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Korean Ground Beef - Bulgogi over white rice on a black plate

Instant Pot Korean Ground Beef

Instant Pot Korean Ground Beef has incredible flavor! Use this amazing meat for Korean beef tacos, Korean beef rice bowl, or Korean ground beef lettuce wraps. Make your rice at the same time!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Korean
Keyword instant pot korean ground beef
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Natural Release 10 minutes
Total Time 41 minutes
Servings 4 - 6
Calories 296 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 2 teaspoons Vegetable Oil
  • lbs Ground Beef or Ground Turkey, 90% lean is best
  • 7 cloves Garlic (or 1 Tbsp pressed garlic)
  • cup Soy Sauce, low sodium
  • ½ cup Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger, grated (or 1 tsp powdered ginger)
  • ½ Asian Pear, grated (optional)
  • ¾ teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (or more for some spice)
  • ½ teaspoon White Pepper (or black)

For the Rice - I use a 7" x 2.5" pan

  • cups Jasmine Rice, well rinsed
  • cups Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter

To Serve

  • Tortillas (for tacos)
  • Lettuce Leaves (for lettuce wraps)


  • 2 Green Onions, sliced
  • Sesame Seeds


  1. Get all of your ingredients together and measured out. This will make the process go smoother. Also have the rice in the pan and ready to go.

  2. Turn on the pot's Sauté setting. When it is hot, add the oil, and then the ground beef. Cook beef until it loses the pink color. I use 90% lean beef, so I don't drain, but drain the excess fat if there is more than a few teaspoons.

  3. Add garlic, soy sauce, water, brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger, Asian pear (if using), red pepper flakes, and white pepper. Mix well, scraping the bottom of the pot to get up any browned bits so you don't get the Burn error.

  4. Cancel the Sauté setting.

  5. Set the trivet in the pot over the beef.

  6. Put the rice, water, and butter in the pan and set on top of the trivet.

  7. Close the lid and set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.

  8. Press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial and the +/- button or dial to select 4 minutes. High Pressure.

  9. When the cook cycle is finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 10 minutes (10 minute Natural Release). Then turn the steam release knob to the Venting position and release the remaining pressure/steam.

  10. When the pin in the lid drops down, open the lid and use silicone mitts, a pan gripper, or such to carefully remove the pan of rice. Then fluff the rice with a fork. 

  11. Remove the trivet and stir the beef.

  12. Serve over rice, or on lettuce leaves, in taco shells/tortillas, garnish, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Updated 3/2022 (Cook time increased)