Korean Beef

I have been hoarding this delicious recipe for a little while, for which I apologize.  I love cooking Asian dishes, but moreover, I love eating Asian dishes.  Ok ok…really, I just love eating.  I know that some foodie snobs and Asians out there are reading this blog saying, “that’s not really Asian” or “that’s not really Korean.”  And yes, you’re probably right.  I actually prefer to use the term “Asian-inspired,” as I know that many dishes that I cook, and many dishes in the blog world, period, are not truely and authentically of the country in which they are inspired from (Asian, European, African, South American, and I can keep going…). 
The point of the above paragraph is that I do not want to insult anyone and I do not want people to think that I think I’m cooking authentic dishes when I’m not.  Trust me, I know.  This “cheater” Korean beef recipe comes from The Girl Who Ate Everything, and whether it’s authentic or legit or not is not the point – the point is that it is a yummy meal inspired by a certain culture.  I’m ok with that. =)

I ended up using ground turkey instead of ground beef, because I had gone to a store that did not have anything healthier than 85% lean beef and turkey, so I bought turkey instead, as it was the healthiest option, of the choices I had.  I was pleasantly surprised that the turkey worked as well as it did – it soaked up the flavours just like beef would and it did not dry out at all!  I served this over shredded lettuce with a side of brown rice (as you can see, I poured a bit of peanut sauce over my rice).  A great, healthy, low-cal and low-fat meal!  And it’s ready super quick!

Bonus: ground beef or turkey is often much cheaper than steak or ribs!

“Cheater” Korean Beef

serves 2

-1/2lb lean ground beef (or turkey)
-1/8cu brown sugar
-1/8cu soy sauce
-1.5tsp sesame oil
-1-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1/4tsp fresh ginger, minced
-1/2tsp crushed red pepper (definitely add more if you prefer a kick!)
-salt and pepper, to taste
-1 bunch green onions, sliced (I totally forgot to add these at the end!)

-Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the ground beef in the sesame oil. Add the garlic towards the end of browning and cook for a couple of minutes, then drain the fat.
-Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper and red pepper. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors.
-Serve over steamed rice or lettuce and top with green onions.

Other Korean-Inspired Recipes as seen on Never The Same Dish:

Spicy Korean Grilled Pork Bulgogi

Skewered Beef and Vegetables

Korean Short Ribs

Korean Steak


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