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Korean Steak Bowls with Sesame Cucumber Slaw

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These Korean Steak Bowls are made with juicy seared steak bites, a quick sesame cucumber slaw, your choice of rice or quinoa, and the best 2-ingredient spicy dressing!

Korean Steak Bowls with Sesame Cucumber Slaw

Meet the bowls that we have been making on major repeat lately. ♡

They were actually inspired by a Korean burger recipe that I made with some friends in the States a few months back. But since good burger buns are notoriously difficult to find here in Barcelona (lol, don’t get me started), I ended up adapting the recipe into these simple salad-y rice bowls once I arrived back home. And over the past few months, this recipe has turned into one of our all-time favorites for easy meal prep lunches and dinners for the week ahead.

The protein here is of course 100% up to you — I’m partial making these bowls with juicy soy-marinated steak bites, but you could just as easily swap in ground beef (or Beyond Beef), chicken, pork, shrimp, tofu, or tempeh. You also have the choice of rice, quinoa or other grains as your base for these bowls. But the slaw and dressing are non-negotiables here. ♡  I am absolutely in love with this sesame cucumber slaw recipe, which adds a burst of bright fresh flavors and cool crunch to these bowls, and also holds up well in the fridge for a few days if you are making these bowls for meal prep. And get ready, because once you meet this creamy dreamy spicy gochujang sauce, you’re going to want to be drizzling it on just about everything. Altogether, the ingredients combine to form the most irresistible balance of textures and flavors that we’re obsessed with here in our house. I’m certain you’re going to love them too!

Alright, let’s make these Korean steak bowls!

Easy Meal Prep Recipe | Korean Beef Bowls with Sesame Slaw

Korean Steak Bowl Ingredients:

Alright, let’s chat ingredients! To make these Korean beef bowls, you will need the following ingredients for these four basic components of the recipe:

  • Steak bites: I used flank steak for this recipe, seasoned with salt and pepper then cooked in avocado oil (or whichever high-heat oil you may prefer). But as I mentioned above, feel free to sub in whatever other type of protein you might prefer if steak isn’t your fave.
  • Cucumber slaw: Made with a basic bag of coleslaw mix, English (or Persian) cucumber slices, fresh cilantro, green onions, and a simple dressing made with rice vinegar, soy sauce, maple syrup and toasted sesame oil. Feel free to also toss in some toasted sesame seeds for added crunch, if you’d like!
  • Spicy sauce: So obsessed with this simple sauce made with plain Greek yogurt (or mayo) and gochujang paste. You can either serve it as more of a thick creamy sauce, or thin it out with a few tablespoons of water to make it more of a drizzly dressing — up to you! (Feel free to also adjust the amount of gochujang, depending on what level of spicy heat you prefer.)
  • Rice: We typically make these bowls with either white or brown rice, but feel free to use quinoa or any other grains that you might prefer.

2-Ingredient Korean Creamy Gochujang Sauce

How To Make These Korean Steak Bowls:

As always, the full instructions are listed in the recipe below. But here are a few notes about each of the steps we will take to make these bowls:

  1. Cook the rice. I always do this nowadays in my Instant Pot, which is the easiest breeziest way that I know to make rice. But feel free to use the traditional stovetop method or a rice cooker too — whichever works best for you!
  2. Make the sauce: As mentioned above, you can either whisk the ingredients together to form a thick and creamy sauce, which you can dollop onto your bowls. Or you can thin the sauce out with a few tablespoons of water to make it more of a drizzly dressing.
  3. Make the slaw: No worries about whisking the dressing ingredients together separately. I literally just add everything to a big bowl and toss until combined!
  4. Cook the steak bites: In order to get perfectly seared and juicy steak bites, it’s essential that we work quickly with a very hot pan! So be sure that your steak is chopped and seasoned and ready to go. Then heat the oil in a large sauté pan over high heat until it’s shimmering and sizzles loudly once the steak hits the pan. Add the steak bites to the pan in an even layer (do this in two batches if your pan is on the smaller size) and cook for 2 minutes without stirring, so that the steak can get a nice golden sear on the bottom. Then flip and cook on the second side until the steak reaches your desired level of doneness, and transfer to a clean bowl, and toss with the soy sauce.
  5. Assemble the bowls: Finally, layer everything up! In your serving bowls, portion out a generous serving of rice and coleslaw, add a layer of steak bites, top with the spicy sauce (plus maybe an extra sprinkle of cilantro and sesame seeds) and enjoy!

