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Our Korean Ground Beef recipe makes one incredible weeknight dinner. Whip up this Instant Pot Korean beef served over a bed of rice. A delicious rice bowl is even better topped with cucumbers and carrots.

A sweet and spicy Korean beef recipe that is truly so easy to make in your pressure cooker. The perfect weeknight dinner or meal to serve a crowd.

Looking for more ground beef recipes, see our complete list of Ground Beef Instant Pot recipes.


  • ground beef
  • sesame oil
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • soy sauce
  • water
  • brown sugar
  • black pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • sesame seeds
  • green onions
  • grained rice
  • salt

What we like about Instant Pot Korean Ground Beef:

  • quick weeknight meal
  • budget-friendly
  • mostly pantry ingredients
  • easy to make a rice bowl with extra toppings like carrots and cucumbers
  • simple to make low-carb with a few substitutions

How To Make

Start by sauteing your ground beef in your Instant Pot. Once you have it browned, you will move on to adding the other ingredients into your pressure cooker.

You can cook your rice the same time as you cook your Korean ground beef if you would like. I share all the instructions in the printable recipe card below.

I love making my rice at the same time as the beef so I have a meal in one which makes dinner so easy for me. Plus you get a fluffy rice that is perfectly tender.

How to Clean Your Inner Pot

Sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend in the bottom of the pot, add a touch of water, and give it a scrub with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. This simple combination really does work wonders!

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What is the best rice to serve with this Instant Pot ground beef recipe?

You will want to use long-grain white rice. You will find if you use brown rice it would need a longer cook time and variation to the recipe.

Can I double this Instant Pot Korean ground beef recipe?

Depending on the size of your Instant Pot will depend. If you have an 8 quart you should be able to possibly double.
The biggest thing is making sure it all fits in the pressure cooker without going over the max line.

How long can you store leftover Korean beef?

You can store this leftover in the fridge for up to three days. Anything after that you will need to use your best judgment.

The rice can store in the fridge for up to five days if you store it in a separate container.

To reheat this you can toss it in the microwave for a quick reheat or opt to heat it up in a skillet on the stove. I recommend heating the ground beef mixture low and slow on the stove.

How to add more spice to Korean ground beef?

If you want to spice up this recipe add in more red pepper flakes on top of your dish. That way each person can add the perfect amount of spice to each plate.

Or if you all like heat add a few more to the mixture before you cook. Now, if you are the opposite you can use fewer pepper flakes to tame the spice.

Scroll below the recipe for even more Ground Beef Instant Pot Recipes!

Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Korean Ground Beef

korean ground beef

Instant Pot Korean Ground Beef recipe is a sweet and spicy recipe that is versatile and can be served over rice, on lettuce wraps, rice noodles, or even on a bun.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes


    1. Add ground beef to Instant Pot and turn on saute mode. Brown ground beef on saute setting. Drain hamburger grease if necessary. If using 90% lean ground beef, draining might not be necessary.
    2. Add in the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, and black and red pepper.
    3. Insert a high trivet (the insert that comes with the 8 quarter instant pot can be made into a high trivet by inverting the handles). It works great to make pot-in-pot rice with this Korean Ground Beef recipe for the Instant Pot.
    4. Rinse long-grain white rice and then add the rice, water and salt to a 6 or 7-inch pan, and then set the pan on top of the high trivet.
    5. Set the Instant Pot to sealing and select a high-pressure cooking time for 4 minutes.
    6. Do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, and then let out the remaining pressure.
    7. Remove the pan of Instant Pot rice and the trivet. You're ready to serve Instant Pot Korean Ground Beef recipe for dinner.
    8. The green onions and sesame seeds are added as a garnish after cooking.


Ground Korean Beef Options

  • All ground beef recipes can easily be adjusted to ground turkey Instant Pot recipes by switching out the ground beef for ground turkey in equal quantities.
  • Make a Korean beef bulgogi bowl by adding Korean beef to a bowl of Instant Pot rice and topping it with pickled cucumbers, spicy kimchi, and a fried egg. Korean ground beef and rice bowls are a popular and healthy dinner idea. You could also have just the ground beef over rice, but those extra garnishes add to the flavor.
  • Instead of a ground beef bowl, use the Korean ground beef to make Instant Pot Korean beef tacos. Serve with cucumber slaw and a side of kimchi.
  • Serve ground beef over rice with Asian vegetables.
  • Add a sweet and spicy Korean sauce to a Korean beef bowl for extra flavoring.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 453Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 101mgSodium 1061mgCarbohydrates 26gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 8gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 34g

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Friday 25th of December 2020

Adding a couple spoons of gochujang would be a great addition.


Friday 22nd of January 2021

That sounds amazing!

Kelly Barr

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

But. If you added the rice?? It would be brown? Wth?? Confused.


Monday 2nd of November 2020

If I already have rice cooked, how long do I cook the meat by itself in the pressure cooker? Thank you.


Friday 26th of June 2020

When are the green onions and sesame seeds supposed to be added?


Friday 28th of August 2020

The green onions and sesame seeds are added as a garnish after cooking.

Megan Soracco

Sunday 7th of June 2020

Could you make this without rice at all?


Friday 28th of August 2020

Sure! If you want to serve it without rice, it's delicious on its own.

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