This easy, one pot beef and broccoli stir fry is the perfect quick dinner on a busy evening. Made with coconut aminos, it is lower in sodium and super tasty!
Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe
Craving takeout but want to cook at home? Go for a "fakeout" recipe instead on those busy evenings and reach for this quick one-pot dish. It's an easy recipe with a savory sauce that the whole family will love!
I love stir fries like this because I can make a whole bunch of food really easily. This recipe has minimal ingredients, and aside from the beef, they're typically all in my pantry or fridge.
If you're into meal prepping, this would be a great dish to make ahead of time! It's full of protein, stores well, and reheats well. A win win!
Love one pot recipes? Check out this Creamy Lemon Chicken and Easy Beef Taco Soup.
Why I Love this Recipe
- Coconut aminos are the perfect substitution for soy sauce, making this a great low-sodium meal options.
- This classic Asian dish is a great way to feed the whole family on a budget.
- Beef broccoli stir fry is actually pretty healthy! Broccoli is really good for you and the tender beef will provide plenty of protein for your body.
What is a Stir Fry?
Stir frying is a technique for pan-frying meat and vegetables with a little bit of oil or sauce, similar to sautéeing. The stir fry is typically served over noodles, rice, or mixed greens, but it can also be eaten on its own.
Stir fries are great for a quick and nutritious meal when you're in a hurry. They also store well, making them a great option for meal prep. Anytime we can get a meal made quickly, like this Crispy Beef recipe, I'm in!
You can use a variety of different meats, vegetables, and flavors in stir fries so that you don't get burnt out on repeating the same meal. Stir frying is a versatile and simple way to cook.
This Ground Turkey Stir Fry is a great one to try if you love this beef & broccoli version!
Before you run to the grocery store, check and see if you've got any of these ingredients in your pantry or refrigerator. Then add the rest to your shopping list!
Here's what you'll need:
- sliced flank steak
- ground ginger
- coconut aminos
- sesame oil
- rice vinegar
Substitutions and Variations
Coconut aminos are naturally a low-sodium replacement for soy sauce. But you could also use low-sodium soy sauce in this healthy beef and broccoli stir fry.
If you are unable find flank steak, you can use skirt steak, sirloin tips or hanger steak in its place.
You can eat this broccoli stir-fry over white rice or brown rice, or even over cauliflower rice.
Feel free to add any of your favorite vegetables. Bell peppers would taste delicious, as well as mushrooms. A little fresh green onion as a garish would be yummy too!
How to Make Stir Fry Sauce
If you want to make this meal come together even quicker, you could pick up some stir fry sauce.
However, it's really easy to make homemade stir fry sauce and it tastes just as good, if not better! You can even make it ahead of time and refrigerate it. It will last for about a month in an airtight container that is kept in the fridge.
Here's what you'll need:
- sesame oil
- coconut aminos
- corn starch
You can substitute soy sauce for the coconut aminos. If you don't want sesame oil you can also use grapeseed oil, peanut oil, avocado oil or olive oil. Sesame oil just has a distinct taste that adds so much flavor to this stir fry dish!
Add all of the ingredients to a mason jar and shake it up, or pour them into a bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed!
How to Make Broccoli and Beef Stir Fry
With a sharp knife, slice your flank steak into 1-inch thick strips. Season generously with salt, pepper and ground ginger.
Pour two tablespoons of sesame oil into a large skillet or wok and place it over medium-high heat.
Sear the beef for two minutes on each side.
Remove the beef from the pan and set it aside to use later. Then, add the sesame oil, coconut aminos and rice vinegar to the pan.
Bring the sauce to a boil for 3-4 minutes over medium heat.
Hot Tip: Be sure to stir the sauce off and on so that it doesn't scorch!
Place the beef back in the pan and add the broccoli. Stir everything together, cover, and let it cook for four minutes until the broccoli is tender.
Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds.
Tips for Success
Leave a little pink on the pieces of steak! Having some pink is ok, depending on your preference, and will keep the steak tender.
If you use a different cut of meat, like sirloin tips or skirt steak, you may need to adjust the cooking time so that your meat doesn't overcook! You want the pieces of meat to be tender and juicy.
Fresh broccoli florets will be bright green when cooked, be careful not to overcook them.
Want to add some kick? Add a drizzle of sriracha sauce or some red pepper flakes to each bowl of stir fry.
What to Serve with Stir Fry
Stir fries are typically packed with protein and veggies, so it's great to serve them over a grain or even spooned over a salad. This dish in particular goes great with rice, but there's plenty of other options.
Here's a few ideas:
- white rice
- brown rice
- cauliflower rice (a great low-carb option!)
- mixed greens
- soba noodles
- udon noodles
If you serve this dish over rice or noodles, it would pair well with simple salad! These garlic green beans with brown butter would be delicious too.
You could also enjoy the filling as lettuce wraps.
Or if you're feeling adventurous, you could make crab rangoon as a side or appetizer!
How to Store Leftover Stir Fry
Place any leftover healthy broccoli and beef stir fry in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Store any rice or noodles separately.
You can also store leftovers in the freezer for about 3 months when kept in an airtight container.
To reheat, place in the microwave until warmed through. Or, place in a pot on the stove and warm through. Serve with hot cooked rice.
The sauce for broccoli and beef stir fry is made from sesame oil, coconut aminos, and rice vinegar. Stir fry sauces can also use soy sauce instead of coconut aminos and may also have oyster sauce, fish sauce, and a meat based broth. Feel free to add some of those into this recipe if you'd like!
There are a few different techniques you can use to keep stir-fry beef tender. Be sure to slice the meat against the grain, cut thin slices, sear the beef before fully cooking it, and don't overcook!
More One-Pot Recipes You'll Love
One pot dinners are the best for a quick weeknight meal! Thankfully, I've got plenty for you to choose from:
- One Pot Prosciutto Pesto Feta Pasta
- Italian Wedding Soup
- Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet
- Quick and Easy Minestrone Soup
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Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
This beef and broccoli stir fry is an easy dish that can be served as a whole meal, or served with side! It's a protein packed meal that's full of flavor.
- 2 pounds flank steak, sliced into about 1-inch thick pieces
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ cup coconut aminos
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 cups broccoli, cut into florets
- pinch of sesame seeds, for topping (optional)
- Warm 2 tablespoons sesame oil in a large pan over medium heat.
- Pan sear the beef for 2 minutes on each side.
- Remove beef from pan and set aside
- Add sauce ingredients to the pan and bring to a boil for 3-4 minutes
- Add beef and broccoli to pan and cover for 4 minutes until the broccoli is tender.
- Serve over rice.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 366Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 816mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 43g
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