Easy Korean Beef and Rice (Cheater’s Bibimbap)




If you are looking for something super-quick, tasty, and inexpensive to cook for dinner, this is a great option.  If you’ve ever tried Korean bibimbap, you probably love the taste of marinated meat, sauteed veggies, eggs, rice, and anything else you want to throw in.  The popular “mixed rice” dish ranks up there with other comfort foods.  Even if you haven’t had it before, it’s worth a try!  My version is a cheater’s version, of course with tons of flexibility to add more veggies.   This is all I had on hand tonight, and it hit the spot.

I cooked this for dinner tonight because of two reasons:

  • I am extremely tired from a weekend trip we took this weekend (the kind where my eyes are closing and my body is aching with the slightest movement).
  • I had ground beef in the fridge.

When I took the ground beef out to thaw, I automatically thought to cook spaghetti.  I had the ingredients, but eh…I am so not in the mood for it.  For some reason, I associate spaghetti as a fall/winter recipe.  When it’s warm I want something with tons of vegetables, perhaps even raw vegetables.

Plus I happened to be watching a show on TV that was going over tons of west coast asian dishes (cue salivating mouth).

So I switched gears and decided to use the ground beef in the form of


Since we were out of town, I didn’t have tons of veggies on hand, but I do have a garden outside (yezzz!!! and snagged some pok choy that was already starting to bolt.


So here goes nothing and here’s to satisfying my Asian craving:


Easy Korean Beef and Rice (Cheater’s Bibimbap)

  • 1 pkg ground beef
  • 1 TBS fresh ginger
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 cup of vegetables (here I used pok choy…which is like bok choy.  You can use carrots, cabbage, spinach…or anything you have on hand)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 TBS soy sauce
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Eggs
  • Sriracha, salt, and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Chopped fresh basil
  • rice



Chop up vegetables and set aside.  I like how the pok choy added a nice crunch.  I think for this dish, crunchier veggies like cabbages and carrots work best!


Fry up the ground beef with salt and pepper, set aside.  Remove any excess oil from the pan.  Chop garlic cloves and ginger and stir fry in the remaining ground beef oil until fragrant.

Mix brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes to make a sauce.  Add to the ground beef and mix well.  After the vegetables have softened, add chopped green onion.  Add salt and pepper as needed.



Fry eggs (or scramble eggs if you prefer).

How to serve?  On a bed of rice, place a scoop of the meat mixture on top.  Place fried egg or scrambled eggs on top of all and drizzel with Sriracha if you want to kick it up a notch!  Sprinkle chopped basil and cilantro to taste and voila!  You’ve got Cheater’s Bibimbap!


It’s so tasty and an easy way to sneak vegges in there for the kids!









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