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Ground Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

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Are you looking for a quick weeknight meal that the whole family will love? Not only is this ground beef stir fry delicious, but it’s also nutritious and has protein, produce, carbs (energy), and flavor! This ground beef and broccoli checks all the boxes. This easy meal comes together in just 20 minutes by utilizing some quick kitchen shortcuts (perfect for busy weeknights) and can also be prepped ahead if that’s your style.

While using ground beef is a prep and cooking shortcut, if you’re looking for a steak stir fry, try my pepper steak stir fry that’s made with flank steak, it’s DELISH! If you also appreciate the ease of ground meats, try my ground pork stir fry, ground turkey stir fry, burger salad, or pork udon noodle stir fry next time.

Rice bowl with ground beef and broccoli stir fry on top.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

What You’ll Love About Ground Beef and Broccoli

  • Delicious sweet and savory stir fry flavors
  • Includes all the components you need in a meal
  • Nutritious and balanced
  • Just 10 minutes prep time
  • Just 20 minutes total time
  • Made with simple ingredients
  • Family-friendly meal
  • Easy to prep ahead

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil – Use any vegetable oil with a high smoke point. Avocado oil or canola oil are easy options to use.
  • Ground beef – Use a high-quality ground beef for best flavor. You can use your favorite type, but I do recommend using beef with a little fat in it – you can use lean, but keep a little of the fat for best flavor! Butcher box ground beef has great flavor and is super convenient if you like grass-fed .
  • Ginger – Use fresh ginger for best flavor, or the frozen cubes for an easy shortcut. You can also use ground ginger – use 1/4 teaspoon per pound of beef.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic for best flavor, or the frozen cubes for an easy shortcut. I think the frozen cubes are FAR superior to the jarred garlic, but if you like the jarred garlic, use it!
  • Soy sauce – Use a high-quality soy sauce. You can use low-sodium soy sauce if desired or tamari or coconut aminos for a gluten-free option.
  • Hoisin sauce – Hoisin sauce can be found in most grocery stores and will typically be in the Asian section. If you don’t have it, you could swap in some oyster sauce or teriyaki sauce.
  • Rice wine vinegar – This is a kitchen staple, but if you don’t have it, you could use red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • Honey– You can also use maple syrup or brown sugar if you prefer.
  • Sesame oil – Use a high-quality, toasted sesame oil for best flavor.
  • Chili garlic sauce – This doesn’t add much spice (making this kid-friendly spice level), so adjust according to your preferences. You could also use some red pepper flakes.
  • Broccoli – You can use a head of broccoli or buy the prepped florets. If you do buy a bag of florets, you will still need to trim them to be similar in size. I prefer using fresh vegetables in a stir fry like this, but you could also frozen broccoli if you prefer.
  • Sea salt
  • Rice – I prefer serving the stir fry over white rice or jasmine rice, but you can use whatever type of rice is your favorite. Brown rice would add some nutty flavor. Save any leftover rice for onigiri. If you’re looking to add in more veggies, try it over cauliflower rice.
  • Garnish – Sesame seeds, sriracha or garlic chili sauce, green onions.
Ingredients to make ground beef and broccoli recipe.

How to Make Ground Beef Stir Fry

This is an overview on how to make ground beef and broccoli stir fry, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

Cook rice. My rice maker is one of my favorite appliances as it’s so easy to cook rice perfectly. You can also cook rice ahead of time or relying on shortcuts like microwavable rice (found in the freezer and or shelf-stable pouches).
Prep ingredients. I like too start all of my weeknight dinner club recipes with this quick step, so that once you start cooking, things move quickly. You’ll want to mince ginger and garlic, mix together stir fry sauce, slice green onions, and trim broccoli florets.
Mix homemade stir fry sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients: ginger, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce until smooth. 
Stir fry sauce in a small bowl for ground beef and broccoli rice bowls.
Brown ground beef. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add ground beef. Break up the beef with the back of a spoon. Drain if necessary/desired.
Skillet with browned ground beef in it.
Stir fry broccoli. Add broccoli and soy sauce mixture to cooked ground beef. Cook for a few minutes, then cover and cook until the broccoli is tender-crisp.
Ground beef and broccoli stir fry in a skillet.
Assemble stir fry beef and broccoli bowls. Dish up beef and broccoli over rice and add toppings if desired.
Rice bowl with ground beef and broccoli stir fry.

FAQs

Can you serve beef and broccoli stir fry with noodles?

Yes, you could absolutely serve this beef and broccoli over noodles instead of rice. Similar to the Thai-inspired beef noodle stir fry, you can use a spaghetti noodle, or you could also serve it over ramen noodles, udon noodles, or really any type of noodles.

What is beef and broccoli sauce made of?

This stir fry sauce is made out of basic and very common stir fry ingredients: garlic, ginger, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil.

Can I use other vegetables?

Yes, this healthy ground beef stir fry can be made with a variety of vegetables. Choose your favorite, or include a few, you’ll just need to adjust the cook time. Try out veggies like green beans, red bell pepper, bok choy, green cabbage (use coleslaw mix for an easy shortcut).

Storage Instructions

Store stir fry ground beef leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

How to reheat

Reheat leftovers in the microwave or a hot skillet until heated through.

Can you freeze beef and broccoli with ground beef?

Yes, you can also freeze the ground beef and broccoli. Store it in an airtight container for 2-3 months in the freezer.

How to meal prep ahead

  • Mix up the stir fry sauce 1-2 days ahead
  • Cut up and prep broccoli
Ground beef and broccoli stir fry in a bowl with chopsticks.

How to Feed Ground Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in.

I would recommend serving the ground beef and broccoli stir fry in a pinch bowl (taster bowl) if it’s a new or learning-to-like it food. Serve the meal with a few items you know your kids will eat, like fruit, milk, and/or bread and butter if they don’t do rice.

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Ground beef and broccoli stir fry in a bowl with chopsticks.

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Rice bowl with ground beef and broccoli stir fry on top.

Ground Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

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Description

This nutritious and delicious ground beef and broccoli stir fry recipe is ready in just 20 minutes and made with basic ingredients.


Ingredients

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  • 2 tsp. grated ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chili garlic sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 16 oz. broccoli florets
  • rice, green onions, soy sauce, sriracha/garlic chili sauce, sesame seeds for serving

Instructions

  1. Prepare rice.
  2. Prepare ingredients:
    Grate or mince ginger.
    Mince garlic.
    Mix together ginger, garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, vinegar, honey, and sesame oil in a small bowl.
    Thinly slice green onions.
    Trim broccoli so they are roughly the same size. You want small pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add ground beef to pan and cook for 3 minutes, breaking up with a spatula or the back of a wooden spoon.
  4. Add broccoli and soy sauce mixture and mix together. Cook for 2 minutes, cover, and cook for 2 more minutes.
  5. Divide rice and beef and broccoli mixture between bowls. Top with green onions, sesame seeds, and if desired, extra soy and sriracha or chili garlic sauce. 


Notes

  • Nutrition facts do not include rice or toppings.
  • Get your kids involved! They can: stir together soy sauce mixture, help break apart broccoli florets, top their bowls with sesame seeds and green onions. 
  • Ginger shortcut: buy frozen cubes or swap dried ginger (1 tsp.)
  • Rice shortcut: buy prepared or microwavable rice. 
  • Broccoli shortcut: buy cut and trimmed florets.

Keywords: ground beef and broccoli recipe, beef and broccoli stir fry,

Food styling and photography by Loren Runion.

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