Instant Pot Korean Ground Beef

Perfect with Big Red One - This versatile sweet & spicy recipe can be served over rice, on lettuce wraps, rice noodles, or even a bun.

Makes 6 Servings.


  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1- inch ginger, grated or minced
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, to garnish
  • 6 green onions, chopped, to garnish
  • 13 Stars Big Red One, to garnish


  • 2 cups long-grained rice, rinsed
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Add ground beef to Instant Pot and turn on saute mode. Saute until it is just browned. Drain grease if necessary. If using 90% lean beef, draining might not be necessary.
  2. Add the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, water, brown sugar and peppers.
  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 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 rice and the trivet. You're ready to serve Instant Pot Korean Ground Beef recipe for dinner.
  8. The Big Red One, green onions, and sesame seeds are added as a garnish after cooking.
  9. Enjoy!


  • This recipe can easily be translated to a slow cooker (minus the rice) with a 4-5 hour cook time on low. Just be sure to add extra liquids so it does not dry out!