If you're looking for a fast and easy meal that's also hearty and delicious, look no further than these Asian ground beef rice bowls! Served with or without a soft cooked egg, it's going to become one of your favorite one-bowl meals!
This is one fast, easy, and delicious that you are going to LOVE.
A hearty, comforting meal of tender, flavor-filled ground beef on a bed of hot steamed rice and a soft cooked egg with a rich runny yolk.
And all in one bowl.
This is the perfect recipe to keep in your back pocket when you need to pull dinner together quickly. It takes just 30 minutes to get these hot bowls of deliciousness to the table!
Your only challenge will be to not inhale the food too quickly and to savor every forkful!
Besides some hot steamed rice, all you need to make these ground beef rice bowls are some simple ingredients comprising of garlic, onion, ground beef, and green onions. Then you have the sauce component made up of oyster sauce, soy sauce, mirin, honey, sesame oil, white pepper and tapioca starch.
All the sauce ingredients can be mixed together ahead of time so it's all ready to go when you start cooking. Also, in case you're wondering, the tapioca starch is in there for thickening the sauce when it's cooked with the meat, giving the ground beef a nice glaze.
Then it's on to the cooking, which will come together incredibly quickly and easily, so make sure your rice is already cooked and ready for serving!
Cooked In A Jiffy
One quick side note here: I often get asked what fry pan/skillet I like to use, and my favorite is Greenpan's Levels 12" Frypan. It has a ceramic nonstick cooking surface, which means no toxic fumes or chemicals being leached into your food. It is my go-to pan for sauteeing and frying and is a breeze to clean up.
Back to the cooking...
It all starts with frying the garlic and onions in the pan to get them softened a bit and nice a fragrant. Then comes the beef which you cook through before adding the sauce.
Mix in the sauce so the beef is all happily coated, then toss in the chopped green onions, give it all a stir and turn off the heat.
You are DONE and dinner is ready!
The beef on rice is scrumptious as it as at this point, but you can always take this dish up a notch by adding an egg! Whether it's poached, cooked over-easy, sunny-side-up, or soft boiled, mixing in an egg with a runny yolk is only a plus! Since I don't have a hang of making poached eggs yet, I do gently cooked over-easy eggs and they are perfect.
If you aren't a fan of runny egg yolks, but like the idea of adding an egg, you can always a hard-boiled egg and chop it into the rice.
Feel free to garnish with some more chopped green onion, sesame seeds, fried garlic, or even a drizzle of hot sauce like sriracha or Korean gochujang sauce. There's nothing like a bit of spice to add another layer of delicious flavor to the dish.
If you want to have a lower carb meal, you can turn this ground beef rice bowl into a ground beef cauliflower rice bowl! You can also serve it over a bed of cooked green beans and serve it as side dish.
One bowl meals are not only great for simplicity in preparation, but also for simple clean-up! If you want more one-bowl meal ideas, especially for busy weeknight, check out Japanese Butadon Pork Bowls, Japanese Gyudon Beef Bowls, or Flaked Salted Salmon Rice Bowls. It's good to have a few of these simple recipes in your back pocket for those times you just don't have the time or the energy!
And there you have it. These beef rice bowls are flavor-packed, hearty, and comforting, and yet they are also incredibly simple and ridiculously easy to make. This meal is a total favorite with my family and it might just become one with yours, too!
Asian Ground Beef Rice Bowls
- 500 g ground beef (just over 1 lb.)
- ½ medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tbs oyster sauce
- 1 tbs tamari (soy sauce if not GF)
- 1 tbs mirin
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ¼ teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon tapioca starch
- ¼ cup chopped green onion
- 4 eggs, either poached or fried over-easy, 1 egg per serving
- Cook rice.
- In bowl or measuring cup, combine oyster sauce, soy sauce, mirin, honey, sesame oil, white pepper, and tapioca starch. Mix well and set aside.
- In a large frying pan over medium heat, add 1-2 tbs light olive oil and fry onion and garlic until softened, about 1-2 minutes.
- Add ground beef and cook through, breaking up the meat as you fry.
- Once meat is cooked, add sauce to the frying pan and mix.
- Stir in ¼ cup chopped green onions and turn off heat.
- Divide meat and scoop meat over hot rice in a bowl. Top with poached or over-easy egg.
- Garnish with more chopped green onion and sesame seeds, if desired. Serve immediately.
- Calories include 1 cup of cooked rice.
- For a lower carb meal, serve the beef over cauliflower rice or a bed of a cooked green beans!
- Serve the ground beef with or without an egg.
- Besides cooking the egg by poaching or frying over-easy, you could also cook the egg sunny-side-up or soft boiled. The idea is to have the runny yolk to mix into the rice!
- If you don't like runny eggs, use hard boiled eggs.
- Garnish with more chopped green onions, sesame seeds, fried garlic or shallots, a drizzle of hot sauce like sriracha or Korean gochujang sauce.
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