Korean Beef

Korean Beef

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 people


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar heaping (for keto use 2 squirts of liquid stevia)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce I use low-sodium
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 6 cloves garlic minced or 3/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced (see note) or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha sauce to desired spiciness
  • 1/2 lime zest & juice
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum powder heaping tsp to thicken sauce
  • 1 bunch green onions diced (don't skip this!)
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 English cucumber chopped


  • In a small saucepan combine sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, sriracha, lime juice & zest.
  • Heat saucepan to a slow boil to reduce and begin cooking meat in next step.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown hamburger and then drain fat.
  • Add Green onions & celery to drained meat and saute a couple minutes while finishing sauce.
  • Thicken sauce by stirring in xanthan gum powder and reduce until consistency coats the back of a spoon.
  • Pour sauce over beef & vegetable mixture. Cover & simmer for 5-10 minutes
  • Serve with rice and diced cucumbers.

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