Sesame Soy Beef Bowls.
After this, you won’t want anything other than these delicious beef bowls!
It may be one of my least photogenic meals, but it certainly makes up for it in flavor.
It’s a meal that is going to check all of your boxes.
Like what else do we want in a dinner? Besides bacon or cheese, of course.
That’s right! A recipe without cheese that I’m loving. Woohoo! I’ve officially made it.
I’ve been making this version of beef bowls since spring when The Pretty Dish came out. The recipe in my book uses sliced sirloin but I’m showing you a ground beef version because it is SO simple. I absolutely love the flavor combo of this recipe. It’s been a staple forever, but one day this past March I only had ground beef on hand. And we were craving it. And I wanted a dinner that would come together FAST.
Winner, right here.
Initially I didn’t think I’d love this recipe with ground beef. I thought the texture would be weird or something – or it would be too plain. You know, one of my weird mental blocks that I assign to dishes I don’t feel like trying at the time. But I actually adore it with ground beef. So much more than anticipated!
And the best part is that you can throw whatever else you’d like in the bowl. I went with some zoodles and grated carrot along with jasmine rice. But I also often do quinoa and mix it all together in one bowl. It’s the best! You can do leftover roasted vegetables, you can layer it in a zucchini boat or you could even throw it on a salad. It’s really freaking good.
The leftovers are so fantastic too. This is easily one of my favorite leftover meals. And that also makes it an incredible meal to prep ahead of time because it tastes super good the next day or two. In six words, you have got to try it!
Sesame Soy Beef Bowls
Sesame Soy Beef Bowls
- 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground ginger
- 4 green onions thinly sliced
- 1 carrot freshly grated
- 1 zucchini squash spiralized
- 1 to 2 tablespoons sesame seeds for topping
- Cook the rice according to the package directions. You most likely will need 1 1/2 cups water along with a tablespoon of butter or olive oil. While the rice is cook, make the beef.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the ground beef. Break it apart with a wooden spoon until it's in small pieces and brown it until the fat is rendered and cooked out. Once browned, stir in the sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce and ginger. Reduce the heat to low and toss well, cooking for 5 minutes. Stir in the green onions. Spiralize a zucchini squash and quickly toss it in with the beef, just to cook it for a minute or two. I wouldn't cook much longer - we don't want it to be mushy!
- Spoon the rice in bowls and top with the beef and zoodles. Grate a bit of carrot on top. Sprinkle on the sesame seeds. Serve!
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I appreciate you so much!
You can also scoop that up with a tortilla chip. For extra trashing up.
47 Comments on “Sesame Soy Beef Bowls.”
I’m definitely all in for this bowl meal!
meeee too! xo :)
Love this! I have been making it with ground beef since the beginning (just because it’s easier than thinly sliced sirloin), and it’s one of my boyfriend’s and my all-time favorite meals!
i love that!!! thanks rachael!
Where’s the Kimchi???? I was robbed!
I know! I was thinking the same thing! Mother In Law’s Kimchi is my fav!
hahaha throw it on there too!! i have an awesome recipe in the book for kimichi bacon and egg tacos too, i’m obsessed!
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What a nutritious recipe, as a Nutritionist I appreciate this recipe with all healthy ingredients. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I will must try to home.
This is a dumb question. Can you find sesame seeds in a normal grocery store? Are they with the spices? I’ve looked in two different stores and couldn’t find them…they aren’t THAT exotic.
This looks great though, can’t wait to try it. I love the one from TPD but I almost always have ground beef in my freezer as opposed to sirloin so I will be trying this soon.
not dumb at all!
so i do find mccormick brand sesame seeds in the spice aisle. however, i know that my worldwide foods aisle also has sesame seeds in the asian section!
Ooh, great option for an easier take on this! I made the original recipe from The Pretty Dish tonight, and the entire family freaked out over how good it was.
So many things you can top this with! Been making with ground beef from the beginning. You can quick marinate the carrots with rice vinegar, salt and pepper while beef is cooking. Also quick sauteed bok choy and a over easy egg are our favorite additions.
Love the addition of the zucchini and carrot! I’ve been making a version of Korean ground beef for years, but I always serve it with steamed broccoli, which gets totally BORING after, well, the first time, lol. Adding the “zoodles” and grated carrot brings such a freshness to the recipe! Also going to take someone else’s suggestion of adding a fried egg over the top. Because, YUM.
Looks delicious! Do you drain the fat from the ground beef after browning?
Ooh! OOH! There is a Korean restaurant here in Salt Lake, Cupbop, that has become very popular in the last several years. I hardly ever eat out and usually find restaurant food too rich, but Cupbop is one of the few restaurants I actively crave. This looks like it might be similar, which means I must save this recipe and try it as soon as possible. I like it the best with shredded cabbage at the bottom of the bowl. Thanks a meelion!
How many servings does this make? I’m guessing 4 but couldn’t see it in the recipe. (It’s been a long day, I may just be missing something very obvious!)
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I made this yesterday and BOYYYY was it popular!
I used noodles instead of rice due to its-time-to-empty-all-the-leftovers-instead-of-bying-new-stuff-reasons. Worked out perfectly, even though i was out of sesame seeds and sesame oil.
Perfect recipe! Already looking forward to the leftovers (if my boyfriend hasn’t eaten them!)
I made this recipe last night and it was amazing! I didn’t have any chili garlic sauce so I just added a bunch of rep pepper flakes and minced garlic to it. Also, when I was putting away the leftovers I remembered what you said about scooping up the meat with tortilla chips, well, needless to say, we don’t have any more leftovers now. Now I have some crazy idea about nachos with this!
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So great and so easy. This will be made often !!
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Such an awesome weeknight recipe!
Finally made this. The whole family loved it! Thank you!
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This is a meal I can’t stop thinking about. I’m losing it over this recipe and I don’t review things or comment but I had to about this. IT’S SOOOOOO GOOOD. I’ve told my friends about it and can’t wait to make it again. I made a couple modifications; swapped the zucchini for orange bell pepper and added quick pickled carrots and daikon to the bowl for a little zing. Jessica, I don’t know what magic spell you cast to make this extra double plus good but I’m so happy you did!
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Just made this. Eating it as I type this review and the whole family loves it! Thank you!
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Having this every week now! Insanely delicious and quick and amazing leftovers. I quick pickle the carrots. Have also done cauli rice. So so good thank you for this recipe idea!!!
I’ve made this a few times and we love it! Also, love that it has ground beef. I don’t know why I never thought to use that for a stir fry dish before, but we always have some on hand so it’s an easy go-to on nights when I don’t know what to make!
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Just made this for dinner for my husband and I and we both loved it! So quick, so easy, and so delicious! Adding to our dinner rotation list!
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I am confused by “freshly ground ginger.” Is this fresh ginger or ground ginger? Looking forward to making this tonight!
This was very flavorful, I will for sure make again! We used ground turkey and it was excellent. Also did with cauli rice to make more WW friendly.
This was quick and easy and so tasty!! Such a great recipe for weeknights but also adding to my meal preps. Did you calculate the nutrition by a chance?
Well, you’re right. I can’t seem to want anything but this recipe for dinner. Absolutely made me feel like I am a master chef when I make this! The flavors are outstanding. Thank you!
I love this meal! It’s so easy and delicious.
This recipe is amazing, super quick and a crowd pleaser!
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