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30 Minute Korean Beef and Peppers with Sesame Rice. Oh my gosh…this is the BEST! Stir fried sweet, spicy, and tangy Korean beef, with garden fresh bell peppers, basil, and green onions, all served over toasted sesame rice. It’s colorful, super quick, so delicious, and possibly the best recipe you’ll make this week. Trust me, this is good, and everyone loves it!

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Happiest Monday everyone! Hoping you all had a great weekend and are enjoying these late summer August days. My brother Kai (who is HBH’s video producer) and I spent the weekend filming some new video content and working away pretty much all Saturday and Sunday. Thankfully, I was able to take a little me time on Sunday to prepare for my week away. As I mentioned in yesterday’s Favorite’s post, I’m off to LA today for some photoshoots and meetings. Looking forward to some LA heat and sunshine, because I know when I return home at the end of the week, fall will very much be settling in around (no issues here). I always, always stress the day leading up to a trip away, but always have the best time away. Work trips like this keep me energized and inspired, so I’m exited for the time away!

Anyway, that’s a quick two second recap of what’s happening, but let’s move along and talk about this easy Korean beef that’s perfect for busy nights, back to school family dinners, and really everything in between.

My little sister Asher has her first day back at school this Thursday, and while I’m not personally a parent, I know that back to school time is so crazy busy for everyone. Between adjusting to new schedules, making lunches, after school activities, and parent teacher conferences, life goes from lazy and laid back, to hectic and go, go, go.

And for those of us who are not heading back to school, or don’t have kids, life still gets busier come the end of summer and I think we can all appreciate a good 30 minute dinner.

I mean, right? Yes, or course.

30 Minute Korean Beef and Peppers in skillet

It’s really no secret that I love a good Korean meal, especially after experiencing them first hand in Korea this past winter. They’re sweet, spicy, tangy, a little salty, and all things really good.

Here are the details.

The sauce is a simple mix up of soy sauce, honey, Korean chile paste, ginger, and garlic. Traditionally a Korean based sauce has wheat flour, sugar (or corn syrup), vinegar, and spices, but I really wanted not only to simplify things, but healthify them as well. This Korean beef still has all the great flavors of most Korean dishes, it’s just simpler and much less sugary.

Cool. Cool.

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Start off by making the sauce, then stir fry the bell peppers and zucchini, add the steak, add the sauce, stir it all up and you’re done. Simple, quick and easy.

I wanted to use up all the peppers we have growing in the garden, so those were the obvious choice for my veggies, but feel free to use a mix of veggies you love most or have on hand. I also knew that basil had to be included, because I’m literally up to my ears in fresh basil right now. And that’s no exaggeration, we have so much basil.

And yes, I know that some of these ingredients are not traditional Korean ingredients, but the the flavors are inspired by Korea, so go with me on this…

In addition to the Korean beef and peppers, I also cooked up a simple batch of toasted sesame rice. It’s completely up to you if you’d like to make this, but it is really good, and the perfect side dish for this saucy Korean beef. OK and fine, you guys know I love a good meat and rice bowl situation. I can’t help it, sometimes you have to fall back on the things you know and love.

If you wanted to make this even healthier, try swapping white rice for brown rice or quinoa, either would be so good!

And that is it! Simple, quick, easy, and delish. Perfect for any night of the week, but especially a busy Monday night.


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If you make this 30 minute Korean Beef and Peppers, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love hearing from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every one of you. And of course, if you do make this dish, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram so I can see! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Watch the How To Video:

30 Minute Korean Beef and Peppers with Sesame Rice

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 704 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Toasted Sesame Rice


  • 1. To make the sauce. In a glass measuring cup or jar, combine the soy sauce, honey, Gochujang (Korean chile paste), ginger, garlic and sesame oil. 
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the peppers and zucchini. Cook 5 minutes or until the veggies are soft and tender, remove from skillet to a plate.
    3. Return the skillet to high heat and add another tablespoon of oil. Add the steak and cook, undisturbed for 2-3 minutes. Stir and cook, undisturbed for another 2-3 minutes. Pour in the sauce and bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the sauce thickens and begins to coat the steak, about 5 minutes.  Add the peppers, zucchini, and green onions, cook 1 minute and then remove from the heat. Stir in the basil.
    4. Divide the rice among bowls and spoon the beef and peppers overtop. Top with fresh basil and green onions. Eat!

Toasted Sesame Rice

  • 1. Add 2 cups water to a medium pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the rice and sesame oil. Stir to combine and then place the lid on the pot and turn the heat down to the lowest setting possible. Allow the rice to cook ten minutes on low and then turn the heat off completely. Let the rice sit, covered, for another 15 minutes (don’t take any peeks inside!). 
    2. Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Stir in 1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds. 
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    1. Hey Gino,
      Amazing!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and your feedback, so glad to hear it was enjoyed! xx

    1. Hey Sanja,
      Wonderful!! I appreciate you giving this recipe a try and your comment, so glad to hear it turned out nicely for you! xT

    1. Hi Marissa,
      I don’t think this would be the best recipe for the crockpot:) It comes together pretty quickly so it’s worth making it on the stove top. Please let me know if you give it a try! xx

  1. 5 stars
    THIS has become a family favorite, pushing red cooked beef down the list. I find it easier and faster than the red cooked beef recipe I’ve been using and the family likes it a little better.
    I’ve tried it without the basil (the basil makes a difference, keep it in if you have it available but it’s also good without basil), and tried it with chicken in lieu of beef (again, it works and is good but not as good as the beef).
    Daughter coming back from college this weekend and I correctly anticipated she would request this. I have always made with plain rice but this week plan to try it with sesame rice–not sure this recipe can get better but we’ll see!

    1. Hi Alan,
      This is so awesome!! Thanks for making this recipe so often and sharing your feedback! I am so glad it always turns out well for you! xT

  2. 5 stars
    This dish was INCREDIBLE. I wish I could figure out how to make this low carb 🤤 — I’d eat this non stop!! Whole family loves it. I’m still at the table while I type this picking at the food and contemplating picking my plate!!

  3. 5 stars
    Love, love, love this recipe! Quick, easy, and sooo good. That sauce 😋. Definitely adding this to the favourites list. Thanks so much Tieghan for sharing all of your recipes. And if you don’t have the cookbooks get them! Lots of fantastic recipes.

    1. Hi Jordan,
      Sure, I don’t see why not! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope it turns out well for you! xT

      1. Here to confirm that yes, sesame oil right in the rice cooker works great 🙂 Delicious weeknight dinner!