Easy Beef Bowl Recipe

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Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 25 mins
Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 2 Calories: 520 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


The Beef Bowl is a versatile and satisfying dish with plenty of room for creativity. Feel free to customize your ground beef rice bowl to your taste preferences and dietary needs.


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  1. Heat a 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium-size pot, over high heat. Add the ginger, cook for 1 minute. Add 1 1/2 cups of water the rice, season with salt, and cook covered with a lid for 10-12 minutes. Let rest for another 10 minutes without opening the lid.

  2. In a small bowl mix the white vinegar with 1 tablespoon of water and 1 teaspoon sugar. Add the finely sliced onion. Set aside.

  3. Grate the carrot. Cut the bok choy to  half-inch pieces, and the cucumber to half moons. 

  4. In a large pan heat up a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook the minced garlic for 1 minute. Add the ground beef. Cook until browned. 

  5. Add the carrot and bok choy. Cook for 2-3 minutes and add the hoisin sauce. Cook for 1 more minute.

  6. Build your bowl. Start with the rice, top with the beef, cucumber and pickled red onion. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, and drizzle with soy mayo.


  • Season the ground beef with salt, pepper, and any other desired seasonings. You can also add minced garlic and ginger for extra flavor.
  • Opt for lean ground beef (usually 90% lean or higher) to minimize excess fat and grease in your dish.
  • Sautéing aromatics like garlic in a bit of oil until they become translucent and fragrant provides a flavorful base for your dish.
  • Customize your beef bowl with garnishes like sliced green onions, pickled ginger, nori (seaweed), sesame seeds, or a sprinkle of shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven-spice blend) for added flavor and texture.
  • Taste your beef mixture as you go along and adjust the seasoning to achieve a well-balanced combination of salty, sweet, and savory flavors.
  • While the classic beef rice bowl is a favorite, you can also experiment with different toppings and variations like "Gyudon" (thinly sliced beef bowl) or "Buta-don" (pork rice bowl) for variety.
  • Feel free to add vegetables like steamed broccoli, sautéed mushrooms, or sliced bell peppers to enhance the nutritional value and flavor of your beef rice bowl.
Keywords: rice, beef

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use other ground meats instead of beef?

Yes, you can use other ground meats like pork, chicken, or turkey to create different variations of rice bowls.

How do I store leftover beef rice bowl?

Store leftover beef rice bowl in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

Can I make a large batch and freeze it?

While you can freeze the beef mixture, keep in mind that rice doesn't freeze well. Consider freezing the beef mixture separately and then reheating it and serving it over freshly cooked rice when you're ready to enjoy it.

What are some creative toppings for a ground beef rice bowl?

You can get creative with toppings! Some ideas include avocado slices, soft-boiled or fried eggs, sautéed mushrooms, kimchi, sliced cucumbers, or bean sprouts.

Can I adjust the spiciness of the dish?

Yes, you can adjust the spiciness by adding sriracha or using a milder hot sauce if you prefer less heat.

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