Dishing Up the Dirt

Korean Beef Bowls

I’m writing this post from 35,000 feet in the air. Taylor and I are headed east to spend the holiday with my in-laws. The farm is getting further and further away and with each minute that ticks by I’m learning to let go and just enjoy the freedom that traveling grants us.  Before we packed our travel bags we made this amazingly simple dinner as our “last supper” at the farm. This meal is incredibly flavorful and the best part is that it’s on the table in less than 20 minutes! We used some ground beef from our favorite rancher and whipped up another batch of turnip noodles with our Spiralizer (if you don’t have one yet order yourself one for a late Christmas present! Seriously–treat yourself, you’ll find so many uses for vegetable noodles!)

Anyhow, these noodle bowls are one of the easiest dinners to throw together on a busy weeknight. They’re flavorful, budget friendly and healthy to boot. We used ground beef from our favorite rancher, whipped up a delicious sauce and bam! We we’re a couple of happy farmers with full bellies. The turnip noodles are completely optional and if you don’t have a spiralizer you can simply use soba noodles, rice noodles or a grain of choice. This recipe is forgiving so have fun with it. I know it’s a busy weekend ahead for so many of you so I hope this dish is something you can turn to for a last minute meal idea with family and friends.

Pour a glass of wine and enjoy.


Korean Beef Bowls

Prep Time: 10 minutes    Cook Time: 10 minutes    Serves: 4

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 scallions, minced, white and light green parts only
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 of a yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup cilantro, minced
  • turnip noodles, rice noodles or grain of choice for serving


  1. In a bowl whisk together the maple syrup, soy sauce, sesame oil, crushed red pepper flakes, ginger, scallions, and sesame seeds until well combined. Taste test and adjust as needed.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring often until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in the ground beef and use a wooden spoon to help break it up into pieces. Cook, stirring often until browned on all sides, 3-5 minutes. Drain off any excess fat and then add the sauce ingredients to the pan. Simmer for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro. Serve the beef over noodles or grain of choice and enjoy.


*Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary *Cooking times will vary from kitchen to kitchen

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7 thoughts on “Korean Beef Bowls

  1. Joan Teskey says:

    I hope you have a great family visit MERRY CHRISTMAS

    Are you able to recommend a spirilazor?I am intriged with all the recipes suggesting the use of them

  2. Siri says:

    I’m going to try with tofu!!! Merry Christmas!

    1. Andrea says:

      Merry Christmas to you as well! I’m sure this will be great with ground tofu! Let me know how it turns out! xo

  3. Carrie says:

    Thank you for the wonderful recipe, my family LOVED it!

    1. Andrea says:

      So happy you all loved them! Happy New Year!

  4. Leanne says:

    Made this tonight .. really easy and so delicious !
    No cilantro , so I added steamed broccoli , raw grated carrot and chopped parsley .

    1. Andrea says:

      so happy you loved this as much as we do! Your additions sound fabulous! happy cooking. xo

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