Weeknight Shorts: Quick Spicy Korean Beef

I make it no secret that I love spicy food. But I'm also a big fan of a quick meal idea and this time around, I'm offering you a recipe that checks both boxes! Beyond that, once you have your ground beef and seasoning blend figured out, you can mix and match the vegetables in this dish to make a new meal every time!

Browning ground beef is simple and tossing some chopped veggies in alongside it is equally so, which means mixing the sauce for this flavorful dish is pretty much the most involved part of the recipe. And really, that's not too difficult either. This is just a simply delicious, easy, and quick meal. We all need some of those, don't we?

I like serving this over hot rice and calling it dinner, though a quick cucumber salad is definitely a nice accompaniment if you have the time. If you don't have bok choy and red pepper, look to what's in your fridge. Scallions and matchstick carrots? Awesome! Diced zucchini and radishes? Sure. Pick what makes you happy or just helps keep this recipe an easy meal that can be on your table in 15 minutes.

Quick Spicy Korean Beef

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce plus additional to taste, divided*
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups chopped bok choy
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons minced or finely grated fresh ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes plus additional to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

In a large skillet, brown the beef over medium-high heat until it is browned and cooked through, about 5 or so minutes. When the beef is about halfway done, add 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce. Once the beef is completely browned, stir in the garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds. Add the bok choy and red pepper; reduce the heat to medium and cook an additional 5 minutes.

While the beef and vegetables cook, in a small bowl, stir together the rice vinegar, honey, ginger, red pepper flakes, and remaining soy sauce. Pour this mixture over the browned beef. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat, then stir in the sesame oil.

Taste and add extra soy sauce or red pepper flakes as desired. Serve the beef mixture hot and over rice.

* Use gluten free soy sauce if you wish to make it gluten free.

  • Yields: 3-4 servings
  • Preparation Time:15 minutes