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20 minute Ground Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

Got 20 minutes, a pound of ground beef, and some broccoli on hand? You are so lucky: You have the core of this easy Ground Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry recipe all ready to go, the next time you need a quick weeknight dinner idea.

So, what do you do if you are craving stir fry for lunch — but, the only meat you have thawed in the fridge is a pound of ground beef? How about… 20 minute Ground Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry.

Why yes, beef & broccoli is more commonly made with steak. But, look how lovely it turned out with ground beef (and how much more affordable!). Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix things up a little.

ground beef and broccoli stir fried together

Using ground beef also helps keep the meat juicier; you have to be really careful not to overcook thinner strips of beef in a stir fry. Then, just a touch of cornstarch helps the garlicky sauce coat the tender beef and crisp-tender broccoli to perfection.

I kept things simple here with just the beef, broccoli, and sauce, but you could of course add in other veggies if desired. If you’re incorporating any veggies that take longer to cook through, though, you might want to stir fry those up in a separate pan before combining with the beef.

20 minute Ground Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

ground beef & broccoli stir fry ingredients

Ingredients

For the beef & veggies

1 lb ground beef
12 oz broccoli crowns, chopped into small pieces

For the sauce

1/4 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
2 tsp corn starch
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, depending on taste

For serving

Cooked rice
2 green onions, chopped (optional)
Sesame seeds (optional)

Directions

Start the rice cooking so that it’s ready for serving, if you don’t have pre-cooked rice handy. (Cooking rice will add a few minutes to the meal; the beef and broccoli part itself, however, takes just 20 minutes.)

break beef into chunks while browning

Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until just cooked through, breaking it into bite-sized pieces as you go, but not crumbling. Drain the fat and return the beef to the pan.

chopped broccoli

While the beef is cooking, combine the sauce ingredients and chop your broccoli. Stir the broccoli and sauce into the skillet with the browned ground beef.

beef and broccoli stir fry in skillet

Continue to stir fry the beef and veggies over medium-high heat for about five minutes until broccoli is crisp-tender and sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.

Serve your beef & broccoli stir fry over cooked rice, topped with optional chopped green onion and/or sesame seeds.

Note: I used 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper in the sauce and didn’t find it particularly spicy, but reduce if you are sensitive to heat.

Such an easy way to do broccoli & beef

A 20 minute ground beef & broccoli stir fry weeknight dinner

20 minutes is all you need to get this easy ground beef & broccoli stir fry on the table — and, using ground beef helps keep the dish affordable.

This one was a definite hit with Middle School Guy, who enjoyed broccoli & beef for both lunch and dinner today. Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life… Or, at least, the simple recipes. I hope that you enjoy this savory stir fry (with just a touch of sweetness) as much as he does.

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20 minute Ground Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry

Got 20 minutes, a pound of ground beef, and some broccoli on hand? You are so lucky: You have the core of this easy Ground Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry recipe all ready to go, the next time you need a quick weeknight dinner idea.
Course dinner
Cuisine Stir Fry
Keyword 20 minute meals, broccoli, easy weeknight dinner, ground beef, stir fry
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

For the beef & veggies

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 12 oz broccoli crowns chopped into small pieces

For the sauce

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp minced garlic about 4 cloves
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper depending on taste

For serving

  • Cooked rice
  • 2 green onions chopped (optional)
  • Sesame seeds optional

Instructions

  • Start the rice cooking so that it’s ready for serving, if you don’t have pre-cooked rice handy. (Cooking rice will add a few minutes to the meal; the beef and broccoli part itself, however, takes just 20 minutes.)
  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until just cooked through, breaking it into bite-sized pieces as you go, but not crumbling. Drain the fat and return the beef to the pan.
  • While the beef is cooking, combine the sauce ingredients and chop your broccoli. Stir the broccoli and sauce into the skillet with the browned ground beef.
  • Continue to stir fry the beef and veggies over medium-high heat for about five minutes until broccoli is crisp-tender and sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve your beef & broccoli stir fry over cooked rice, topped with optional chopped green onion and/or sesame seeds.

Notes

I used 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper in the sauce and didn’t find it particularly spicy, but reduce if you are sensitive to heat.

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Recipe Rating




Monique de Geloes d’Elsloo

Wednesday 1st of September 2021

👍 Wow ... just what I needed!! Been looking for an easy flavorful recipe to savour & share!!! Sauce has so much more flavor than others I’ve tried!!! Thanks a bunch!!!

Barry

Wednesday 16th of June 2021

I often have trouble getting thinly sliced beef to come out seared and tender. With this recipe I didn't have to worry about it and it was just as good! And the simple easy sauce is great. Thanks!

Miki

Saturday 12th of June 2021

This is an amazing recipe. The flavors are wonderful. Bonus is that it's a quick meal to prepare.

Kate

Saturday 15th of May 2021

Mmmm This was delicious! Next time I think I'll double the broccoli :)

Thank you so much, I'm so glad I found your site!

Lindsay

Monday 19th of April 2021

What is the nutritional information for this recipe

rachel

Tuesday 20th of April 2021

I don't include it because online nutrition info isn't overly accurate, and can often depend on the brands etc. people use. You can use something like myfitnesspal to approximate, though.

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