A paleo keto Korean beef bowl that cooks inexpensive ground meat with sweet and spicy seasonings. It's a dish that can be cooked and served within 15 minutes.
With the long, cold New England winter finally coming to an end, I don't want to be spending a lot of time in the kitchen making dinner. I'd rather be outside getting some fresh air after being inside an office all day.
In my search for quick and easy dinners, I created a keto Korean beef bowl recipe that can get you out of the house fast. It's made with lean ground beef which is one of the fastest meats to cook.
After browning the meat, it's simmered in a sweet and spicy seasoning mix to absorb the flavor. The sweetener and crushed peppers can be adjusted as desired to make it sweeter or spicier to suit your taste.
If you like the sweet and spicy taste of General Tso Chicken, this recipe has a similar flavor that you will likely enjoy. But this dish is sweetened without sugar to make it keto-friendly.
For an Asian inspired ground beef dish without any sweetener, you may prefer a Japanese hamburger steak instead.
How to make Korean ground beef bowl without brown sugar
The flavor of brown sugar can be created by adding a small amount of blackstrap molasses. Some may argue that this molasses is a sugar and not low carb, but it shouldn't be a problem when used sparingly.
However, it can be omitted if you are strict keto or paleo. A golden low carb sweetener could be used instead or a small amount of fiber sweetener syrup.
How to prepare Korean ground beef
This is one of the easiest skillet recipes ever! Just follow these simple steps.
- Brown the ground beef in a large skillet with garlic in hot oil. Then drain off the fat if desired.
- Add stevia, molasses (if using), soy sauce (or coconut aminos for paleo), ginger, and red pepper to season.
- Simmer for a few minutes to blend in the seasonings.
- Serve garnished with chopped green onions.
What to serve with the dish
Although you can eat this dish plain, it's traditionally served as a Korean beef rice bowl. But we want to keep things low carb, so just whip up a quick batch of cauliflower rice in the microwave to serve it with.
The meat also goes well with a green salad, kimchi, or Asian slaw. You may also want to serve it with additional soy sauce or coconut aminos. And to spice it up more, sprinkle on additional crushed red peppers.
Other paleo ground beef recipes
If you're looking for more low carb paleo recipes with ground beef, I've listed a few of my favorites below:
- Keto Hamburger Soup - Unlike other recipes, this one using a pumpkin base instead of tomato.
- Crack Slaw - A quick and easy skillet dish that combines shredded cabbage and ground beef.
- Unstuffed Cabbage Soup - Get all the flavor of stuffed cabbage without the work in this simple soup recipe.
- Ground Beef and Zucchini - Another simple skillet dish that's quick and easy to prepare in less than 30 minutes.
- Eggplant Burgers - Ground beef mixed with eggplant to make burger patties with some hidden veggie.
- Keto Stroganoff - Serve fresh zucchini noodles with this creamy beef and mushroom topping.
Do you have a favorite paleo ground beef recipe? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
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Keto Korean Ground Beef Bowl
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil or olive oil
- 1 ¼ pound lean ground beef
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon SweetLeaf stevia drops
- ½ teaspoon blackstrap molasses can be left out or replaced with a low carb sweetener
- ¼ cup soy sauce or coconut aminos for paleo
- ½ teaspoon fresh ginger minced or a couple dashes ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper I like it spicy, use less if desired
- 1 bunch green onions sliced
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown ground beef with garlic in the oil. Drain off fat.
- Add stevia, molasses, soy sauce, ginger, and red pepper.
- Simmer and stir for a few minutes to blend seasonings.
- Serve over cauliflower rice and top with sliced green onions.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [calories] => 261 [carbohydrates] => 2.1 [protein] => 35 [fat] => 11.3 [sodium] => 833 [fiber] => 0.4 )
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Originally Published March 27, 2015... Last Updated: May 3, 2020
Super yummy! I missed the note about the red pepper being spicy...when I make it again (and I will) I will do half the amount, but that didn't stop us from eating all of it. Thanks!
Thank you so much for this easy recipe. I riced cauliflower for the first time in my new food processor. Also, I sauteed some fresh green beans in garlic to get more veggies in and diced some cucumber for freshness, plus added some sesame seeds. What a delicious and healthy dinner.
This is so delicious it doesn’t even seem keto to me. I make it exactly as the recipe says and it comes out perfect every time.
This is delicious. I've made it a few times and it had become a favorite in our home.
YUM!!!! I added some fresh cucumbers and red pepper to top it off with a fresh element and it was so good. Thanks for the great recipe. I’m going to use this sauce for chicken lettuce wraps too. ????