Several weeks back, I was craving something a little different. I had a package of ground beef and randomly wanted to create a bowl of some sort. However, I didn't really want it to be Mexican-inspired (as so many are). With those criteria, I did an online search and found a few interesting ideas, but nothing that really spoke to me in its entirety. So, I created my own with a combination of the results that came up. I give you my Ground Beef Bulgogi Bowl!
- 1 medium zucchini
- olive oil, salt, & pepper
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 medium onion, finely diced
- 1/4 C Korean Barbecue (bulgogi) sauce
- 1 C pearl (Israeli) couscous
- 1 C chicken stock
- eggs (1 per bowl)
- Optional garnishment: sesame seeds, green onions
- Quarter the zucchini longways then dice. Toss the chunks with oil, salt, & pepper. Lay them out on a baking sheet and roast at 425° F for about 10 minutes. Set aside.
- Set your Instant Pot on the Saute setting. Add about 1 Tbs of oil. Cook your ground beef and onions until no pink remains. Drain the grease and return the beef and onions to the pot.
- Add bulgogi sauce and let it cook into the meat for a minute or two.
- Stir in couscous and stock.
- Secure lid to the instant pot. Set pot to manual pressure, high for 7 minutes.
- While the Instant Pot is going, fry your eggs.
- When time is up on the pot, quick release the pressure. Once the pressure is released, add your lightly roasted zucchini and mix it together with the beef mixture.
- Place beef and couscous in a bowl and top with your fried egg(s). Optionally, you can garnish with more bulgogi sauce, green onions, and/or sesame seeds.
Once all the pink is gone from the beef, turn it out onto a paper-towel-lined plate to drain off the grease. Return the beef and onions to the Instant Pot. Stir in the Bulgogi sauce and allow it to season the meat for a minute or two. Add the couscous and chicken stock (though other stock would work fine too) and stir to combine.
Scoop the meat mixture into bowls. Top it with your fried egg. You could also add a drizzle more of the Bulgogi sauce and maybe even sliced green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. (I like all the toppings!)