Beef Bulgogi

Korean Beef

On our first date (long story) Dennis invited me to go to International Hour at our university Baptist Student Union.  It was a small group that met on Friday nights to hang out with students from around the world.  We would help them with English and to understand American culture and then they would tell us all about their own culture.  This was the beginning of many, many friendships with international students.
One year there was a large group from Korea and we became really good friends.  One of the guys invited us over for dinner and served us Korean BBQ in lettuce wraps.  It was one of the best things I have ever eaten.  Dennis and I have been hooked ever since.
So when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it.  It was super quick, easy and very inexpensive.  All wins in my book.  It taste similar to the Mongolian Beef, but a little less labor intensive and with less sophisticated meat.  The Mongolian Beef is delicious!  but we can’t afford to eat that everyday…so this is a wonderful alternative.

Korean Beef
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 – 1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce (I used lite/low-sodium)
1/2 Tablespoon sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced (I used ground it worked fine, I just added a little extra)
1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red peppers (to desired spice level)
salt and pepper
1 bunch green onions, diced (don’t skip this!)

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and brown hamburger with garlic. Drain most of the fat and add sesame oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and red peppers. Simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors.  Add salt and pepper as needed.  Serve over steamed rice and top with green onions. 

Adapted from:  Lizzy Writes Korean Beef

Linking to:  Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Homemaker On A Dime, Craft-O-Maniac, Crafty Confessions, My Repurposed Life

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  1. This sounds wonderful..I can’t wait to try it!
    I have chicken to work with this week though..wondering if family would like this made with chicken?
    TracyAnn visiting from Craft-O-Maniac linky party and

    • I have never tried this with chicken. I bet it would be good if you diced up the chicken and cooked it with the sauce. Let me know how it turns out if you do!

  2. This is great, easy on the budget too 😉


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