Ground Beef and Broccoli Recipe

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This Ground Beef and Broccoli Recipe is cooked in a delicious, flavorful sauce and comes together in less than 30 minutes! This easy recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner for the entire family!

Healthy ground beef and broccoli in a pan with a wooden spoon.

Broccoli with beef is a takeout favorite! But where I live, GOOD solid Chinese food is hard to come by unless we drive 30 miles! So when I want good Asian food, I am pretty much stuck making it myself!

If I am craving Thai flavors, I whip up my my Easy Thai Basil Pork or this Chopped Thai Salad with Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette!

When I am craving Chinese food….this broccoli stir fry is one of my favorite dishes! You can make this healthy, simple recipe in less than 30 minutes, too! #winning

If you are craving a spicier dish, you have to try my Volcano Chicken–it’s takeout quality in your own kitchen! Short on time? Try my Easy Ground Beef Noodle Stir Fry or this super quick Teriyaki Chicken with Broccoli!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • Simple recipe that is ready in less than 30 minutes.
  • Rich, flavorful sauce that’s just as good as takeout!
  • By using ground beef, you don’t have to cut any meat–yay!
  • Can be made ahead and is a great option for meal prep!

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this ground beef and broccoli:

Ingredients needed for this dish.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Ground Beef: To keep this dish healthy, opt for lean ground beef – 90% lean or more.

Soy Sauce: LOW SODIUM soy sauce is essential in this dish. Regular soy sauce will make this dish too salty. Coconut aminos can also be used.

HOW TO MAKE THIS GROUND BEEF AND BROCCOLI RECIPE: STEP-BY-STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

Step 1: Whisk up your sauce ingredients in a small bowl: soy sauce, beef stock, brown sugar, honey, sesame oil, cornstarch, garlic and ginger; set aside.

Sauce ingredients for ground beef and broccoli being stirred in a small bowl.

Step 2: In a large skillet, brown ground beef, breaking in into small pieces.

Ground beef being cooked in a large skillet.

Step 3: Add broccoli and sauce. Stir to coat everything in the yummy sauce!

Ground beef and broccoli with sauce being added.

Step 4: Bring to a boil and cook 3-4 minutes until broccoli is tender and sauce has thickened.

Ground beef and broccoli cooking in a large pan.

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • For super quick cooking, chop your broccoli florets into smaller, bite-sized pieces so they cook super quick!
  • Ensure you bring the dish to a BOIL for a few minutes to give the sauce time to thicken.

STORAGE & REHEATING

  • Storage: Store this dish in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. For meal prep, divide the dish into 4 separate meal prep containers (I love these from Amazon that are microwavable and have two separate sections) and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Reheating: To reheat, pop the dish into the microwave and reheat for about one minute. This dish can also be reheated in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Freezing: This dish can be frozen for up to 2 months in a freezer bag or airtight container. However, be aware that the broccoli will change in texture and be slightly softer. I recommend enjoying this dish fresh šŸ™‚

ADDITIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

Meat/Protein: Lean ground beef is used in this recipe but ground turkey, chicken or lean ground pork also work well! This recipe is also delish with thinly sliced, lean flank steak! It takes a bit more time to cut the steak, but it’s a delicious, more “traditional” option! You can absolutely make this meatless too, by using firm tofu in place of the meat.

Veggies: Feel free to add more veggies to this dish! Shredded carrots, red bell pepper, snow peas and sugar snap peas would be delicious!

Low carb or keto-friendly option: Serve over cauliflower rice instead of white rice.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What can you serve with this dish?

Hot, steamed white rice is perfect with this broccoli recipe. To keep it healthy, I would also recommend brown rice or cauliflower rice.

Can I use frozen broccoli?

Yes you can. However, I am a big fan of my stir fry veggies being crisp-tender which is tough to do with frozen veggies.

If you want to use frozen broccoli, make sure to thaw it completely. Then drain or pat off any excess water.

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Healthy ground beef and broccoli on a white plate with chop sticks.

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Ground Beef and Broccoli

This Ground Beef and Broccoli Recipe is cooked in a delicious, flavorful sauce and comes together in less than 30 minutes! It's a perfect weeknight dinner for the entire family!
4.56 from 18 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 4
Calories 324 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce See Note 1
  • 2/3 cup beef broth or stock
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced/grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef 90% lean or more
  • 1-2 tsp olive oil avocado oil or vegetable oil also work
  • 3-4 cups fresh broccoli florets, cut into small, bite sized pieces See Note 2
  • sesame seeds, red pepper flakes and green onions for garnish optional

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, beef stock, brown sugar, honey, sesame oil, corn starch, ginger and garlic. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1-2 tsp of olive oil. When oil is hot, add beef. Cook beef until no longer pink, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon (about 3-4 minutes). Pro tip: using a potato masher during the last minute or so of cooking will get your meat broken up nice and fine!
  • When meat is browned, give the reserved sauce a good stir to remix the ingredients. Then add sauce and broccoli to the pan. Give everything a nice toss so sauce coats the meat and the broccoli. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • Boil 1-2 minutes until sauce is thickened and broccoli is crisp-tender.
  • Garnish with green onions, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes if you like! Serve over hot jasmine rice, brown rice or cauliflower rice.

Notes

Note 1: Make SURE your soy sauce is LOW SODIUM otherwise this dish will be wayyy too salty! If all you have on hand is regular soy sauce, cut the amount in half and add a few tablespoons of water. You can also use coconut aminos.
Note 2: The smaller you cut your broccoli, the faster this dish will cook! Also, you can use frozen broccoli. However, I am a big fan of my stir fry veggies being crisp-tender which is tough to do with frozen veggies.
If you want to use frozen broccoli, make sure to thaw it completely. Then, drain or pat off any excess water.
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Nutrition information is only an estimate. Info is based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 28gFat: 8.7gSaturated Fat: 3.1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 1635mgPotassium: 712mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 23gCalcium: 59mgIron: 4mg
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Beef and broccoli is one of my all time favs, and I love that I can make it for myself now! The flavors in this recipe are so perfect. Definitely a new go-to for dinner!

  2. 5 stars
    It’s so helpful to have simple, delicious, and healthier recipes for quick and easy dinners. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I’m always looking for new ways to use up ground beef, and this looks like the perfect recipe to do it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    This was super delicious and a great way to use up broccoli. The flavour was wonderful – I will be making this again!