Korean Style Ground Beef & Spinach Rice Bowls

You know when you look in your refrigerator to see what you have that needs to be used up and / or is thawed and ready to eat? That's pretty much how this dish came about. I don't know about you, but I am a biiiigggg fan of running searches on google for "recipes with x and x" to get ideas when I have a certain protein and a certain vegetable that need to be used at the same time and want to try something new or different.

When I searched for spinach and ground beef I came across this recipe and knew I had to give it a try! This was a wonderful hearty, filling dish. The meat mixture is warmly spiced, it's chock full of delicious spinach, and the egg on top adds a wonderful complement to the dish. If you're not familiar with chili garlic sauce, the heat level is going to completely depend on the type you are using, so start with a small amount and increase to taste if you're sensitive to spice (like me)!

Looking for some other Asian inspired dishes to whet your appetite?

Korean Style Ground Beef & Spinach Rice Bowls

2-3 cups cooked rice (any kind - I like to use my Instant Pot to cook up rice while the meal cooks if I don't have any leftover)

1 tsp canola oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 TBS minced garlic (jarred)
8-10 oz fresh baby spinach
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper

1 lb ground beef
2 TBS soy sauce
1 TBS brown sugar
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 TBS chili garlic sauce

4 large eggs
Nonstick cooking spray (for frying eggs)

  1. In a large nonstick skillet, add all ingredients for the spinach, and cook over medium to medium-high heat until spinach is wilted, and most of the moisture has simmered off. Remove the spinach to a bowl.
  2. Add the ground beef to the same skillet, and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper while cooking. When browned, drain off excess grease if necessary. Add in the soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce. Simmer mixture for about 10 minutes. Stir in the cooked spinach. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  3. Turn off heat, or leave on low while you fry eggs in a small skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, to your desired consistency (we prefer over-medium)!
  4. Serve in a bowl with a scoop of warmed rice, topped with a scoop of the spinach and beef mixture, and a fried egg on top.
Recipe from Mash Up Mom


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