This recipe is a twist on the traditional Korean dish, bulgogi, but it’s an easier version using ground beef instead of thin slices of sirloin. That makes this budget friendly and easily accessible.
Ground beef bulgogi is a great basic recipe that can perform in many different ways. The flavor is the same, but the texture and how easy to make ground beef bulgogi into to not only a main dish, but an appetizer(lettuce wrap) meal prep, or a quick weeknight dinner!
Bulgogi (translated “fire-meat)
Is a popular Korean dish that is usually made with the most tender meat you can find… Traditionally ribeye or top sirloin. The thinly shaved meat is marinated overnight in a sweet and savory sauce and grilled on a hot grill. While not authentic, this version is a simple and fast way to satisfy your craving for delicious Asian flavors.
I used ground beef here… To save time and money, but you could also try ground pork or ground chicken if you prefer.
Of course most Asian food is served over a bed of white rice. Using cauliflower rice makes it ketogenic and flavorful. This could easily be served over zoodles, cabbage, or lettuce wrapped for street taco style Asian dining.
Some traditional toppings for Korean beef are, scallions(green onion) sesame seeds, and also soft boiled eggs if you desire.
How to create easy Bulgogi sauce:
This sauce can be made in a matter of minutes, and in this recipe there is no need to marinate the meat overnight since we are taking the simple step of using ground beef. This means you can enjoy the dish in less than a half hour. To make the sauce, simply combine coconut aminos(or soy sauce) beef broth, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, and a bit of crushed red pepper if you like it spicy. Just mix well and set aside as you prepare the ground beef.
A bit on liquid aminos:
Bragg Liquid Aminos contains both essential and non-essential amino acids, including alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, lysine, leucine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine, tyrosine, and valine Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and are necessary for healthy muscles, bones, and skin. The human body cannot produce the nine essential amino acids: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine…so this type of product gives you a boost of essential nutrients.
What Does It Taste Like?
Bragg Liquid Aminos tastes similar to soy sauce but much milder and with a tiny bit of sweetness to it. The product tastes closer to tamari a sauce made from fermented soybeans, than regular soy sauce, which is a bit stronger and saltier. Many people find the taste of Bragg Liquid Aminos’ quite pleasant. You can of course substitute regular soy sauce if you wish.
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CJ’s Follow-up Taste Test:
This dish was a nice surprise! It was very flavorful, and the addition of the hot sauce/Sriracha took it to another level. The cucumbers added a nice freshness to the dish and combined with the other flavors really made this delicious. This weeks been tough for us, full of family issues and personal disappointments. However, we continue to move forward. We don’t quit, and neither should you. Disappointment is a part of life, ultimately it’s how you deal with the disappointment; that is the key in my opinion. This dish was excellent, and I’ve had traditional Korean Bulgogi before. The first time while stationed in Seoul South Korea and also here in the states. We live an area that is very international with a wide variety of cultures present every where you go, we embrace that. We also embrace trying new foods to expand our horizons. We’ve done Keto for 5 years and without these recipes it would be difficult to continue the keto lifestyle and keto diet. We encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try some new and interesting flavors.
Keto Korean Beef Bowl
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 4 cloves fresh garlic crushed
- ¼ cup liquid aminos
- ¼ cup beef broth
- 1 TB sesame oil
- 1 tsp. fresh ginger
- ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
- Optional garnishes:
- 1 chopped green onion
- 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
- 1 small sliced English cucumber
- Brown ground beef in cast iron or wok until cooked(8 to 10 minutes) Drain if necessary.
- In a small bowl combine the aminos(or soy sauce if preferred)beef broth, sesame oil, and seasonings. Set aside.
- Add fresh garlic to beef, sauté one minute, or until fragrant and well combined.
- Pour the sauce over the beef. Bring to a simmer for 4 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened and reduced.
- Serve over cauliflower rice. Garnish with optional ingredients if desired.
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