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This Easy Ground Beef and Broccoli is a great alternative to that expensive take out! It's quick and easy to make, full of flavor, and healthier too! #chinese #beef #quick #healthy
Ground Beef and Broccoli
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
This Easy Ground Beef and Broccoli is a super quick meal that's full of flavor and sure to please! It's faster, healthier, and cheaper than take-out!
Course: Beef, Main Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: beef, broccoli, quick meal
Servings: 4
Calories: 405 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
  • 1 1/2 cup (354ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Cooking Rice Seasoning (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • hefty pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound (500g) ground beef
  • 4-5 cups (200+g) broccoli florets (about 1 large head)
  1. In a medium bowl whisk the water, soy sauce, rice seasoning, cornstarch, ginger, sesame oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.

  2. Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain any grease. Add broccoli and reserved soy sauce mixture. Stir and cook until thickened and broccoli is tender-crisp. (About 3-5 minutes)

Recipe Notes
  1. The Sweet Cooking Rice Seasoning is not the same as rice vinegar and cannot be substituted. It will alter the taste. I used Kikkoman Manjo Aji-Mirin Sweet Cooking Rice Seasoning. I found it in the Asian section of my local grocery store. If you can't find it you can substitute with dry sherry and add in 2 teaspoons of sugar. 
  2. If the thought of using ground beef is preventing you from making this, don't. Just use a flank steak instead. Slice it thin and cook it until there is just a little pink left then continue with the recipe as directed. Just don't overcook the steak or it will be on the tough side. And another tip, cut it against the grain (it will help with tenderness).

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Nutrition Facts
Ground Beef and Broccoli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 652mg28%
Potassium 1089mg31%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 1475IU30%
Vitamin C 211.8mg257%
Calcium 141mg14%
Iron 4.2mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.