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Gochujang Beef Fried Rice
with sesame spinach

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Smoky, spicy, slightly-sweet Korean chili sauce, Gochujang gives this fried rice a unique twist. Feel free to add extra Gochujang for more of that layered flavor.
Smarts: We chose to serve the spinach on the side for some variation in textures, but feel free to just stir the spinach right into the fried rice near the end of cooking if you’d prefer.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Gochujang Beef Fried Rice:
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Cilantro leaves - 3 Tbsp, chopped
  • Frozen vegetables, any mix - 1 1/2 cups (use a stir-fry or Asian mix if available)
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Beef, ground and lean - 1 lb
  • Gochujang Stir-fry Sauce (ingredients listed separately) - 7 Tbsp
  • Cooked rice (leftover from Tuesday) - 1 1/2 cups
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
Gochujang Stir-Fry Sauce:
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Gochujang - 3 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 3 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 tsp
  • Cornstarch - 1 tsp
Sesame Spinach:
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 tsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 1 tsp
  • Sesame seeds, white - 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Garlic - Chop garlic. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make sauce - Combine garlic, gochujang, soy sauce (portion for sauce), brown sugar, vinegar, and cornstarch. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Limes / Cilantro - Prep as directed.
  4. Frozen vegetables - Defrost in the microwave.

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Make

  1. Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach, soy sauce (portion for spinach), and toasted sesame oil. Saute until spinach wilts (you can put a lid over the pan to speed this along). Add sesame seeds and continue to saute until most of the water has cooked off, 3 to 4 minutes more. Squeeze lemon juice over spinach and season with some salt. Set spinach aside.
  2. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then beef to heated oil. Saute, breaking beef apart, until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add vegetables to beef and stir to combine.
  4. Give sauce a stir and pour over vegetables and beef. Simmer until sauce thickens, ~2 minutes.
  5. Add rice and toss everything together until heated through.
  6. Stir peanuts into fried rice.
  7. Serve fried rice with spinach on the side (you can also stir it right into the fried rice if you prefer). Top fried rice with cilantro and finish by squeezing lime wedges over top. Serve any extra lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (64)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (8)

Most Helpful

Had bought Gochujang for another Cooksmarts recipe and was looking for a new way to use it - this was great! I used chicken breast instead of beef. Would probably double the amount of spinach next time since it wilts down so much.

By: Maggie
Posted: Jun 04, 2021
Diet: Original
2 Helpful

52 reviews

So quick, so simple, and so tasty. Leftovers reheat perfectly.

By: Catherine
Posted: Jun 24, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I have to say, the spinach was the star of this meal. I’m legit wanting to just make a huge meal of just the spinach. But the rice was good too.

By: Kristin
Posted: Jan 16, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

So good!

By: Jane
Posted: Jan 10, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Everyone likes it a lot. Very tasty. The sauce is lovely. I might try it with fresh vegetables next time, as I find frozen veggies a bit mushy for my liking.

By: Pierrette
Posted: Jan 04, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Took my own advice from last time and used ground chicken. Also fresh veggies stir fry instead of frozen. Used a whole 5 oz container of baby spinach based on previous recommendations. Added some edamame on the side.

By: Alyssa
Posted: Jan 03, 2022
Diet: Gluten-free
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This was great! I shredded some leftover roast beef to use instead of the ground beef and it worked just fine. I agree with other reviewers, the spinach was too small an amount for a side. I ended up just stirring it into the rice.

By: Carli
Posted: Oct 13, 2021
Diet: Original
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