Korean Beef Rice Bowl

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups raw rice
  • 1 pound beef (see headnote)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks (or 1 cup matchstick cut carrots)
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 2 handfuls of spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds

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INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook the rice according to package instructions.
  • For the beef, if using flank steak: Cut the steak into very thin slices across the grain. If using other steak: Cut the steak into very small cubes, about 1/2-inch. If using ground beef: leave as-is.
  • In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and brown sugar. Add the beef and toss to coat. Let marinate while you prep the vegetables. Steps 1 and 2 can be done ahead of time up to 1 day before.
  • Heat a large saute pan or wok on medium heat. When hot, swirl in the oil. Add the onions and saute for 1 minute. Turn the heat to high and give it just a few seconds to heat up. Add in the beef, spreading the beef all over the surface of the pan, tossing with the onions. Saute for 2-3 minutes until just barely pink.
  • Add in the carrots, zucchini and toss. Cook for 1 minute. Toss in the spinach and cook for an additional minute. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve with rice.