Do More with Less: Korean Sesame Ground Beef

When it comes to dinner, I often find myself looking at what we have in our fridge and throwing something together. While I sometimes follow a recipe, I hardly ever make one that calls for too many ingredients. In fact, I tend to lean toward recipes that require fewer than 10 ingredients and can be made in less than 30 minutes. That's why this Korean Sesame Ground Beef dish has become a go-to favorite. Tweet this

I always choose the leanest ground beef option — I use a 93-percent lean (7-percent fat) variety. Then, because we love Korean food in my house, I incorporate Korean flavors into the recipe. Serve it with lettuce or sprinkled on a salad. I love it over rice and topped with green onions and sesame seeds. Voila: There's dinner tonight!

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Recipe by Christin Hebron, MBA, RD, LD


  • ¼ cup less- or reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon green onions
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, ground ginger and crushed red pepper.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet on medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook until crumbly and brown.
  3. Add soy sauce mixture to beef, stirring to coat.
  4. Top with green onions and sesame seeds. Serves 4.

Cooking Note

  • Serve ground beef over rice, with lettuce or sprinkled on a salad.
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Christin Hebron, MBA, RD, LD, is a Las Vegas-based registered dietitian nutrition specializing in pediatric nutrition and weight management. She is on the public policy panel for the Nevada Dietetic Association. Read her blog, The Scarlet Pepper, and follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.