Paleo Korean Beef Bowls – delicious 20 minute meal! Spicy and sweet beef served over cauliflower rice! 

Paleo Korean Beef Bowls - delicious 20 minute meal! Spicy and sweet beef served over cauliflower rice!

I love all things sweet and spicy. This sweet and spicy Paleo Korean beef is inspired by Korean bulgogi which is a slightly sweet and slightly spicy beef dish. This is a much quicker way to do it, using ground beef that cooks in just a few minutes

If you want a more bulgogi like bowl, my Korean Beef Cauliflower Rice Bowl uses flank steak instead and is another one of my favorite. 

This dish comes together in about 20 minutes. While I’m cooking, I put a bag of microwavable cauliflower rice in to cook and pull out whatever leftover veggies I have in my fridge. It’s one of my favorite easy weeknight meals. 

My friend Laura Fuentes released her newest book recently. It’s called The Best Grain-Free Family Meals on the Planet and if you are paleo, you need it.

As the title suggests, these are all grain-free meals that the whole family will love. Like, your kids aren’t going to look at the meals and know they’re grain-free and ask for a box of Kraft mac & cheese.

Most of the recipes are dairy-free, too, which is why I think it’s great for all you paleo people. There’s a handful of recipes with cheese but I’m okay with cheese every once in awhile so it’s not a huge deal for me. If you can’t do cheese, Laura has some suggestions for substitutions or you can just leave it out completely.

The book is gorgeous, has a ton of photos, and has a section featuring Laura’s tips and tricks for making a grain-free lifestyle work when you have little ones. It’s divided into 4 recipe sections: breakfasts, lunchbox favorites, family meals, and snacks and treats. So there’s something for every meal and everyone in your family.

I’ve already made these Korean Beef Bowls twice and I love them. The beef is spicy with just a hint of sweetness and the sesame oil just makes it extra delicious. It’s also really good  on top of sweet potato noodles!

Other recipes from The Best Grain-Free Family Meals on the Planet that I’m excited to make:

  • Chocolate Puffs
  • Butternut Squash Chili
  • Cochon-de-Lait Bowls
  • Sweet Potato Tots
  • Blueberry Muffin Bites

Paleo Korean Beef Bowls - delicious 20 minute meal! Spicy and sweet beef served over cauliflower rice!

How To Make Paleo Korean Beef

  • Stir together coconut aminos, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, white parts of scallions, pepper, and chili paste
  • Heat cooking oil over medium-high heat in a skillet; cook ground beef, breaking it up as it cooks
  • Once beef is cooked, add sauce and simmer until thickened, about 4 minutes
  • Serve topped with sesame seeds and sliced green onions

How Long Is Korean Beef Good For?

This Paleo Korean Beef is good for up to 3 – 4 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I would keep it separate from the cauliflower rice (if using) or the cauliflower will absorb all of the sauce. 

Can You Freeze Korean Beef?

Yes, you can definitely freeze this Paleo Korean Beef. Make sure to wrap it tightly or use a ziploc bag with all the air squeezed out of it. Consume within 3 months.

I would defrost it overnight in the fridge and then reheat on the stove. 

Paleo Korean Beef Bowls - delicious 20 minute meal! Spicy and sweet beef served over cauliflower rice!

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Yield: 4 servings

Paleo Korean Beef Bowls

Paleo Korean Beef Bowls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped, white and green parts separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili paste
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 - 4 cups cauliflower rice, this recipe but leave out the onion, lime, and cilantro
  • 1 pound broccoli florets, steamed

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the coconut aminos, honey, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, white scallion parts, pepper, and chili paste.
  2. In a large skillet set over medium-high heat, heat the cooking oil. Brown the meat for 5 to 8 minute, break it up with a spatula as it cooks. Continue cooking until the meat is no longer pink. Add the sauce to the skillet, bringing it to a quick boil, and then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for about 4 minutes.
  3. Serve warm, sprinkle with the green scallion tops and sesame seeds over the cauliflower rice with steamed broccoli on the side.

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