Vegan Ginger Beef (Healthier Version with lentils)

Sep 06, 2018 by

If there’s one dish that will convince pre-vegans that plant-based food can be delicious, ‘meaty’ and satisfying, it’s this one. The next time you’re hosting a vegan skeptic for dinner, try this “Korean” Vegan Beef recipe from It’s a big favorite in my home. I’ve loved seeing your videos of non-vegans trying this dish — no one guesses it’s vegan and everyone loves it. Grateful for Korean chefs for inventing this delicious combination of flavours!

I love the original “Korean” Vegan Beef recipe from and recommend it if you’re cooking for the vegan skeptic in your life, but if you’re just making it for yourself or a vegan friend, you can ‘healthify’ the recipe a bit by subbing in lentils for the plant-based meat or going half and half (half lentils, half plant-based meat). I’ve also added less sugar in the below recipe, as well as, some vegetables to complete the dinner plate. The cows thank you for trying this recipe and sharing it with anyone who might be interested. Hope you love it!


  • 1 large red onion (chopped medium-fine)
  • Splash oil
  • 1/2 pack of Gardein beerfless beef or 3/4 pack of Beyond Meat plant-based ground (or ~200g of any plant-based ground beef)
  • 1 3/4 c. cooked lentils
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 c. tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes (optional)
  • Pinch black pepper
  • 1 head broccoli
  • Rice of your choice (I often use sushi rice)
  • Green onion
  • Sesame seeds


  1. Heat avocado oil in a medium to large pan over medium high heat. Add onions and sautee until translucent (~10 min). Add beefless beef, lentils and garlic and cook for another five to ten minutes (stirring often so none sticks to pan).
  2. In a small bowl, combine tamari and brown sugar. Whisk together until sugar is somewhat dissolved, then stir in sesame oil, ginger, chili flakes, black pepper.
  3. Pour sauce over the beefless beef / lentil mixture, cook over medium heat for five minutes so the ginger can cook and the flavours can meld together, then serve hot over rice. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds and serve with broccoli. Enjoy!!

Recipe adapted from


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Easy and delicious!

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March 15, 2021

My kids (7 and 10) ask for this dinner each week. Ingredients are basics we always have in the house and they are always happy! So yummy.

Marnie Ferguson


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March 1, 2021

This recipe is the best! My husband, who is a meat eater, LOVED this meal. He usually doesn’t like when I use a meat substitute in meals so I generally try to avoid but this was soooo good. I used Impossible “meat” brand. Will make again and regret not trying this recipe sooner! Thanks, Erin!

Heather Rasberry


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February 26, 2021

so good, so easy


Quick & yummy!

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February 24, 2021

We looove Korean food! Thanks for this great super quick and super delicious recipe! Won’t be the last time we cooked this for sure 😉



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February 21, 2021

We absolutely loved this recipe! 10/10 will make again;)