, swap veggies—make it your own delicious creation!

Meal Prep Hero: Ideal for prepping ahead and enjoying throughout the week.

Satisfying & Delicious: A hearty, homemade meal that hits the spot every time.

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What you’ll need to do

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 5 mins

1| Cook the Beef: Grab a large skillet and toss in the ground beef and minced garlic. Cook it over medium heat, breaking the meat into smaller bits with a spoon. Keep cooking until the beef is no longer pink.

2| Make the Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, tamari (or soy sauce), sesame oil, ground ginger, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Pour this flavorful mixture over the cooked beef and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes. Yum!

3| Assemble the Bowls: Take 4 sealable containers and divide the cooked rice evenly among them. Leftover or pre-packaged cooked rice works great for this—super convenient!

4| Add the Beef and Veggies: Now, spoon the delicious Korean beef into each container, right on top of the rice. Then, add equal portions of steamed broccoli florets to each one. Pro tip: frozen broccoli in steam-safe bags makes this step a breeze!

5| Seal and Store: Pop the lids on your containers and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to eat.

6| Serve and Enjoy: When you’re ready to dig in, warm up your meal prep bowl in the microwave. Garnish with sliced green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds if you like. Enjoy your tasty, homemade Korean beef bowls! 🎉

Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls

There you go—easy, peasy, and delicious! Enjoy your meal prep! 🥢🍚

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Some possible substitution and improvisation ideas for the recipe

Here are some substitution and improvisation ideas for the Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls recipe:


(i) Ground Meat: Substitute ground turkey or chicken for a lighter option.

(ii) Soy Sauce: Use coconut aminos as a soy sauce alternative.

(iii) Brown Sugar: Replace with honey, maple syrup, or a sugar substitute like erythritol.

(iv) Sesame Oil: Swap for olive oil or avocado oil if sesame flavor is too strong.

(v) Broccoli: Try cauliflower florets or green beans instead of broccoli.

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(i) Add Veggies: Mix in bell peppers, snap peas, or carrots for extra color and crunch.

(ii) Spice it Up: Experiment with different levels of heat by adjusting red pepper flakes or adding sriracha.

(iii) Grain Options: Use quinoa, cauliflower rice, or even noodles instead of traditional rice.

(iv) Top it Off: Sprinkle with chopped peanuts or cashews for added texture and flavor.

(v) Fresh Herbs: Toss in cilantro or Thai basil for a refreshing twist before serving.

These ideas can help tailor the recipe to your taste preferences or dietary needs while keeping the dish exciting and delicious! 🌟

Some useful tips for the recipe

Here are some useful tips to make your Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls even better:

1| Prep Ahead: Cook a big batch of rice and store it in the fridge for quick assembly during meal prep sessions.

2| Double Batch: Make extra Korean beef sauce and freeze it for future meals or quick stir-fries.

3| Vary Veggies: Experiment with different vegetables like snow peas, bok choy, or bell peppers to keep things interesting.

4| Customize Flavors: Adjust the sweetness and spiciness of the sauce to suit your taste preferences.

5| Quick Steam: Use steam-in-bag broccoli or other veggies for faster cooking and cleanup.

6| Garnish Wisely: Fresh green onions and sesame seeds add a burst of flavor and texture—don’t skip them!

7| Meal Prep Containers: Invest in good-quality, leak-proof containers for easy storage and transport.

8| Reheating: Microwave the bowls with a damp paper towel over the top to keep the rice moist while reheating.

9| Sauce Control: Add the sauce gradually to control the consistency and flavor—it’s easier to add more than to fix an overly saucy dish.

10|Enjoy Fresh: While meal prep is handy, these bowls taste best when enjoyed fresh or within a few days of preparation.

Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls

These tips will help you streamline your cooking process and ensure your Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls turn out delicious every time! 🍲😋

Some serving suggestions

Here are some serving suggestions to complement your Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls:

(a) Side Salad: Serve with a simple green salad dressed with a light vinaigrette for added freshness.

(b) Kimchi: Add a side of traditional Korean kimchi for a spicy and tangy contrast.

(c) Pickled Vegetables: Serve alongside pickled cucumbers or radishes to balance the flavors.

