One-Pan Asian Ground Beef and Rice Recipe

This quick and easy Asian Ground Beef and Rice recipe requires a simple list of real ingredients, only one pan, and under 30 minutes from start to finish!

One-Pan Asian Ground Beef and Rice recipe in skillet with text overlay.

I've mentioned it before but, like any good child of the 80s, I ate my fair share of Hamburger Helper growing up (and I was actually quite fond of it). Now as a busy (read: tired) mama, I can certainly appreciate the convenience of these simple ground beef and rice recipes:

  1. Brown some ground beef.
  2. Throw a few boxed ingredients into the same pan.
  3. And voilà...about 20 minutes later, you've got a hot meal on the table.

But seeing as how I strive to feed my family recipes made from real, unprocessed ingredients, the good ol' smiling hand guy doesn't exactly fit in with my style of meal planning.

Aerial view of Ground Beef and Rice recipe in skillet.

Lucky for me, however, this doesn't mean I can't recreate the same type of quick, easy, one-pan dinners while using real, wholesome ingredients.

And doing so honestly doesn't take much longer than that dinner originating from a box. 😉

Close-up of wooden spooning dipping into ground beef and rice recipe.

I've already shared my copycats for Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni, Lasagna, and Beef Taco varieties. But one of my favorite flavors of HH as a kid was called Rice Oriental.

So that's the one to which I'm paying homage with today's ground beef and rice recipe...except this one-pan, Asian-inspired version is made with fresh, natural ingredients, meaning it ends up tasting waaaaay better.

Aerial close-up of recipe made with ground beef, rice, carrots, and peas.

How to Make It

Luckily, making this from-scratch, ground beef and rice recipe is just as straightforward as its boxed predecessor:

  1. Start out by browning a pound of ground beef in a large pan or skillet.
  2. Stir in rice, beef broth, soy sauce, and a few seasonings.
  3. After about 10 minutes, mix in shredded carrots, and then just before the rice and carrots are tender, add some frozen peas.

Hamburger Helper Rice Oriental copycat recipe in bowl and skillet.

That's it, y'all!

One pan.

A handful of basic ingredients.

Under 30 minutes.

Protein + veggies + carbs.

An all-in-one meal!

I like to add a simple side salad to round things out and dinner...is...DONE!

Aerial close-up of serving in a bowl with spoon.

So shoot it to me straight...do you have (or have you had in the past) a secret (or not-so-secret) affinity for Hamburger Helper?

Whether your answer is yes or no, I think you will love this One-Pan Asian Ground Beef and Rice recipe!

Wooden spoon scooping up Asian Ground Beef and Rice recipe.

It's simple and yummy, popular with kids and adults alike, and made with ingredients that you likely already keep on hand. In fact, from the first time I cooked it, it secured a spot in our regular dinner rotation. That's right, fellow children-of-the-80s, sing it with me...MAKES A GREAT MEAL! 😉

More One-Pan & One-Pot Dinners

One-Pan Asian Ground Beef and Rice recipe in skillet with wooden spoon.

One-Pan Asian Ground Beef and Rice Recipe

This quick and easy Asian ground beef and rice recipe requires a simple list of real ingredients, only one pan, and under 30 minutes from start to finish!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Calories: 521kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice, such as Jasmine
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed

Instructions

  • Set a large skillet, pan, pot, or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink, breaking apart and stirring as the meat cooks. Drain the grease from the pot; add the rice, beef broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, garlic powder, and pepper, and stir well to combine. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then stir and reduce to a simmer. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in shredded carrots and continue to cook for 5 to 10 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until rice and carrots are tender and the liquid is mostly absorbed. Stir in the thawed peas and cook for another minute until heated through.

Video

Notes

  • If you don't have oyster sauce, you may omit it, but I always keep a bottle in my fridge because I think it adds great depth of flavor to Asian recipes. If you don't include it in this recipe, you might find that you need to stir in a bit more soy sauce (to taste) at the end of the cooking time.
  • To quickly thaw my frozen peas, I place them in a colander and run them under hot tap water for a minute.
  • When you bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer, make sure that the simmer is a simmer...not barely bubbling (or the rice won't cook and absorb the liquid) and not bubbling too fast (or the liquid may get absorbed too fast and the bottom may burn). For my stove, this was medium-low heat, adjusting up or down a tad as needed when I would stir every few minutes.
  • If too much liquid remains once your rice is cooked, you may remove the lid and turn up the heat for a minute or two, stirring so that it doesn't burn. If the liquid evaporates before the rice is done and everything starts to stick to the bottom, you may stir in a bit more broth or water.

Nutrition

Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 955mg | Potassium: 940mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5625IU | Vitamin C: 16.4mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 3.4mg
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Post originally published on January 9, 2017.

