Korean Curry Rice

This Korean curry rice is a delicious, comfort food we all grew up eating! The instant curry mix makes this dish so easy to make. Add lots of meat and vegetables to make it a hearty dish everyone loves. 

Korean curry rice

Made with instant curry mix, Korean curry rice (ka-re-raice, 카레라이스) is a stew-like curry sauce served over rice. It’s one of those dishes that were introduced to Korea by the Japanese and have become a staple in Korean homes. Korean version of the sauce is generally lighter, which makes it so good eaten with kimchi. It’s a hearty, comfort food we all grew up eating!

The instant curry mix makes this dish so easy to make. In Korea, the powder form is more commonly used, but today, curry blocks (aka curry roux) have become popular as well. The curry roux is made with fat, so it has a richer taste and makes the sauce thicker. I used a curry roux here, but if you’re concerned about the fat content of the roux, use curry powder mix.

Korean curry rice

The Korean curry rice is usually made with meat and lots of vegetables. I used beef in this recipe. You can, of course, use any meat of your choice. Onions, potatoes and carrots are typical for this dish. I also like to add mushrooms and a green vegetable such as green bell pepper, peas, zucchini, broccoli, or scallions.

Next time you go to a Korean (or any Asian) market, pick up a box (or pouch if it’s powder) of curry mix. It comes in handy when you want to whip up a satisfying one pot meal at a moment’s notice!

5 from 4 votes
Korean Curry Rice
Easy Korean-style curry rice
Servings: 4
Author: Hyosun
  • 8 ounces beef or pork or chicken
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 large carrot
  • 4 caps white mushrooms - optional
  • 1/2 green bell pepper - optional
  • 1/2 package of instant curry roux use a couple more cubes for a thicker sauce
  • 4 cups water or low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 servings of cooked rice
  1. Cut the meat into small bite size pieces. Lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Dice the onion, and cut the other vegetables into bite size chunks.
    Korean curry rice
  2. Heat a large pot with a tablespoon of oil. Add the onion, and stir-fry until it turns translucent and light brown.
    Korean curry ice
  3. Add the meat, garlic and ginger, and cook until the meat is no longer pink.
    Korean curry rice
  4. Add the remaining vegetables and stir fry until potatoes turn translucent and partially cooked.
    Korean curry rice
  5. Pour the water (or chicken broth) into the pot. Bring it to a boil, and continue to boil for about 10 minutes until the meat becomes tender.
    Korean curry rice
  6. Break up the curry roux into small cubes. Drop them in, and stir well to dissolve.
    Korean curry rice
  7. Reduce the heat to medium low, and gently boil until the sauce is thickened. Serve over steamed rice. Add more water if too thick.
    Korean curry rice

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  1. Rachel Beckwith says

    This is such a great meal for when I don’t have time to cook something more detailed. I added in some zucchini instead of green peppers and used the powdered curry mix, but it came together so quickly and easily and was delicious!

  2. It looks delicious and I definitely would try it. I’m making such a dish but without curry. I’m sure the curry mix will give the meal a great taste.

  3. Korean curry has always been my favorite. I have tried it quite a few times in Korean specialty restaurants. Will definitely try it at home now. Thanks a lot for sharing!

  4. Elizabeth says

    I just made a vegetarian version and it was delicious! Thanks Hyosun~

  5. Sine Gammelgaard says

    Looks super delish! But if I can’t get the cubes, what should I mix to get the same curry flavour?? I REALLY want to make this dish!

  6. Where can I find a recipe for the actual curry Roux? Would love to prepare a gluten free version for my wife and all of the powders and cubes contain gluten.

  7. Nicole Vedder says

    First, I want to say thank you for all your Korean recipes. I refer to them quite often. I grew up eating S & B, but recently as I was going to make some for my family, I read the ingredients and saw that it had MSB and other additives, not to mention caramel color that’s been in the news lately for its unhealthy cancer causing attributes. Do you have a cleaner brand that you can recommend? Thanks!