(d) Fried Egg: Top each bowl with a sunny-side-up or fried egg for extra protein and richness.

(e) Seaweed Salad: Include a small portion of seaweed salad for a unique texture and umami flavor.

(f) Stir-Fried Vegetables: Pair with a side of stir-fried mixed vegetables for a complete Asian-inspired meal.

(g) Fresh Fruit: Serve with slices of fresh fruit like pineapple or mango to refresh your palate.

(h) Edamame: Enjoy with a side of steamed edamame sprinkled with sea salt for a nutritious snack.

These serving suggestions can enhance your meal with additional flavors, textures, and nutritional benefits, making your Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls even more enjoyable! 🍚🥗

Some storage suggestions

Here are some storage suggestions to keep your Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls fresh and delicious:

(a) Refrigeration: Store the meal prep bowls in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

(b) Freezing: If you’re preparing a larger batch, freeze individual portions in freezer-safe containers for up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

(c) Separate Components: Store the rice, beef, and vegetables separately if possible to maintain their individual textures and flavors.

(d) Microwave Reheating: When ready to eat, reheat in the microwave with a damp paper towel over the top to keep the rice moist.

(e) Stovetop Reheating: Alternatively, reheat in a skillet over medium heat with a splash of water or broth to prevent drying out.

(f) Portion Control: Use portion-controlled containers to make it easy to grab and go for lunches or quick dinners.

(g) Labeling: Label containers with the date prepared for easy tracking of freshness.

By following these storage suggestions, you can enjoy your Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls conveniently throughout the week with minimal effort! 🍲✨

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And there you have it! 🙌 In no time at all, you’ve got some scrumptious Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls ready to go. Perfect for lunch, dinner, or whenever hunger strikes. I hope you love these bowls as much as I do—quick, tasty, and oh-so-satisfying. Don’t forget to add those green onions and sesame seeds for an extra burst of flavor. Happy cooking, and see you next time! 🍛😊

Ground Beef Korean Meal Prep Bowls

Say hello to your new favorite meal prep: Ground Beef Korean Bowls! 🥢🍚 In just 15 minutes, you’ll have delicious, sweet, and spicy beef with rice and broccoli. Perfect for those hectic weekdays! 💪

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 5 mins Total Time 15 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 4 Estimated Cost: 12 Calories: 438



  1. Step 1:

    In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and garlic over medium heat. Use a spoon to break down the meat into smaller pieces and cook until no longer pink.

  2. Step 2:

    In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes and black pepper. Pour this mixture over the ground beef and simmer for a further 1-2 minutes.

  3. Step 3:

    To assemble the bowls, divide the cooked rice equally into 4 sealable containers (for convenience use leftover rice or pre-packaged cooked rice)

  4. Step 4:

    Now divide the Korean beef equally into each of the 4 containers, followed by equal portions of the cooked broccoli florets (to make things easier use frozen florets in steam safe bags).

  5. Step 5:

    Seal the container and store in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

  6. Step 6:

    When ready to serve, warm up in the microwave and garnish with green onions and sesame seeds (not included in nutritional breakdown).

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 438kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g4%
Total Carbohydrate 49g17%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Protein 29g58%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use ground chicken or turkey instead of beef?

Absolutely! Ground chicken or turkey can be a lighter alternative with similar results. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, these bowls are perfect for meal prep! Prepare them ahead and store in the refrigerator for quick meals throughout the week.

How long can I store these meal prep bowls?

They can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. For longer storage, freeze individual portions in freezer-safe containers.

Can I adjust the spiciness of the dish?

Yes, feel free to adjust the amount of red pepper flakes or omit them altogether to control the spice level.

What can I substitute for Tamari or soy sauce?

Coconut aminos is a popular soy sauce alternative that works well in this recipe, especially if you're gluten-free.

Can I use frozen broccoli instead of fresh?

Yes, frozen broccoli can be used. Just steam it according to package instructions before adding to the bowls.

How can I prevent the rice from drying out when reheating?

Reheat with a damp paper towel covering the bowl in the microwave to retain moisture.

Can I add extra vegetables to the bowls?

Absolutely! Customize your bowls with your favorite veggies like bell peppers, snap peas, or carrots for added nutrition and flavor.

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