Ground Beef and Broccoli Recipe

This ground beef and broccoli recipe is a healthy, delicious meal that takes just 30 minutes to make. It’s an easy one-pan dish loaded with fresh, crisp broccoli and tender ground beef tossed in a savory sauce.

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Who doesn’t love a good stir fry recipe, they are easy dinners that are healthy and cook quickly, primarily when you use ground meat.

This stir fry is packed with flavor and the perfect simple weeknight dinner and so is this ground pork and green beans stir fry recipe. It’s another easy stir fry dinner made with ground pork and crisp-tender green beans.

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Here is what you will need

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Ingredients

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How to make this ground beef and broccoli recipe

Prepare the ingredients: Chop the broccoli and garlic, mix the stir-fry sauce together in a small bowl or jar; mix a slurry of 2 tablespoons flour and 1/4 cup water in a separate container, and set them aside.

Heat a heavy skillet over high heat with olive oil.

ground beef and broccoli beef cooking in a pan

STEP 1. Cook the beef. Once the skillet is hot, reduce the heat to medium-high heat; add the ground beef and cook it, breaking it into small pieces until it is almost cooked through. Remove the meat from the pan and set it aside.

STEP 2. Cook the broccoli. Reduce the heat to medium heat and add the chopped broccoli and garlic; cook while tossing it with a wooden spoon until the broccoli turns bright green and the garlic softens.

Ground beef and broccoli step 2 cook the broccoli

ground beef an broccoli in skillet adding the sauce

STEP 3. Add the sauce. Reduce the heat to low heat and add the beef back to the skillet and stir in the sauce. If you are using homemade sauce, don’t forget to add the slurry to thicken the sauce.

STEP 4. Cook until heated through. Mix everything together and stir gently until the sauce thickens.

ground beef an broccoli in a skillet

TIP: Rice takes longer to cook than this recipe does, if you are serving your stir fry with rice, start cooking the rice before cooking the stir fry.

Ingredient notes & substitutions

The full list of ingredients to make this stir fry recipe is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients along with ideas for substitutes.

Lean ground beef. I like to use ground sirloin, it has less fat and more flavor. If that is not an option for you, look for 90/20 ground beef.

Ground beef can be substituted with ground turkey, ground chicken, or lean ground pork.

Stir fry sauce. Use my easy recipe for stir-fry sauce, which takes minutes to make, or you can also use bottled stir-fry sauce.

To keep it healthy look for stir-fry sauce that is low in sugar and additives.

Garlic. Fresh garlic can be replaced with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder.

Variations

One of the many great things about sir fry recipes is that they are so versatile! You can add any kind of vegetables or protein. Here are some suggestions:

  • Add more vegetables – add sliced mushrooms, bell peppers, or snow peas to the stir fry.
  • Vegetarian stir fry – replace the ground beef with crumbled tofu or tofu slices
  • Change up the meat- Instead of ground beef, use ground chicken, ground turkey or pork.
  • Flank steak beef and broccoli – flank steak is the traditional beef and broccoli. Use thin slices of flank steak instead of ground beef in this recipe.
overhead view of ground beef and broccoli on a plate

Serving suggestions

Serve ground beef and broccoli garnished with green onions and sesame seeds over brown rice, white rice or cauliflower rice for a low carb version. It also tastes great over noodles such as lo-mein noodles or soba noodles.

Don’t forget to serve homemade sriracha sauce or your favorite hot sauce on the side to spice your stir fry up even more!

Meal prep tips

This is a recipe that is perfect for meal prep. You can easily prepare the ingredients ahead of time and put them together just before eating it. All that you need to do is chop the broccoli, make the sauce, and store them in separate containers in the refrigerator.

When it’s time to cook, bring the sauce to room temperature, brown the ground beef, and add the broccoli and sauce.

a picture of ground beef with broccoli on a white plate

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How to store leftover ground beef and broccoli

Store leftover beef and broccoli in an airtight container for up to three days. Reheat it on top of the stove or in the microwave.

To avoid soggy rice or noodles, store the leftover beef and broccoli separately from the rice or noodles.

Tips

  • Save time and use pre-cut broccoli florets.
  • This recipe serves two, and can easily be doubled to serve four. You may need a larger skillet to cook the broccoli or you can cook it in batches.

FAQs

Can I use frozen broccoli to make ground beef and broccoli?

Yes, you can, but the broccoli will not be as fresh tasting and crisp as fresh broccoli. The broccoli should be thawed out completely before adding it to the stir fry, and you may have to use more flour to thicken the sauce since the frozen broccoli has more moisture than fresh.

Is stir fry healthy?

Yes, stir-fries are usually healthy, especially when they are made at home so that you can control the ingredients. Use a lot of vegetables, lean meat and low-sodium soy sauce for a healthy stir fry.

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Ground Beef and Broccoli

Ground beef and broccoli is a quick and healthy dinner idea that can be on your table in 30 minutes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: beef and broccoli recipe, ground beef and broccoli, ground beef and broccoli recipe
Servings: 2
Calories: 340kcal
Author: Anne
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare the ingredients: rinse and chop the broccoli and garlic. If you are using homemade sauce, make the stir fry sauce by mixing together 3 tablespoons tamari sauce, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon grated ginger, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 teaspoon maple syrup, 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon sesame oil.
    Mix together a slurry of 2 tablespoons flour and 1/4 cup water.
    Heat one half tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over high heat.
  • Heat a on half tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over high heat. Once the oil is hot, reduce it to medium heat and add the ground beef. Cook the meat for a few minutes until it's cooked through.
  • Remove the beef from the pan and drain any excess oil from the meat. Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet and cook the broccoli and garlic for a few minutes until it is crisp-tender and bright green.
  • Reduce the heat to low heat. Add the beef back to the skillet and stir in the stir-fry sauce and the slurry mixture.
  • Cook for a few minutes over low heat until the sauce becomes thick.

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Notes

Serve ground beef and broccoli with steamed brown rice or cauliflower rice.
Make this recipe for four by doubling the ingredients and use a large skillet.
For a reduced sodium version, use low-sodium soy sauce to make the stir fry sauce.
 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 631mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 567IU | Vitamin C: 82mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for including nutrition info for your recipes!! Can’t tell you how many things I’ve come across that I’d like to try, and that SOUND healthy, but without the nutrition info, and the fact that I suffer from congestive heart failure as well as obesity, I don’t dare take the chance!! Thanks again for making the choice of whether to make a certain recipe MINE again!!

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks for this delicious recipe, it was so quick and easy. I added a little red pepper flakes to spice it up and it was so good!