15 Minute Keto Korean Beef

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This Keto Korean Beef is super quick to make Asian dinner, full of flavor that everyone loves. Serve it over cauliflower rice for a complete keto meal or in lettuce wraps for a low-carb lunch option that’s ready in under 15 minutes.

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This is one of my favorite healthy keto ground beef recipes that are incredibly easy to whip up in just a few minutes with common ingredients. Even though this recipe is usually made with flank steak, ground beef cooks faster, and it’s more affordable.

Let me explain a little more about this flavorful Korean ground beef recipe that tastes incredible, both slightly sweet and perfectly spicy.

Thanks to brown sugar replacement, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil, you will get to enjoy the most flavorful and comforting ground beef recipe that gets a little crispy from the frying. Then it’s served over a bed of cauliflower rice for a full meal. Also, it’s great paired with steamed broccoli -so good!

Trust me that this easy Korean beef recipe will become a new favorite!

Is Korean Beef Keto?

Korean beef recipe is not keto-friendly since the soy mixture contains a great amount of brown sugar, then served over a bowl of cooked rice. 

That’s where my beef recipe comes in handy and helps you enjoy the flavors of this meal without the carbs. 

Why Are You Going To Like This Recipe?

  • It contains lean protein, served with a side of nutritious vegetables and a refined sugar-free stir fry sauce.
  • Super easy to make – takes only 15 minutes from start to finish. 
  • Inexpensive meal that tastes gourmet.
  • It’s also freezer-friendly, so it’s perfect for quick meal prep on busy days.
easy keto korean beef recipe

Ingredients For This Keto Korean Beef

This delicious Keto Ground Beef dish requires only a few basic ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. The precise amounts are given in the recipe card below. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need:

  • Ground Beef – We’ve also tried this with ground chicken and turkey. Both options turned out delicious.
  • Brown Sugar Replacement- This is used to balance out the taste of the soy sauce. It’s a low carb sweetener, but if you don’t care about carbs, feel free to use brown sugar instead.
  • Soy Sauce – use reduced-sodium soy sauce. If you’re looking for a gluten-free soy sauce option, replace it with coconut aminos or tamari sauce.
  • Garlic – you can substitute it with garlic powder, but fresh is the best choice!
  • Sesame Oil –  Our favorite cooking oil for any Korean recipe.
  • Red-Pepper Flakes – use Sriracha instead to make this spicier.
  • Ground Ginger – fresh one is good as well.
  • To garnish –  chopped green onion and sesame seeds are my favorite.
keto korean beef bowl

How To Make This Keto Korean Beef

It’s so easy to make this keto Korean beef bowl by following just a few simple steps. It’s so quick to prepare that I choose to make it on those busy days.

  1. First, you have to make cauliflower rice. You can prepare your cauliflower rice at home or buy it (fresh or frozen) from the store. Both options work well. If you choose to use a frozen one, it may take a little longer to cook.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef and garlic until fragrant.
  3. Pour the soy sauce mixture over the meat and cook for a few more minutes, stirring to coat the meat.
  4. Serve with your preferred side dish. Don’t forget to pour additional sauce on top of the meat!

Tips For Making The Best Keto Korean Beef

  1. If you don’t have ground beef or don’t like it, you can substitute it with ground chicken, turkey, or pork.
  2. If your beef was previously frozen, ensure that it is completely thawed before using to avoid uneven cooking.
  3. If you don’t have any ground ginger in your pantry, you can use fresh ginger instead.
  4. You can add veggies like red bell peppers, zucchini, or any of your favorite ones.

What To Serve With This Keto Korean Beef

This Keto Korean Beef Bowl is a full meal as it is, but some great ideas pair well with this recipe:

korean beef bowl recipe

Can I Make This Korean Beef In An Instant Pot?

Sure. Prepare the marinade just as above. 

  1. Cook the meat into the Instant Pot, and when it starts to brown, add the onion, garlic, and seasonings.
  2. After six minutes of cooking, stop the heat. Put in the sauce and select Pressure Cook (High).
  3. Cook for 5 minutes, quick release the pressure, remove the lid, stir, and serve into bowls.

How To Store Keto Korean Beef

  • Once the beef is cooked, make sure that it is cooled. Then you can transfer the meat to freezer-safe bags and freeze it for up to 4 months. 
  • If you want to store in a fridge, keep the leftovers in an airtight container for about 5 days.

When you want to eat it, just put it in the fridge overnight and reheat it in a microwave or a stovetop.

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Keto Korean Beef

4 from 1 vote

Prep time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Yelds 4 servings
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com


This Keto Korean Beef is super quick to make an Asian dinner recipe, full of flavor that everyone loves. Serve it over cauliflower rice for a complete keto meal or in lettuce wraps for a low carb lunch option that's ready in under 15 minutes.
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  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar replacement
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce reduced-sodium
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • To garnish: sliced green onions and sesame seeds


  • Place a large skillet over medium heat and cook the ground beef until no longer pink. Add minced garlic and continue cooking for one more minute.
  • Combine brown sugar substitute, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, red pepper flakes in a small bowl.
  • Pour the soy sauce mixture over the ground beef and cook until browned for about 5 minutes. Stir constantly.
  • Serve over cauliflower rice, top with green onions and sesame seeds.
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How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword korean beef, korean rice bowl
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  1. 4 stars
    Very good. I made with real brown sugar (per author recommendation) as I did not have the substitute. So it wasn’t “keto friendly”. I would recommend using half the amount of actual sugar, so 1/8 cup. Otherwise followed recipe as is. I made lettuce cups with it and added some shredded carrots and red pepper for toppings.

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