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47 Comments

    1. Hi Paula! I'm afraid this recipe wouldn't be ideal to cook in the crock pot. The ground beef would still have to be browned and drained in a skillet on the stove, you'd have to reduce the liquid since there's no evaporation in the crockpot, and I'm not sure how long the rice would take to become tender without overcooking. But if you decide to experiment and get this recipe to work in the slow cooker, please come back and let us know! 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    This is so easy to make and tastes great, perfect for a senior like me. I used 1 tsp. ginger powder and 1tsp. onion powder instead of garlic. I didn't have oyster sauce. Plenty of leftovers for dinners the following days. Highly recommend it.

  2. 5 stars
    Perfect! We loved this! Followed recipe except: added stir fried veg that we had in the fridge (broccoli, celery, carrot, sugar snap peas and water chestnuts) and used less broth as our rice was already cooked. Used all the leftover rice and expiring veg in a really tasty way. So so good! This will be a regular addition to the menu. Fast, easy, a crowd pleaser and very versatile.

  3. When I make this, instead of shredded carrots and peas, I add a bag of frozen mixed vegetables

  4. Is this similar to the HH beef fried rice they stopped making a couple years ago. Also wondering if I Could I use minute rice (what I have on hand) and just not cook it as long?

    1. Hi Amanda! When I ate HH back in the 80s/90s, the Asian variety had a "less PC" name, but I bet it's the same flavor as the one you're referring to. 🙂 And minute rice should work, but since it will cook faster and not absorb as much liquid as regular rice, you'll want to experiment with reducing the beef broth. Hope that helps!

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe turned into a family moment, I kept saying "and I helped" to my adult daughter. It ended up in a story and watching the video. This was perfect. I misread the recipe (see laughter note above) and cooked my rice first. I also added frozen broccoli and whole carrots, both frozen, as it was what I had in the pantry. I used a can of english peas (added add the VERY end). I also added garlic (omitted the powdwer) and onion while I browned my ground beef. DON'T add salt at this step as the oyster sauce and soy sauce had plenty. I also used dried bouillain to made my beef broth ( see don't add salt). So good! Thanks for the nostalgia.

    1. Ha ha, glad it was a hit and that y'all had fun with it! I'm going to have to dig up the old commercial on YouTube now... 😉

  6. 4 stars
    This was very good. I fried Onion & celery in butter. Then I added garlic clove to the pan for one minute, smooshed, and cut small. My carrots were cut up but small so I added them when the broth went in. They got done perfectly.

  7. 5 stars
    I have had bad experiences with hamburger, so I chose low cost steak and ground it myself. Doing this does lose some of the flavor, from the missing fat, but at least I know what's in it.

    Normally I would add 1 - 2 Tbsp of sesame oil to a dish like, but left it out this time, to stick as close to the recipe as possible.

    You earned two thumbs up, from my 5 and 3 yr (tomorrow) year old boys. They were so please with the dish, that they also devoured their large portions of broccoli 🙂

    I had only bookmarked this one recipe, but it was such a success, I'm going to go through the rest of them

  8. 5 stars
    This was so yummy! I needed to substitute due to food sensitivities. I used diced celery, which I threw in while browning ground beef since it would take longer to cook than the shredded carrots. I already had leftover brown rice so I did not need to cook the rice in pan, thus I eliminated the broth. And due to the food sensitivities, I used ample Bragg Liquid Aminos (a soy sauce alternative) with no gulten). Also I used a teaspoon each of cumin & ginger to replace the garlic. It was delicious and we will make again. Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    I didn't expect this to turn out as good as it did! It was delicious and easy. Like others, I stumbled upon it and did not have all the ingredients. I didn't have oyster sauce and only had chicken broth, but it still turned out great. This will definitely become a staple at our house. I made a couple of minor changes, I sauteed onion and garlic, then added the ground beef. I also threw in some sliced green onion at the end with the peas/carrots. Thanks for this recipe!!

  10. I am so excited to have found this recipe because like the others here, I also check for the rice oriental hamburger helper every now and then! Question... Is the rice the recipe calls for instant rice or regular cook rice? Have you tried making this with brown rice as well? I can’t wait to give it a try! Thank you so much!

    1. I'm so glad you found this recipe, too! 🙂 The recipe just calls for regular white rice. If you were to make it with brown rice (I haven't tried yet!), you'd have to cook the rice for about twice as long, which means you'd definitely need extra liquid. I hope it works out if you decide to give it a try...and I'll be sure to update the recipe with more specific directions if I do. 😉

  11. 4 stars
    Oriental Hamburger Helper was always my favorite and i happened to stumble upon this recipe. Made it tonight,added just a splash of Worcestershire sauce, and my whole family raved about how good it was. Even my 9 yr old picky eater. Great meal, great recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    I just made this. I didn't have some of the ingredients (I thought I did) and it still turned out so good! It was the best. Making this again for sure!!