Sesame Cucumber Salad

Possible Variations:

There are so many fun ways that you can customize these bowls if you would like! For example, feel free to…

  • Use a different protein: As mentioned above, these bowls would be delicious with just about any protein that you love best! In place of the steak, feel free to use ground beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, tofu, or tempeh. Or we’ve also enjoyed making this lately with Beyond Beef too.
  • Add avocado: I didn’t include this in the recipe below, since sliced avocado doesn’t hold up well in the fridge for meal prep. But if you happen to have an avocado on hand, we can vouch that it’s delicious in these bowls!
  • Add a soft-boiled (or fried) egg: Also a delicious addition.

Korean Beef Bowls with Cucumber Salad

More Favorite Korean Recipes:

Looking for more Korean recipe inspiration? Here are a few of my other favorites!

Korean Steak Bowls with Gochujang Sauce

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Korean Steak Bowls with Gochujang Sauce

Korean Steak Bowls

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  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x


These Korean Steak Bowls are made with juicy seared steak bites, a quick sesame cucumber slaw, your choice of rice or quinoa, and the best 2-ingredient spicy dressing!



Steak Bites:

Sesame Cucumber Slaw:

Spicy Sauce:


  • 1 1/2 cups white or brown rice


  1. Cook the rice.  Cook the rice according to package instructions.
  2. Make the sauce: Whisk together the Greek yogurt and gochujang until combined.  If you would like to turn the sauce into more of a drizzly dressing, whisk in a few extra tablespoons of water until the mix reaches your desired consistency.  (And if it tastes a bit too spicy for your liking, stir in some extra Greek yogurt.)
  3. Make the slaw: Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.
  4. Cook the steak bites: Season the steak evenly with a generous pinch of salt and a few twists of freshly-cracked black pepper.  Heat the oil in a large sauté pan over high heat until it is shimmering.  (You want the pan to be very hot!)  Quickly add the steak bites to the pan in an even layer.  (If your pan is too small for the steak bites to fit in a single layer, I recommend cooking it in two batches.)  Cook the steak for 2 minutes without stirring.  Then flip and cook for 2-ish more minutes, or until the steak is seared on both sides and cooked to your desired level of doneness.  Transfer steak to a clean bowl and toss with the soy sauce.
  5. Assemble the bowls: In your serving bowls, layer a portion of rice, slaw, and steak bites.  Then drizzle generously with the spicy sauce, plus an optional extra sprinkle of chopped cilantro for garnish.  Enjoy!

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25 comments on “Korean Steak Bowls with Sesame Cucumber Slaw”

  1. Okay, this looks AMAZING! We totally need to make these for meal prep asap!


  2. Do you marinate the flank steak in the soy sauce – and if so, how long? Thanks! Looks like a fabulous dish!

  3. I was wondering the same as MP Brock Zimmerman because the steak is so nicely brown in the photo. I’m excited to try this and pair with our new go-to….spring rolls. You can pack in so many veggies with spring rolls, healthier than egg rolls, and they’re adaptable to what’s in the fridge.

  4. I can’t do ‘spicy’, so is there anything else that could be added to the yogurt or mayo to make the sauce?

    And thanks for the recipe!

  5. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it…I do have a question though, what is Gochujang Paste and is there any substitute I can use? I see I can get it on Amazon but I’m not sure I really want that kind of quantity.

  6. Made this tonight with Beyond Beef ground and it was fantastic! Can’t wait For the leftovers tomorrow – I suspect it will be even better after the flavors meld. Thank you Gimme Some Oven for another awesome recipe.

