Meet my go-to lifesaver, the Vietnamese Ground Beef Rice Bowls! It’s my quick fix for busy days—only 15 minutes in the kitchen, zero prep needed. The real heroes? Lemongrass and fish sauce, guaranteed not to let you down! 😉

Vietnamese ground beef rice bowl

❤️ Why you will love this recipe?

Taking cues from the Vietnamese lemongrass beef noodle salad (Bún Bò Xào / Bún Bò Nam Bộ) , I whipped up this tasty lemongrass ground beef rice bowl. While it’s not a traditional Vietnamese dish (ground beef isn’t a Vietnamese staple), but let me tell you, there are plenty of reasons why you’ll be totally hooked:

Vietnamese ground beef rice bowl
  • It’s a breeze to whip up—super quick and easy.
  • Just a handful of ingredients, and I bet they’re already hanging out in your Asian pantry.
  • It’s incredibly versatile—swap out the ground beef for pork, chicken, turkey, or even vegan meat. The choice is all yours!

🍚 Ingredients

Ingredients for Vietnamese Beef Rice Bowls.

Only a handful of ingredients needed for the Vietnamese ground beef rice bowls

  • Jasmine rice
  • Ground beef
  • Lemongrass: lemongrass is one of the most popular Vietnamese herbs. You can even save time with frozen minced lemongrass.
  • Garlic & Vietnamese 5-spice powder (optional)
  • Seasonings: Fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar

📝 Instructions

PREPARE STEAMED JASMINE RICE

My super quick yet fluffy microwaved jasmine rice saves me way more time in the kitchen.

  1. Rinse the rice: Place the rice in a bowl, fill it with water, swirl the water around with your hand, and then drain. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times until the water looks clear. Drain the rice well.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the rice along with 1+3/4 cups (690ml) of boiling water.
Rinse jasmine rice in water
Step 1
drain jasmine rice
Step 2
  1. Cover the bowl with a plate and place another plate underneath to catch any water that might leak during cooking.
  2. Cook the rice on high in the microwave for 10 minutes (mine is 700 watts). Once done, gently fluff the rice, cover the bowl again, and continue microwaving for an extra 3 minutes.
  3. Take the rice out of the microwave and allow it to rest for 5 minutes.
jasmine rice after microwaving
Step 3
fluffed rice
Step 4

If you are a fan of Jasmine rice, don’t miss my collection of recipes with Jasmine rice . They are legit!!

SAUTÉ THE GOUND BEEF AND ASSEMBLE

  1. In a pan, heat 1 tbsp cooking oil. Add minced garlic and lemongrass; sauté until fragrant.
  2. Introduce the ground beef and cook over medium-high heat.
  3. When the beef is halfway cooked, season it with oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and Vietnamese 5-spice powder according to your taste. Be careful not to overcook the beef.
  4. Place jasmine rice in a bowl and top it with the Vietnamese ground beef. Enjoy!
Sauté the lemongrass and garlic.
Step 1
Stir-fry the ground beef on medium high heat.
Step 2
Season the ground beef.
Step 3
Vietnamese ground beef rice bowl
Step 4

I really hope you’re enjoying my recipes! With my schedule being a bit hectic these days, I’m planning to share more modern, quick, yet delicious Asian recipes rather than the traditional ones with ton of steps, lol.

If you have any questions about Asian cuisine, especially Vietnamese recipes, just give me a shout—I’m more than happy to help out 😁!

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Vietnamese ground beef rice bowl

Vietnamese Ground Beef Rice Bowls (15 minutes)

Vietnamese Ground Beef Rice Bowls! This is my go-to solution for hectic days—just 15 minutes in the kitchen, no prep required. The true stars? Lemongrass and fish sauce, ensuring they won't disappoint!
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Vietnamese
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

Steamed Jasmine Rice (i used my quick, easy microwaved jasmine rice recipe to save time)

  • 1 cup jasmine rice (250ml)
  • cup boiling water (440ml)

Lemongrass Ground Beef:

  • 1 pound ground beef (450)
  • 1 tbsp minced lemongrass
  • ½ tbsp minced garlic (optional)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (to your taste)
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce (to your taste)
  • ½ tbsp sugar (to your taste)
  • ½ tsp Vietnamese 5-spice powder (optional)

Instructions
 

Cook the rice:

  • Place the rice in a bowl, fill it with water, swirl the water around with your hand, and then drain. Repeat this process 2 to 3 times until the water looks clear. Drain the rice well.
  • Combine the rice with 1+3/4 cups (690ml) of boiling water in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Place a plate over the bowl and set another plate beneath it to catch any potential water leakage during the cooking process.
  • Microwave the rice on high for 10 minutes. Afterward, fluff the rice, cover the bowl again, and microwave for an additional 3 minutes (mine is 700 watts).
  • Finally, let the cooked rice rest for 5 minutes.

Cook the beef and assemble the rice bowl:

  • Heat 1 tbsp cooking oil in a pan. Add minced garlic and lemongrass, sauté until fragrant.
  • Add the ground beef and cook over medium-high heat.
  • When the beef is halfway cooked, season it with oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and Vietnamese 5-spice powder to your taste. Avoid overcooking the beef.
  • Place jasmine rice in a bowl and generously top it with the Vietnamese ground beef. Ready to enjoy!
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