One-Pan Ground Beef Broccoli Stir-fry Recipe Is Dinner In 25 Minutes by Donna John

One-Pan Ground Beef Broccoli Stir-fry Recipe Is Dinner In 25 Minutes

My freezer is full of ground beef, so I'm always looking for new ground beef recipes. We love Asian beef broccoli, so it was a no-brainer to make this quick and easy ground beef broccoli stir-fry recipe. The budget recipe has minimal prep and cooks up in no time in one pan. Dinner perfection!

To make this easy stir-fry recipe you need ingredients that are probably already in your fridge and pantry. Here is your short shopping list: cooking oil, fresh broccoli, onion, ground beef, low-sodium soy sauce, brown sugar, cornstarch, garlic, fresh ginger and rice vinegar.

The broccoli and ground beef are coated in a slightly sweet brown sauce that's full of Asian flavors. Serve this beef broccoli over white rice, brown rice, jasmine rice, quinoa, noodles or whatever you'd like. You could even eat it as-in with crispy eggrolls on the side.

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Cuisine: Asian / American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil 
  • 4 - 5 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 small onion, sliced (optional)
  • 1 pound lean ground beef


  • 1 cup water
  • 6 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger (see Recipe Notes)
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar

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Recipe Notes

  • Try this recipe with ground turkey or ground chicken instead of ground beef.
  • When I first saw how much sauce was poured into the pan, I decided next time I'd reduce it to 3/4 cup. My husband loved how "juicy" this dish was, so I will leave it at 1 cup.
  • If you like softer broccoli, add about 1 tablespoon of water when cooking the broccoli to help it soften faster.
  • For a little spice, add in some crushed red pepper flakes.
  • I used olive oil, but you could use sesame oil for even more flavor.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Whisk together all the sauce ingredients. Set aside.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet. Add the broccoli and onion, if using, and cook, stirring often, until crisp-tender or desired tenderness, about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  3. Add the ground beef to skillet and cook until browned and cooked through. Season with a little salt and pepper, if desired. 
  4. Pour in the sauce.
  5. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken, about 3 minutes.
  6. Add the broccoli back into the pan.
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Serve over rice, noodles or your favorite grain, if desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 707

Total Fat: 26.5g

Saturated Fat: 11.5g

Cholesterol: 188mg

Sodium: 1545mg

Total Carbohydrate: 37g

Dietary Fiber: 3.3g

Total Sugars: 7.3g

Protein: 62.3g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 110mg

Iron: 8mg

Potassium: 359mg

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Elisa Schmitz
This recipe looks delicious. Iā€™m going to try it with ground turkey! #yum
Terri Kendrick
I wanna try this! Sounds great!
Harry Henderson
Maybe I can figure it out but it'll be nice if you listed what were the sauce ingredients, thanks
Donna John
The sauce ingredients are listed under Sauce. They are broken out. Hope this helps.
Harry Henderson
the page must have mis-formatted when i viewed it on my phone earlier, but i can see it now, thanks
Judith Wilson
I don't use refined sugar... could I substitute honey for the brown sugar?
Donna John
I don't see why not. It may change the consistency a bit, but honey would be a good substitute.
This recipe looks interesting but I can tell it's delicious especially after reading the ingredients. It's also cost effective. I will be making this....maybe this weekend!

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