Ground Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe (30 minutes)


One of the most popular takeout orders from Chinese-American restaurants is beef and broccoli. And while it's not a particularly difficult dish to make at home, steak isn't the cheapest ingredient. This smart beef and broccoli recipe calls for ground beef—not only is it a cheaper cut of meat, but it also absorbs the flavors of the sauce as it cooks.

The sauce is a great balance of garlic and ginger aromas, sweetness from the sugar and umami from the soy sauce. I love how the cornstarch in the sauce helps thicken everything, allowing it to better coat the meat and vegetables.

If you love the flavors of beef and broccoli, make this quick, easy, and affordable version. Ready in just 30 minutes—just enough time to cook some rice at once—it's an ideal family meal.

Simple variations

  • For a more colorful stir-fry with added nutrition, add extra vegetables like chopped bell peppers or carrots.
  • For more flavor, substitute the water for chicken or beef broth.
  • For an extra quick meal, buy packaged broccoli florets from the bagged produce section of the grocery store.
  • Add more flavorful toppings like cilantro and chopped peanuts.

Simple Recipes / Photo by Jane Causey / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall / Prop Styling by Lindsey Lower

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