  7. OMG! I made this tonite, I’m literally eating devouring rather as I type this. I used shrimp and so quick and easy. I mean you don’t have to measure everything, I just eyeballed the ingredients for both the dressing and sauce. I used nonfat greek yogurt for the sauce. But the slaw is everything! I could eat the slaw by itself. I used brown rice as the first layer but honestly I could omit altogether. So yummy!

  8. Loved this recipe as a concept: a great flexible way to feed a family or group and meal prep for lunches. Tip for feeding kids: I offered a variety of sauces to choose from (teriyaki and BBQ). I didn’t think the slaw was very flavorful, but I will repeat this concept with another Asian slaw recipe.

  9. Hey! Thanks for sharing the recipe. The choice of protein as you said is entirely up to us but i think ground beef will definitely have a much better juicy effect to the dish. It looks so beautiful and tasty.

  10. This recipe was easy, and tasted good! I couldn’t find gochujang paste at my grocery store so I mixed sriracha with the greek yogurt instead – it worked well. I used a microwavable bag of brown rice and this dinner was ready in no time!

  11. Made this tonight! Fantastic! We loved the coleslaw salad. Made it with beef this time but next time we’ll try shrimp. :)

  12. It was delicious! Easy weeknight dinner!

  13. Eating this right now, typing with one hand, bowl in the other. This recipe is fast and fabulous. I haven’t finished my food, yet, and I already can’t wait to make it, again. Thank you!

  14. Made this dish today for the family and it was a big success. I made a few tiny modifications (because I always do) but they are just my personal preference and the recipe would not need them to work perfectly. We do not have coleslaw mix – or rather I did not bother to look for it – so I sliced half of a small cabbage, added salt and kneaded until the leaves get softer before adding all the described components. Otherwise I added avocado (cubes, sprinkled with lime juice) to the bowl because I had a nice one, the meat and I prepared as described. I toned down the hotness of the sauce by adding more yogurt (I used the standard – for us – 3.5% fat yogurt). It was absolutely delicious.
    After sampling the Gochujang paste I would suggest adding sriracha to Miso paste when you are looking for a substitute. Only Sriracha will not give the sauce a comparable depth but that is, of course, a matter of preferences.

  15. Made this tonight with shrimp instead of beef. OMG so good! We had to go to an asian market to get the gochujang paste as we couldn’t find anywhere else. It worth the extra stop on grocery shopping! That paste mixed with the greek yogurt is the BOMB! My husband absolutely loved it. The slaw was delicious. We are going to make again tomorrow and do a mix of beef and shrimp. Will definitely be making this on a regular basis. Thank you for the excellent recipe!

  16. This was fantastic, even my picky mother, who is not an adventurous eater loved it!!! Made as described and this truly is a case where flavour layering creates something special. While each component in and of itself is “fine” together they make something that is tasty and has a great mouth feel with all of the textures. Have made it 2 times since I read the post about favorite 2020 recipes.

  17. Just made this dish and I’m obsessed! Very flavourful and easy to make.

  18. These have become a staple dinner for us. So delicious!

  19. Late to the game here, but I made this recipe last night and it was ah-mazing. I had to use all of the yogurt with the sauce because I’m a bit of a spice wimp, but I will be making this again for sure. Super easy, tons of flavor, and not too much cleanup. Thanks for an awesome dish!

  20. This is going to be great with rare tuna steaks! Thank you.

  21. Excellent flavor. Loved the depth of flavors and the textures. The slight tang with the yogurt was great. Used frozen angus beef fajita strips since I already had them, and added a bit more rice vinegar than called for in the recipe. Personal taste. Definitely a hit with husband.

  22. Made this for lunch today substituting shrimp for the beef. It was easy and delicious.

  23. This was fabulous. the yoghurt sauce was very good. If you think it will be spicy reduce the red spicy paste. The slaw was so good that I am thinking of making it as a side for other dishes. Cabbage is so good for you. I only used 1 T of the soy and it was the perfect amount. I cut the flank steak into small bite-size pieces so there was no need to cut them when they were in the bowl. I plan to try this with other meats too.

  24. This was delicious!! Loved it!