Ground Beef and Broccoli

Ground Beef and Broccoli is the best way to make this classic Chinese takeout! An easy one pan meal ready in 15 minutes that’s quick, healthy, and cheap!

When it comes to Chinese Food Recipes, one of the healthiest dinners you can get is Beef and Broccoli. This faster version is just as healthy but made in half the time. Plus no marinating!

Ground Beef and Broccoli serving on plate with steamed rice


Nothing comes quite in handy on a busy weeknight than a pound or two of ground beef. It takes minutes to cook and goes with just about everything. With just a few ingredients plus seasoned ground beef, you get tasty family friendly dinners like Cheesy Taco Pasta or Baked Spaghetti. This recipe gives ground beef an Asian takeout twist that everyone will love.

Ground Beef and Broccoli is a quick and easy way to make one the best Chinese dinners. You still get the same beefy flavor and crisp veggies in a savory sauce that you love, but with way less work. No freezing and slicing flank steak, or marinating it to make sure it stays tender. Using ground beef also makes this dish more affordable too!

This Ground Beef and Broccoli uses a couple special ingredients, like oyster sauce and minced fresh ginger, but you can easily swap them out with what you have on hand. Check out the variations for common switches to these traditional Chinese flavors and save an extra trip to the store.

Even the picky eaters will love this simplified Ground Beef and Broccoli sauce! It’s got more of the traditional flavors of Chinese restaurants, without being overly sweet or spicy. It’s a mild, savory sauce that goes perfectly with the beef. The broccoli is cooked just until crisp tender, not a mushy veggie to be found!

This Ground Beef and Broccoli recipe steams the broccoli first so it only needs about 2 minutes in the pan, just long enough to coat in the sauce. To make sure your broccoli steams evenly, make sure all the pieces are about the same size. You could also use frozen broccoli in this recipe, just thaw it first and only barely heat it in the microwave.

Making Chinese takeout at home means you can get all your favorite side dishes without breaking the bank! And the leftovers reheat way better too! Serve your Ground Beef and Broccoli with Chow Mein, White Rice, Steamed Greens, and Spring Rolls for an Asian feast in less than an hour.


Ground Beef and Broccoli in skillet


  • Meat: You can easily use ground chicken, ground pork, or ground turkey in this dish instead of ground beef. Leftover Grilled Chicken would be fast and delicious too, just dice, heat, and toss in the sauce with the steamed broccoli.
  • Veggies: Other stir-fry veggies you might like are snow peas, carrots, bell peppers, onions, or baby corn. Use either fresh or frozen and steam a few minutes before adding to the pan.
  • Sauce: If you have them on hand, try this sauce with a tablespoon of hoisin sauce. If you prefer sweeter Beef and Broccoli, change the sugar to 3 tablespoons brown sugar.
  • Spicy: For a spicer dish, add 1 minced jalapeño with garlic and ginger. You can also add sriracha or chili garlic sauce to the sauce.
  • Oyster Sauce: Instead of oyster sauce, increase the soy sauce to 2 tablespoons and add 1 teaspoon each honey and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Ginger: If you don’t have fresh ginger, replace with 1 teaspoon dried ginger. Technically it would be 1/2 teaspoon exchange, but you want the ginger flavor to be noticeable in this sauce.

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  • Serve: Ground Beef and Broccoli can be at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Cool before storing.
  • Store: Place Ground Beef and Broccoli in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat in skillet or microwave.
  • Freeze: Once cooled, store Ground Beef and Broccoli in a freezer safe bag, squeezing the air out, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.

Ground Beef and Broccoli in skillet

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Ground Beef and Broccoli

Ground Beef and Broccoli is the best way to make this classic Chinese takeout! An easy one pan meal ready in 15 minutes that's quick, healthy, and cheap!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Chinese Food
Keyword Ground Beef and Broccoli
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 324 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef , 85/15
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger , minced
  • 1 pound broccoli , cut into bite size chunks



  1. To make the sauce, whisk oyster sauce, cornstarch, cooking sherry, soy sauce, and sugar together. Set aside.
  2. Steam broccoli slightly in the microwave for 1-2 minutes in a covered microwave safe bowl.

  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add oil and ground beef. Cook 6-8 minutes, until cooked through, breaking up after a crust has formed. Drain fat.

  4. Add garlic and ginger to the pan, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.

  5. Stir in broccoli and sauce until well combined, cooking 1-2 minutes for sauce to thicken.

Nutrition Facts
Ground Beef and Broccoli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 718mg31%
Potassium 591mg17%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 471IU9%
Vitamin C 68mg82%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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