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Korean Beef is an easy way to enjoy Korean BBQ at home. And, this easy Instant Pot Korean ground beef recipe will be ready in no time at all.

There are so many easy meals that you can make in your Instant Pot. Have you had a chance to try these Instant Pot Baked Beans yet?

This delicious Instant Pot Beef Stew is also easy to make that it will quickly become your favorite stew recipe. 

As you know, we’ve been putting our instant pot through the paces and this Korean Beef is another easy recipe you should try. So let’s get to it!

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Korean Beef, an easy instant pot beef recipe to try.

Korean Beef


After a busy day, the last thing I want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen making dinner.

That’s where my Instant Pot comes in handy. 

Using it means that I can have dinner on the table in around 30 minutes. It’s an easy way to save time in the kitchen.

Tools/equipment to make this recipe


What is Korean beef called?


You are probably thinking of bulgogi which is usually made with marinated beef sirloin. This dish is slightly different since it uses ground beef.

Think of it as an Instant Pot Korean ground beef recipe.

It’s just as delicious and ready in a fraction of the time.

How do you make Instant Pot Korean beef?


  • Sautee the ground beef in your Instant Pot.
  • Mix the ingredients for your sauce in a measuring cup.
  • Pour it over the beef and cook until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve over rice.

Korean Beef, a delicious Asian dinner with ground beef made in the Instant Pot.

Should I use soy sauce or coconut aminos?


You can use either one in this recipe. Coconut aminos are gluten-free so they are a wonderful choice if you have problems with gluten.

Soy sauce contains gluten but is a more traditional option.

They will both taste delicious and the flavor is very similar. So, choose the one that you have on hand.

You can also use a low sodium soy sauce if you are concerned about the sodium content. 

Can I make this recipe low carb?


Traditionally, Korean beef would be served over rice. But, if you are trying to watch your carbs, you do have a few different options.

You can serve this recipe over riced cauliflower. Or, you can serve it in romaine lettuce leaves and skip the rice entirely.

You can also serve this over glass noodles or rice noodles with you want to try another authentic alternative.

Can I use another ground meat?


Yes, you definitely can. I’ve heard this recipe is quite good with both ground pork and ground turkey

If you want to make this vegan, you can substitute the meat for tempeh, tofu or a different type of plant-based protein.

Can I make this on the stovetop?


Yes. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, simply saute the ground beef on the stove. Then, add the sauce and cook until thickened.

The recipe is very similar. You will just use your stove instead of the Instant Pot to cook.

What should I top Korean beef with?


I like to add diced spring onions and sesame seeds to the top.

But, you can also try toasted sesame seeds if you like.

Easy Korean beef recipe made in the instant pot.

What do you serve with this recipe?


If you’ve ever been to a Korean restaurant, you’ll know that side dishes are called banchan and there are quite a few. 

You can purchase some of these in the ethnic section of your grocery store. Or, you can try making them on your own.

Here are a few ideas.

  • Kimchi is a dish of fermented vegetables
  • Pickled yellow daikon is called Danmuji

How do I store leftovers?


If you end up with leftovers, you can store them in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Use them within 3 to 5 days. 

To reheat them, just put them in a pan on low heat until they are warm throughout.

Korean Beef Instant Pot Recipe


Sautee The Beef

Place ground beef, diced white onion, and olive oil into the pot. Push the saute button on the instant pot. 

Raw beef and onions in instant pot ready to be cooked.

Cook until beef is browned.

Add Liquid Mixture

While the ground beef is browning, grab a liquid measuring cup add in coco aminos (or soy sauce), brown sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and garlic chili sauce. Whisk well.

Pour over ground beef and cook until the sauce thickens around the beef.

Sauteed beef and onions in the instant pot

Add Spring / Green Onion

Dice the tops of the spring onions and set them aside. Cut the long leaves of the green onions in half and toss them into the pot. Mix them in and sautee for 2-minutes.

Cooking green onion in the instant pot with Korean beef recipe

Stir in Sesame Seeds

Stir in the remaining spring onion, and the sesame seeds. Reserve some for plating if you wish.

Cooking Korean beef in the instant pot.

Instant pot Korean Beef Recipe cooking.

Serve beef over rice topped with sesame seeds and spring onions.

Korean beef recipe with ground beef and onion.

More Asian recipes


You can make this recipe for Kung Pao Chicken that tastes better than your favorite Chinese take-out version. Try this delicious stir-fried chicken with hints of salty, sweet, and spicy flavors.

My Asian sesame salad dressing is easy to make and lasts for weeks in the fridge. We use it on all sorts of different lunch and dinner dishes. Drizzle it on salmon salad, chicken dishes, and more

Instant Pot Korean beef recipe, served in a bowl with spring onions and sesame seeds on top.

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Korean Beef, a delicious Asian dinner with ground beef made in the Instant Pot.

Korean Beef

Scrappy Geek
Korean beef is a delicious way to enjoy Korean BBQ at home. The best part is this Korean ground beef is made in the Instant Pot. A simple Korean Beef recipe for dinner.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main, Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine American, korean
Servings 6 people

Equipment

  • Instant pot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs 90/10 ground beef
  • 3/4 cup coco aminos or soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons garlic; minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 bundle spring onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sesame seeds for topping

Instructions
 

  • Place ground beef, diced white onion, and olive oil into the pot. Push saute button on instant pot. Cook until beef is browned
  • While the ground beef is browning, grab a liquid measuring cup add in coco aminos (or soy sauce), brown sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and garlic chili sauce. Whisk well
  • Pour over ground beef and cook until the sauce thickens around the beef
  • Dice the tops of the spring onions and set them aside. Cut the long leaves of the green onions in half and toss them into the pot. Mix them in and sautee for 2-minutes
  • Mix in the remaining spring onion and sesame seeds, reserve some for plating if you wish
  • Serve hot

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